[artist id="2583152"]Flo Rida[/artist] will tell you straight up: His biggest influences are the women in his life. His mom was strong, and his seven older sisters didn’t take any mess and kept his head on straight. They also introduced him to a lot of music from the ’80s.
Flo paid homage to the music he grew up with on his new LP, R.O.O.T.S.
“I just wanted to show the growth, show people I’m very well in tune with the ’80s music,” Flo said over the weekend during KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango concert in L.A.; Lady Gaga , Soulja Boy and others also performed. “Growing up in my household with seven women, I’d hear all types of music.”
Flo’s “Right Round” is still one of the top records in the world, chiefly because of the catchy hook that’s inspired by Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).”
“I went into the studio with Dr. Luke, who produced the record, and we came up with this record that made history,” Rida said. “I go in the studio and do my thing. When people heard the production and how we flipped the hook, they were astonished.”
The follow-up to “Right Round” is a song called “Sugar,” featuring his labelmate Wynter. That video should be out within the next several days.
“[Wynter] is a brand-new artist coming off of Atlantic Records,” the Miami native said. “She has a beautiful voice. She matched the song very well, so we went along with it.”