R.O.O.T.S. (short for Route of Overcoming the Struggle) is the second studio album by American rapper Flo Rida. It was released on March 31, 2009.[1]

Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 31, 2009
GenreHip hop
Flo Rida chronology
Mail on Sunday
Only One Flo (Part 1)
Singles from R.O.O.T.S.
  1. "Right Round"
    Released: January 27, 2009
  2. "Shone"
    Released: February 24, 2009
  3. "Sugar"
    Released: March 17, 2009
  4. "Jump"
    Released: July 17, 2009
  5. "Be on You"
    Released: October 6, 2009
  6. "Available"
    Released: November 23, 2009


In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Flo Rida stated the inspiration for the album comes from his success and knowing that it wasn’t an overnight thing. "It also takes inspiration to turn an album, so I had to really get everything together."[2] Flo Rida has also stated that the album cover was done this way because he admittedly has an 'addiction to being shirtless' and he wanted to show his body, and show his addiction to the world.


"Right Round" was released as the album's lead single, and became Flo Rida's second number-one hit. Released on January 25, 2009, the song debuted at number 58 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on February 18, 2009. The song sold a record breaking 636,000 digital copies in its first week,[3] breaking his own record that he had set with his hit single "Low".[4][5] Though uncredited the song with singer Kesha as a guest vocalist. The song jumped to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Billboard Pop 100. In its second week, the song sold another 460,000 downloads, the third highest one-week record, topping the one million mark in paid downloads in just two weeks, and becoming the fastest million-selling download ever in the United States. It ended up staying at number 1 for six consecutive weeks.

"Shone" was released digitally as the album's second single on February 24, 2009, and it has peaked at number 57 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[6]

"Sugar" was released as the album's third single on March 17, 2009. It debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 25, making it Flo Rida's highest debut to date, and peaked at number 5 in the United States, also it has peaked at number 18 in the United Kingdom. The song features R&B singer Wynter Gordon as a guest vocalist.[7]

"Jump" is the album's fourth single and was released on July 27, 2009 in the United Kingdom, and July 28, 2009 worldwide.[8] The song features Canadian singer Nelly Furtado as a guest vocal. As of August 13, 2009 it has peaked at number 54 in the United States, number 27 in Canada, number 21 in the United Kingdom and number 18 in Australia.

"Be on You" was released as the album's fifth single on October 6, 2009. The song features American singer Ne-Yo as a guest vocalist. When the album was released the single debuted at number 90 in the United States. The song has received airplay since the album's release, and has since peaked at number 19 in the United States, and number 51 in the United Kingdom.

"Available" featuring fellow singer Akon, was released as the album's sixth single in the United Kingdom on November 23, 2009.[9]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Entertainment Weekly(B)[13]
The Guardian[14]
Los Angeles Times[15]
The New York Times(mixed)[16]
USA Today[17]

Initial critical response to R.O.O.T.S. was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 62, indicating generally favorable reviews.[18] The album was nominated for best rap album at the 52nd Grammy Awards, but lost to Relapse by Eminem.


R.O.O.T.S. debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 55,000 copies in its first week.[19] As of August, 2009, the album has sold 223,000 copies in the United States. Closing the year, the album sold 300,000 copies becoming the eighth best selling rap album of 2009.[20]

Track listing

1."Finally Here"Tramar Dillard, R. Spears, Sly JordanSounwave, Christopher "Spitfiya" Lanier for The Bullets Production Team4:03
2."Jump" (featuring Nelly Furtado)Dillard, Mike Caren, Travis Barker, Oliver Goldstein, Nelly Furtado, Ester DeanMike Caren, Olige, Travis Barker*3:28
3."Gotta Get It (Dancer)"Dillard, Caren, Goldstein, Mark KnopflerCaren, Oligee4:00
4."Shone" (featuring Pleasure P)Dillard, James Scheffer, Richard Butler, Jr., Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Rex ZamorJim Jonsin, Dre & Vidal4:13
5."Right Round" (featuring Kesha)Dillard, Lukasz Gottwald, Allan Grigg, Justin Franks, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Aaron Bay-Schuck, Peter Burns, Stephen Coy, Michael Percy, Timothy LeverDr. Luke, Kool Kojak3:22
6."R.O.O.T.S."Dillard, Jean BorgesJRock3:45
7."Be on You" (featuring Ne-Yo)Dillard, Shaffer Smith, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik HermansenStarGate, Ne-Yo*4:03
8."Mind On My Money"Dillard, Eric Hudson, Noel "Detail" FisherEric Hudson3:32
9."Available" (featuring Akon)Dillard, William Adams, Aliaune Thiam, Harold Clayton, Sigidi Abdullahwill.i.am4:25
10."Touch Me" (featuring Kesha[upper-alpha 1])Dillard, Gottwald, Benjamin Levin, K. SebertDr. Luke, Benny Blanco3:11
11."Never"Dillard, Nathan PerezHappy Perez4:22
12."Sugar" (featuring Wynter Gordon)Dillard, Montay Humphrey, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Maurizio Lobina, Gianfranco Randone, Massimo Gabutti, William Jones, Mike CarenDJ Montay, Mike Caren4:13
13."Rewind" (featuring Wyclef Jean)Dillard, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Kobe R, Wyclef Jean, Maurice Carpenter, Leigh Elliott, Johnny Mollings, Lenny MollingsThe Inkredibles4:29
Total length:50:50


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[21] 6
Australian Urban Albums Chart[21] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[22] 21
Belgian Albums Chart[23] 19
Canadian Albums Chart[24] 6
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 69
French Albums Chart[26] 25
Germany Albums Chart[22] 21
Irish Albums Chart[27] 13
Italian Albums Chart[28] 99
Japanese Albums Chart[29] 7
New Zealand Albums Chart[30] 13
Swiss Albums Chart[22] 14
UK Albums Chart[31] 5
UK R&B Chart[31] 1
US Billboard 200[19] 8
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[32] 6
US Billboard Rap Albums[33] 3


Region CertificationCertified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[34] Gold 40,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. Kesha provides uncredited vocals.


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