After receiving an immense amount of positive feedback for her Freestyle Fridays series, Cherele decides to put together a project showing off her skill set as a MC. The Fort Myers native releases her highly anticipated project, GIVE ‘EM HELL. She gives her own rendition of raps over some of hip hop’s classics like N.O.R.E “Noila Clap” and Missy Elliot’s “Hot Boyz”. Cherele shows that you are witnessing a master at work and in all honesty she maybe cut from same cloth as the GOAT, Lil’ Wayne.
Big Kaino makes a triumphant return by dropping an atomic bomb on our heads with his new single, “RIDE AROUND“ produced by chasethemoney. The Tampa-based artist has been taking the Internet by storm with his other hit records like “Asshole” and “On Me. Every since he stepped on the scene he’s been leveling up the intensity and notoriety. On “ Ride Around”, Kaino cooks up a breakneck record that feels berserk and frantic. With a crushing 808, simplistic yet hard-hitting drum patterns and Kaino’s grungy and aggressive sound this will cause mayhem in every area this song is played in.
With finally releasing Port of Miami 2 on August 9th, this sets the Don of Miami, Rick Ross at having 10 albums in his luxurious discography. A discography that takes us through the street of South Florida, while giving us words of wisdom and of course his exquisite lifestyle. After long debates and heated discussion we ranked all 10 of his albums.
10. Hood Billionaire
(sigh) This album was released after Mastermind within the same year. Hood Billionaire sounded like step back, using simplistic flows, decent beats that we feel he has completely outgrew. It’s forgettable and it’s to the point that people even forget that this is a part of his discography. Granted this sounds better than most albums we hear but it’s doesn’t match the Miami Don’s standard.
9. Port of Miami
Port of Miami was a groundbreaking introduction to Ross. His major label debut single, “Hustlin” was something we’ve never seen before in music. We get this Godfather persona, Scarface mentality and image. In addition, his other smash hit “Push It” encompasses every gangster movie in an album. He shows the world a different side of Miami that most didn’t usually see. In most cases you see south beach, but Ross turned the scope to Dade County and the rest of South Florida. He shines the light on the real Miami.8. Trilla
Trilla was a stepping stone for Ross. With it being his second album after Port of Miami, Ross showed not only that he can spit lyrically but he was capable of making hits. Rick Ross crafted memorable singles such as, “The Boss” with T-Pain, the joyful “Here I Am” alongside with Nelly and Avery Storm. He transformed from being a rapper with a mafia persona to a songwriter.7. Black Market
Coming right off of one of his best mixtapes, “Black Dollar” in 2015, Ross delivered Black Market within the same year. It’s a pretty solid album that’s versatile. This is where Ross had to refocus. With so much fiasco going around his MMG camp such as Meek battling Drake, to Wale & Meek not getting a long, and then Ross also got arrested around that time it caused much distraction. Black Market sounds refined, mature and showed that Ross is growing. This album is also hits different in the winter season.6. Mastermind
Mastermind shows versatility within Rick Ross. He switches up his sounds and flows while working with some heavyweight features. Standout records like Devil is a Lie with Jay-Z reminds us how great they are together. He taps in Kanye & Big Sean to rejoice with together on “Sanctified”. This album is colorful.5. Port of Miami 2
His 10th album, a sequel to Port of Miami is definitely one of his better projects. It’s a special one however it’s a bit underwhelming. It’s one of those “if it’s not broke don’t fix it” kind of albums where the Miami Don doesn’t take a risk or show growth. It’s a great album but it also suffers from its sequencing, starting off with “Act a fool” may not have been the best choice. However, Ross does show that he has an ear for features and beats. Tapping in Gunplay for “Nobody Favorite” where he just slides on the record smoothly. It’s good to hear from him. “BIG TYME” deserved it’s all-cap title as Just Blaze gives Rozay a glorious record with Swizz Beatz being the hype-man. We get a posthumous verse from Nipsey Hussle and it just makes me depress that he’s gone. On Vegas Residency, he opens up on his stance with Kanye West and we also get a bit of glimpse on his thoughts when he had to hospitalized after having a number of seizures.
Ross also continues his on going collaboration with Drake on “Gold Roses”, which sounds impeccable. Soft and sultry piano keys with the head of OVO and the Don of MMG at their peak sounds like VVS diamonds coated with chocolate.4. Rather You Than Me
This was an great album. Ross gets personal and introspective which shows a different side of him that we don’t always get. Ross throws shot at Birdman and Nicki Minaj without any remorse or regrets. He’s unapologetic and as always his beat selection is just great.3. God Forgives, I Don’t
As stated by Ross this was an album that he wanted to be equivalent to a Tarantino or Martin Scorsese film. He comes close but not close enough. Everyone that was enlisted all this album plays there part and more for the most part. You have special moments like “3 Kings” where we get legends such as Dr.Dre & Jay-Z giving out stellar verses. In addition it’s always good to hear Andre 3000 so that’s a major plus. The features makes this album dynamic, Wale for example may have given one of his best verses ever on “Diced Pineapples”2. Deeper Than Rap
There’s so much depth with this album. Production is nonetheless top notch but very musical compared to most of his projects. It’s accompanied with many sounds but it’s all well put together. Deeper Than Rap was more of a transitional step into making the music that he makes today, giving him the credit of his beat selections that gives a luxury sound.1. Teflon Don
Teflon Don serves as Ross’s best album to date. It’s right on the brink of being a classic. It’s a perfectly packaged album that doesn’t miss. Sitting at 11-tracks that show diversity throughout the album. We’re given club headbangers such as “B.M.F” and “MC Hammer”. Alongside that we’re gifted with complex and beautiful songs like “Aston Martin Music”. Let’s not forget how great “Free Mason” is either. Giving that feeling of a sense of glory.
