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#TBT: Ball Greezy – Shone

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PRODUCER: Gorilla Tek
YEAR: 2008

Miami has always had a huge step in Southern Rap culture. But it seems as the early 2000’s were the rebirth of the golden ages. As we have shown and proved our fanatic outlook on the jook era, this week we will continue on that streak, reviving Ball Greezy’s radio hit “Shone”. This was the time in music where party goers and fans could just vibe and have a good time with the trippy or heavy drugs that are common today. Ball Greezy was the type of artist who not only told stories of his gritty environment, but he also displayed hope in party tracks. Although he was in the streets, he showed that there was always a time to have fun with your crew and a lady friend or two.

A track that was produced by Gorilla Tek, originally for a bigger unnamed artist, was practically hijacked by Ball Greezy because of his fast turnaround and even faster reception from listeners. The same night that he recorded “Shone”, Ball Greezy took the unmixed copy to the strip club, where it became an instant smash before the quality was even perfected. Once it was ready for airwaves, there was no stopping it. The single gained backing from major artists, including Rick Ross, who like usual went on to create a remix for the hit.

As most people could barely grab the correct definition of the trendy word, Ball Greezy helped us out in a 2008 interview: “Shone’ for the people who don’t know is a good girl that parties hard, if you do for your kids and you do for yourself when you come out in the streets, you’re a shone and that’s my definition of a shone, so if you feel a certain way you shouldn’t feel bad when someone calls you a shone just put a little more twist in your walk and let them know your shoning”

Although Ball Greezy did not follow up with another success venture as that of “Shone”, his is definitely a Florida favorite and shake junt legend.

 

KobeFreshOuttaHighSchool – Globe (Dir. KrisG)

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DIRECTOR: Kris G

At long last! The highly anticipated debut visual of Tampa native KobeFreshOuttaHighSchool’s “Globe”. 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. KobeFreshOuttaHighSchool croons an aesthetically pleasing unorthodox tune with a climactic 808 drop through the hook. 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.

TRAPFONE – 813 (Video)

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DIRECTOR: Freddy Marschall
PRODUCERS: TRAPFONE (Betty Dawl & JxPvtty)
LATEST PROJECT: ENDORPHIN | Stream via iTunes or SoundCloud

With all the chaos that’s going on in the world today, TRAPFONE still finds a way to not only spread love and happiness with one of their standout tracks from their sophomore album, ENDORPHIN, they pay tribute to their hometown of Tampa, Florida with “813”. Our favorite fairy god mother, Betty Dawl breathes positivity into this song, as she’s serenades us about peace and unity within our communities. The other side of TRAPFONE, JxPvtty, sculpts the warming feel of sounds that  the song provides. A genuine pick me up to start your week off right. Even if you’re not from the “813”, this track radiates compassion and projects a sense of benevolence. There may seem to be no sure way to properly give back to a place that gave you the footing for your first steps, but this anthem will serve a great start.

#TBT: Rick Ross – Hustlin’ (Video)

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DIRECTOR: Gil Green
PRODUCER: The Runners
ALBUM: Port Of Miami | iTunes
YEAR: 2006

“Whip it real hard.. Whip it, whip it real hard..”

With Port Of Miami 2 getting closer by the day, we at CitrusRap would like to revive the hit that brought one of Florida’s most prominent and long lasting artist to worldwide stardom.

Back in 2006, before the Luc Belaire and DGK endorsements. Before the Wing Stop, Checker’s & Rally’s franchises. Before the mogul fueds. Ultimately, before MMG. Rick Ross was still a prominent Florida figure, being that he was signed to Slip-N-Slide Records and Def Jam, after doing a stint on Suave House Records. While touring and putting out street albums, Ross continued to build a strong name for himself as the people’s choice by honing in and constantly elevating his talent and work ethic. During that run, he found an instant hit with Orlando production duo, The Runners, who at the the time had Lil Wayne and Fat Joe on their credit list.

