Tramar Lacel Dillard, popularly known as Flo Rida was born in September 16, 1979. He was raised in a family of seven sisters. Dillard joined GroundHoggz, an amateur rap group when he was in 9th grade. The group contained 3 members: Fist, Key Lime and 1Bred. They all resided within the same apartment complex in which Dillard lived. The recording was done at underground studios situated in Carver Ranches. GroundHoggz remained as a team for 8 long years.
A brother in law of Dillard was considered to be a hype man for 2 Live Crew, a local rap group. Upon witnessing Dillard’s talent when he worked together with Fresh Kid Ice, a 2 Live Crew member, a member from the Jodeci band was impressed. However, since he got rejected by many major labels, Dillard sought after other careers outside music. He continued studying international business management for 2 months at the University of Nevada and then went to Barry University. He came back to Florida in order to pursue his career in music just after a phone call from Poe Boy Entertainment, an independent label.
In 2006, Dillard signed a contract with Poe Boy and began collaborating with other artists like Trick Daddy, T-Pain, Trina and Rick Ross in the name of Flo Rida. His 1st significant release was ‘Birthday’, a promotional street single featuring Rick Ross. His very first guest appearance was on DJ Khaled’s We the Best album song ‘Bitch I’m from Dade County’. This album featured Dre, C-Ride, Brisco, Rick Ross, Trina as well as Trick Daddy. As an American rapper, Flo Rida shot to fame through his hits like ‘Low’ which featured T- Pain. This was a No. 1 hit song in the US for 10 weeks straight during 2008. ‘Right Round’ which featured Kesha was another No. 1 hit song for 6 weeks. Upon the release of these 2 songs, the record for digital download sales was broken. Some other internationally acclaimed hit singles of Flo Rida include ‘Whistle’, ‘Wild Ones’, ‘Good Feeling’ and ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’. His frequent collaboration with various artists in the making of his and others tracks have brought about a good mix of musical talents to the spot light. Other artists’ hit songs which features him include ‘Trouble maker’ by Olly Murs, ‘Bad Boys’ by Alexandra Burke and ‘Running Back’ by Jessica Mauboy. So far, Flo Rida was successful in releasing 4 albums namely the Wild Ones (2012), Only One Flo (Part 1) (2010), R.O.O.T.S (2009) and Mail on Sunday (2008). Altogether, his music has obtained more than 75 million downloads throughout the world.