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Citrus Rap Presents: Best Of Florida 2018 (Music Videos)

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2018 was yet another monumental year for Florida and its respective rap sector. As new faces arrived and existing talent continue to excel, it came at no surprise to see a headline at the end of the year read: “Could Florida Become 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 2018. When viewing, keep in mind that this is compiled of our staff’s opinions and are in no particular order, so the last is certainly not least. We hope you enjoyed 2018 as much as we did. Be sure to keep supporting Florida rap in 2019 and beyond!

Citrus Rap Presents: Best Of Florida 2018 (Projects)

CitrusRap

2018 was yet another monumental year for Florida and its respective rap sector. As new faces arrived and existing talent continue to excel, it came at no surprise to see a headline at the end of the year read: “Could Florida Become 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 2018. When viewing, keep in mind that this is compiled of our staff’s opinions and are in no particular order, so the last is certainly not least. We hope you enjoyed 2018 as much as we did. Be sure to keep supporting Florida rap in 2019 and beyond!


One of Broward’s hardest working musicians dropped off a piece of work this year that can not and will not go unnoticed. Jahrahmf released a 10-track juggernaut called Let’s Get Famous Real Quick. A reasonably titled album made with talent and precision, with the help of his musical friends, in hopes of making it big.

One name circling the streets of FL is Rod Wave and his collection of Hunger Games mixtapes. Hailing from St. Pete, 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 4 Sale”, Rod Wave’s Hunger Games 3 has been surging in numbers over the past few months. Making him a staple of today’s street musicians of the south.

We get thousands of artist demanding that we listen to their music and thank God that we payed attention to this one. KOI’s What I Saw In The Water was one of the few artist submissions that left a serious mark on our radars for the year. KOI revived us with a newfound sound and style that she possessed from early influences and combining that with a unique style of her own. What I Saw In The Water is a gem.

It’s almost as if Griffth can’t do anything wrong, as Robb Bank$ delivered his long-awaited album “Molly World”. 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 (Chief Keef, Famous Dex, Lil Gnar), Robb delivered a soundtrack for the truly green hearted.

From sold out shows around the nation to co-signs from God Emcees, Sylvan LaCue is definitely on a run for all of Florida to take note of. The passing of his grandmother is what brought Miami’s golden child back home, but the love is what kept his mind above water during what most would consider dark times. Sylvan LaCue instead found peace in creating and Florida Man is what we are gifted with. His own take on Donald Glover’s “Florida Man” urban legend. The parseltongued rhyme savior takes us on a true South Florida experience over a few notablly infamous  Florida hits. With the visuals by Jonathan Benavente to accompany it.

City Girls are having an unprecedented breakout year for Florida female artists. From Cardi B and Drake co-signs to viral lingo. To now a highly acclaimed album and soundtrack for the independent, vibrant and active women of our generation with Girl Code. There hasn’t been this kind of push behind two female rap stars since Salt-N-Peppa. PERIODT!

Where his first studio album seemed condensed, but scattered, Pouya hits on on cylinders with FIVE FIVE. 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. FIVE FIVE is a nearly flawless album from the young Miami emcee.

A recent drop, but notable at that and arguably Kodak’s most put together project, even with his least favorite feature tracks. Dying To Live 16 track exploration of Kodak Black’s growth as an adult and rap artist. Usually his star power to acquire a Billboard hit featuring of two of music’s most sought afterwards talents, (Travis Scott & Offset) with “ZeZe”. Also featuring a heart wrench and thought provoking track slightly dedicated to the rememberance of XXXTENTACION with “Malcolm XXX”.  Start to finish, Dying To Live is an honest. piece of work

Debuting at #7 and ultimately reaching the #1 spot after his untimely death, ? by XXXTENTACION became a huge part of the record breaking year of rap. As he became the most streamed 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, just as he intended to be. From heavy metal to soft pop to viral rap to inspirational ballads, the young artist know as XXXTENTACION gave it all on this monumental album.

It’s tough to not seem a bit mad when creating a concept project. But Denzel Curry let the madness slip and transform into something that will become bigger than him in time. TA13OO is a three part series album, Dark, Gray and Light. Across the three sections of TA13OO, Denzel explores topics including molestation, the presidential election, fame, hatred, paranoia, revenge, love, the current state of music and personal tales of his own near death experiences. Sonically, the album ranges just as widely as its subject matter, sounds of paranoia, fear of loss, brooding melancholy and mood swings straight from hell all find their way onto TA13OO, making this Denzel Curry’s most groundbreaking musical performance to date.

