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#TBT: Quad City DJs – C’Mon N’ Ride It (Video)

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PRODUCER: C.C. Lemonhead & Jay Ski
YEAR: 1996

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.

 

#TBT: T-Pain – I’m Sprung (Video)

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PRODUCER: T-Pain
DIRECTOR: Kai Crawford
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

Tallahassee Pain aka T-Pain made his major debut in 2005 with the single “I’m Sprung” under Akon’s Konvict Muzik recording company, which was an serenade to his wife. Fresh off of his stint with the unforgettable Nappy Headz, T-Pain fully committed to the idea of becoming an all-around musician, showing the world that he could use his voice for more than making radio hits about hitting licks. Officially a “Rappa Ternt Sanga”. Video cameos by Akon, Sleepy Brown, Bone Crusher, Rasheeda, and Midget Mac, the single cracked the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8 and selling over a million copies.

Ultimately, the album went on to sell over 800,000 after a roller coaster ride on the charts, peaking at #33. Following with an ode to shake junt performers, “I’m N Luv ( Wit A Stripper), and the ultimate mack remix right after. T-Pain began a constant moving career, from production to countless features. Heavily active on the charts and at award shows. Snagging a couple of Grammy’s while he was at it.

But we are here to remember that this is the video that solidified him as a generational legend, and this track will forever remain a landmark in our lives as Floridians.

Deaudrick Williams – Blessed Be The Fruit (Album|Review)

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STREAM: Blessed Be The Fruit | Deaudrick Williams
ENGINEER: Sounds Annon
PHOTOGRAPHER: sheepishnarco
MAKUEUP: bostonprincess
COVERART: crack_prop

A thirteen track-list of sheer mayhem with an elegant overtone. Blessed Be The Fruit is an addition to the godly gifts that Deaudrick Williams has given to CitrusRap and the world. The Tampa 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 Deaudrick Williams this year.

The introduction to Blessed Be The Fruit, “Seeds”, is a straight body blow over a soulful instrumentation. Perfectly titled, of course. “Seeds” is just the start to a movie like experience. It features a strong, rhythmic drum filled beat that Deaudrick Williams manipulates smoothly and 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 “Exhibit G” and “Soufside Griselda”, featuring Marcus Jaron and BUDNOTBUDDY. This man and his army in Hillsborough county 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. Flowing and gliding over beats with ease, making SLIDERS out of tracks like “Baby Joker” and “Elektric Slide” featuring B Dolla$. But things only get wavier with the multi-quote-worthy, Tampa all-star track, “Poles” featuring E $krilla and Lil Fancy, and the soon to be airwave hit and ode to one of God’s greatest creations, “Ghetto Hoes.

By the time you hear the voice of the legendary Chicken Chan, you’ll be feeling exactly like the “Segway” skit. Convincing us 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.

Blessed Be The Fruit is truly an experience. One that needs to be witnessed in order to be understood.

#TBT: DJ Khaled – I’m So Hood (Video)

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DIRECTOR: Gil Green
PRODUCER: The Runners
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

“Everybody wanna mf’in know why…”

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 second single and global anthem, “I’m So Hood” from his second album “We The Best” was the moment that the masses began to realize the power that DJ Khaled had was undeniable. Directed by Miami’s Gil Green, not only did he bring together T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Plies and Rick Ross, 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, with dozens of star filled cameos.

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… And CitrusRap will cover them all…

 

#TBT: Pouya – Get Buck (Dir. FXRBES) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: Fxrbes
PRODUCER: Rellim
MIXTAPE: Baby Bone (2013) | Stream

With over 12 million hits and steadily counting, this moment in 2013 was a home run in South Florida’s underground culture. Smart Stunnas reign had official become nationally notarized when Miami’s own Pouya released this flowing banger “Get Buck”, produced by Rellim. Originally featured on his mixtape, Baby Bone, paying homage to his inspirations. The man and brand also from Miami, known as Fxrbes, came through with the quality visuals that come along with his strong-held name, to deliver a hypnotizing anthem for moshers and any youth that just enjoys to wild the hell out. While his stardom was continuously growing, this instance catapulting him into the view of nearly every young american. Being featured in publications such Miami New Times & Complex is just the tip of the iceberg after headlining and featuring in nothing less than sold out shows since his uprise at the age of 18. But just from this moment Pouya has solidified himself as one of today’s stars and stage gods. We will continue to watch in amazement and document the adventures of the young rockstar as he continues to make history for South Florida.

#TBT: Trick Daddy – Shut Up (ft. Slip N’ Slide) [Video]

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DIRECTOR: Zodiac Fishgrease
PRODUCER(S): Black Mob Group
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

“We gon let the band deal with this…”

Trick Daddy, Liberty City’s finest and one of Florida’s phenoms. The year was 2000. After blessing the culture with a momentum shifting, battle of the sexes banger like “Nann Nigga”, Trick makes his Atlantic Records debut with “Shut Up”, bringing in Slip N’ Slide members and reprising Trina’s guest role, pushing her into the future spotlight. ‘Shut Up” was dubbed as the rowdiest club hit of that year. The lead single that helped push his third studio album, “Book of Thugs: AK Verse 47”, to sell over 500,000 copies domestically, certifying it gold.

A song intended for clubs and hood bars, yet he continued to elevate to national awareness when the track was featured as the lead single for the blockbuster film, Any Given Sunday, while still embodying the South Florida culture to the core. From the high energy marching bands, to the gold grills and donks. He shows the masses exactly what our environment, and inspired and influenced a lot of us jits during that time.

There’s even a brief cameo by The U’s, Edgerrin James during his star years.

If we all studied our rap history, then we should know that this kick off a monumental career for this man. Despite how the world portrays him, on CitrusRap and in Florida legends live forever. That damn sure goes for Trick Daddy Dollars.

#TBT: Robb Bank$ – Sensational (Video)

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DIRECTOR: Unkle Luc
EDITOR: A Jaded Ape
PRODUCER:
Nuez

Let’s think back to four years ago, while an underground phenom and at the start of stardom with a cult like fan base, but with the resume to follow. Florida summers in 2016. Today’s youth were running wild, full of untapped potential. All nights were filled with what seemed like unlimited vices and Robb Bank$ was the soundtrack. A space for the unique hood baby, anime loving, vice lovers.

The Nuez produced banger, “Sensational”, along side with “Crunch Time Freestyle” that made up the first installment of his highly acclaimed mixtape series,  “Cloverfield”, is believed to be the spark that set his stone name permanently in the underground’s hall of fame.

A continuous onslaught of fluid motion in his rhymes. Wave like flows of sorts. Lyrics detailing his adventures with past lust interests and providing further proof that he is rap’s true Anime God.

Unkle Luc, now as prominent of a figure to rap culture as the man starring in this video. Always providing innovative effects and perfect visuals to a partner with the track. And with how things have been going for both Robb Bank$ and Unkle Luc, they will continue to change the frame of Florida’s culture and it’s wave of art.