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#TBT: DJ Khaled – I’m On One ft. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne (Video)

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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 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.

#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.