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Deaudrick Williams – To Have & To Hold

STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music

The melodically mythical being that’s on a mission to captivate all of Florida has appeared once more before the winter’s end. The Tampa native makes his CitrusRap debut, by dropping off To Have & To Hold, a full body of work that acts as a teaser to what feels like something even bigger in the near future. Deaudrick Williams relentlessly tears apart the music game with merely eighty (plus two fye interludes), yet expressive and weighty tracks. Reminiscent of early projects of K Dot.

A vague presence all throughout the project, due to the message/theme behind the project. Deaudrick Williams is an alchemist of surreal rap and soul. To Have & To Hold is like “Jacob’s Ladder” put to rhyme and blues. Vivid tales of love lost, turmoil, confusion and triumph. Like a sacred hybrid of rap, poems, head bobbing, soul jerking beats and a dramatic flick. This could REALLY be the score to the next great black cinema!

For this very situation,  called upon the perfect composers for To Have & To Hold. Producers giving off, both, that dark and light, dreamlike ambiance to the project, each in their own style and respect to the star artist.

The introduction is a short, yet intense experience, titled “Plenty Faced God”. The latter called “PBP” a motivating track that is as heavy and powerful as it’s title. “Collard Greens” is a brash hitting, informative psalm. “Rolling Stone” is rhythmic, mourning track of past loves and temptations. With only ten tracks and all are as hard as the last, it’s nearly impossible pick and pull out this pot. It’ll be best for you to do as we say and play To Have & To Hold in it’s entirety. Back to back to back to back.

Today is no day different from any other day when we tell you to keep your eyes and ears locked onto someone that we feature. To Have & To Hold is a poignant masterpiece by Deaudrick Williams. Don’t just use the links above to stream this project, be sure to share buttons it as well and gift as many people as possible with this great and emotion packed music.

Yungtrapdaddy – Zoom (Video)

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DIRECTOR: Six20Visuals & Yungtrapdaddy
PRODUCER: Mavigz

Upcoming rapper from Broward County, Yungtrapdaddy, releases his highly anticipated music video for his song “Zoom”. While traveling on a small comet towards the moon, our fearless hero Yungtrapdaddy befriends a few local extra terrestrials. After a long night of Kalaxian Chrystals and sci-fi substances, the party is interrupted by Intergalactic ICE, who plan on shutting down the turn-up, and apprehending our alien adversaries. Will Yungtrapdaddy and his alien comrades escape or will they become victim to outer space imperialism? Find out in the official video for “Zoom”.

Kevin Nova – Fuck Love (Prod. Ramiche Music)

PRODUCER: Ramiche Music
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music

South Florida has been the Mecca for new found rap sensations and it looks it’s not changing anytime soon, as Kevin Nova blesses us with a self reflective and relatable heat wave called “Fuck Love”. His CitrusRap debut, Over a Ramiche Music instrumental, Kevin Nova masterfully spits a psalm of a tantalizing and spiritually intruding feeling of both, love and lost. For anyone who’s experienced it, “Fuck Love” embodies the true face heartbreak. The fear of abandonment, the denial of hope and the inevitable, addictive lust for more time with said lover. The young emcee has given us a true piece of art with this joint. So it won’t be too much to say, you’re going to want to add this to your personal playlist and put this on repeat.

WARNING: you may get transported into “The Feels” when you press play.

Too Trill DM – Thinking Out Loud (Album)

Miami’s Too Trill DM pulls up to the finish line with a jam packed project for the fans. Thinking Out Loud is a product that delivers the same feeling as a self help book for hustlers. Meaning it resonates nothing short of power inducing bars that makes the listener feel as if they are the baddest individual alive, with production and rhythms that forces your head to bob and your face to scrunch up.

The Miami 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 claimed all in the same breathe.

