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Malc Stewy – “What You Want”

Sometimes in life, you just don’t know what you want until it’s sitting right in front of you. That is precisely the case with South Florida rapper Malc Stewy and his latest video. After dropping off his well-received EP, The Stew, back in April, Stewy returns to the Citrus with fresh squeezed visuals for his standout track, “What You Want.” As a South Floridian, Malc Stewy felt the desire to pay homage to some of the landscapes that help define the essence of the region in this video. Fellow South Floridian and visual extraordinaire known as The Infamous JC was able to capture exactly that, while piecing it together in a compelling way. When asked about this video, Malc had this to say about it:

“The video was directed by JC, and we shot it at the Swap Shop in Broward and the old Carnival Flea Market in Delray…very Florida lol. Song is featuring and produced by French, and the video is starring Taty Sachi. This song is one of my personal favorites from my last project “The Stew”.

Christian Rose – WYM (Prod. Lxmongrab)

Christian Rose is a relatively new artist on the scene, but has a knack for crafting songs like a veteran. The Pensacola-bred rapper/singer has made some waves on social media and SoundCloud after releasing standout tracks like “Revenge,” and “Alexander McQueen” featuring buzzing Atlanta rapper Yung Bans. Recently, Rose let loose another impressive single, entitled “WYM.” With banging production by Lxmongrab, who has previously produced for Nessly, the track is a memorable display of this Florida underdog’s effortless ability to make catchy hooks and hard-hitting raps. Be sure to keep an eye out for Christian Rose, as he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Mikey More – I Stole These Beats (EP)

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Broward is basically the new breeding grounds for talented rappers these days, and Mikey More is certainly no exception to this. Even in the midst of being caught up with the law, the rapper formerly known as Floda (aka Flo) still manages to fulfill his passion for making music. As an up-and-coming rapper, you can possess the skills that would attract plenty of producers, but often times, the most inspiring beats arise from the depths of Soundcloud. That was exactly the case for Mikey More, as he decided to shamelessly put together a project called I Stole These Beats. At 5 tracks in length all over Origami beats, this EP is an easy listen with high replay value that only further proves that More is bound for success. Keep an eye out for Mikey, because this guy can really rap and it is quite evident in his music.

Malc Stewy – The Stew (EP)

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Palm Beach-bred rapper Malc Stewy has been steadily making strides towards success with his music over the years. Not too long ago, he caught the attention of NYC underground legend Smoke DZA. The Kushed God took a liking to him and brought him on The Smoker’s Club tour as well as The Key To Life tour with The Lox so he could get his feet wet on the road. Since then, Stewy has been able to get in the studio, including several sessions with DZA, to put together a polished body of work called The Stew. At only 8 tracks in length, the project is an easy listen with high replay value through and through. With strong features from Miami-bred Freebandz artist Zoey Dollaz, noteworthy fellow Palm Beach rapper Eric Biddines, and of course Smoke DZA, there is plenty reason to give this a spin. The Stew is out now on all major streaming platforms.

PREMIERE: GlockyCashOnly – Fine Marble (you are so just be)

Fresh off of making Citrus Rap’s #BestOfFlorida2016 list, Miami’s very own GlockyCashOnly drops off his latest project entitled Fine Marble (you are so just be). The Dade County producer/rapper provides an array of eclectic soundscapes and rhythms throughout this very wavy 40-minute mix that seamlessly blends track after track of original composed instrumental music that anyone can vibe out to. With that said, press play above, catch a vibe and be sure to keep up with GlockyCashOnly.

 

Citrus Rap Presents: Best Of Florida 2016 [Music Videos]

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2016 is a year that no one will ever forget—for better or for worse. Between tragic and untimely passing of pop culture icons and disappointing election results, some may say it’s for worse. However, optimistically speaking, 2016 was an unforgettably good year for music— particularly for Florida rappers.

This year, Florida has continued to make strides towards solidifying the state as a relevant powerhouse for hip hop through various nods from acclaimed tastemaker personalities, national publications, and even some major festivals. The industry, for so long, has neglected Florida’s output until just recently—after being given a late pass from the culture.

Between XXL Freshman list honorees, major label signees, and viral sensations, Florida certainly has a lot to be proud of this year. As the buzz continues to grow (at a faster pace than ever before), many cultural appropriators will attempt to define Florida—but not without coming off as disingenuous. For that reason alone, it was only right to get the Citrus Rap staff together to give a genuine perspective of the best Florida rap 2016 had to offer. Please be mindful that this list is in no particular order and is influenced by nothing more than the opinions of dedicated individuals in Florida’s bubbling rap circuit. With that being said, here’s to a successful 2016 and hopefully an even better 2017…cheers!

