Representing South Florida, by way of Broward County, Kodak Black has been making serious noise after the release of his video “Project Baby” in 2013, where he embodies the gold mouth dog world of FL and the 90’s/early 2000’s style of Louisiana rap culture. But like a lot of BG’s, he shortly fell out of public sight due to a run in with the law. Once Kodak Black officially jumped he came with this heater, dubbed ‘No Flockin’. A track that has been circulating for almost a year and has yet to let up. Giving us a preview of what he’s capable of doing while having fun and proving to all doubters and spectators that there is still A LOT more potential to be unlocked. With his latest album, Dying To Live, still steadily doing numbers, we sit and watch as his stock steadily rises, even while being in the box. As a Florida native and southern representer, I am truly proud that this young man is making these major moves in South Florida. All prayers and blessings to Kodak Black. We need more artists on the scene that never flock, never lack, and always come correct.
McKlezie, Chaos, and Hunger make up for one of South Florida’s most historic rap groups of the 2000’s. At the start of the jookin’ craze that took over the state, Grind Mode were one of the nationwide successes when they released their hit record “I’m So High”. This was the go to track when you wanted to jook, wig, or bop your stress away.
From doing all sorts of free shows and open mic performances, they built up a buzz in the Miami streets with their indie videos for “Oh No” and “Yayo”. But because of their subject matter they just couldn’t break through the radio waves. That was until 2007 when they racked up a solidified hit with “I’m So High” which was produced by Miami producer Gorilla Tek.
Starting in Miami with the hit going viral as the nation wanted to learn how to jook properly, this was usually the background music for the instructional videos. Soon it made it’s way towards the northern regions of Florida and the remainder of the nation. Following a remix and co-sign by Rick Ross, the trio gained the attention of Universal Records, where they went on to sign a deal and release an official video for the single as “She’s So Fly.” Making the single even more suitable for radio play.
Although no prominent work has been achieved since the hit, Grind Mode has claimed the hearts of all Floridians. No matter the year or the time of the day, if this song plays, the atmosphere shifts and all worries roll off of our shoulders as we jook.
Ice Billion Berg is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s been steadily making a name for himself, way before he was screaming “Fuck The Other Side” in 2008. While most artist who have been out for that long without a direct major label deal end up hitting a stand still, Ice Billion Berg is a part of a very exclusive class that seem to not only get better with time, but have kept a strong grip on their authenticity and fan base. Vino.
While on his push to South Florida legendary status, Ice Billion Berg delivered one of the most memorable renditions of Goapele’s “Closer To My Dreams”. Featured on his “International Billion” mixtape. The 19 year old, at the time, gave the state new found hope with this track. As it was played all throughout hoods as a hymn of motivation for everyone who was “on their way” to greater things in their lives. Since then, the Dade County powerhouse has released over 15 mixtapes and studio albums. And instead of signing to a label he has took the boss route and created his own recording and merchandising company, Live House Entertainment.
Today we bring you this video to remind those who forgot about why he’s the household name that he is right now and to bring this classic back to the light for those who didn’t have a chance to witness firsthand.
Make sure to check out his latest album I Never Lied. available on major streaming services such as Tidal, Apple Music & Spotify.
It’s time to show some love to the pioneers out of Duval County. Jacksonville’s Quad City DJ’s were and still are one of the prominent Florida taste-makers who broke through to the mainstream in the 90’s. C.C. Lemonhead & Jay Ski, known as The Bass Mechanics at the time, gained noteriety for creating hits alongside 69 Boyz (“Tootsie Roll”) & 95 South (“Whoop, There It Is”). Both singles cracking the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts and over 5 million records combined. Just a couple of years later, they kept their flame ablaze by officially forming Quad City DJ’s and releasing this summer smash, “C’Mon N’ Ride It”, with JeLana LeFleur assisting vocals throughout their career. As we know, the song went on to become very successful like it’s predocesors, peaking at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and selling over a million units. With the strength of this single it helped their only studio reach platinum status as well and earned them a spot one of today’s most influential and heavily followed sports movies “Space Jam”, as they performed the title track by the same name. The collective has since matched the success nor do they have to, to be honest. Because that list of Florida classic tracks, Quad City DJ’s have immortalized themselves in music history and today we are here to show our appreciation for some of Jacksonville’s curators of bass music.
PRODUCER: Kenneth “Devastator X” Terry Album: I Got Shxt On My Mind (1992) | via iTunes
A performing legend and southern Rap pioneer, the man previously known as Luke Skyywalker has been bringing bass to the game for over three decades. His resilience is what helped him become one of the most prominent figures in not only Miami’s music history, but in the world. Going toe to toe with every region in rap music, George Lucas, and the Supreme Court.
After having a successful career as a concert promoter, Luther Campbell decided to take up audio edition and production classes. Combining his credibility, lifestyle, charisma and new found techniques to help produce some of raps most controversial and club praised joints with then California based rap group, 2 Live Crew. Ultimately being the star of the scene and catapulting them into success.
When 2 Live Crew’s most success album As Nasty As They Wanna Be was deemed legally obscene by the U.S. Supreme Court (the decision was later overturned), they released a response project called Banned In The U.S.A., with the blessings of Bruce Springsteen of course. The B-side, The Luke LP served as Luke’s first taste of the solo life and the inarguable album to covet the Parental Advisory sticker. Gaining continuous notoriety in all areas for it’s sexual nature and unchained lyrics that the fans expected from the performer.
After legal issued forced the group’s split from Luke Records, Luther prepped for his first official solo album I Got Shxt On My Mind, and the first single being “I Wanna Rock” (also know as Doo Doo Brown) and instant club cult classic. Crowd controlling, ass shaking filled, response styled track.
The single did just as he expected. And with another decade of records with similar style and following that was powered by the club scene in Miami, Uncle Luke continued his reign as the bass king, helping him remain a 100 million dollar man and the raunchiest man in music history. The black Hugh Heffner.
YEAR: 2011 DIRECTOR: Gil Green PRODUCER: Noah “40” Shebib ALBUM FEATURED ON: We The Best Forever | Purchase via iTunes LATEST ALBUM: I Changed A Lot | Purchase via iTunes
This #TBT we celebrate the Florida Sultan, DJ Khaled, once again. This go around we revive the 2011 hit record that brought Khaled and Rick Ross‘ their first Grammy nod and truly solidified Khaled as the rap game’s premiere orchestrater, “I’m On One”. Also featuring the front runners, Drake and Lil Wayne, who were unsurprisingly still on a long stretch of chart domination during that time. As usual, the We The Best head-honcho called upon Gil Green to provide the lavish visuals for this star studded event of a track, which premiered during the 2011 BET Awards. “I’m On One” was an immediate radio, club and overall smash record. Going on to sell over 1.8 million copies and gaining platinum certification and peaking to #10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts. Billboard also ranked it at #17 on their list of 20 Best Songs of 2011. This single could clearly be the reason behind his follow up album, Suffering From Success, because after this he could literally do no wrong on the charts and on airwaves. So today we just want to show our thanks and gratitude for DJ Khaled and the hits like this that he brought to the world.
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.