Life and career
1979–2006: Early life and career beginnings
Flo Rida was born as Tramar Lacel Dillard in
Carol City, Florida, on January 16, 1979.
 His parents raised him and his seven sisters together, some of whom sang in a local gospel group.
 His brother-in-law was a
hype man for local rap group
2 Live Crew, and while in ninth grade, Flo Rida joined an amateur rap group called the GroundHoggz.
 The GroundHoggz had been a three-man group, with members who lived in the same apartment complex as Flo Rida. They started recording at underground studios in
 The GroundHoggz, in this four-man incarnation, remained together for eight years.
Flo Rida's work with 2 Live Crew member
Fresh Kid Ice, attracted the attention of
DeVante Swing, a member of the band
Jodeci. However, he was rejected by several of the
major labels, so he sought many other jobs outside of music.
 After graduating from high school in 1998, he studied international business management at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas for two months and attended
Barry University for two months.
 He returned to Florida to continue pursuing his music career after receiving a phone call from a representative of the independent label
Poe Boy Entertainment.
Flo Rida signed with
Hot Boyz, in 2000 and with Poe Boy, in 2004 and began affiliating himself for
Cash Money with other
Southern hip hop artists, such as
Trick Daddy. A
promotional single entitled "Birthday", featuring Rick Ross, was his first significant release. He made his debut
guest appearance with the song "Bitch I'm From Dade County" on
DJ Khaled's album
We the Best (2007), which also features Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross,
Brisco, C-Ride, and
2007–2008: Mail on Sunday
Flo Rida's debut album,
Mail on Sunday, was released in March 2008. The first single was "
T-Pain, which was also included in the soundtrack to the movie
Step Up 2: The Streets. "Low" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In the Ayer" featuring
will.i.am, and "Roll" featuring
Sean Kingston followed, and both charted on the Hot 100 and other charts.
In addition to
T-Pain, there were many featured guests throughout Mail on Sunday.
Timbaland, who produced the second single "
Elevator", is also featured on the track.
Rick Ross, and
Trey Songz made appearances as well.
 appeared on the track "American Superstar", while
Sean Kingston appeared on the
J. R. Rotem-produced "Roll", which was co-written by Compton rapper Spitfiya. Various other guests include
Birdman, Brisco, and
"Money Right", featuring Brisco and
Rick Ross, was scheduled to be the fourth single, but this was canceled due to the upcoming release of Flo Rida's second studio album,
R.O.O.T.S. His second collaboration with
T-Pain, "I Bet", as well as his collaboration with
Trina, named "Bout It", both did not make the final track list, but were recorded.
After the success of Mail on Sunday, Flo Rida made guest performances on other R&B, rap, and pop singles, including "
Move Shake Drop" by
DJ Laz, "
We Break the Dawn" by
Michelle Williams, the remix of "4 Minutes" by
Running Back" by Australian R&B singer
Jessica Mauboy, "Feel It" by
DJ Felli Fel, and the remix of "
Rick Ross. During the summer of 2008, he did live performances on the
Fox dance competition program
So You Think You Can Dance in the US
 and 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada.
 He appeared on the albums
We Global by
Ace Hood, and
The Fame by
Lady Gaga, among others.
Flo Rida on the set of the music video for "
Flo Rida began recording his second album,
R.O.O.T.S., 9 months after Mail On Sunday. The album was released on March 31, 2009.
 The first single, "
Right Round" featuring Ke$ha, was released for airplay in January 2009. "Right Round" jumped from number 58 to the top spot in one week in late February. The song broke a record for the most digital one week sales in the US, with 636,000, beating the previous record he had set himself with "
 "Right Round" sampled "
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)", a 1985 hit by
Dead or Alive.
 The second official single was "
Sugar", which featured
Wynter Gordon. The song reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. "
Jump", featuring singer
Nelly Furtado, was the third official single and was released on July 27, 2009 in the UK, and July 28, 2009 worldwide.
Be on You", featuring singer
Ne-Yo, was the album's fourth official single, released on October 6, 2009. Both songs charted in the top 100 in various countries. "
Akon, was going to be released on
iTunes but was cancelled. It charted at number 120 in Ireland. A music video was also shot in mid-2009.
 R.O.O.T.S. debuted at number eight on the
Billboard 200 chart, selling 55,000 copies in its first week.
 As of August, 2009, the album has sold 223,000 copies in the United States, and 536,000 worldwide. By the end of 2009, the album sold 247,000 copies in the US, becoming the eighth best selling rap album of 2009.
Flo Rida made guest performances on "
Feel It" by
DJ Felli Fel, "
Lady Gaga, and "
Feel It" by
Three 6 Mafia. "
Bad Boys", the first single by winner of British reality show
The X Factor
Alexandra Burke that featured Flo Rida, debuted at No. 1 on the
UK Singles Chart in October.
2010–2011: Only One Flo (Part 1)
Flo Rida's third album
Only One Flo (Part 1) was released on November 24, 2010. In March 2010, Flo Rida announced on Twitter that the album would be titled The Only One.
 Billboard reported that The Only One was to be a double album.
promo single, titled "Zoosk Girl", which features
T-Pain, was released on the internet, though the song is not featured on the album, the single does have its own music video. On June 28, 2010, Flo Rida released the song "
Club Can't Handle Me" featuring
David Guetta, which was stated to be the official first single for the album. The song was also featured in the
Step Up 3D soundtrack.
