After driving recklessly while behind the wheel of a $1.7-million Bugatti on South Beach and then failing a field sobriety test, you'd think Flo Rida would want to squash his reputation as one of hip-hop's wild ones. But instead, the 32-year-old Carol City native turned that rep into Top 40 radio's de facto 2012 party anthem.
Since December 2011, Flo Rida's infectious "Wild Ones" collaboration with up-and-comer Sia has been chiseling its catchy hook into your memory bank and playing on a never-ending loop in your subconscious mind.
Whether you're mindlessly crunching numbers at your cubicle or stuck in the sandwich line at Publix, "Hey, I heard you were the wild one/Ooo,Ooo,Ooo," inadvertently slips from your mouth and breaks the silence when you least expect it, much like Cee-Lo's "Fuck You" did last year.
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At the office, a co-worker slides out from behind their desk after hearing you sing the chorus, peeks around the partition, and says, "Now that's stuck in my head, dammit!" They've unwillingly accepted the proverbial baton in the seemingly inexhaustible relay race that is inescapably popular music.
There's no choice other than accepting and embracing it. And there's no better place to do both than at Flo Rida's upcoming concert with Cee-Lo.
R U on the List Tour featuring Flo Rida, Cee-Lo and B.o.B. Tuesday, July 3. BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $49 to $129 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. All ages. Call 305-284-8686 or visit bankunitedcenter.com.