BZZY – Before I Jump


Fukkit – Scratch Paper


SDotBraddy – WILDPHIRE


Savannah Cristina – Florida Girl


Lil Kae – Leave Me Alone

#TBT: Twelve’Len – Naked Hustle (Bizzle Tribute)

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PRODUCED BY: Nick Leon & J.Falco

Twelve’Len is currently working on his unnamed upcoming project, but before that drops Twelve’Len is on our pages for this week’s Throwback Thursday, with “Naked Hustle.” Flashback to the beginning of 2017. Before the release of his critically acclaimed album, Friends. Before the high profile publication features. Back to the video that helped kick it all off, when Miami’s starchild, Twelve’Len, released a live rendition of track his tribute to a fellow South Floridian by the name of Bizzle, whom was a big influence on Twelve’len and a notable cornerstone of South Florida’s early underground music scene. As per usual, he serenades listeners with a radiant melody leaving you to press play on the track over and over again.

This one is for Chowtime Bizzle!

Mercy Cain – Nirvana (Dir. UnkleLuc) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: UnkleLuc

“Between the physical and the astral…”

Watch as South Florida’s Mercy Cain gives us a glimpse into the slight madness of his mind, on “Nirvana”, with the story being told through the lens of the legend, UnkleLuc. An acid trip for your eyes, let’s all gaze at this incising visual as Mercy Cain recites a hardbody verse about his altered reality.

Mike Lary – Delusional (Dir. BennyFlash) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: BennyFlash
PRODUCER: DJ Drizzy
FEATURED ON: Living Legend | Stream via Soundcloud

Broward’s self proclaimed living legend, Mike Lary, is back with another dope piece of content for the masses. The official video for “Delusional”, one of the many standout tracks from his project, Living Legend. Mike Lary called up the homie BennyFlash to provide a trippy, cinematic, attention grabbing visuals for his already heavy hitting single. A hood love tale for the new generation.

#TBT: Denzel Curry – Threatz (ft. Yung Simmie & Robb Bank$) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: UnkleLuc & FXRBES
PRODUCER: Ronny J
FEATURED ON: Nostalgic 64 | via Soundcloud

South Florida in 2013 was truly a wave starter. It marked the beginning of Denzel Curry’s solo career, outside of his underground breaking family, Raider Klan. The then 18 year old emcee released his debut studio album, Nostalgic 64. Featuring acts such as JK the Reaper, Lil Ugly Mane, Mike G, Nell, Robb Bank$, Stephen A. Clark, and Yung Simmie. A critically acclaimed project that earned major notoriety, including being placed on Pitchfork’s top 10 albums of 2013. Along with that feat, Denzel Curry, along with the help of his artistic brothers, delivered one of Florida’s most influential and memorable tracks of all time with “Threatz”. Featuring Yung Simmie and Robb Bank$, and with cameos from nearly every young Raider Klan member and South Florida people that you need to know. A high energy, battle cry for the youth of Florida. This moment in history shall and will always be remembered, for it helped catapult our proclaimed star into the eyes of the rest of the nation. That was the moment that Denzel Curry truly became ULTIMATE.

DezJack – Filthy Angel (Mixtape)

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Coming out strong and blazing out of Broward, DezJack makes his CitrusRap debut with his debut project, Filthy Angel. A self-reflecting journey that taps in on the thoughts of improvement for the betterment of his life and ultimately, the world. A seven song arsenal of diversity and authenticity. DezJack brings a wide range of sounds together in the project, accompanied by a highly relatable message that will surely get anyone hooked onto this fresh batch of audio dope.

 

In DezJack’s own words, here’s how he explains the message behind Filthy Angel:

This project was inspired out of me understanding that im not perfect. I tried to convince myself that I wasn’t wrong in situations but I was. I looked in the mirror and addressed and did alot of self assessment with this project. My first official project. “Filthy Angel” is something ill be forever. Im not perfect but thats ok I sin and I don’t beat myself up about it anymore thats just how life is. I found myself on this project.

This certainly will not be the last time you hear the name DezJack on our feed. Keep your eyes and ears tuned in. You know what’s going on whenever we say that.