Exclusive: Flo Rida Reflects on a Great Year
Flo Rida has a lot to be proud of this past year. His hit single "Low," was recently named the top-selling digital song of the decade with over 5.2 million digital downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition he is nominated for two Grammy's this year, a People's Choice Award and named one of the sexiest men alive by People Magazine. Not bad for a man that used to work in a Las Vegas casino digging through trash for silverware and making less than minimum wage. While looking back on all his recent success Flo Rida told JimmyJazz.com that he is most proud of his ability to survive the negativity of his upbringing.
"I grew up in a single parent home and around a neighborhood with a lot of drug dealing, killing and everything. My mom, she always instilled in me to keep the faith, dream big, put God first and the sky is the limit. So I always make sure I give towards more positive things versus negativity," he said.
Flo Rida also reflected on the important value of appreciating his success. It's a value he learned from his trip to Africa. Even though the trip was in 2008 it has left an indelible impression on him as it was also the inspiration behind the title of his album, R.O.O.T.S. an acronym for "Route of Overcoming the Struggle."
"I mean I always been appreciative for the fact that I've grow up with less fortune, but over there is even worse. They don't even got vehicles and most people walk like twenty or thirty miles with a smile on their face. So that like humbled me even more and taught me to really not take life for granted," he said.
Flo Rida certainly seems to be taking nothing for granted as he is already working on his third album to be released Spring 2010. While the accolades and money certainly keeps him going he revealed that it's the impact his music has that also keeps him on top of his game.
"I mean the fact that I could put smiles on people internationally and at the same time do something I love enjoy and have a passion for means a lot," he said.