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RodXTheXGod – The Ricky Spanish Collection (Album)

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PRODUCER: DJ Idea
FEATURES: JJ Da Jet (RIP), Playrunna AV, Jerry Nova & Jotta
COVER ART: @LongLiveTheChef

5 tracks of sheer mayhem with an elegant overtone. The perfectly titled project, The Ricky Spanish Collection, is the long-awaited addition to the warfare that RodXTheXGod has initiated. The Saint Petersburg rapper continues to give us something to stir up this year’s lyrical debate, adding fuel to the fire that he ignited over the past few months and throwing a musical tantrum on the throne that he’s laid claim to, all in the same breathe.

A player’s ball soundtrack. Each track named after some of Florida’s most historical beaches. The introduction, “Vero Beach” is a two stepping groove, filled with quotes that’ll have you feeling like Super Fly. The following, features “Valrico”. Another vibe filled beat that RodXTheXGod manipulates flawlessly with his melodic cadance and throwing a hay-maker or two ever so often. Never missing a punch.

This man and his army/label, PSMB Worldwide, is a force to be reckoned with and should never be taken lightly. Doing it in the most organic and smoothest ways so far, with only his PSMB family & another St Pete stepper, Jotta serving as guests on the tracks. Not only does this seem like its simply sport to him, but it’s child’s play in some way. Convincing me that he has something dynamic hidden up his sleeve and this is barely the tip of the asteroid.

This project by RodXTheXGod is a MUST listen! (on repeat tho)

Willy Flee – The RNFlee Album

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A violet hue of bliss on a velvety laid project. Tampa’s Willy Flee is ensuring his rightful spot among the mentions of today’s rising stars in Florida, with the release of The RNFlee Album.

The Brooklyn native has assembled a collection of tracks to continue the evolution and preservation of R&B and Hip-Hop. A 16 track array of melodious, vocal range and enough bars to hold you over until his next rap project.

The RNFlee serves as Willy Flee’s breakout R&B body of work. Full of charm and amorousness (“Late Lay”). But it also gives another side, one of fog and displeasure (“Didn’t Do It For Ya”). A great sequence of emotional range applied, to memory sealing lyrics and pure musical ability.

The RNFlee Album makes it undeniably clear that he is more than a vessel of talent. Willy Flee has genuine potential to become of Florida’s next musical stars. Time will tell the tale. But until then, continue to let this project enchant you.

Kxngod – Big Flex (Video)

DIRECTOR: Sixvisions
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kxngod
PRODUCER: Armon

At long last! The highly anticipated debut visual of NY native and South Florida representer, Kxngod’s “Big Flex”. Making his return to CitrusRap by dropping off his well-awaited, Sixvisions directed video for his summer heater, “Big Flex”. Putting a cinematic look behind this apparent money making anthem. Produced by Armon. The take on this track is a complete spin in the parking lot for the kid. Helping push his brand and Florida’s hip hop scene to new and improved levels. Kxngod swoons and swags all over this an aesthetically pleasing unorthodox tune with heavy climactic 808 drops. There’s so much insight on flexing in this song that should not be over looked. I shouldn’t have to persuade you what to do. Like, share and put this on repeat. Then thank us later.

From Kicks to Hits: An Interview w/ SOLEZZ

Solezz

Sneaker Entrepreneur turned rap artist, SOLEZZ, has been turning major heads in the industry since the least of his last song, “Meany.” From working with rappers such as 2kBaby and 10k.Caash, and snapping on songs produced by RONNY J, all accomplished in under a year; we cant wait to see what he has is in store for the rest of 2020. 

As he announces the release of his debut album, slated to drop in July, we sat down with SOLEZZ to learn a bit more about the up and coming rapper, hailing from South Florida.

CitrusRap: First off, tell us who you are and where you’re from?

SOLEZZ: My name is Dean I’m a 18 year old artist from South Florida, but I got by SOLEZZ.

CR: Why did you decide to choose music as a career?

S: I was actually at a party. A friend introduced me to Smokepurpp and I was just making songs for fun out of my room, using apple headphones and garage band. I showed Purpp one of the songs and he said its fire. We vibed to it. He gave me the name of a local studio and it’s been up from there.

CR: According to you, what is a favorite part of making music?

S: I just love the fact that I get to wake up, work with producers around the world, take a beat that they worked so hard on, do the same and turn it into a full song that people can listen to, and go crazy to.

CR: Your latest tracks, Meany & 100K, are no doubt great, but who and which things were your inspiration while creating such songs?

S: For “Meany”, a girl dubbed me a few months ago and I was like fuck this bitch, she a “Meany” haha. I made a song out of it. For “100k”, I was just in the studio listening to beats. That one just stood out and I freestyled almost the whole song. “Meany” literally took 20 minutes to make and its doing crazy numbers.

I just wanna put Palm Beach on. That’s why I’m pushing my music the way that I am.

CR: Overall in your eyes, who do you believe is the most influential producer to your craft?

S: Easy, no questions. My boy ArmoTunez hooked me up with my first beats. I would always ask him for Lil Skies type beats or Juicewrld beats, and he’d tell me “ Na man, you got your own sound, we gonna make beats for Solezz”. I always fucked with that.

Solezz

CR: So if you had the choice of all of the producers in the world to work with, would that person be your choice?

S: I really wanna work with Nick Mira, I feel like we would go crazy, I fuck with his work and I feel like my sound would go dumb with his.

CR: What skills do you think are necessary to have a successful rap career?

S: You gotta be motivated. You gotta hustle. You gotta be in the studio when the other rapper is playing Fortnite and you gotta grind.

Don’t let people bring you down. If someone doesn’t fuck with your music thats them, there’s always someone who will like what you put out. Make music for them not the people who hate

CR: How big of a role does life play in your creating process?

