Mail on Sunday (album)

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Mail on Sunday
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Studio album by Flo Rida
Released March 18, 2008
Recorded 2007 - 2008
Genre Hip hop
Length 53:21
Label Atlantic, Poe Boy
Producer Chase N. Cashe, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Fatboi, Deputy, DISNEYFX, DJ Frank E, Firstborn, Gorilla Tek, Hit-Boy, J. R. Rotem, Javon "4Mil" Thomas, Kane Beatz, Timbaland, will.i.am, Christopher Spitfiya Lanier, Dylan "3-D" Dresdow, Young Juve
Flo Rida chronology
Mail on Sunday
(2008)
R.O.O.T.S.
(2009)
Singles from Mail on Sunday
  1. "Low"
    Released: October 9, 2007
  2. "Elevator"
    Released: February 11, 2008
  3. "In the Ayer"
    Released: May 20, 2008

Mail on Sunday is the debut studio album by American hip hop artist Flo Rida, and was released on March 18, 2008 under Atlantic, and Poe Boy Entertainment. It spawned three singles; the first, "Low" was number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks. The second, and third singles, "Elevator", and "In the Ayer", were successful as well, being top twenty hits. "Roll" featuring Sean Kingston was not an official single, but it managed to peak at number fifty-nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number forty-three on the Canadian Hot 100 due to digital sales in both countries.

Music[edit]

T-Pain, who laced the first single, is only one of the many featured guests throughout the album. Timbaland, who produced the second single "Elevator", is also featured on the track. Rick Ross, and Trey Songz made appearances as well.[1] Lil Wayne has also been added to the list[1] with assistance by young Memphian, Jamil Smith, while Sean Kingston appears on the J. R. Rotem-produced "Roll" the concept was created, and co-written by Compton rapper Spitfiya, from The Bullets Production Team, Various other guests include Birdman, Brisco. The third single is "In the Ayer" featuring will.i.am. The fourth single was scheduled to be "Money Right" featuring Brisco, and Rick Ross, but was canceled due to the release of his upcoming second studio album R.O.O.T.S. His second collaboration with T-Pain, "I Bet", as well as his collaboration with Trina, named "Bout It", both didn't make the final track list, but were recorded. As for production, J. R. Rotem, DJ Montay, and Timbaland all provided tracks for Mail on Sunday, among others.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 54/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX 2.5/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[7]
NOW 2/5 Ns[8]
RapReviews 7/10 stars[9]
Robert Christgau (dud)[10]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 1/5 stars[12]

Mail on Sunday garnered mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 54, based on 12 reviews.[2]

Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews praised the album for containing great production and tracks that are potential singles but found the artist on said album lacking in identity, concluding with, "When you try to come up with positive comparisons to other artists, you realize just how derivative Flo Rida is. He's a little bit Twista, a little bit Trick Daddy, and a whole lot Nelly. None of those things are negative, but the fact he can't distinguish himself from any of them isn't a positive. I'd like to see Flo Rida convince me why he's special with his next album - until then he's just another MC with a well produced album who came out of a cookie cutter hitmaking mold."[9] Joseph Barracato of Entertainment Weekly also praised the production for having "ferocious beats" and "infectious hooks" but gave credit to Flo Rida for delivering female anatomy metaphors in a creative way.[4] Billboard writer Jeff Vrabel said that, "Flo Rida's flow is an engaging/ringy-dingy/he-sounds-like-Nelly thing. But his hooks can be rock-solid ("Ack Like You Know") and his interest in gleaming synthesizerism (opener "American Superstar" comes into "Tubular Bells" territory, really) helps set him off from the legions of rappers clawing over each other to break out of the South."[13]

