By Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Liz Murray
Flo Rida’s star continues to rise, and we got a glimpse into why this weekend during his performance in Waldorf, Md. For those of you who have not been introduced to Flo Rida, he’s a hip hop artist who has been at the top of the music charts consistently since early 2008. Yes, he is from Florida – Miami to be exact.
We arrived at the stadium Saturday night around eight o’clock. Flo Rida was already on stage singing “Low,” a song from the movie “Step Up 2: The Streets” soundtrack. We had a few minutes to listen to his music before the interview.
He was great on stage! It seems his growing popularity stems from his ability to connect with fans. He talked to the audience in between songs, gave out his personal cell phone number, and kept reminding the ladies that he’s single to mingle. The energy in his show was infectious. If I hadn’t been in uniform, I would have been doing some dancing of my own.
Flo Rida was gracious enough to sit down with us for a few minutes to discuss his music, and what has driven him to this point in his life. He was very soft-spoken, but came across as a man who is very confident and intelligent. As someone who has lived on the streets at points in his own life, he seems to pay attention to the struggles other people go through in all parts of the world. Flo Rida is using his music and fame to connect with people who are dealing with challenges in their lives. He recently traveled to Africa and saw the poor living conditions of people on the continent. He has also been involved in a few charity fundraisers for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
This talented man is the first hip hop artist to be featured on the Pentagon Channel’s Command Performance series, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to take that spot.