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#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.

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.

#TBT: T-Pain – I’m Sprung (Video)

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PRODUCER: T-Pain
DIRECTOR: Kai Crawford
ALBUM FEATURED ON: Rappa Ternt Sanga | Stream via iTunes

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.

XXXTENTACION – SAD! (Video)

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DIRECTOR: JMP
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: XXXTentacion
PRODUCER: John Cunningham
ALBUM: ? | Stream via iTunes

After thousands gathered and millions mourned the physical loss of an artistic legend, XXXTentacion, a beam of light came rushing down from Nirvana in the shape of a visual. With his first posthumous release, XXXTentacion gave us all another opportunity to delve in his mind, with the official video for “SAD!”, the #1 song in the country at the moment. The 20 year old musician delivered the idea himself, as he has a funeral for his former self and ultimately going toe to toe with his past demon in order to change for the better. As XXXTentacion battles with himself, he reassures all watchers that this fight is a fight that not only we all have to go through, but one that we all can win. In such a compact amount of time, XXXTentacion has taught many of us that even when our vessel becomes incapacitated, the light inside of us that we can provide will never burn out.

 

#LongLiveJah

Daniela Nicole – Good Love (Prod. Justin Wiggins)

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PRODUCER: Justin Wiggins
ENGINEER: Luis Reyes
ARTWORK: Eli Hawkins
STREAM: via SongLink

Daniela Nicole, the woman who the masses will soon all fallen in love with, has gifted us this morning with her voice. “Good Love” is a beautiful and alluring tune of affection and sexuality. Daniela Nicole has a flawless approach to making her thoughts not only accessible, but also engaging. Throwing us and every listener into the ocean of her mind, without a life jacket. Produced by Justin Wiggins and mixed by Luis Reyes. With the mesmerizing artwork being created by none other than Eli Hawkins, South Florida’s next top mogul. It looks as if Daniela Nicole is taking the right steps to transforming into a master of her art form. And with a track like “Good Love’ officially on the net, this is a great way to kick off her 2018 campaign.

Blxxdshot – Up In That (ft Stz) [Prod. Fly Twilightzone]

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PRODUCER: Fly Twilightzone

Bouncing back from the island of Puerto Rico to the state of sunshine, our favorite bilingual talent has officially made the move to central Florida. Blxxdshxt recently planted his flag into the heart of Orlando and in celebration of the big jump, he has blessed us with new music. “Up In That”, featuring fellow Puerto Rican, Stz. This track is a slow rhythmic reminder of where both emcees have been, where their ambitions lay and where their goals are pushing them towards. Produced by Fly Twilightzone, this stead paced, head bobbing tune is one of many drops from Blxxdshot, that has instantly rang bells. Hmmm, we smell big things coming soon. May be a project or two?