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Robb Bank$ – Falconia (Album|Review)

PRODUCER(S): Redda, Skinny MooXe, DJ Scheme, Nuri, Sonny Digital, Brandon Finessin, Oogie Mane, Nick Leon, Budgie, DPAT, SHADO, FaxOnly, Uncle-Flex

FEATURING: Lil Uzi Vert, Trippie Redd, Teejay, Nil Bambu, Bounty Killer

With constant teases and slew of monstrous mixtapes in between, Falconia has finally arrived. Was it worth the wait? Absolutely. Robb Banks delivers on all spectrums with this album, where his fans would be satisfied. While not deterring too far away from his spacey and erratic production, Robb Bank$ pens together an album with a sound that’s expansive. Throughout its 50-minute duration, the Tumblr God himself takes you through an ambitious project, filled with his vices, anime references and much more.

Inspired by the legendary fantasy anime and manga, Berserk, Robb Bank$ incorporates many references, themes and characters within the album. “In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above?“. This just one of the many quotes that he uses from the anime and sprinkles throughout the album. In the anime and manga, Falconia is the capital of Midland led by Griffith. The Broward artist himself even goes as far as adopting the name Femto (Griffith’s alias).

Throughout Falconia, Bank$ supplies the album with canny and comedic lyricism that often times lands perfectly while some may miss the mark. However the soundscape of Falconia is layered with crushing drums and ambient textures. From stretched out classic R&B samples that are present in records such as “Sex Therapy” and “Let’s Get Married’ to ragingly intense beats like in “SSERTIFIED” and “SHOOTOUT”, Banks has something for everyone. The album has a few notable features like Lil Uzi Vert on “SHOOTOUT” and Trippie Red on “LIFTED”.

Additionally, Robb Banks also takes the time to pay homage to Miami legends on “Trick, Trina, Khia”. Even on “I WANNA ROCK” he shows love for Luke while also getting to his island roots on “FRM JAMAICA W/LOVE”.

Above all, with 6 years in the making Falconia was worth the wait. With stellar features that compliments Sir Griffith himself, expensive production and polarizing lyrics its a fine addition to his dynamic discography. A theatrical experience from start to finish.

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Sylvan LaCue – Young Sylvan EP. 1 (Album|Review)

PRODUCER(S): MERLAKU RA & GARY BIDDY
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

Days after dropping a surprising teaser, pictures of diminished black air forces with underlying messages in-between it all, Sylvan LaCue (Or shall I say Young Sylvan) makes his return with a vengeance. After a long dreadful hiatus, The Miami wordsmith unleashes the first part of his Young Sylvan trilogy. 12 and a half minutes of adrenaline-pumping exhilaration that you just can’t get enough of. Once you press play, you’re taken on a high-octane ride that’s packed with thrilling and memorable moments.

The project begins with a pissed off Sylvan LaCue, who is just tired of the antics. He raps with aggression and confidence that you can hear throughout the project’s duration. If you ever counted Sylvan out, he lets you know that you made a great mistake. “Nice guys don’t finish last, we lay low and plan shit”, let’s us know that he is a calculated artist who is also diabolical. “Young Sylvan Back” feels much more as a warning than just another rap song. It’s ferocious and alarming to say the least. It’s actually a threat.

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Songs like “First 48” and “Backseat 2012” are more so lyrical exercises. Flexing his uncanny wordplay and ruthless flows, Sylvan shows how peerless he is. What’s astounding is how it feels that he’s only giving us a taste of just what he can do. As he raps over simplistic yet addictive beats, the intensity rises from one song to the next. “Clam Chowda” for example is like a ticking time bomb.

To conclude this, Sylvan LaCue shows that he’s a lyrical gymnast who’s to be reckon with. With EP 1 starting off with a bang, no telling what his next two installments will offer. We’re excited to see what else the deadly poet has up his sleeve.


Zya – 333 (Debut EP)

PRODUCER: Justin Wiggins, Steffany Perez, Akeem Brownlee, GABEFLOW, Julian Beatz & Kindsey
STREAM: via Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal

On her debut EP 333, Zya takes this opportunity to spread her wings.

Zya’s soft, comforting vocals are equivalent to rose petals falling onto satin. It’s almost as if we’re witnessing her bloom during each recording. This is even more so prominent on “333 (interlude)”, where she’s accompanied with pleasant guitar strumming and the calmness of how Mother Nature can be. Then with the same breath, the songstress flexes her powers and prowess on “Cruise Control”. An erotic song, perfected with ambient synths and luscious keys. It simply breathes intimacy.

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From beginning to end, the Miami native shows she’s more than capable of crafting music that will stick to your heart. While we live in a playlist era of music, 333 displays she’s more than just a vibe. It’s a cultivation of sounds that are resolute to R&B.

