Track Review: Flo Rida, 'Whistle'

3.5

Flo Rida
"Whistle" (3:46)
Producers: DJ Frank E, David Glass
Writers: various
Publishers: various
Poe Boy/Atlantic

Flo Rida has long been known for using vocal stars (Ke$ha, Sia) and anthemic samples (Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me" for "Good Feeling") to provide the hooks for his singles, but on "Whistle," the rapper takes the reins all by himself. The result is a sun-drenched, happy-go-lucky tune that's sure to provide Flo with a horse in the summer anthem race. Lyrically, "Whistle" is perhaps his least subtle single ("Can you blow my whistle, baby?" he sings on the chorus), but the song's whistle hook is bound to make listeners forget all about it, assuming they're not all whistled-out from last year's "Moves Like Jagger" and OneRepublic's "Good Life." Flo's not a formidable singer, so his latest offering may lack the pop pizzazz of "Good Feeling" and "Wild Ones." But with the track's care-free vibe, the rapper's transgressions are easy to forgive.

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