Tramar Lacel Dillard, popularly known by his stage name, Flo Rida, was born on September 16, 1979. He is a notable rapper, songwriter, singer, and composer. Ever since his debut in the late 2000s, the artist has released a number of hit singles and albums, which crowned him as one of the top-selling artists in the U.S. Today, he is signed with Poe Boy Entertainment and continues to earn worldwide acclaim with his chart-topping music. We think there is no better way to celebrate his birthday than to learn more about him. So, let the party begin!
Flo Rida was born Tramar Lacel Dillard in Miami Gardens, Florida, U.S. He was raised by his parents and along with seven sisters, some of whom were part of a local gospel group. Moreover, his brother-in-law was a ‘hype man’ for the local rap group called 2 Live Crew. As a result, he was constantly exposed to music and became an enthusiast from an early age.
He became a member of an amateur rap group in his city named GroundHoggz. Interestingly, the artist was just in ninth grade when he joined this group and took the first step towards a career in music. In fact, the other members of the group were close friends with him, and the kids lived in the same apartment complex. They continued to work together and make music for eight years! In 1998, he completed his high school education and enrolled at the University of Nevada. However, he decided to drop out of this institution after two months of joining it. Moreover, he had a stint at Barry University, but left it in a bid to follow his passion for music.
Given his brother-in-law’s acquaintance with the industry, he had an opportunity to work for the rapper Fresh Kid Ice as his back-up rapper and hype man. He also toured with the artist and was featured in his tracks. Soon after, he caught the eye of DeVante Swing — a prominent record producer during that time. However, the budding rapper still struggled to garner recognition and faced rejections from record labels. In 2000, he joined a hip-hop group named Hot Boyz. During his early days as a musician, he struggled to make ends meet. He took up several odd jobs, stayed at cheap motels, and even spent nights on the streets. His big break finally arrived in 2004 when Poe Boy Entertainment offered him a record deal — and the rest is history.
He releases his debut album titled, “Mail on Sunday.”
His first single track, ‘Right Round,’ breaks the record for the highest one-week sales in the U.S.
The artist wins the International Dance Music Award for his hip-hop and rap track, ‘Wild Ones.’
The Billboard Music Awards nominate him in a number of categories, including ‘Top Male Artist,’ ‘Top Rap Artist,’ and ‘Top 100 Artists.’
Flo Rida’s song, ‘G.D.F.R.,’ joins the top 10 tracks on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts.
Why We Love Flo Rida
Flo Rida is one of the artists who rose to the top on their own and without a guiding hand. The artist’s passion for music is evident in his years of struggling to make it big. Despite several hardships, he refused to give up and came out stronger than ever.
His unique music
Whether you are up for an intense workout or at a party, his music fits the moods perfectly and gives you a much-needed adrenaline rush. ‘G.D.F.R.,’ ‘My House,’ ‘Wild Ones,’ and ‘Right Round,’ his most popular songs, are an extension of his every-day-is-Friday personality.
He gives back
The artist has massive love and respect for the community where he grew up. He also owns and operates his own organization, ‘Big Dreams for Kids,’ and caters to the underserved communities in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Los Angeles. In addition, he works toward uplifting underprivileged kids by way of the ‘Florida Youth Football League.’
5 Surprising Facts
His first venture was not hip-hop
Before diving into the world of music, he pursued a career in business management.
He found inspiration in death
One of his sisters tragically passed away during his early years in music, which pushed him to work harder.
He is an automobile fanboy
The rapper has a penchant for automobiles and owns an impressive fleet of supercars, including a custom-made Maybach, Ferraris, and Bugattis.
His love for getting inked
The artist has a total of 11 tattoos on his body.
He has a twin
Unknown to many, the rapper has a twin sister.
Flo Rida FAQs
Is Flo Rida still making music?
Yes, he still makes music and a new album is underway.
Why is Flo Rida called Flo Rida?
The name is an ode to the artist’s roots, who was born and raised in the ghettos of Florida.
Is Flo Rida in a relationship?
The artist is currently single.
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