The Southern MC took revelers on a hit-packed ride for "MTV New Year's Bash" on Friday (December 31), kicking off his performance with the David Guetta-assisted smash "Club Can't Handle Me." Audience members went nuts when DJ Kronik dropped the booty-quivering thump of the club mainstay, and Flo, decked out in a gray pullover with a red Louis Vuitton scarf draped around his neck, crimson Nike kicks, red shades and a hefty Poe Boy chain, led the crowd with his supercharged energy. Hands shot in the air at Flo's command, heralding the beefy rapper as he headed down the platform. But he didn't confine the party to the stage, hopping in the crowd to fist-pump alongside fans and even let a couple partyers wail the chorus into his mic.
Flo also hit the stage to rock his latest single, "Who Dat Girl." Despite the frosty NYC weather outside, the Miami spitter kept the heat going indoors, ditching the sweater in favor of a white tank that showed off his trademark guns. Flo then switched to his 2009 dance-floor filler "Right Round" and pulled an amped fan in a snug animal-print dress onstage to groove alongside him. Both rocked out on the platform in the center of the audience, and Flo capped off his lucky fan's moment in the spotlight by letting her wear his massive chain.
MTV News caught up with Flo after getting the party started in Times Square, and the hitmaker dished about the secrets to making a surefire club jam.
"To make a club hit, it's gotta be like ear candy. I think the production has to stand out from all the songs that are out [and] have a great melody," said Flo, whose tracks like "Right Round" and "Low" have shattered records. "People catch on to a melodic sound faster than anything, not just here in the States, just around the world." He also added that in addition to the beat, a party-starting record has to have what he dubbed "club lyricism": lyrics so catchy that anybody at a Flo show could "sing every word and you just hold the microphone out."
With a time-tested formula for crafting smashes already in his hitmaking arsenal, and new 2011 projects from touring to pushing his own new artists, Flo said his New Year's resolution is all about spreading the wealth.
"[I plan] to continue to give," he said. "I feel like the more you give, the more you receive. It's just a great feeling to give and not to borrow."
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