AllMusic's Andy Kellman said that, "Though Flo Rida has his own identity – for all the tough talk and the automotives fixation, he does come off as big-hearted, and he could just as easily make an R&B album – and covers more bases than what is typical from other mainstream-yet-street rap albums of 2007 and 2008, he's not nearly as distinctive as any of his predecessors."[3] Robert Christgau graded the album as a "dud",[10] indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought."[14] Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard found the album trying hard to replicate the success of "Low" but found the tracks to be "generic pop rap" and both the production and vocal delivery "standard-issue."[11] Wilson McBee of Slant Magazine criticized the record's tired use of party tracks, phoned in contributions, and misogynistic lyrical content, concluding that "unless he can once again catch the coattails of T-Pain or some other hit-magnet, odds are that he’ll be beginning his descent back into anonymity very soon."[12]

Sales[edit]

Mail on Sunday debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 86,000 copies in its first week.[15] As of May, 2009, the album has sold 390,000 copies in the US.[16] It has been certified silver for sales in the UK.[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "American Superstar" (featuring Lil Wayne) Honorable C.N.O.T.E. 3:40
2. "Ack Like You Know" Deputy 3:45
3. "Elevator" (featuring Timbaland)
3:50
4. "Roll" (featuring Sean Kingston)
4:00
5. "Low" (featuring T-Pain) DJ Montay 3:50
6. "Priceless" (featuring Birdman)
3:52
7. "Ms. Hangover" J. R. Rotem 3:57
8. "Still Missin'" Kane Beatz 4:40
9. "In the Ayer" (featuring will.i.am) will.i.am 3:40
10. "Me & U" DJ Frank E 4:30
11. "All My Life" FATBOI 3:33
12. "Don't Know How to Act" (featuring Yung Joc) Honorable C.N.O.T.E 3:33
13. "Freaky Deaky" (featuring Trey Songz)
3:17
14. "Money Right" (featuring Rick Ross & Brisco)
3:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[18] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 4
New Zealand Albums Chart[20] 17
UK Albums Chart 29
US Billboard 200[21] 4
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[19] 3
US Billboard Rap Albums[19] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[22] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 100,000^

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Danica Dow (February 23, 2008). SOHH Exclusive: Flo Rida Goes "Postal" on Debut, Collaborates w/ Will.i.am, Lil' Wayne. SOHH. Accessed February 24, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Mail on Sunday by Flo Rida". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Mail on Sunday - Flo Rida". AllMusic. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Barracato, Joseph (March 14, 2008). "Mail on Sunday". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ MacPherson, Alex (April 4, 2008). "CD: Flo Rida, Main on Sunday". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ Paine, Jake (March 19, 2008). "Flo Rida - Mail On Sunday". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ Weiss, Jeff (March 16, 2008). "Flo Rida mines the familiar in 'Mail on Sunday'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on March 25, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ Stewart, Addi (March 27, 2008). "Flo Rida". NOW. NOW Communications. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (March 18, 2008). "Flo Rida :: Mail On Sunday :: Poe Boy/Atlantic Records". RapReviews. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "CG: Flo Rida". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (April 3, 2008). "Mail On Sunday : Flo Rida : Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b McBee, Wilson (March 20, 2008). "Flo Rida: Mail on Sunday". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ Vrabel, Jeff. "Mail on Sunday". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on March 24, 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ Aliya Ewing (March 26, 2008), Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 3/23/08.
  16. ^ Week Ending May 17, 2009: Three Days Is Plenty For Green Day Yahoo Music Blog (written by Paul Grein): Retrieved May 20, 2009
  17. ^ "British certification for Mail on Sunday". British Phonographic Industry. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
  18. ^ Australian Recording Industry Association
  19. ^ a b c http://www.billboard.com/artist/302239/flo+rida/chart
  20. ^ charts.org.nz Flo Rida – Mail on Sunday (album)
  21. ^ Katie Hasty, Danity Kane Snags Second Straight No. 1 Album, billboard.com, March 26, 2008
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Flo Rida – Mail on Sunday". Music Canada. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Flo Rida – Mail on Sunday". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Mail on Sunday in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

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