Directions: Click the song title link below to navigate the list.

Lajan Slim, for those unfamiliar, is a Broward County rapper who recently signed to Def Jam this year. Pusha T claims he is also the newest member of G.O.O.D. Music, which is not only an incredible look for him but for the entire state of Florida. Much of Slim’s buzz and success can be rooted from his zoe anthem, “Haitians.” Directed by Cinestream Pictures, the video depicts young Haitian culture in South Florida as young Lajan and company repeatedly waive the flag with pride.

With political correctness constantly eating away at different slang terms, Denzel Curry went against the grain with his single, “Gook,” shedding light on the concept of being a gook in the sense of being an outcast rather than the derogatory Asian slur. The video, directed by JMP, captures Denzel gookin’ out at the famous Miami Marine Stadium as he puts on for his city.

When Prez P and Big Nics get together, it’s a Miami affair. An entire album with the two was exactly what the city, Florida, and the entire rap game needed—especially with Unkle Luc behind the visuals. Premiered by The FADER, the #TooPlayerMode video for “Set,” features Nics and Prez flexing at the country club—playing golf and tennis while looking all too fresh. With additional signature glitchy edits and trippy color correction from Luc, this video is truly a classic.

Who thought it didn’t snow in Los Angeles? Wintertime proves all naysayers wrong in the frosty video for his hit single, “Thru It All.” With a record so cold, it was only proper to have the Los Angeles locale quickly turn from sunshine to snow. This, of course, was made possible by director extraordinaire Jimmy Regular behind the lens—who is known to get icy with it on the visuals.

When thinking about breakout artists from Florida in 2016, Tweleve’Len should immediately come to mind. Recently signing with legendary manager Coach K to join the likes of Migos, Rich The Kid, and Lil Yachty, the Miami songbird is destined for greatness. While some artists can forget where they come from in the midst of music glory, Twelve’Len remains humbly true to the 305 in his video for “Star Dust” with trusty director FXRBES cinematically capturing him in Overtown being one with the culture. It’s the perfect video for one of the most feel-good songs of 2016 coming out of Florida.

Miami is undoubtedly the breeding ground for the new young wave of trap music, and Lil Pump is one Dade County representative who surely looks promising. With an amazingly executed video by RaheemXP that aesthetically plays off of early school days nostalgia and South Florida trap culture, the self-proclaimed “trapper of the century” makes a good case for being one of the most prolific up-and-coming artists from Florida.

Jacksonville wordsmith DoLA teamed up with Central Florida-based teamSESH producer ghost/\/ghoul on a masterpiece of a project entitled Better/\/3D. “Red Light” is definitely one of the songs on the project that truly deserved fitting visuals. With frequent collaborator and director JG on the job, it was a perfect match—as DoLA is captured in his hometown football team’s jersey putting the city on his back with trippy lighting and effects that properly set the mood for this Duval artist’s banger.

West Palm Beach and its surrounding area can often be quickly dismissed as a beautiful and harmless place to raise your kids. Hailing from the 561, wifisfuneral reminds everyone with his dark and gloomy visual for his single “Grim” that his experience was far from glamorous—despite any preconceived notions about his home turf. With a very existential theme, Nassacre did the video justice by placing wifi in a bathtub surrounded by candles to set the mood of one of the standout records from Black Heart Revenge.

With a visual aesthetic so crucial to his artistry, Vintage Mob’s very own Cashy makes it hard to not be placed in the best videos of the year. While he might have kept reasonably quiet in 2016, Cashy’s video for “Who You Wanna Be” is loud with bright colors and vintage flare. This Gfxkid-produced video is truly an unforgettable gem from 2016.

 

While it might be difficult to take Fort Myers rapper Plies seriously in 2016 amidst all of the viral videos and memes he’s been the subject of, why should anyone have to? Even Plies knows how to poke fun at himself and the zany lifestyle of being a rapper like him. He especially does this to perfection with his unforgettably hilarious video for his hit single, “Racks Up To My Ear.” Pretending to be a mariachi while air-guitaring a stack of money is by far one of the most absurd ways to flex—and who better to do it than Plies? Props to Omar The Director for this one.

Citrus Rap Presents: Best Of Florida 2016 [Projects]

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2016 is a year that no one will ever forget—for better or for worse. Between tragic and untimely passing of pop culture icons and disappointing election results, some may say it’s for worse. However, optimistically speaking, 2016 was an unforgettably good year for music— particularly for Florida rappers.

