Bi-coastal rapper, John Fifth, carries his talents through both down south and east coast as he returns to reclaim a spot in the rap game. Dropping off “Lil John”. A creative homage to Youngbloodz & Lil Jon’s early 2000’s hit, “Damn”, over a playful, yet hypnotizing beat by MiiiKXY. After a year hiatus of solo work, John Fifth has an obvious mission to get on the world’s mind, as this high pitched binary and melodic tune brings on waves of great vibes and jiggyness. A straight bop, ready to set a party off. Just in time, as his next project A Story By John Fifth is on the way soon.
HOST: DJ Scheme ENGINEER: Producer Rob ARTWORK:Ethan Punal
What happens when you get a pack of today’s youth, who all inherently lost something that makes them whole? What happens when this group of kids begin to see the same goal and that hole is filled with ambition? That’s what happened when The LO$T Gen was created. A handful of North Carolina’s aspiring creatives, all on the same mission of stardom and an escape for this level of life. The LO$T Gen make their debut with The LO$T Tape, a ten track showcase of all that the collective have learned, up to this moment. This premiere makes for another NC and South Florida connection, as DJ Scheme hosts this extravaganza and Ethan Punal was commissioned to create the official artwork. The LO$T Tape and The LO$T Gen get the official CitrusRap stamp.
Making a play from long distance, San Francisco’s own, Mike Beez, makes his CitrusRap debut with “Pretty Jenny”. His second solo single, since releasing, Fuck Ed Lee, an album about the injustices that they’ve witnessed. Along side his brothers and fellow San Fran natives, Tendertrio (Rich Iyala & Treal) of the Quest Well Collective.
This go around Mike Beez hits the world over the head with an otherworldly groove laced with funk and player ways, produced by Mike Beez and FSK. It’s as if Max Julien was teaching aliens to be a mack. Mike Beez put constructed a laid paid, head nodding joint that almost orders your body to go into chill mode, but that overpower take away from the fluid and poetic, spoken word style flow that he delivers over this masterpiece. Sound waves as smooth as the cover art, by Florida visual artist LongLiveTheChef and featuring model, Janae Edwards. More to come from Mike Beez, but this hit should hold everyone over until next time.
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Benavente UPCOMING RELEASE: Apologies In Advance (Album) | January 12th, 2018
One of Miami’s next leading forces in rap, Sylvan LaCaue, drops off his Sean Carter (Jay Z) inspired cinematic experience called “5:55″. Dedicated to the impact that Jay Z’s album 4:44 has done for the young emcee.
A hood-classical groove, aimed to build discipline of the body and mind. Sylvan LaCue uses this orchestra styled instrumental to not only uplift, but display his athletic skillsets as an emcee. switching gears, Flipping flows and destroying entendres all in the matter of four minutes. On the dot.
in his feature article for Billboard, When asked about the stunning product and what brought it to fruition, Sylvan LaCue was quoted saying,
“4:44 deeply inspired my upcoming album Apologies in Advance,” LaCue tells Billboard. “5:55 is my answer to JAY’s 4:44. “Spiritually speaking, “4:44″ means to have a spiritual awakening. ‘5:55′ means you’re ready for massive change. 5:55 serves as the final track to Apologies in Advance, which in his eyes, encapsulates his project’s entire message.”
One of Florida’s next rising stars has come in a petite package of raw emotion and pure passion. Koi Kurama is on a sure mission to set our airwaves aflame and gain our hearts, as she kicks off #KoiSzn with “TSREMIX // 925″ her own sultry anthem of self determination and inner rage.
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.