Turn on any hit music radio station and you will hear his songs. Flo Rida has become one of the biggest pop/rap stars in the world. But his roots in Florida are clearly strong, and the experiences of his childhood in the Miami projects with a single mother and seven sisters still guide him.
"Even now, I take my Bible with me wherever I go," he told FOX 13 on the set of a new music video being shot in Miami. "I put God first. I make sure I have a team that believes in me, and I work very, very hard."
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS
This day is busy too. Flo Rida just returned from concerts in Japan. He'll work on the video by day and perform at a Miami Beach club late into the night. His hit "Whistle" has hit number one on the charts, and he believes the song opens new stylistic doors for his music.
"It's the transition of going from a very upbeat record to something real slow, more melody. It shows a whole 'nother side of me, as far as being able to pull off certain notes that normal rappers probably couldn't."
SHUT UP AND DRIVE
Between commitments, Flo Rida talks about one of the loves of his life -- cars.
"I love cars, and this is the fastest car," he said, as we gazed at the gleaming all-chrome Bugatti that sits near the sound stage.
The car retails for more than a million dollars and will reach speeds of 250 miles an hour or more. Flo says he set his sights on the car years ago, told the salesman he would be back for it, and made good on the promise.
But he would choose his Ferrari for the ride to the performance on South Beach.
SOUTH BEACH PARTY
Outside the Bamboo Club on Miami Beach, cars roll up and fans roll out. It feels like a Hollywood premiere, but it's really a VIP performance featuring a song Flo Rida recorded for free distribution. The song is called "Hey Jasmine," and it will open the show.
People on the sidewalk waiting to get in can't wait to see Flo.
"I want to see him and I hope it's gonna be amazing," said a fan in her 20's. "Yum, yum," she added, acknowledging that Flo Rida is a sex symbol as well as a musical artist.
Flo Rida doesn't disappoint, arriving for a performance that would include all his hits and a lot of energy on stage, complete with backup singers and dancers.
How long can his popularity last?
"I'm looking at being in the game for a long time and taking my music to whole different heights," he insisted.
To watch Flo Rida's "Hey Jasmine" video, click on over to YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULZbwEQiRHA
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