Mike Ragogna: When you were making your latest album Only One Flo (Part 1), did you feel like you had a blockbuster with all these hits on it?
Flo Rida: Definitely. Going into the studio, if the vibe is right, the song gives me goosebumps. A lot of times, I get reactions from colleagues that are with me and they always tell me if I've done good or not, they give me their real opinions. I got a chance to perform the record at shows and just from the crowd reaction, I knew the record was going to be a big one.
MR: So far, you have like three hits on this project, and it looks like there's more to come, right?
FR: Yeah, most definitely. It's in two parts and part 2 will be out in the Spring. So, I hope fans are looking forward to that.
MR: Very cool. I wanted to go through a few more songs on Only One Flo (Part 1). You have "Club Can't Handle Me," "Turn Around (5,4,3,2,1)," and there's "Who Dat Girl" featuring Akon. When you're in the studio, what's the experience like?
FR: For the most part, it's real spontaneous. I find myself recording in hotel rooms because I'm on the road, busy traveling, I just come up with these ideas. That's an experience you can never usually get being in places like London, Russia, Germany, and Belgium. I'm always inspired by the places that I'm at, going to clubs around the world and everything. I'm not the guy who needs purple Skittles or anything like that, it's just me sitting in front of the console or me in the hotel room putting my thoughts down.
MR: In addition to being one of the world's more popular artists, you have a charity called "Big Dreams For Kids." Can you explain a little of what that's about.
FR: It's inspired by when I was a little boy. We would have these celebrities come around my project -- I grew up in an environment where there was a lot of drug dealing and killing, but we still had the positive role models come down and tell us to dream big. You don't have to be inspired by the negativity surrounding you, you can do things that are productive. For me, the outlet was music and playing basketball. That was the inspiration for where I'm at right now.
MR: Let's catch people up. There's your hit "Low" featuring T-Pain, and your hit "Right Round" with Kesha that was the biggest selling first week digital single ever. It had somewhere near 636,000 downloads in a week. And you've got a really solid fan base.
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