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Zya – Trapped In It (ft. Kalyan Arnold) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: Nick Manterol
STREAM via: Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

Making her return to the CitrusRap front pages, with the official video of her captivating melodic fusion of R&B and Afrobeat, “Trapped In It” emerges as a poignant and rhythmic, musical narrative, crafted by Miami singer-songwriter Zya, featuring a beautiful vocal contrast by the ever-so talented Kaylan Arnold. The cinematic visuals directed by Nick Manterol, with the song being produced by DamnConz, helps with this generations transcendence into these afro-cultural genre boundaries, offering a unique sonic experience that beckons listeners into a world of emotions.

At its core, the instrumental is a testament to DamnConz’s production mastery. The track kicks off with an infectious Afrobeat rhythm, while seamlessly blending into the singer’s choir like vocals. The result is an alluring and bouncy soundscape that keeps the listener hooked from start to finish.

Zya’s vocals are the heartbeat of “Trapped In It,” delivering a soulful and heartfelt performance that resonates with authenticity. Kaylan Arnold’s addition to the mix brings a harmonious balance, creating a dynamic vocal synergy that heightens the emotional impact. The lyrics delve into the complexities of love and relationships, weaving a tale of longing and introspection. Zya’s poetic lyricism combined with Kaylan Arnold’s eclectic vocal delivery paints a vivid picture of the intricate emotions that come with navigating the labyrinth of love.

“Trapped In It” is more than a song; it’s an emotional journey that invites listeners to reflect on their own love. A beat that forces you to dance in public and lyrics that force you to sing out loud. The seamless integration of diverse musical elements, pair with the expressive lyrics and powerful vocal performances, establishes the track as a standout for 2023. As the final notes fade away, “Trapped In It” lingers in the mind, leaving an undeniable mark and solidifying Zya and Kaylan Arnold as certified hit makers, in our eyes.

BLP Kosher & Trapland Pat – J’z & Z’s (Video)

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Giving off their best Dueling Dragons impression, the Broward tag team duo, known as BLP Kosher and Trapland Pat has dropped off the official video for “J’z & Z’z”, the Danny G Beats and Supreme Apes produced and standout tracks from BLP Kosher’s latest project called Bars Mitzvah. Directed by Foulja, alongside Danyl XI, “J’z & Z’z” is a combative treaty of two of Floridas most eccentric artist. Gaze upon this greatness, as BLP Kosher and Trapland Pat deliver one of the most enjoyable pieces of media in 2023 on CitrusRap.

Twelve’Len – THANK ME (I Got You) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: Brian Wade
PRODUCER: Brenden Powers
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

Fresh off of his national television acting debut, on Issa Rae and Max Go’s hit television show, Rap Shit, Miami’s hometown hero knows no breaks. How could you rest when you’re the neighborhood’s Bruce Wayne? He doesn’t have to think about saving the day anymore. His body now moves on its own to do so. All action, to accompany his poetic words. Wether it be showing the youth how to have a good time during the nightlife, or showing his face on one of the world’s biggest networks, Twelve’Len is going to always show and prove that anything is possible.

This go around, the Carol City enigma releases a new banger of visual sounds with the Brian Wade directed video, and Brenden Powers produced track simply entitled “Thank Me”. A wavy tale of loyalty and admiration that perfectly displays his effortless versatility. Equally rap. Equally soul. Overall, an undeniable slider for all to enjoy.

Make sure to thank Twelve’Len for this blessing. As we always do over here at CitrusRap.

Deaudrick Williams – Gold Teeth In The White House (Album|Review)

COVER ART: sheepishnarco
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

Deaudrick Williams

Damn… It’s been a long year of waiting for the return of some real rap. By real, I’m not talking boom-bap. I’m talking an artist that makes the most effortless and familial sounds, that take you to places in your mind that feel like exactly like home. The artist I’m referring to is the man that we at CitrusRap has dubbed Tampa’s phoenix, Deaudrick Williams. The rapper who consistently rises from the ashes of the weak, played out sounds and gifts us with the fye that we’ve longed for. This season, Deaudrick gives us a weighty EP called ‘Gold Teeth In The White House’, that we have a feeling will stand the test of time. His track record tends to reflect that.

With a name like ‘Gold Teeth In The White House’, it’s apparent that Deaudrick came to uplight the ones in the dark, while also striking a nerve to the opposition. The title suits the sounds perfectly. As its blend of black excellence and hood luxury meet the raw and unfiltered prospectives of witnesses to the horrors and burdens that comes with living in the skin and territories that we are in. This project is short lived, but it has a track for every crucial vibe and emotion of this day and age.  Deaudrick Williams immerses himself into the truth of today’s reality, as he composes an outline of emotions within this project. With sounds, detailing the yin & yang of seeking escape through luxury, as the 20-something year old musician deals with the pains of lies and conforming, to finally witnessing himself overcome and only wish the best for his evils. Not only with the help of his instrumentals, Deaudrick calls upon a notable rising stars of the gulf coast, Nochobud.

