ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico â€” How in the world do you react when you’re sitting down and get a call that BeyoncÃ© wants to take you overseas â€” and pay you for it?
“You say, ‘Thank you, Jesus!’ ” Flo Rida said with a grin Sunday night in New Mexico. He was about to go and perform as part of “New Mexico Takeover 4.” The bill also included fellow Miami natives Rick Ross and Pitbull, as well as Busta Rhymes, Bun B and Twista. “[There are] a lot of people that’s not in the position I’m in. So I don’t take it for granted.”
Flo Rida said he’s been tapped to open shows for BeyoncÃ© this week as she makes a run of concerts through Australia. Obviously, he’s excited.
“I recall going to a couple of her concerts [in the past], like, ‘Wow! If I could be in that type of venue and atmosphere.’ [Doing the shows in Australia] I’ll probably be around 50,000 people a night,” Flo added. “I’m actually getting a chance to do that on my own now, but to grace a stage with someone so talented and that really loves what she does, it’s definitely going to be big for me. I come from nothing, but I’m definitely gaining a whole lot just for the fact that I’ve dedicated myself to this, sacrificed and put God first.”
The Miami native also said he was thinking about starting his own tour, but he’s already heavily booked.
“A lot of people have hit me up [about touring],” he said. “I’m doing a lot of spot dates. It’s definitely a lot of money out there. I’m traveling all over the world.”
The next single from Flo’s R.O.O.T.S. is “Be On You” with Ne-Yo, and “Finally Free” with Akon is a possible follow-up down the line.
“By the beginning of the year, I want to release another album, and hopefully it will be as successful as my latest two projects,” he noted. A mixtape is coming from Flo very soon as well.
Before Rida hit the stage, he also took time to reflect on the death of DJ AM. He said he and AM crossed paths through Travis Barker.
“I actually got a chance to work with Trav, and being with Trav, I was around [AM],” he remembered. “He was always a great guy. My condolences go out to him and his family. Without the DJ, we can’t get our point across. My blessings go out to him.”