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#TBT: Plies – Shawty (ft. T-Pain)

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DIRECTOR: Edwin Decena
PRODUCERS: Drumma Boy & Ensayne
ALBUM: The Real Testament (2007) | Purchase via The Real Testament

After a brief college football career, Plies unintentionally made a buzz in the music game after receiving great feedback on a track released on his older brother’s indie label, Big Gates Records. A short grind throughout Florida’s circuits led Plies to Miami, where eventually he signed to Slip-N-Slide Records in 2004.

Being best known for his street albums, his debut album was slated to release under new distributor Atlantic Records in 2007, as The Real Testament. To kick start the mayhem, Plies enlisted T-Pain, Drumma Boy, and Ensayne to assist on his major label single debut, “Shawty”. An instant hit in the underground and over the sound waves.

The single went on to sell over 500,000 copies, certifying it gold and charting at #9 on Billboard’s Hot 200. Plies’ name was being solidified nationally. His album was held with great criticism from the press and consumers. Selling 96,000 copies in it’s first week, landing at the #2 spot on the Billboard 200. A year later, it was certified gold.

2019, we’re still glued to our media outlets, waiting in excitement for what Plies has in store for the world next. From his outlandish Instagram videos to his street anthems and community events. This man knows how to keep his name and legacy alive.

Alexander the Don – It’s My Turn (EP)

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PRODUCERS: Ramiche & Kayskrilla

West Palm Beach’s Alexander the Don is back with long awaited EP, It’s My Turn. A five track melee consisting of production by frequent collaborator, Ramiche and a sole production credit from Kayskrilla. An EP full of vigorous sounds that’ll amplify the listener’s ears and send an adrenaline shot through your blood stream. Alexander The Don’s explosive flows and witty jabs is what makes this project a must listen.

Too Trill DM – Down South Drip (EP)

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A six-part, seven tracklist of sheer mayhem with an elegant overtone. Down South Drip is an addition to the warfare that Too Trill DM has initiated. The South Dade emcee continues to give us something to stir up this year’s lyrical debate, adding fuel to the fire that he ignited months ago and throwing a tantrum any beat thrown his way. Freestyle or not, no beat is safe around Too Trill DM this year.

The introduction to Down South Drip, “Part 1″, is a straight body blow over a “Drip Or Drown” styled beat. Perfectly titled, of course. “Part 1” is just the start to a movie like experience. It features a strong, bass filled beat that Too Trill DM manipulates flawlessly with his speed bag of rhymes 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.

A treasure chest full of gems such as “Part 3” and the bonus track, “Runaway”. 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 arrogant way so far. 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.

Down South Drip is truly an experience. One that needs to be witnessed in order to be understood.

Blxxdshot & Chris.Wav – Coupe (Prod. Yung Tago)

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PRODUCER: Young Tago
MIXED: AyoGee
ARTWORK: BOLDDESTROU

Blxxdshot has been on a roll for quite some time. But it’s evident that he’s been leveling himself up properly before releasing a Kamehameha wave of sound waves, along with his Puerto Rican comrade Chris.WAV, like this one. “Coupe” is a heavy dose of melodic electricity and high quality song writing. Chris.WAV and Blxxdshot are men on the edge as he shows off a crazy onslaught of rhymes and flows, that match this dynamic, airy beat produced by Young Tago. The duo gives us their best interpretation of overactive flexers, as they tell psalms of that motivate us to stay focused. If you need background music to release some flex in your two door with, this track is definitely the ideal joint.

#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.