Ellen: Flo Rida Etta James Sample
Flo Rida is a joke. Yet, for some reason, Ellen had him on her show to perform his hit song, “Good Feeling.”
Why the song is so popular is a mystery. It’s total trash.
The biggest issue with the song is that when a musician samples another musician’s work, there is a responsibility to use it in a way that is interesting and thoughtful. Otherwise the musician who is borrowing the sample risks looking like Vanilla Ice, who took the beautiful bass line from Queen‘s classic “Under Pressure” and made a crummy pop-rap song over it.
How on earth do people mistake this for music? It’s baffling.
Ellen: Flo Rida “Good Feeling” Performance
Though the song is a joke to begin with, his performance of it made it even worse. In fact, it was probably the worst Ellen‘s had in recent memory.
He couldn’t sing. He couldn’t dance. He just ran around the stage like an idiot.
Furthermore, his vanity was palpable and really took away from the performance. He came on the stage wearing sunglasses.
The song was almost tolerable during the verses because he actually rapped and though his flow and rhymes were pathetic, at least he was trying.
The chorus was enraging. He mostly just chanted monosyllables or short cotton candy phrases like, “Putchya hands up! Putchya putchya hands up!”
This is something that was previously inconceivable, but Flo Rida‘s performance was so atrocious it actually made Justin Bieber look like a worthwhile performer. At least he can sing and dance. At least he cares about what he’s doing.
What was really most upsetting about Flo Rida‘s performance was that it had nothing to do with entertaining the crowd. It demonstrated no craft or artistry whatsoever. It was just him thinking that he was such a badass that people should gawk over him being himself.
On the other hand, it seems to work for him. People eat it up. Why is anybody’s guess…