Each of the 7 tracks layered with in sync vocals and songwriting that perfectly captures each message. So when you hear the introduction of the project, “Off White”, as it delves into the mind of a man who just wants to cope and move forward, you just get it. Die”, the pithy track follows right after. With quotable rhymes like “I be dripping when I walk, I think my b***h need goggles”… UUUGGGHHHH, HE’S GOING CRAZY, EARLY!!! “FACES”, featuring Nochobud, is one of those water flowing tracks that you gotta play with the windows rolled down in Florida on a cool Sunday afternoon. And it doesn’t take much to catch the flow of the scenes as you move forward. From there you have one of my personal favorites, “Conceited”. A fun and undeniable anthem about looking good, feeling good and paying the game even better. “Currency” trails after. A short, slow building tale of money trails with limited instrumentals. More like an interlude, but the heavy hitting delivery makes your face screw up as soon as he spits the first bar, and it will stay that way for that entire minute. Following next is “Gold Teeth In The White House”, the title track of the project, His introspective mind on speaker, over one of the smoothest and well put together instrumentals of our time. And, to end it off, Mr. WayUp, delivers “Gangsta” to the masses. One of, if not, THE most thought provoking track of the year, in ALL OF rap music released. As it it’ll make you sway and bop to the beat, the message hits just as hard. No one can hide from their truth. “But you gangsta…” As the totality of his efforts come into scene, Deaudrick begins to, as do we, feel a breezy sense of closure.

Gold Teeth In The White House’ is going to dominate our airwaves. Deaudrick Williams delivers a full out experience packed into just under 15 minutes of audio dope. Even the cover art is dope and timeless. Shout out to the Tampa photographer and growing legend, sheepishnarco. If you couldn’t tell by the essay written earlier, this project is a definite MUST LISTEN, and has earned yet another CitrusRap approved perfect score. Deeming it on our platforms, #CertifiedFresh. We don’t have to persuade you to press play on this project, because how great this is, you will never be able to escape it’s clutches. So brush up on your lyrics and buy a few peacoats in advance. Because Deaudrick Williams is about to make this a cold fall and winter. Aundrekias Gardens has another one.

Danny Towers & DJ Scheme – Chunky Monkey (ft. Loe Shimmy) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: jordiedotcom
STREAM: via Spotify/Tidal/Apple Music

The 2012 Heat of rap is back. DJ Scheme and Danny Towers are back on the front pages of CitrusRap doing their best Dwayne Wade and LeBron James impressions, with another one from their acclaimed project, Safe House. They drop off the official video for “Chunky Monkey”, featuring the hometown hero of Broward, Loe Shimmy.

Merging lyrical wordplay, storytelling, the smooth, symphonic sounds of Tunekid and high-level cinematography by jordiedotcom to create a gem. This is not one to be overlooked. Giving you a look into their artistic Florida lifestyle, “Chunky Monkey” tells a story of luxury & ghetto poetry.

Take in as much as you can. “Chunky Monkey” has a complex duality that should be gone over multiple times by the viewer. One thing is for sure, we will be looking forward to what DJ Scheme and Danny Towers has to bring in the future, but as of now dive into his new music video “Chunky Monkey” and enjoy.

Bobby Fishscale – Yeah Yeah/No Court Case (Video)

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DIRECTOR: Benny Flash
PRODUCER(S): Money Go For Myles, DJ Moon, Wicked, Menace & G-Lo
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The Tony Montana of Quincy, Florida, Bobby Fishscale, makes his return to CitrusRap by dropping off his well-awaited, Benny Flash directed video for his summer double feature, “Yeah Yeah/No Court Case”. Produced by Money Go For Myles, DJ Moon, Wicked, Menace & G-Lo. Putting a cinematic look behind this very apparent money making anthem. Say it with me just one more time… YEAH YEAH!

Mike Finesse – Sage Mode (EP) [Review]

PRODUCER: Salbeats & Uchi
ENGINEER: Petey Pesto
COVER ARTIST: @sabrinaisabelles
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

Mike Finesse, the lyrically mythical being hailing from Staten Island on a mission to captivate rap fans, makes his debut on CitrusRap just before the Fall truly begins, Sage Mode. A full body of work that serves as the soundtrack to a manga in an alternate reality. Mike Finesse relentlessly tears apart the music game with merely eight, yet expressive and weighty tracks.

A vague presence all throughout the project, yet this album doesn’t lack in bar quality. Mike Finesse is the perfectionist of surreal rap, soul and lyricism. Vivid tales of pain turned into triumph anthems. Like a bizarre hybrid of wordsmith rapping, and a psychological thriller flick. This could REALLY be the score to something of an indie film!

For this very situation, along with productions from himself, Mike Finesse called upon the perfect composers for Sage Mode. Salbeats and Uchi. Taking turns delivering the perfect action filled, 808 ambiance to the project’s score. Each in their own style and respect to the star artist. This project is FULL of hits!

The introduction is a short, yet intense experience title track, “Sage Mode”. The latter called “Serpentz” a more distressing and melodic track about betrayal, that is as heavy and powerful as its title. Followed by our staff favorite, “Reaper Death Seal”, a brash hitting psalm. “Hidden Rain Village” is a bar filled, hard hitting anthem for the perfect flex, featuring a state favorite, Michaela Paladio. With only eight track an each track getting better as the project progresses, it’s difficult pick and pull out this pot. It’ll be best for you to do as we say and play Sage Mode in its 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. Sage Mode is a poignant masterpiece by Mike Finesse. 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.