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"G.D.F.R." (abbreviation for Goin' Down for Real) is a song by American rapper Flo Rida featuring American rapper Sage the Gemini & American music producer and DJ Lookas from Flo Rida's 2015 EP My House. It was released as the album's lead single on October 21, 2014, in the United States. The song was written by Flo Rida, Sage the Gemini and P-Lo and produced by DJ Frank E and Andrew Cedar, with co-production from Lookas and Miles Beard.[1]

"G.D.F.R."
Flo Rida - G.D.F.R. (feat. Sage the Gemini and Lookas).png
Single by Flo Rida featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas
from the EP My House
ReleasedOctober 21, 2014 (2014-10-21)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2014
GenreHip hop
Length3:10
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Flo Rida singles chronology
"How I Feel"
(2013)
"G.D.F.R."
(2014)
"I Don't Like It, I Love It"
(2015)
Sage the Gemini singles chronology
"Only That Real"
(2014)
"G.D.F.R."
(2014)
"Guantanamera"
(2015)
Music video
"G.D.F.R." on YouTube

The song was a sleeper hit, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2015, making it Flo Rida's tenth top-ten single on the chart, selling over one million copies domestically. Internationally, it peaked within the top ten of the charts in nine countries, including Denmark, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. In the latter country, "G.D.F.R." topped the country's R&B chart.[2]

CompositionEdit

The song uses instrumental samples from Lookas' remix of "Low Rider" by War, namely in its hook. Some listeners incorrectly believe that the song is played with an oboe, however, the song is played with a saxophone by Clay Pritchard.[3] Flo Rida has stated that he shortened the title to G.D.F.R. to remind the listener of graffiti.[4] According to musicnotes.com, the song is written in G minor,[5] with a tempo of 146 beats per minute.

Music videoEdit

The official music video was released on December 24, 2014. The set revolves around Flo Rida as a basketball coach with professional dancers who double as basketball players (Team Strong Arm vs. Team Mad Dog). Team Strong Arm comes back in the end and wins by 3 points. Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem, Natalie La Rose, and Gorilla Zoe makes an appearance.[4] During parts of the video the on screen score displays the incorrect initials G.F.D.R.[6]

Rap group 2 Live Crew (Brother Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice) also make a cameo.[7]

Usage in other mediaEdit

A remix by DJ Noodles appears in both the film Furious 7 (during the Abu Dhabi party scene), and on its soundtrack. The track is also played in other films such as Hotel Transylvania 2, Deadpool, and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. It also served as one of the theme songs of SummerSlam 2014. The track is also featured in the television shows Telenovela, Superstore and The Real O'Neals.

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[60] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[61] 2× Platinum 160,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[62] Gold 30,000^
Germany (BVMI)[63] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[64] 2× Platinum 60,000 
New Zealand (RMNZ)[65] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[68] 4× Platinum 1,975,000[67]

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

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