Gaby G who has recently dished out her former alias, “Native Youth” is one of Miami’s precious gems. Her music is full of sensuality that you feel pulsating within your bloodstream. Gaby creates sensational atmospheres for major festivals and for those small intimate spaces. The Miami native has a voice that slithers its way to your ear and caresses it behind R&B style records that collide with pop and unnatural sounds.
With her latest projects, Second Chances & Breathe Me , we get a great taste of her artistry. She showcases her growing skill-set, having the ability to be poetic with her words that reaches and touches the listener is something to be proud of. In addition, also having the skill to make memorable records that stand-out from her peers. Alongside these projects she possesses stunning visuals that are sensual as well as sexual such as “Closer” featuring her significant other and adult film star, Abella Danger. Her new music video, “Acting Different” is colorful and vibrant that just adds more greatness to her DIY portfolio.
Gaby G gives us the honor to have a sit down interview (conversation) about her upbringing in music, meeting Kaixen & triangle, her life in L.A., her love for Miley Cyrus and much more. You can listen to the Gaby G interview below.
PRODUCER: Cameron Dietz
After getting co-signs from notable celebrities such as Marlon Wayans, DC Young Fly & Ken Jeong, the South Florida artist Cameron Dietz has stepped into his alter ego Singslayer with his latest single “Bend The Knee”. The record is inspired by HBO’s TV phenomenon Game of Thrones (hence the name Singslayer) and laments on his fear of commitment and regret of losing a significant other because of that apprehension.
“Bend The Knee” is a mesmerizing record by the multi-talented artist. He puts together an sultry & smooth R&B record that easily sticks to you within the first listen, it’s irresistible. Cameron has mellow vocals that carry soul within then and sets a cruise sailing tone that’s perfect for those late night drives. His witty wordplay and writing style is something to take notice of as he makes countless references to Game of Thrones. “If I fool You once you kill me twice / On my mama and the lord of light”.
Alongside of releasing “Bend The Knee”, the singer, songwriter and producer Cameron Dietz also provides visuals for the record. Filmed by Flowercop, we get a slight peek of Cameron’s creative process and some spicy behind the scenes fun. Cameron or shall I say “Singslayer even takes a Up a notch by putting on medieval knight armor for the video.
Dietz is an artist take notice of and its great to hear more R&B artist as the new regime has begun for this generation. For more Cameron Dietz’s music you can click here.
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DIRECTOR: FlightLife Mars
BTS/PHOTOGRAPHER: Nick Gonzalez
The graceful Gaby G is back with yet another stunning visual for latest single “Acting Different”. Produced by her frequent collaborator and best friend, Kaixen, “Acting Different” is an up-tempo record that blends hip hop instrumentals and Gaby’s signature alternative R&B sound. The record speaks about evolving and in moving past from anyone who gets in her way of success. Gaby is seen a different light in this video. She shows a side of her that is just as vibrant as this video. Colorful and full of life, Gaby is unapologetic and talks her shit on this record.
“It’s purely a flex song – even tho I say otherwise on the track. It sounds like it’s about someone else acting different towards me but actually the one acting up. I’m looking into the mirror at the person I am and manifesting the person I want to be. I want to be rich, I want to drive a range, and I want a huge house with a view. I’m having fun on this record being cocky and not giving a f*ck.” – Gaby G
Directed by the LA Native Flightlife Mars, he captures the vibrance of colors and vast landscapes that makes this video visually appealing to the eye. It’s stunning and energetic.
“I wanted to capture to the vibrant energy I was getting from the song. Something that felt lively & fun but also passionate going along with the vocals. The mustard plant fields added just the pop we needed.” – Director Mars
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PRODUCED: Mickey de Grand IV & Fnz
After teasing us with snippets and short video clips, Twelve’len finally releases his long-awaited, “Thank The Gang” alongside with a self-directed video that is beyond the hype and worth the wait.
It’s not often that we get R&B records from the sunshine state and this one, is completely refreshing and undeniably irresistible. Twelve’Len has stepped into another tier of artistry with “Thank The Gang”. It’s an ode of gratitude to his team that has stuck with him through the mud and hard times through his continuous journey. The song is so great that I, myself want to thank his team for everything. The Carol City artist is in his bag.
Producers, FnZ and Mickey de Grand IV who deserve so much love for this song, takes us into a 80s & early 90s nostalgic sound that fuses with today’s modern style of music. You can easily get lost in this track, it’s hypnotic. It caresses you with groovey waves, with a bounce that hits you instantaneously. I have to come to the conclusion that this should be mandated to play at future family functions. Twelve’Len is “The past, present and future of Florida” and I’m just excited for what’s to come from him.