Video Review: Flo Rida “I Cry”

Flo Rida pulls into an apartment building in Carol City neighborhood in Miami Gardens, Florida. Kids and teenagers run to his car. He talks to them in the parking lot. Four fortysomething watch him walk on the first floor of the apartments from the balcony.

Rida walks up the stairs to the second floor. He knocks on the door of 223. Against a black background with sparse royal blue lights, he raps. He says hello the 8-year-old boy inside and walks around the apartment. In the bathroom, he takes off his sunglasses and sees his 18-year-old self. The 8-year-old boy tries to open the door.

In black-and-white, a note on the screen reads “Carol City, Florida 1998” as his 18-year-old self walks in the neighborhood. Back in the present, Rida sheds a tear. Water reaches his sneakers. In black-and-white, he reads the Bible on the bench while two police officers watch him. Tape lines a section of the lawn. A 15-year-old boy sees the covered body and looks away. He digs into a pile on a construction site. Back in color, his 18-year-old self rubs his face as he looks into the mirror. The water reaches the sink as Flo Rida stares at it. He holds his nose and falls into the water.

In archival footage, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy stand at podiums and deliver speeches. A 17-year-old boy holds a gun in the jungle. A malnourished 5-year-old boy walks in the field. The planes attack the World Trade Center. He walks out of the house. In the bottom corner, a fortysomething woman dances. A flower blooms. Rida performs on stage. He hands out graduation gowns. The teenagers throw their caps in the air at graduation.

Rating: 3/5

Flo Rida receives his bank statement. As he opens it, he sees the wealth he had acquired. He puts his hand on his forehead. Music had provided him financial freedom. . However, back home, he knew people were struggling and going without. He grabs his keys and pulls out of the driveway.

The adults eyed him as he walked around his old apartment building. He says he used to live in 223. A thirtysomething woman asks him if he’d like to see it. He says he’d like to. As he walks in, he realizes not much had changed. He had learned how to walk in the family and shaved for the first time in the bathroom. It was still home, even if it wasn’t his.

He contacts his former high school and says he’d like to help. The adminstration mentions some kids can’t afford to get their cap and gowns. He says he’s paying for everyone. Sitting in the stadium, he listens to the valedictorian speak. The principal invites him on stage. Flo Rida encourages the kids to go to college and follow their dreams. He tells them there is a way out. The stadium erupts in cheers. He waves to them and walks to sit on stage.

Director: Marc Klasfeld Year: 2012

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.