American rapper and singer Flo Rida, of chartbuster You spin my head right round fame, briefly toured India last week. And post his performances in Bangalore and Pune, the hip-hop star, who was brought down here by Morph Entertainment, only has good things to say about the country.
"I’m in awe of Indian culture," he says. "India is the place where music originated so it’s seen in a big way by the entertainment industry in the US. It’s got such a rich culture and varied genres of music. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go around much this time but I definitely want to come back again for long."
The singer is cued into Bollywood as well and says he’d love to team up on a song like the Snoop Dogg-Pritam number Singh is kinng. "I’ve been exposed to Bollywood music and believe it has its own charm and melody," he says. "I would love to meet and compose a song or two with someone like (AR) Rahman."
And as Bollywood gets ready for a remake of the Hollywood blockbuster, The Hangover, that featured Flo Rida’s Right round, Flo Rida says he’d be "honoured" to be a part of it: "I would consider it a huge compliment if my music is a part of the movie or any other Bollywood movie for that matter."
Talking about the song that made him a global superstar, Flo Rida says he got the idea of sampling Dead or Alive’s single You spin me round for his song Right round through his sister first. "I finally recorded it because I wanted to show listeners my musical growth by broadening my horizons, since ROOTS was my second album," he reveals.
“I think the song managed to influence people internationally because whenever I compose, I think of people all over the world rather than just a local audience.”
For his third studio album, The Only One, the rapper has gone one step further and roped in international sensation, DJ David Guetta. Guetta has produced his single, Club can’t handle me, that’s already climbing the charts. “The collaboration with Guetta was probably the coolest one of my life,” says the rapper who has worked with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Madonna and Lady Gaga. “I met him on my UK tour. We were eager to work with each other but were pressed for time, so we recorded half the song there, and half in the Bahamas.
“I have a lot more to offer in The Only One, so I’ve made it a double album. It’ll feature Ludacris, The Saturdays, and many more.”
Ask him if he’ll launch the album in Mumbai, and he responds, “Mumbai is where Bollywood is, right? Perhaps I’ll play there on my next trip, and also meet some more wonderful people.”