The introduction track to is a self reflective story of his family’s life, and all of the trials and tribulations that follow. A strong, drum filled beat that Too Trill DM manipulates flawlessly with his speed bag of rhymes, heartfelt stories and throwing a hay-maker or two ever so often. Never missing a punch. Reminiscent of the generations greatest fighter, in which the track is obviously themed after.

Thinking Out Loud is a treasure chest full of gems. This man and his army in Miami is a force to be reckoned with and should never be taken lightly. Doing it in the most organic and humble way as possible. Not only does this seem like it’s 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. I just pray that the world is ready for the turn up before time runs out.

A 7 track extravaganza. This will surely leave audio dope-heads fiening. Hopefully there will be much more coming from Too Trill DM in the near future. For now, enjoy this album while you’re on your money making mission.

Citrus Rap Presents: Best of 2019 (Staff Picks)

2019 was yet another monumental year for Florida and its respective rap sector. As new faces arrived and existing talent continued to excel, it came at no surprise to see a headline at the end of the year read: “Is Florida The New Atlanta?”

Though it was flattering, the answer to that question is simply, no. Florida has its own unique identity, especially when it comes to music. Any comparison made to the 305, 954, 561, 407, 813, or 904, respectively, is a setup for a poor argument. It’s safe to say that, overall, the sunshine state is overlooked and labeled incorrectly very often. The fact of the matter is that there is such a wide range of rap being offered, from the Panhandle to Miami, that no box could ever be put on Florida—and that is exactly the dynamic that separates it from the other regions.

With all of that taken into consideration, the CitrusRap staff has compiled the best rap to come out of Florida this year. It was not easy, but certainly necessary in order to properly highlight our choices for Florida’s impressive output in 2019. When viewing, keep in mind that this is compiled of our staff’s opinions, so the last is certainly not least. We hope you enjoyed 2019 as much as we did. Be sure to keep supporting Florida rap in 2020 and beyond!

Citrus Rap Presents: Song Of The Year (2019)

 

https://open.spotify.com/track/3vblJqNe6G8YSvA4KTRoN4
PRODUCER: DaShawn Watson (wyx w)

Hailing from Broward, DaShawn Watson used 2019 to build a strong campaign as one of FL’s next rising stars. A self produced, somber psalm of a distancing love, “SAD” is easily one of the best songs of FL for the year of 2019.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2xF3duHD33pwjrRkBRZkRD
PRODUCER: CHASETHEMONEY

Fresh off of the momentum of his iconic and memorable year, with the help of CHASETHEMONEY, the ensemble made their long awaited collaborative debut with “Cardiac Coupe”.



PRODUCER: Kenny Beats

The Mixtape Weezy reincarnation, Cherele, gave us man viral freestyle moments, but her most notable was this one in “Griselda Blanco”. Where the Ft Myers native showed Ski Mask and Kenny Beats that their beat is no longer in their safe hands.



PRODUCER: Downtime

A massacring moment, disguised as lyrical onslaught. Anonymuz has been on a long streak and “No Threat”. One just as consistent as the featured artist, Denzel Curry. The duo proves that they believe in exactly what the title reads.



PRODUCER: Salaam Remi

One of the decades most sought after songwriters, Lunchmoney Lewis, dropped one of the waviest tracks of 2019. “Make That Cake” is a current like, flow heavy and wordplay exercise of a banger, with a forcefully head banging beat, featuring Doja Cat.



PRODUCER: Dollaz N Dealz

A moment to find peace of mind, set to song, later turned viral. Savannah Cristina gave us “Self Care”, a calming and reflective track that heals the spirit as well as ASMR.



PRODUCER: FnZ

The lead single and homage to his bloodline, “Ricky” is one of the standout tracks from Denzel Curry’s critically acclaimed album, ZUU. A fast paced, high octane heat wave.



PRODUCER: Ronny J

This year, DJ Scheme put together an Avengers level track for his debut, with “How You Feel”. As Ski Mask The Slump God, Danny Towers and Lil Yachty go bar for bar over a Ronny J heavy hitting instrumental.