An Inseparable Bond Through Music: seeyousoon Interview (Video)

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At first glance, Orlando’s seeyousoon, a 9-member collective seems like an odd pairing of distinct characters. There’s a variety of personalities, races, and backstories. The only question that comes to mind is, “what brought them together ?”. The answer was music. The team was formed back in 2018 where it initially started with only 4 members: Joshua, Ignacio, Maddie and Kenny. Eventually, they expanded, bringing in Denny, Mitch, Drex, Luke and Dre. Before their debut, they spent time sparring one with another, bringing the best out of each other. The Orlando collective is a unification of artists who possess their own set of skills. They’re honestly a family.

What’s fascinating about this harmonious band is their synergy. How they bind together powers and utilizing different styles that is by all means brilliant. Their debut project, VIDÉ is a testament of their chemistry and how cohesive they are together. Indeed, there’s not a moment throughout this album, where one member overshadows another. Each member has their moment to shine throughout its action packed 33-minute duration. Maddie, Luke Summers, Joshua, Mitch, Drex, and Dre serve as vocalists of the group. Ignacio, Kenny and Denny are the architects who create these otherworldly soundscapes. 

VIDÉ displays their versatility and how genre-less they are with their sound. It’s a compliment to say that you can’t pinpoint what their sound is. Seeyousoon is a melting pot of genres, where they go outside of its limit. Where it’s Hip-Hop, House, R&B, or electronic they continuously push against the grain with their avant-garde style. 

On a Monday evening, they sit down with me on a zoom call trading stories of coming together as a collective. We discuss how their bond became strong and the things they’ve learned from each other. We dig into their process of making VIDÉ and so much more.

Be sure to check out their latest single, “FEVER“.


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From The Ground Up: featuring J.Larry (Pilot)

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Introducing a new series on CitrusRap, we have “From The Ground Up” hosted and narrated by our very own Cleveland Rowe, also known as PapiCleve.

“From The Ground Up” delivers an audio experience that takes us deeper into artists and creatives minds behind some of their most notable works. Not only that but we’ll dive into wild backstories and some of favorite moments and memories in the culture.

For its debut, the show begins with North Florida’s J.Larry. The Panama City native, is an aficionado of hip-hop who lives and breathes it. His catalog proves how eloquent and sharp his lyricism can be, showcasing that he’s no rookie. Listening to his music, you can tell he’s put in his 10,000 hours. From delivering clever wordplay and witty bars, he shows that he’s a worthy contender against any emcee. J.Larry is a hidden gem who is soon to shine.

Based in the city of Tampa, the young prodigy carries the heart of a lion. Through his music discography, not only do you discover his canny penmanship but his ability to conjure captivating storytelling. Songs like “15” and “Madness” are vivid heart-wrenching stories that’ll you hold on to for ages.

In this episode we breakdown his latest project According To Plan, his earliest memories of hip-hop, the importance of staying true to yourself and so much more.

To stream J.Larry’s According To Plan click here.


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Amaria – Roses (Official Single)

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While it’s easier than ever to get your music on to streaming platforms, it also becomes over saturated . Artists may sound alike and it becomes harder to find quality amongst the quantity of music that’s being uploaded at every hour. However, Tampa’s Amaria stands out amongst the crowd. Her soft and tender vocals she lays down gently on “roses” is a blissful listening experience from start to finish.

The Tampa songstress sings with elegance as her voice blooms within the shimmering production that herself has crafted together alongside instrumentalist Rugawd. The soundscape of “Roses” sparks the imagination of a blossoming garden that’s being kissed by the sun. Colorful and vibrant as it can be, Rugawd strings together a warm and compelling guitar performance that’s short and sweet.

Amaria delivers a captivating record, where we are excited to see what the rising star will come out with next.

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seeyousoon – Fever (Single)

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2020 has been an amazing year for Orlando’s seeyousoon. From dropping captivating singles like “Steamy” to releasing an joy ride of an album for VIDÉ, they aren’t letting their foot off of the gas.

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After teasing us of new music that we’ve been craving more of, Orlando’s seeyousoon release their new crazed record, “Fever”. seeyousoon combine their forces together to make an erratic song that can make your brain-melt and feel like you a hit glitch in the system. As soon as you press play you’re taking into a vortex of distorted synthesizers and vocals. Moments later you’re thrown into the matrix that’s welcomed by Mitch.

Lastly, “Fever” is a testament of how seeyousoon is pushing the boundaries of hip-hop by introducing sounds of the future. Fused with punk-esque styles and granular textures showcases how the 9-member collective is in a league of their own. They are introducing new worlds to explore.“Fever” serves as the predecessor for their next upcoming album that we can’t wait to dive into.