Musicians do a lot to get their name out to an audience these days, sometimes a little too much. Florida rapper Flo Rida has made a desperate attempt to really reach his fans. He's made his cell phone number (305-528-2786) public, so they can give him a jingle.
Read more about it in the CNN article below.
Flo Rida wants you to call him. In an attempt to reach his fan base on a more intimate level, the Floridian rapper has made his personal cell phone number public.
"If they can go out and buy my albums, I can at least make the sacrifice to holler at the few people who call," he says. "A lot of times I'm busy so they'll get my voice mail. And if I can speak to them and I have time, I always text back. Because I think that's very important."
To prove that the number he shared on camera during our interview was the real deal, he showed CNN his iPhone. The device was on overdrive, constantly lighting up and vibrating with an influx of texts and calls.
"Yo this is your boy Flo Rida," he said to one caller. "What's your name? What's good?"
But it was too much for the person on the other end -- he or she hung up before uttering a response.
"Most of them hang up," says Flo Rida (real name Tramar Dillard). "They don't think it's really me."
So how many calls and texts does a top-selling, in-demand rap star actually respond to?
"About 30 percent," he says.
Flo Rida has been moving quickly these days. His single, "Low," featuring T-Pain, broke digital sales records last year, selling 467,000 downloads in its first week.
He's also breaking his own records: His new single "Right Round" sold more than 636,000 downloads in the week after its release. It also hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 pop chart.
"Right Round" features singer Kesha and borrows an infectious sample from the Dead or Alive hit "You Spin me Round (Like a Record)." It can be found on Flo Rida's sophomore album, "R.O.O.T.S." (Atlantic), which dropped Tuesday, only a year after the release of his debut album, "Mail on Sunday."
Flo Rida talked to CNN about having to record music while on the road, keeping in tune with his international fans, and being a shy guy (yeah, right!). Read more here.