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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.

Kenlow Kabana – Busy Bee

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STREAM: via iTunes/Spotify

The solar deity has returned with yet another glimpse of his greatness. Miami resident Kenlow Kabana has gifted us with a sure hit for the new age, “Busy Bee”, delivering a flawless flow about a new branding and mentality for 2018 and beyond. It’s a “I’m a brand new nigga” anthem. With an alias as laid back as Kenlow Kabana, it’s no surprise that he’s making his future seem as effortless as he’s foreshadowed he would in the past. The upcoming year will be a big one for the young artist and one that we’re all looking forward to witness. But to get prepared for what’s to come, get familiar with this psalm now, as it surely will not be the last time you hear it through your airwaves. This was brought to you by CitrusRap.com

 

Moe Waveyy – 3 MILLI (Prod. J Suez)

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PRODUCER: J Suez
STREAM: via iTunes/Spotify

We love presenting new, great artist to you guys and today is one of those days. From Orlando, by way of New York, Moe Waveyy shows us why he’ll always be a force to be reckoned with. “3 MILLI” is the song that Luke Skywalker was blasting in his helmet the second he blew up the Deathstar. Just like a Jedi, Moe Waveyy kicks riddling gems in this J Suez produced, drug-infused but heavy hitting joint. This is a true conquest of fun, success and indulgence. Moe Waveyy continues to revel in his glory, all while cranking out premium content, relentlessly. Solidifying his pathway to greatness, no matter what lies ahead. There will surely be more from the young artist on CitrusRap. Mark our words.