Flo Rida on his Little League days, and his ultimate at-bat song
Since tbt* last chatted with Flo Rida four months ago, the rapper has toured Europe with his sophomore album, R.O.O.T.S. (Route of Overcoming the Struggle).
Not bad for a guy who grew up in a South Florida housing project.
But living out of a suitcase makes it tough for the sports fan, whose real name is Tramar Dillard, to keep up with his favorite teams. To stay in the loop, Flo checks scores on his iPhone and talks sports with the guys in his entourage.
For Flo, sports aren‚Äôt just entertainment. They‚Äôre his first love. As a boy he dreamed of being not an international star but a basketball player. And long before he gave us hits like Low and Sugar, he was a 12-year-old baseball player with the Carol City Chiefs.
Flo‚Äôs passions for music and sports will collide this weekend when he performs after the Rays take on the Royals, as part of Tropicana Field‚Äôs free summer concert series. First pitch is at 7:38 p.m. Get tickets at rays.mlb.com.
Flo called tbt* from a publicity stop in New York City to chat about baseball and hip-hop.
What position were you on the Chiefs, and what do you think your position says about your personality?
I played second base. I definitely enjoyed it. I was very athletic, so most of the time there‚Äôs a position that you have to be very skillful (to play).
I understand, too, that you had aspirations of being a professional basketball player at one point.
Yes, I definitely love basketball. I grew up with it in the back of my projects. That was definitely my first dream.
Now that you‚Äôve conquered your second dream, are you going to go after the first one?
I‚Äôll just leave that for a hobby.