S: My music revolves around my life. Whether it’s heartbreak or being in an amazing mood I put it towards the song I’m writing that day. If i’m having a good day, I’ll write songs that make people feel happy. If I just got my heart broken, I’ll write songs that people can relate to in the same situation.

CR: Is any other art forms (paintings, drawings, movies, etc) involved in any way in your inspiration?

S: No not really, but I do love art. I like modern art, rather than the older stuff though.

CR: How do you stay up to date, or ahead of time, regarding your rap style?

S: I have a style that I stick to, I really don’t care about trends and following other artists. I have my own sound and If people decide to listen to it, great. If they don’t, I’m confident that they eventually will.

Solezz

CR: What motivates you to be a better rapper and from your normal life, what kind of ethics do you follow and put up in your work?

S: I just like putting out music that people can relate to and I always try to help people in any way I can. Whether it’s talking to fans who are going through depression or anything else. I’m there for them and that differs me from others.

CR: What is your philosophy about the art of rap of today’s generation?

S: I think our generation has talent and is able to make music like never before. We have artists blowing up from making songs in their bedrooms. Like, come on now. That’s amazing. The hustle and grind of our generation is like no other.

CR: What do you consider the important facets of the music industry?

S: Being able to make a living doing what you love.

CR: Where do you see your brand in ten years?

S: I see myself having a huge fanbase, signing a major record deal by this summer. I see myself touring the world, and just putting on more and more music people can listen to.

CR: If you had to describe your rap style in three words, what would it be?

S: Unique, relatable, and confident.

CR: How do you handle the stress?

S:  I drink tea at night and ironically, I listen to music.

CR: What has been your most memorable challenge so far?

S: Seeing my song, “Meany”, that I made in 15 minutes, get picked up by Spotify’s biggest playlists, and get used by TikToks biggest influencers. It’s just cool to see my hard work start slowly paying off.

CR: How comfortable are you with working on projects with other rappers?

S: Yea I love working with artists. It expands my creative knowledge. I recently worked with 2kBaby and we made a HIT.

CR: Does your work reflect your personal taste?

S: Yea, I’d say it does, for sure.

CR: Any last thoughts to the people?

S: Up next is a new music video that was shot on my birthday, on May 9th, then finally my debut album “Flowers”.

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It’s A Noir World: A Profile On Fiji Noir

Fiji Noir

New Orleans, LouisianaFiji Noir has been gaining recognition and making a buzz throughout all forms of social media in the underground since his resurgence in December of 2019. Never disappointing with his unique sound and beat selection, providing a musical experience that gives listeners a peek into their lifestyle, and more insight on what his brand is all about by giving CitrusRap an exclusive sneak peak in this article.

Formally known as x0, when asked about the name change, the rapper had this to say,

“The name change literally signifies a new me. A better me. Before, I was really on my trap shit. But when I fell in love with my girl, I changed, in a good way. A “in my bag shit, on the industry” way. Coming from New Orleans, I was faced with a lot of obstacles, but that shit just made me grind harder and it taught me the game. “ 

-Fiji Noir

Fiji Noir is a visionary in the purest sense of the word. Hailing from New Orleans, the young creative director has maneuvered through just about every square inch of his stomping grounds. While that’s been the plan all along, it’s certainly easier said than done. Dropping out and running away from home at 15, in a radical attempt to leave out his dreams. Eventually making it onto a tour with rap star, G-Eazy.

From a steady elevating grind, which lead to working alongside more notable names in the underground industry, such as, Lil Tracy, GothBoiClique and DP Beatz, just to name a few. This is merely the start of his rise, as he continued to set the streets on fire with this win streak of singles, Up!!!, (1800) SMD, Kobe Bryant and No Sleep/Stars. This has been quite a journey for Fiji Noir.

With another heatseeking missile of a track set to be released in a couple of weeks, it’s safe to say that this is gonna be one hot summer, so make sure to stock up on some Fiji. You’re gonna need it. This is the year that things blow up.

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Blxxdshot – Suicidal Thots (Prod. AyoGee)

PRODUCER: AyoGee
COVER ART: @xoverxpr

The solar deity has returned with yet another glimpse of his greatness. Central Florida resident Blxxdshot has gifted us with a sure hit for the new age, “Suicidal Thots”, delivering a masterful flow and sound for 2020 and beyond. It’s a party starting anthem. With an alias as hardcore as Blxxdshot, it’s no surprise that he’s making his future seem as effortless as he’s foreshadowed he would in the past. The upcoming year will be a big one for the young artist and one that we’re all looking forward to witness. But to get prepared for what’s to come, get familiar with this psalm now, as it surely will not be the last time you hear it through your airwaves. This was brought to you by CitrusRap.com

FatBoy Marley – Deadstock (Kickstape)

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COVER ART: @verde.visuals

Miami’s FatBoy Marley pulls up to the finish line with a jam packed project for the fans. Dead Stock is a product that delivers the same feeling as a modern day player’s ball. Meaning it resonates nothing short of power inducing bars that makes the listener feel as if they are the coolest individual alive, with production and rhythms that forces your body into a two step in the rarest of Jordan’s. As Dead Stock also serves an ode to the world’s greatest basketball shoe.

The lead single, “New 2K”, produced by N8te Beats perfectly displaying the feel of the project. Other standouts like, “Trophy Room” featuring Prez P and our personal favorite, “Rasheed Wallace”, help catapult the project into Florida classic territory.

With only a few features, all being fro Miami, Prez P, Darkside Josh & 85 Vinci. An 8 track extravaganza. This will surely leave audio dope-heads fiening. Hopefully there will be much more coming from FatBoy Marley in the near future. For now, enjoy this album while you’re on your money making mission.