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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - Southern / Artist: Flo Rida / Audio CD released 2009-03-30 at Warner

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      19.02.2012 21:31
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      great album

      R.O.O.T.S. was released in 2009 and was rapper Flo Rida's second studio album. R.O.O.T.S. stands for Route Of Overcoming The Struggle, it is quite a successful album for the rapper and had lots of fun tracks on it that were popular singles throughout 2009.

      R.O.O.T.S. had a number of celebrity colaberations within the album such as Nelly Furtado, Ke$ha, Ne-yo, Akon and Wyclef Jean.

      This album contains a total of 13 tracks, here is a quick review of the track list, my favourite songs and also my opinion on the whole album.
      1. Finally Here
      2. Jump (Ft. Nelly Furtado)
      3. Gotta Get It (Dancer)
      4. Shone (Ft. Pleasure P)
      5. Right Round (ft.Ke$ha)
      6. R.O.O.T.S.
      7. Be On You (Ft. Ne-Yo)
      8. Mind On My Money
      9. Available (Ft. Akon)
      10. Touch Me
      11. Never
      12. Sugar (Ft. Wynter)
      13. Rewind (Ft. Wyclef Jean)

      Favourite Tracks
      Right Round
      This track is kind of a modernised version of the 1980's Dead or Alive song 'You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)'. It is a really fun and energetic song that is rapped by Flo Rida and the chorus features vocals from Ke$ha, who has a really sexy and appealing voice. This song is great for getting you pumped up before a night out dancing and is my favourite song on the whole album.

      Jump
      This is another really energetic and sexy song, it is rapped by Flo Rida and the chorus is sang by Nelly Furtado. This song is about a really going out and partying and having a really great time, it has a really fast and fun beat to it and I really love Nelly Furtado's voice on the chorus. This song is just really fun and sexy and definitely worth a listen.

      Gotta Get it (Dancer)
      This is a sexy song about a lady who dances for money for a living, who is fantastic at her job. It is quite a sexual song and like most of the songs on this album has a really cool and energetic beat to it. This song is quite fast paced and I find the chorus rather catchy.

      The Rest of the Album
      Overall I really enjoyed this album, it wouldn't really go under the category of 'easy listening' as most of the songs are really fast paced have really cool beats that have a real dance feel to them, it is perfect to get you in the mood to go out and dance. I wouldn't say I dislike any of the songs on this album and find it really hard to fault it. Most of the songs on this album are quite high energy and fast paced, however there are a few slower songs such as Be On You ft Ne-Yo, which is a slower song about chatting up an attractive lady.

      Price and Availability
      I bought this album back in 2009 for just over £10 I think, though at the moment you can buy it for £8.49 in HMV which is a decent price as this is quite a good album if you like dance/rap style music.

      Overall
      Overall I think that this is a good album for people who like a good mix of dance and rap music, it has a really energetic and fun feeling to it almost the whole way through and most of the songs have high paced, energetic beats to them. I really enjoyed listening to this album and would give it 4 out of 5 stars.


      *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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        11.04.2009 16:16
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        Flo Rida's second album

        After breaking through in 2007 with his hit "Low, which featured T-Pain, the Floridian Pop Rapper Flo Rida's popularity ballooned. After experimenting with material, he has clearly found the area where he is able to capitalise, and this is in the Electro-House take on the Hip Hop (not that any Hip Hop heads will appreciate this) and so with what I would call an ironically-named "R.O.O.T.S.", 2009 sees him continue this.

        1. "Finally Here"

        Drumma Boy is on production here, and he chooses to make what he can from Timbo's "Bounce", and I though that this was a shame to see as Drumma Boy isn't the type to jack from others, but he simply just layers Timbaland's track on top of something 'aiiigght' that he's done, and it just seems tacky as a result (obviously going on to heighten this with the rapper's lines).

        **One Star**

        2. "Jump"

        If he's choosing to go Hip-House on this album then he has to do it right, and the beats in this one indicate that it isn't all going to be that bad (with this one being led by some heavy bass), but the way he raps on it just takes away from the quality in the rhymes and prevents you from getting into it (to the degree I could f another person MCed over it) .

        **Two Stars**

        3. "Gotta Get It"

        It appears that they have gone for the eighties Electro-Hop direction here with Afrika Bambaataa-esque percussion being used on this one with robotic voices and other spacey sound effects being adapted to it to give it that "Planet Rock" feel. However it sounds as if they went over the top with it all and smothered it in that kind of stuff within putting in enough consideration about how musical it actually sounds.

