When rapper Flo Rida originally burst on the scene (his song Low was featured in the award-winning-worthy Step Up 2 The Streets), I wasn’t a fan. I thought the song was essentially shilling a catalog of products: Apple Bottoms jeans, Uggs (boots with fur), Reeboks (with straps), and um, baggy sweatpants…
But somewhere along the line, I got hooked. The same happened with his follow up (In the Ayer) and Right Round, which borrows quite liberally from the classic 80’s tune, You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) by Dead or Alive.
Now know this – I usually can’t stand it when most songs lift old songs for new ones. (Rihanna’s borrowing of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love back-beat to create the entirely different SOS was a major exception. And I don’t count the Numa Numa song lifted for TI and Rihanna’s Live Your Life.) And Right Round barely passed that opinion, but imagine my surprise when I heard Eiffel 65’s Blue in a new song:
Initially, I thought, “Oh geez, not this now!” But when I figured out it out was Flo Rida, all was forgiven. Why is that?