As his debut album Port Of Miami was announced, “Hustlin” became the official single. This was Rick Ross’ first real taste taste of major notoriety. The track was an instant radio smash. Although it only peaked at 54 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts, the record went on to sell over a million copies and gained the sights of hip hip god, Jay Z. Who eventually lent a verse for the official remix, alongside Def Jam label mate Young Jeezy.

Holding only two singles, Port Of Miami debut at the #1 spot on the charts and went on to gold certification. Kicking off a major streak of hits, selling over a combined 3 million units and signing multiple multi-million dollar ventures. Rozay, or Renzel, is the true definition of a BOSS.

With the direction of Gil Green, Rick Ross showed a version of Miami that’s familiar to natives, but foreign to outsiders and onlookers. I’m talking about dreadlocks, gold teeth, and box Chevy’s sitting on 24 inch tires and higher. The REAL Miami. References that were more common to listeners than that of the South Beach nightlight. Strictly hustlin’.

Distributing only quality work ever since, it is all that we expect from the legend. Excellence is his reputation. So continue to cherish these new singles from the boss, before the release of Port of Miami 2: Born To Kill.

Denzel Curry – Clout Cobain Clout (Video)

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DIRECTOR: Zev Deans
PRODUCERS: J Gramm & Mike Hector
UPCOMING ALBUM: TA13OO | July 27th| Pre-order

Back to cut the head off of whoever thought that they were on the throne, Miami’s Goku, Denzel Curry, released the highly anticipated track and video for “Clout Cobain”. An American Rap Horror Story based on today’s drug induced, imitating and attention seeking generation. Directed by Zev Deans and produced by J Gramm and Mike Hector.

Denzel Curry’s highly-anticipated third album TA13OO will be released in three acts. The first act, Light, will be released July 25th, followed by Gray on July 26th and Dark on July 27th. Each previously-released single represents one of the album’s acts, as “Sumo” represents Light, “Clout Cobain” represents Gray, and “Percs” represents Dark, which come together cohesively to form TA13OO. 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’s most groundbreaking musical performance to date.

#TBT: DJ Khaled – We Takin Over

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DIRECTOR: Gil Green
PRODUCER: Danja

“I am the beast/ Feed me rappers or feed me beats…”

The man. The myth. The legend. The year was 2007. Outside of Florida and Louisiana, little was known of DJ Khaled and exactly what his profession was besides being a radio personality. But what the world did know was that his associates and himself were “the best”. Fresh off of a critically acclaimed debut album, Khaled orchestrated a star packed compilation that forever changed the way that artist collaborate. His infamous persistent ad-libbing setting the match for his upcoming fame barely compares to the roster that he effortlessly puts together every time his name is mentioned.

The release of his first single, “We Takin Over” from his second album “We The Best” was the moment that the masses began to realize the power that DJ Khaled truly had. Directed by Miami’s Gil Green, not only did he bring together Akon, T.I., Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Birdman, and the greatest version of Lil Wayne the world has ever seen. But also continuing to push Florida’s music culture to the edge and beyond with the in state production of the track and the cinema-like music video, that’s extravagant take on Biggie’s legendary “Hypnotize” video.

Although he doesn’t contribute to the music how people expect a title artist to, Khaled has done more with Florida artist on his albums than majority of headlining sunshine state musicians. Continuously featuring acts like Rick Ross, Pitbull, Trick Daddy, Plies, T-Pain, Flo Rida, Brisco, Trina, The Runners, and Cool & Dre. One thing that you cannot say is that DJ Khaled is not a leader of Florida’s music scene and you cannot forget the untouchable hits that he pulled out of his playbook.

Just know that soon he’s due for another one… And another one… And another one…

 

stz – FLVMVS (Prod. Francis)

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PRODUCER: Francis
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: FlyTwilightzone

Orlando’s stz drops off a body by the name of “FLVMVS”. A bass laced production by Francis, stz comes with a vigorous and spirited demeanor, he continues set speakers ablaze. Only helping grow the anticipation for his upcoming project that has yet to be announced. Keep your eyes and ears wide open for what’s next to come from stz.