 On November 2, 2010, "Come with Me" was released as the first promo single for the album, along with "Puzzle", produced, and featuring by Electrixx, which is not featured on the album. On November 16, 2010, "
Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" was released as the second official promo single for the album via the
 It debuted on the
Australian Singles Chart at number thirty-four on November 29, 2010.
 After the release of the album in the UK, "
Who Dat Girl" started to receive a strong amount of downloads, thus causing it to debut at number 136
 on the
UK Singles Chart and chart at a current peak of number thirty-one on the
UK R&B Chart.
Why You Up In Here" was released as the fourth single, and third
promo single, on May 11, 2011. The song features
Gucci Mane, and
Flo Rida also made guest appearances on "
iYiYi", a song by Australian teen singer
Cody Simpson, and on the song "Out My Video" by Bulgarian singer
LiLana. Flo Rida collaborated with UK girl group
The Saturdays, recording a new version of their single, "
In December 2010, Flo Rida created his own label, International Music Group, inspired by
Nicki Minaj's signing with
Lil Wayne's. He has signed an 18-year-old rapper,
 and Git Fresh
 to International.
2011–2013: Wild Ones
Flo Rida performing live in 2012
Flo Rida's fourth album,
Wild Ones (originally titled Only One Rida (Part 2)) was released in July 2012. Its debut single was "
Good Feeling", released on August 29, 2011.
 The song samples
Etta James' 1962 song, "
Something's Got a Hold on Me". Following the death of Etta James on January 20, 2012, Flo Rida dedicated the song in her memory.
 The song peaked at No. 3 in the United States,
 and topped the charts in Austria,
 and the UK. It reached the top five in nine other countries.
In December 2012 Flo Rida met Emma Hamilton who worked for Emirates Airline as Cabin Crew. They dated on and off for 4 months but things fizzled out when distance became an issue.
The next two singles from the album were the title track, "
Wild Ones", released in December 2011, and "
Whistle", released April 2012. "Wild Ones" reached #1 in various countries, and hit #5 in the US, while "Whistle" reached #1 in 20 countries, including the United States.
On April 1, 2012, Flo Rida appeared at
WrestleMania XXVIII in a segment with
Curt Hawkins, and
Tyler Reks, in which Slater called Flo Rida "Florida" and the rapper shoved him into a wall. Later that night, he performed "Wild Ones" and "Good Feeling" before
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson came out for his match against
 An exclusive Australian EP entitled
Good Feeling was released in Australia on April 6, which contains six of his biggest hits and two remixes.
 It debuted at No. 21 on the
Australian ARIA Albums Chart
 On May 22, 2012, Flo Rida performed and closed the show at the first Q102 Springle Ball Concert, and the following day he performed "Goin' In" with
Jennifer Lopez on the
America Idol finale.
On September 13, Flo Rida performed his new single "
I Cry" on
America's Got Talent.
 In an interview with New York Music News, Flo Rida said he is currently recording his next album and that he has finished shooting the music video for "
Let It Roll".
 On December 9, he performed "Let it Roll" and "Wild Ones" at the 2012 edition of WWE's
Tribute to the Troops. In November 2012, he collaborated with
Olly Murs for his song "
In June 2013, Flo Rida collaborated with
Marc Mysterio on the song "Booty on the Floor" to benefit the families and victims of the
Boston Marathon bombing via One Fund Boston.
2014–2016: My House and new singles
On September 29, 2014 (October 21 in the U.S) Flo Rida released the lead single from his EP
My House (2015) titled "
Sage the Gemini. The song became his tenth top 10 hit in the United States, peaking at number 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 3 in the US Top 100 chart on iTunes.
In the meantime the rapper joined
Nickelback's "Got Me Runnin' Round" single, featured in their album "
No Fixed Address".
 Flo Rida was also featured in Jeremih's track "
Tonight Belongs to U!".
On June 19, 2017 Flo Rida released the second single from his EP: "
I Don't Like It, I Love It" featuring
Robin Thicke and
Verdine White. The single reached the No. 43 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
 On October 15, 2016 the title track
My House was released as a single and became an international success, peaking at number 4 on the
Billboard Hot 100 in early 2016.
Ended the EP's promotion, on December, 2015 Flo Rida released the single "Dirty Mind", featuring
 On February 26, 2016, Flo Rida released a standalone single "
Hello Friday" featuring
, that peaked at number 79 in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
 On March 24, 2016, he released the promotional single "Who's With Me". On May 20, 2016, Flo Rida released two singles: "Who Did You Love" featuring
Arianna and "At Night" featuring
Liz Elias and
Akon. On July 29, 2016, Flo Rida released "
Zillionaire", that was featured in the trailer for
On August 22, 2016 Flo Rida was featured on the
Pitbull's single "
Greenlight", included in Mr. Worldwide's tenth album "
2016–present: Fifth studio album
On December 16, 2016, Flo Rida's track "
Cake" featuring bay area rap duo
99 Percent was included in
Atlantic's "This Is a Challenge" dance compilation and later sent to top 40 radio February 28, 2017 as his new single. In July, 2017, he declared in an interview that his fifth album is still in the works and that it’s 70 percent finished. On November 17, 2017, Flo Rida released another single "Hola" featuring Colombian singer/songwriter