Flo Rida
R.O.O.T.S.


2.0
poor

Review

by Rudy K. STAFF
March 30th, 2009 | 28 replies | 7,885 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is these kind of club bangers that make R.O.O.T.S. a worthy record for a few spins on the dance floor, if nothing else.

The possessor behind arguably one of the hip-hop world’s best aliases, Tramar Dillard has been making club music for years since his teenage days with 2 Live Crew, but it was only until last year’s Mail on Sunday and the titanic single “Low” that Flo Rida became a household name. A little over a year later and now we have Routes of Overcoming The Struggle, or R.O.O.T.S., a record with a heavy name that is hardly reflective of its party nature.

Flo Rida will never be accused of being a serious artist, but him and his army of producers, which includes Timbaland, Danja, and will.i.am, know how to make a sick hit. The opening duo of “Finally Here” and “Jump” are two of the bounciest, accessible tunes on the record, the first quite effectively setting the tone of the record with its TGIF vibe and the later benefiting from a quirky electro hook and Nelly Furtado’s spot-on chorus.

Truly, what R.O.O.T.S. stands for is hardly an appropriate title for what is, at its core, a party record. A more appropriate one might have been B.S.T.S.M. (Bangin’ Singles To Sell Millions), or track “Mind on My Money,” which brags about how Flo’s “pockets are swoll” on top of a beat that probably cost a fair amount itself. Songs like the reflective title track or closer “Rewind” are too bland or stereotypical to stand up next to the infectiously catchy would-be singles that surround them. Lyrics like “I can’t hate where I’m from / because where I’m from make me” or the immensely cheesy wave-your-lighters-in-the-air sentiments of “Rewind” (replete with arching orchestral backing and choir) pale in comparison to Flo Rida’s strengths: namely, songs to dance to.

By now you and everyone else in the country has heard first single “Right Round,” which swipes the melody from the notorious Dead or Alive song, and it is these kind of club bangers that make R.O.O.T.S. a worthy record for a few spins on the dance floor, if nothing else. Although tracks like the nearly unbelievable “Sugar,” which is about as vapid as its name suggests, might make one imagine they’re listening to Lady GaGa, there’s enough future hits, from the techno-y “Touch Me” to requisite ballad “Be On You” (featuring, of course, Ne-Yo), to maintain Flo’s image.

Flo Rida has said that “there’s definitely something for everybody on this album” in an interview with Billboard, and this is undoubtedly true. But in his attempt to please everyone, R.O.O.T.S. denies the rapper any possibility of making an album that truly excels. Flo Rida is a competent lyricist and has enough money to cherry-pick any producer he should choose, and so it’s a bit disheartening to see him follow the same route that Mail on Sunday did: focusing on the cash potential of a predictable hit single. But then again, the two million-plus people who have already purchased “Right Round” can hardly be wrong, can they?



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klap
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2009



10246 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Continuing to give my life/good common sense in service to Sputnik and reviews of shitty music.

In other news, I can't get the album art on this sucker. Someone wanna help me out?

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Tyler
Emeritus
March 31st 2009



7928 Comments


album art cant be uploaded right now, it'll be fixed soon

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2009



10246 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Alright thought it might be a server problem, thanks.

AtavanHalen
March 31st 2009



17927 Comments


Anyone think Flo Rida has rich nigga teeth?

upagainstthewall
March 31st 2009



838 Comments


He would have to crash a golf buggy to qualify first.. or maybe a ride on lawn mower.

Greggers
March 31st 2009



2375 Comments


Anyone think Flo Rida has rich nigga teeth?


Damn, you beat me to it! :P

Hollow
March 31st 2009



263 Comments


Flo Rida, yeah, he sucks big time, from his stage name to his lyrics to everything else this is another artist who should just disappear.

shindip
April 1st 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A pretty generic, average pop-rap album, although some songs are very catchy and stay in your head for days, most are quite a bore to listen to.

bastard
April 1st 2009



3435 Comments


this man is garbage. Hell, I like T-Pain, but this guy is just plain obnoxious.

good review though.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2009



16081 Comments


same wave of rnbrappop

bastard
April 1st 2009



3435 Comments


pretty much from the same pop hop/rnb type of music. But other than that, you are right, they really aren't similar.

shindip
April 1st 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I hate T Pains electric voice it anger me.

AtavanHalen
April 1st 2009



17927 Comments


Dave de Sylvia got them apple bottom jeans...

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2009



10246 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

but no furry boots

themanslayer
April 25th 2009



4 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

the awfuly boring music ,with the same old rap lyrics, with the robot voice... nough said

bears
October 21st 2009



106 Comments


dunno bout this album, but the song roots is a great beat

RiversCuomo
December 2nd 2010



439 Comments


dat album art

DarthMann
July 30th 2012



13476 Comments


title track is catchy

MentalityOfA
October 9th 2012



1213 Comments


He's from Florida?

Havey
March 15th 2014



9615 Comments


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp6bL5aDKdE

fucking immense

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