        **One Star**

        4. "Shone"

        With Jim Jonsin and Dre & Vidal on the beats, this one finds him collaboration with former Pretty Ricky member Pleasure P in what was a promo single for the album. It has him go for something which seems to be much more manageable for a Hip Hop listener, and so it appears that someone has told him that his music will never bump in places he regularly sees, it is all for the European market.

        **Three Stars**

        5. "Right Round"

        I won't waste my time with this one it was the most successful from the album and if you haven't heard it; consider yourself lucky.

        **One Star**

        6. "R.O.O.T.S."

        This, the eponymous track to the album has him go for some typical Hip hop, but also finds him rapping about things which particularly annoying me in his debut as he speaks of his alleged 'struggle' in the game, and basically just throws in as many rapper clichés as possible. With him doing it here, it just pus me right off, and eve with such heavy beats from Gorilla Tek, I simply can't feel it.

        **Two Stars**

        7. "Be On You"

        Ne-Yo joins him on the calm track, and so you have a clear R&B thing going on with this one as he shows his softer side and what he is capable of when he drops the club music and just raps for the girls. This really isn't the type of rap that I like to here, and so having it done by an artist who I have never liked isn't going to come up with anything I'm likely to enjoy.

        **One Star**

        8. "Mind On My Money"

        I couldn't keep up with how many different people's lines he straight ripped off with this one, and this pretty much sums up what he's about as he really hasn't nothing original going for him, and so here, with more clichéd rap (this time about money). This one uncovers so many things that I dislike about him, which apparently appear to be his delivery (where he frequently mispronounces to make words fit) and choice of lyrics (to create copious numbers of hooks) in particular.

        **Two Stars**

        9. "Available"

        With another artist who recently made a transition into Euro-Dance on his side, Flo Rida and Akon get right into that whole scene on this one, and it immediately made me switch off. Not only do you find this pair together but with another US act who is frequently House-inspired on production, will.i.am's part in it just made it a general all-round waste of time.

        **One Star**

        10. "Touch Me"

        This track is another track (and still not the last) which directly takes from a popular House track in order to make him get into this field. Here Benni Banassi's "Satisfaction" is used, and having that whole recycled robotic sound as the made driving force in the track makes it fall apart and force me to liken it to the worst of his music.

        **One Star**

        11. "Never"

        I just couldn't stand this track, there was just so much within it to get wound up about that I can't stand to bring it back up. It is essentially the fact that he uses repetition to a point wher

        **One Star**

        12. "Sugar"

        This is another single from the album, and it really makes you think that he must be out to annoy people when you here this as this one samples Eiffel 65's "Blue", and really if you have any sort of idea of people's response to that song, then you wouldn't have chosen to bring life to the song ten years later. It is just foolishness.

        **One Star**

        13. "Rewind"

        At last we come to a conclusion, and as I'm sure all listeners are in a state of relief, you find that he collaborates with Wyclef Jean on a track which is supposed to be an inspiration one (based upon the type of beats it has), but it is impossible to feel this with Flo Rida's voice ringing through it in such an unemotional manner.

        **One Star**

        Although I had a lot of negative words to say about this album, I can see where some people can find appeal in his work at times. The Electro-Pop/House/Hop/Dance thing just simply isn't happening so I will just ignore this, but at times he is given some heavy beats and so it isn't all that bad (although his rhymes are just never saying anything at all).

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          28.03.2009 20:01
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          A great hip hop album

          Flo Rida, formally known as Tramar Dillard is an American rapper born 16th December 1979 making him 29 years of age.

          Flo Rida first burst onto the scene back in 2008 with his massive hit Low, the soundtrack to the film Step Up 2. The song broke the record of the greatest one week digital sales in history with 467,000 downloads. The song that previously held the record was Fergie with her Fergalicious tune. Low was number one in the states for a massive 10 weeks. The track features T Pain and it became his biggest selling single to date.

          Flo Rida's debut album Mail On Sunday was released 18th March 2008. The album spawned three hit singles: Low, Elevator ft Timbaland & In The Ayer ft Will.I.Am. The album sold an estimated 284,663 copies.

          R.O.O.T.S is the follow up to Mail On Sunday & was released on the 31st March 2009. The first single to be released was of course Right Round featuring Katy Perry & Kesha. The song features a sample from 80's hit You Spin Me Right Round by Dead Or Alive. The song has so far reached number one in four countries including the US & the UK. The song smashed Flo Rida's previous record of greatest one week digital sales by selling 636,000. The next single to be released from R.O.O.T.S is Sugar featuring Wynter.

