Last year, with his first hit [artist id=”2583152″]Flo Rida[/artist] set digital-sales records. He’s doing it all over again with “Right Round,” the Dead or Alive-sampling first single from his sophomore album R.O.O.T.S., which hit stores Tuesday (March 31) has maintained its #1 status for 12 weeks now with more than 2 million downloads, leaving the previous digital records set by Soulja Boy Tell’em, 50 Cent and Eminem in its wake.
“You feel like you’re lucky the first time you do something like that, but a second time makes you feel like you’re blessed,” Flo told MTV News. “I am humbled by those guys. I’m fans of those guys. I’m inspired by those guys.”
Since Flo’s debut Mail on Sunday dropped last March, the Florida MC has toured abroad, recording with international artists and increasing his global scope. He was featured on 2006 “Australian Idol” runner-up Jessica Mauboy’s single “Running Back,” which hit the top of the Australian singles chart last year.
The R.O.O.T.S. track “Sugar,” with newcomer Wynter, samples Eiffel 65’s “I’m Blu (Da Ba Dee).” The sample might leave some in the hip-hop game scratching their heads, but a similar move worked wonders for T.I. with “Live Your Life.” Nelly Furtado, Akon, Wyclef Jean, Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Brisco and Pitbull are also featured on R.O.O.T.S., which stands for “route of overcoming the struggle.”
“I’m definitely letting the people know I haven’t forgotten where I’ve come from,” he said. “On this album, I wanted to put out a message about how I’ve made it to where I am now — the trials and tribulations I’ve been through — as well as the party joints. It’s going to be a gumbo of Flo Rida.”