Virginia native, Timothy Bright makes his CitrusRap debut with his latest single, “Knock Knock” that’s explosive. The Virginia native who is now based in California, puts together a thrill of a ride that you don’t want to end. Bright raps with an edge that is borderline insanity and is driven by strong emotions that are plastered throughout this track. Furthermore, listening to “Knock Knock” is the same as getting shot of adrenaline pumped through your veins. This is punk-rap at its best, packed with rage that at times it’s intense and exhilarating.
The Virginia artist draws inspiration from $uicideboy$, Tyler The Creator and our very own Denzel Curry, which explains his style of production and raps. Overall, Timothy Bright is someone we all should pay attention to. The team at CitrusRap are excited to see what he has coming next.
It’s always a joy to find new artists who are gifted with an immense amount of talent. In our exploration on finding new music, we staggered upon the promising, R&B singer, ZYA. The Miami singer, releases her sensual and sultry single, “Change” where her voice is reminiscent of soft velvet sheets. The R&B songstress creates an effortless song about feeling unappreciated over some seductive production that sounds heavenly.
“Change” is her very first single to ever be released and under the South Florida label, NuMiami – an independent record label that’s home to Savannah Cristina & Twelve’len. ZYA gives us her own take of some classic R&B tones that resemble’s the late 90s. With this being her first single, it’s an incredible introduction to her artistry. The team at CitrusRap are excited to see what will come next from her.
Earlier this year, South Florida’s Ivysound delivered us a poetic tale of a struggling relationship titled “Insecure” that was captivating to say the least. Now he’s returned with his new record “I Need You” that’s exuberant and heartfelt. It’s a song that breathes wonders of being in love and how beautiful it can be. The South Florida artist puts together a record that’s feels like a warm hug that you’d never want to let go of. A record that truly expresses deep emotions for his newly wedded wife.
When it comes to his lyricism, he’s at his best here. From having witty bars and acrobatic flows, Ivysound doesn’t fall out of pocket. While he delivers stellar verses that are nonetheless potent, it will be a disservice to not mention his production. Coming in with a looped sample that’s impossible to resist its sensation, the production on “I Need You” embodies the beauty of simplicity.
“I Need You” is a pure sense of romanticism that’s without joyous. After your first listen it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and wanting more. Truly Remarkable.
Central Florida’s Seeyousoon have been building great momentum with their latest releases. Although, 2020 has been a strange year for most of us, seeyousoon’s music has kept us afloat and have delivered some of the best music that’s came out this year. Now with great anticipation, they have at last released their full-length debut project, VIDÉ. Their debut album is cohesive where it resembles a great playlist introducing new worlds and sounds. Featuring 14 monstrous tracks where each member is acrobatic with their flows and voices. Each song is different from the next giving each member a moment to shine. It’s also important to notice how each member compliments one another showing no sense of incompatibility.
VIDÉ gives a variety of grooves that are irresistible. Blending genres of music from Hip-Hop, House, R&B & POP, they create a new sound that’s refreshing and intoxicating. It’s without a doubt seamless and nothing but a joy ride. Seeyousoon maybe truly limitless, proving to be a mega-house of artists who deliver prestigious rhymes and vocality.
It was just a matter of time until legendary Chicago artist, Lupe Fiasco decided to collaborate with Orlando producer Kaelin Ellis to make a 5 song EP. The EP came to be by chance. On May 5th, Lupe was tagged on Twitter in the replies of a Tweet from Kaelin Ellis, a rising producer who had been posting clips of himself creating beats in Quaratine. Catching Lupe’s attention, he recorded himself free-styling over Kaelin’s “Swim” beat that was also featured on his latest project MOMENTS. After that surprise freestyle, they’re collaborative EP, HOUSE was born.
HOUSE is truly a breath of fresh air where new worlds are created. Ambitious and abstract as the project is, this was a collaboration that we didn’t know we needed. Kaelin Ellis crafts together lush atmospheres and rich soundscapes where Lupe can freely speak his mind. On “Sledom”, Lupe relates the applications of modeling to fast food and trafficking. He attempts to show how we rarely think about how we model our bodies to sell product or even ourselves. Fiasco free flows throughout this whole project. There’s moments where it feels like he’s speaking from his diary but his sharp lyricism makes it so potent.
Lupe Fiasco & Kaelin Ellis are a perfect collaboration that I hope to see more of in the future. The HOUSE EP is a mere glimpse of what these two great artists can do.
Seeyousoon continue to push the threshold with their versatility, creating new spaces and atmospheres with their unorthodox and out-of-the box style of music. So far they’ve showcase their skillsets of stepping into different worlds of sound. “ICFWT” was more of downtempo record that felt cerebral while “Blue Chord” was vibrant and exciting. This group comprised of singers, rappers, and producers have easily crept into one of my favorite up and coming artists of the year.
Their new song, “Shut Up” is aggressive with a right in your face attitude. It’s unapologetic, confident and exhilarating. Luke Summers, Mitch, and Dre drop ruthless verses that are cut-throat and slick while saving Drex to deliver a few bars that come off monstrous and cutting edge. “Shut Up” shows fearsome side of seeyousoon that we haven’t seen before. Every time seeyousoon comes with a different sound and different style that make them distinctive.
Their upcoming album VIDÉ drops July 31st, be sure to be on the lookout for that.
Jacksonville’s LrkChronicle at last releases his latest EP, You’re Safe Here. A project comprised of many layers and depth that reveal vulnerability. The Jacksonville artist laced together 7 songs that takes you into a journey of understanding what love is.
On his new EP, You’re Safe Here, LrkChronicle talks creating a safe haven for your partner. He says so himself in a statement about his EP:
“The journey through love is not a easy one but the pay off is worth it. You go through times of pure bliss and euphoria while often running into times of confusion . No road is clear and there are not any easy decisions. As long as you keep open dialogue with your significant other to assure them that this space you two have created is a safe haven anything is possible. You’re safe here.”
The Jacksonville artist creates a stunning piece of work that really sets him apart from his peers. The EP is comprised of so many genres that makes its hard to pinpoint him to just one or two. Each song is crafted with deep emotion where you feel traces of pain, happiness and hope. It’s driven with soul that’s undeniably a blissful listen. Lrk’s songwriting ability has grown and shows he’s artist with a purpose and who takes his art seriously. You can easily hear his influences as well. There’s a hint of J.Cole, Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino.
Songs such as Bruce Wayne and “Back & Forth” shows struggles within a troubling a relationship. On “Vibez” he shows moments of building intimacy by bonding with one another, cherishing time with your partner.
You’re Safe Here is an example to have hope in finding love and not being afraid to go through hardships in the process. Be sure to listen this exceptional project that shows Lrk’s versatility as an artist and maturity. ‘