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          1) Finally Here (4.02)

          I always have high hopes for the first track from an album because it's supposed to set the scene and the pace for the forthcoming songs & I can't really make up my mind with this song. Flo Rida takes us in a different direction to his singles as this is more of a mid-tempo tune. To be honest I prefer his more up-tempo songs as I think his voice is more appealing when he raps at a fast pace. Having said that this is quite a catchy song, the chorus is catchy and the versus build up in anticipation for the chorus nicely. I read that Finally Here uses a sample from the Timbaland's song Bounce, something which I didn't notice until reading it and listening to the beginning. I personally feel that Timbaland's song eclipses this song however Finally Here is a nice mid-tempo song and a good start to the album.
          4/5

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          2) Jump (3.28)

          This song features Nelly Furtado who I'm personally a big fan of so I had high hopes for this song which they fully met. This is a more up-tempo song than Finally Here which is what I like to hear. Nelly Furtado's voice blends perfectly into the chorus and she's what makes this song what it is. I think that if she wasn't in this song then it would just sound like a lot of his other songs. This is a song that I imagine will be big in the clubs and is definitely one you can dance to.
          4/5

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          3) Gotta Get It (4.44)

          Before I listened to this song I read that it uses a sample from the Tina Turner song Private Dancer, I'm not familiar with Tina Turner's music so I can't say whether you can tell it's a sample or not it's something you'll have to check out yourself if you're interested. I do like the fact that Flo Rida uses samples from songs outside his hip hop genre though. This is another up-tempo song however the chorus sounds strangely like the previous song Jump in that it uses that kind of robotic sound that the likes of T Pain use. I personally don't think that Jump & this song should have been placed so close together, maybe then you wouldn't notice the similarities but the fact of the matter is that they have been and I think it's a shame that I always think of Jump when listening to this because this is actually a very catchy song and deserves to stand out on it's own.
          3/5

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          4) Shone (4.13)

          The opening to this song is very unique it has something of an oriental feel to it and that amongst other things is what makes this song stand out for me. This is a song that I took to as soon as it started. The simple beat behind the chime like sounds are really catchy. The chorus is completely different to the versus which I also like. The lyrics to this don't exactly make a lot of sense, he's saying 'you can be my shine, you can be my shone' but they're very catchy & in songs like this the lyrics don't necessarily have to make sense do they? This is one of my favourites from the album, it's a really unique song that's catchy as soon as you hear it.
          4/5

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          5) Right Round (3.27)

          Well what can you say about this song? The figures speak for themselves, this is the highest downloaded song EVER! This song got to number one in multiple countries including the UK, something which his debut single Low failed to do. This is a brilliant club song and this is Flo Rida in his element. This is what he's best at and what I think he should stick to. This is without doubt the best song on the album which in a way is a bit disappointing as it almost eliminates the need to buy the album. This song is in pretty much all the play lists on my iPod and it's constantly playing in my car and all the clubs I go to. It's a great song to get you up on the Dancefloor. This is a song that will stick in your head for hours. The beat is extremely catchy and even if you're not much of a dancer it will definitely have you bobbing your head or tapping your feet!
          5/5

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          6) R.O.O.T.S (3.45)

          This is the title track for the album. R.O.O.T.S actually stands for route of overcoming the struggle, something which is a really meaningful quote. This is Flo Rida showing his more emotional side as opposed to his alter ego who raps about sleeping with lots of models! This is one of my favourite songs on the album and is the most real. He raps about where he came from, this being his roots. He talks about his family too and what they had to go through when he was growing up. This is definitely the most personal song on the album but it's also a really catchy tune too. It's not one you'll hear in the clubs and I doubt that this will be released as a single but I highly recommend you download this.
          5/5

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          7) Be On You (4.03)

          This song features one of the biggest names in R&B in the form of Neyo and trust me that's a good thing! This song is instantly catchy and one of the more R&B type songs. This almost sounds like a Neyo song that features Flo Rida which although I love this song I don't think it's a good idea that Neyo eclipses Flo Rida on this. I do like this song but I feel that it doesn't really match his style of music and was maybe a mistake to put this on the album because the majority of his fans are going to be hip hop fans and as this leans more towards the R&B love song genre I fear that this song could be slammed a bit.
          4/5

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          8) Mind On My Money (3.31)

