If the whole rapping thing doesn’t pan out, Flo Rida could get a job with the tourism folks, no problem.
The local superstar really does take advantage of where he lives. Take his video for Let it Roll, off the album Wild Ones, for example. Poor freezing Northerners have to watch a day in the life of the Carol City rapper. There he is roller skating along the Hollywood Boardwalk, blasting out into the sky from a jet lev and hanging out at a go-kart track.
“We did some crazy things for that shoot,” says the 33-year-old chart-topper, who will headline the Blacks’ gala at the Fontainebleau Saturday night.
“It’s fun just living here. It’s like two for one: You get a vacation too. The best spot in the world.” Yes, it’s good to live in South Florida, and good to be Flo, who plans to perform such crowd rousers as Whistle, I Cry and Low.
You’ve done so many collaborations. Any favorites?
I’ve definitely been a big fan of Jennifer Lopez. She’s just a great individual. Since the first time we met, she’s always been supportive and humble. Working with her [on Goin’ In and Sweet Spot] was just like a perfect combination.
Some of the cast from “The Real Housewives of Miami” is expected at the gala. Do you watch the show?
A little. It’s very interesting. I mean, they got Housewives all over the place, why not in one of the nation’s hotspots? As far as watching television, I’m so busy recording I don’t have the time. I might catch a basketball game or something.
What’s a typical day like for you?
My mom moved down here recently from New York so I spend a lot of time with my family. I go to the beach with my friends; we hit some clubs like Bamboo, Mansion, LIV, Dream. Prime 112 is like my number-one spot. And Barton G: They’ve got those great presentations.
What are your guilty pleasures, food wise?
Prime 112 has this fried red velvet cake and fried Oreos. I do get the salads too, though!
What kind of workouts do you do to maintain your buff physique?
At least five days a week, I start off with like a 20-minute run. I’d call it a sprint, just to up my cardio. After that, a bunch of sit-ups and pushups, mostly core exercises. I do boxing training as well. When I have to perform, I really prepare. I get motivated from the show. I don’t want to go out there and have no energy. When I start to get tired on stage, I say to myself, ‘Hey, let’s stop skipping the gym.’ I love working out outside. I want to sweat so I wear long sleeves. I’m trying to make sure I’m losing body fat.
Do you cook at all?
Um, I don’t have to. I have seven sisters. If they’re not doing something for me, it’s a restaurant.
For tickets to the gala, which will also include a performance by “American Idol” Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, go to www.theblacksannualgala.com