I’ve noted that he’s a fairly anonymous superstar, and that’s true, but that hasn’t stopped Flo Rida from popping up on three great singles at the same time. Like I said before, you don’t have to be an obvious, overt “personality” to drop your voice on some hot hits.
And sure, all three of these songs are a little… predictable. Like, none of them are reinventing hip-hop or R&B or dance music. But you know what? It’s the weekend, and when I need to dance, I don’t necessarily need to have my mind blown. I just need that hot pop formula that I love so much.
On “Whistle,” Flo Rida serves me the “low-key sexy” version of the formula, and while the video is just a boring collection of beach scenes, the song itself provides a charming hook built around whistling (of course) and a smooth electro beat. It currently my favorite workout song.
Then there’s “Goin’ In,” the new single from Jennifer Lopez’s Greatest Hits album (which I’m secretly delighted I own!) This is a decent-enough, Calvin Harris-esque Eurodance track, but it really gets boost when Flo finally arrives with his guest verse.
And finally, there’s “I’m Tired” by R&B newcomer Phyllisia. It’s a sultry jam about a no-good man that recalls Keyshia Cole and Alicia Keys, but when Flo Rida shows up, he flips the script by saying he doesn’t understand what she’s talking about. He’s been a good man, and, um, she seemed cool yesterday. Where did all this hate come from? Honestly, this is the most distinctive and interesting I’ve ever heard him be. If this song takes off, then we may have a new Flo Rida on our hands.
Previously: This is the best rock song of 2012
Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship. He’s not a great whistler. At best, he can make a sad, half-whistle that mostly sounds like air.