          This is more of the typical hip hop ego songs where he raps about how much he loves money, this is a lot like the Akon song I'm So Paid however I prefer this. It's got a good catchy beat to it but it's not something I can see myself listening to on a regular basis. It's nowhere near to being the best song on the album.
          3/5

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          9) Available (4.24)

          Speaking of Akon this song features him along with Will.I.Am, having Akon feature on a song means a sure fire hit in most cases. I can see this being a big hit for him if he decides to release it as a single as it's a really catchy song. If anyone's heard The Black Eyed Peas song Boom Boom Pow then you may notice some similarities in the two songs. That's because this song uses a sample from it, I don't particularly like The Black Eyed Peas song but I feel that the sample really works with this song and Flo Rida walks away with a really strong club song.
          5/5

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          10) Touch Me (3.10)

          This song is produced by the massive hit maker Timbaland, Timbaland also worked with him on his song Elevator from his previous album Mail On Sunday. This song features Kesha who also features in his number one hit Right Round. Touch Me uses a sample from the huge club hit from a couple of years ago Satisfaction by Benny Benassi. On paper this song should be awful but it's a brilliant song that is instantly catchy. Out of all the songs on this album this song is one that I continually overlook until I listen to it and remember why I loved it in the first place.
          4/5

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          11) Never (4.21)

          This is a song that I find dull and repetitive, I'm not sure if this song features anyone but it doesn't even sound like Flo Rida. I personally feel that this is the weakest song on the album and not one that I listen to much. This is a slower song than his others, he's become famous for his up-tempo club songs and I appreciate that he's trying to step out of his comfort zone however this is his second album now, he should have got his experimenting out the way with his first album. By the second album artists should have found their true sound and Never unfortunately is the worst song on the album.
          1/5

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          12) Sugar (4.12)

          Do you remember Eiffel 65 and their hit Blue (Da Ba Dee) from about 10 years ago? Bet you do! As soon as you listen to the intro of this song you'll know exactly what that reference was about. This is set to be the follow up single to Right Round and I can totally see why. It's one of the catchiest songs on the album, however I feel that without the sample this song wouldn't be as catchy. I do respect Flo Rida for making a cheesy Euro pop song from the 90's sound cool though as I can imagine that it's hard to do, especially with a song as memorable as Blue! This song without doubt deserves a listen, even if you're just listening it to listen to the legendary sample!
          5/5

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          13) Rewind (4.29)

          This song features Wyclef Jean from The Fugees, I'm not really a fan of his music but I do like quite of a few of the songs that he's produced (Destiny's Child, Shakira). I personally think that he should stick to producing and not rapping. This is a song about a break up. This is another reason why Flo Rida should stick to his more up-tempo side. This song doesn't work at all which is a shame because I was hoping that he'd be able to pull off the slower songs too but unfortunately he can't.
          2/5

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          14) Yayo (7.53)

          This is the bonus song from the album and features a spectrum of hip hop talents including: Ace Hood, Ball Greezy, Billy Blue, Red Brisco, Pitbull, Redd Eyezz & Rick Ross. Out of them all I have only heard of Rick Ross & Pitbull. This song is truly awful, it's incredibly repetitive and goes on for a monster 8 minutes. I couldn't listen to it for that long. It's basically just a song about drugs, alcohol and everything that goes with it! I wouldn't recommend listening to this, if you happen to buy the album without this bonus track then believe me you haven't missed out!
          1/5

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          Overall I would say that this is a brilliant album and a huge improvement from his Mail On Sunday album. Out of the 14 songs I'd say that there's only 2 songs that I really dislike, the rest I love! This is a must for any hip hop fan.

          I Predict that Flo Rida will be around for a while, going by his album I reckon he could become the next Nelly however he does have a lot of work to do before he can be compared to one of the biggest rappers on the planet. I think that Flo Rida is someone to watch in the next coming years as I see a very successful career in the upcoming future for him.

          The album is available to download from Monday (31/3/09) from iTunes for £7.99 and the CD can be bought from play.com for £8.95.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Finally Here
          2 Jump feat. Nelly Furtado
          3 Gotta Get It (Dancer)
          4 Shone feat. Pleasure P
          5 Right Round feat. Ke$ha
          6 R.O.O.T.S.
          7 Be On You feat. Ne-Yo
          8 Mind On My Money
          9 Available feat. Akon
          10 Touch Me
          11 Never
          12 Sugar feat. Wynter
          13 Rewind feat. Wyclef Jean