Another postmodern Rapper in popular music released a debut album at a time that the importance and listenability of mainstream rock music was fading. Cool names aside for both the artist and album, is this album any good? Let’s find out.
We begin with American Superstar (feat. Lil Wayne) which has some razer sharp melancholy melodies to begin with. It then goes into a pretty ordinary tune that references a lot of older rock icons. This is disappointing, but still so is most of mainstream music in the new millennium. Lil Wayne’s appearance does little to change the mediocrity here. It’s dull enough to make one yawn.
Next is Act Like You Know is a definite improvement on the first track, and actually sounds very musical. It has a decent melody and lyrics to it, although it does seemingly follow the typical Rap lyrics of bling, bud and guns. It’s actually okay to hear, a decent effort by Flo Rida. It could have been shortened, but still a good track regardless.
Elevator (feat. Timbaland) sounds like a track devoted to sexual expression, which explains the title of the song. It’s rather funny in that aspect, and the chorus is pretty funny. The song otherwise is trashy, but not outright bad as it is something to laugh with and at. Not to be heard by anyone over age 50, it seems. Still, interesting listening. The beat is pretty cool, a nice touch there.
Roll (feat. Sean Kingston) is actually pretty good. Both Flo Rida and guest put in a reasonable contribution which has the usual less than intelligent lyrics. Hey, it’s quite enjoyable listening despite that. The effort from the sonic textures to the delivery of the lyrics are very good, but still, it is extremely difficult to take this music seriously.
Next is the hit single track Low (feat. T-Pain) which is instantly recognizable, and sounds laughable and awful, especially now in 2020. The lyrics are terrible, the melody is annoying and if this was a shot at good music, Flo Rida should be fired. Nothing realistic lyrically here, many great musicians now passed on will be rolling in the graves from music such as this. Terrible song.
Following that we have Priceless (feat. Birdman) which is a better tune since it wasn’t supposed to be a hit single. It has a good low end groove and sound overall, with Rapping about typical Rap music exploits. It’s definitely an improvement on the previous track, but still following a self-induced pastiche of unintelligent and uninspired Rap music. A better effort, however.
Ms. Hangover is about an alcoholic chick that Flo Rida pursues, obviously a good track to reflect picking up chicks at nightclubs who are alcoholics on the loose, really. It’s definitely an improvement on some of the other earlier tracks on this album. Very humourous and fresh sounding, it’s a good listen to laugh about the subject matter.
Still Missin begins with a faraway sounding piano part, before some terrible helium sounding harmonies enter. It is really awful to hear, this sounds like computerized music without any decent quality in it. The lyrics that are here just don’t need to be, the whole thing needs to be thrown away and rethought about again. Terrible track. Avoid at all costs.
Up next is In The Ayer (feat. will.I.am) is a much better track, but that wouldn’t be hard after the previous track. It seems better, well thought out and actually kind of catchy. It’s an ode to going out and having a good time. Hardly an original postmodern lyrical concept, but it’s an okay track anyway.
Following that comes Me & U which sounds like Flo Rida attempting a bad effort of a Daft Punk sound. Sadly, this comes across as a rather stupid attempt at a Rap love song, which really isn’t a good mixture. It’s listenable, but nothing special. A rework of this song could have given this a bit more magic.
All My Life is a really poor effort. It doesn’t have a memorable melody and sounds just like that this is a load of pretentiousness in term of musicality. Sorry, but this album is not really doing justice on a musical level. Sadly, this falls flat. It doesn’t work either musically or lyrically.
Don’t Know How To Act (feat. Yung Joc) is another party sort of tune which is a slight improvement on some of the other songs on this album. It does have a good beat, but it is a rather uninspired piece lyrically. The subsonic bass is very good though. There seems to be a sense of urgency in this song, but the song title is pretentious and not alluding to any song meaning at all.
Next is Freaky Deaky (feat. Trey Songz) is a good track which covers some dirty sexual talk. We really don’t need to know exactly what Flo Rida does sexually, so once again, this track can be easily skipped. The backing vocals by the guest actually sound pretty good. Otherwise, it is like watching pornography, kind of gross really. Laughable as well.
Last is Money Right (feat. Rick Ross & Brisco) which is actually a good way to end a fairly ordinary album, for the most part. Perhaps if Flo Rida makes a better effort in the future, listening would be required more so. Still, it is okay here.
Conclusion? It’s nothing special for an album. Sadly, it is throwaway Rap music for commercial purposes only. There are re-releases with extra tracks going around, but honestly, why bother? There is better Rap music out there, even in more recent times. Flo Rida sinks badly here.