This email from Flo Rida‘s “team” at Atlantic Records to potential songwriters really clears some shit up for us! We’ve been wondering how genius lyrics like “Whistle baby / Whistle baby / Let me know” or “You and me / Just me and you / Emotions I feel /Emotions are real”? came to be, and now we know.
I’ve attached a Zip file (Idea & Instrumental) for a Flo Rida idea that the whole team love the melody.. Just needs new lyrics.. Lyric brief is below..Would be great if you had any songwriters who could nail it!
Overall key with Flo Rida is to be masculine, macho, and iconic. Meaning we stay away from soft topics (like “your beautiful” or anything with love in it, unless something nonromantic like “I Love This Shit”).
We try to use concepts that have been #1s before but not interpolate (example “Jump” has been a #1 for Van Halen, Pointer Sisters, Kriss Kross, House Of Pain, and others). We love catch phrases, edgy/sexual double entendres, commands, and HUGGGEEEE melodies + lots of energy.
EDGY/SEXY/BUTCH has always been a solid recipe for success — just look at stars like Jody Foster! So it’s really no surprise that Flo has caught onto this… If you had to write a song for Flo, what would it be called?