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#TBT: Uncle Luke – I Wanna Rock

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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.

#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.

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.

 

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.

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.