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One of the biggest songs of 2019. Rod Wave’s “Heart On Ice” made it onto nearly the entire state’s airwaves, as it garnered over 50 millions plays and reaching as high at #53 on the Billboard Top 100 charts, so far.



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Florida’s undeniable song of the year is none other than “Thank The Gang”. Twelve’Len has stepped into another tier of artistry with this instant hit. It’s an ode of gratitude to his team that has stuck with him through the mud and hard times through his continuous journey. The song is so great that I, myself want to thank his team for everything. The Carol City artist is in his bag.

Citrus Rap Presents: Project Of The Year (2019)

https://open.spotify.com/album/1MxHhWPv7BV0Sh3flGRkSe

One of Broward’s hardest working musicians dropped off a piece of work this year that can not and will not go unnoticed. DaShawn Watson released a 6-track juggernaut called Day’s Demo. A reasonably titled album made with talent and precision.

https://open.spotify.com/album/003koxmMfkFj8KXIi6s8gv

Big Big Scumbag’swas one of the artist that left a serious mark on our radars for the few years. With his debut project, Juvenile Hell, Big Baby Scumbag revived us with a newfound sound and style that he possessed from early influences and combining that with a unique style of his own. Juvenile Hell is a gem.


A recent drop, but notable at that and arguably one of Wififuneral’s most put together project, even with his least favorite feature tracks. EV3RYTHING SUCKS 7 track exploration of Wififuneral’s growth as an adult and rap artist.

https://open.spotify.com/album/5QTEtLYsHGwy77pVUVGGg8

Cherele is definitely on a run for all of the South to take note of. She’s found peace in slaying other rapper’s beats and owning them for herself. Reminiscent of the Lil Wayne era. The parsel-tongued rhyme savior takes us on a true mixtape experience over a few notably infamous hits.

Anonymuz is had an unprecedented breakout year for a Florida artist. From Denzel Curry and Sprite co-signs to viral freestyle moments. To now a highly acclaimed album with “There Is No Threat”.

It’s almost as if Griffth can’t do anything wrong, as Robb Bank$ delivered his long-awaited album “Road To Falconia: Arc 000”. Robb Bank$ is the king of anticipation, but no one was prepared for how well put together this album is. With few, but notable features (Thouxanbanfauni, Cris Dinero, Quadie Diesel & Nil Bambu), Robb Bank$ delivered a soundtrack for the truly green hearted.

After a long wait, Danny Towers finally released his debut project, Tarantula, and it is one of 2019’s most notoriously played albums. A star studded cast (Chief Keef, Ski Mask The Slump God, Pouya & Woop), next to an assortment of quality and variety. Start to finish, Tarantula is an honest piece of work by Danny Towers.


One name circling the streets of FL, that has finally broken nation ground is Rod Wave and his debut album, Ghetto Gospel. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Rod Wave has been steadily building a solid name from himself throughout the past couple of years. After the release of his certified hit, “Heart On Ice”, Rod Wave’s PTSD has been surging in numbers over the past few months. Making him a staple of today’s young musicians of the south.

Where his first studio album seemed condensed, but scattered, Pouya hits on on cylinders with The South Got Something To Say. A high energy at times, but self indulging batch of tracks that delve into nearly all forms of emotions and Pouya’s reactions to such. The South Got Something To Say is a nearly flawless album from the young Miami emcee.

Debuting at #32 and ultimately reaching the #19 spot, ZUU by Denzel Curry became a huge part of the ground breaking year of rap. As joined the biggest pop star in the world on tour (Billie Eilish) and became the most streamed FL artist of the year, it also became apparent how timeless his album is. A wide range of sounds, compiled together into one cohesive musical resume that sounded like Miami, just as he experienced it. From heavy metal to smooth, stick drill vibes, o inspirational ballads, the young artist know as Denzel Curry gave it all on this monumental album.