This year, Florida has continued to make strides towards solidifying the state as a relevant powerhouse for hip hop through various nods from acclaimed tastemaker personalities, national publications, and even some major festivals. The industry, for so long, has neglected Florida’s output until just recently—after being given a late pass from the culture.

Between XXL Freshman list honorees, major label signees, and viral sensations, Florida certainly has a lot to be proud of this year. As the buzz continues to grow (at a faster pace than ever before), many cultural appropriators will attempt to define Florida—but not without coming off as disingenuous. For that reason alone, it was only right to get the Citrus Rap staff together to give a genuine perspective of the best Florida rap 2016 had to offer. Please be mindful that this list is in no particular order and is influenced by nothing more than the opinions of dedicated individuals in Florida’s bubbling rap circuit. With that being said, here’s to a successful 2016 and hopefully an even better 2017…cheers!

Directions: Click the project title link below to navigate the list.


It was only a matter of time before XXL Magazine would grace Kodak Black with a spot on this year’s Freshman list after numerous cosigns and impressive releases like his [rather lengthy] project Institution. In the midst of finding himself in trouble with the law, Lil’ Kodak took a few steps back and humbled himself on his 2016 breakout mixtape entitled Lil Big Pac—which features two of his idols: Gucci Mane and Boosie. With banger after banger, this project truly put Kodak on the map and solidified his place in the rap industry outside of Florida.

Jacksonville’s very own DoLA has been about quality control from the jump. With an impressive 2014 debut album entitled Ch. 1: Night Vision, he was able to coast through 2015 without releasing much new material and still be able to rock plenty of shows in and out of Florida. What fans didn’t know at the time was that the Duval spitter was getting busy with Central Florida-based Team Sesh producer ghost/\/ghoul on a masterpiece entitled Better/\/3D. With dark and depressing moments accompanied by hard-hitting anthems, this project provides listeners with a dynamic listening experience that is a perfect marriage between complex lyricism and ignorant bangers.

 

As one of Broward’s most seasoned rappers, Robb Bank$ was given high expectations in 2016 following his debut retail release entitled Year Of The Savage—which was sort of the beginning of a new sound he had crafted with maturity and aggression. He was able to accomplish this with his trusty inner circle of producers: Broward-based producer/engineer extraordinaire Nuez, fellow SS artist/producer IndigoChildRick, soundscape virtuoso Nick León, and longtime collaborative producer/DJ Nuri. This year, the squad got back in the lab and churned out banger after banger for what fans now know as the much anticipated Death of My Teenage project—of which he will be touring off of into 2017.


Just like his name might reveal, Anonymuz is one of Florida’s hidden gems. In fact, this would be the first time Citrus Rap has posted anything about him—but that doesn’t mean that this Miami native hasn’t been paying his dues. Building a substantial fanbase off of Youtube, Spotify, and various gamer/anime sites, Anonymuz has put ample strategy into his music career to garner a niche following that is highly supportive. With a cohesive narrative, carefully paired production, substantial play counts, and several nods from music reviewer personalities on Youtube, his 2016 retail release entitled Vice City was one that could not go unnoticed on Citrus Rap.


As an original founding member of the notorious Buffet Boys crew, Kendall’s own Fat Nick has truly come a long way from being a high school dropout drug dealer after releasing acclaimed projects like Tha Heart Attack and Fat Camp as well as touring the country over and over with Pouya and the rest of the gang. While his appearance and charisma might give fans the idea that he’s nothing but jokes, his 2016 album When The Lean Runs Out proved to everyone that there are layers to Fat Nick. With the success of the release, including a headlining national tour, Fat Nick has cemented himself in the rap game whether the industry is ready or not.


For those who have either been around the Miami rap scene or have followed Citrus Rap from day one, Prez P and Big Nics (formerly J NICS) are household names. Having collaborated on tracks of their own and other South Florida artists over the years, the chemistry is quite undeniable—to the point where a collaborative project was inevitable. With Prez’s knack for smooth melodies accompanied by Nics’ deep voice and street knowledge, the combination makes for a player-ific sound and narrative that gives their album title much justice. Too Player Mode combines all of the elements of tropical vibes and Miami pimpin’ that only someone like UnkleLuc could create the perfect visuals for. The rest is history…

Wintertime is a season in Florida that doesn’t bring much cold, however, Wintertime ironically happens to be a rapper in Florida who makes some cold-ass raps. Based out of Central Florida, where it does often get chilly compared to South Florida, Wintertime has found himself flourishing in the rap game with viral bangers like “Thru It All”—to which ILoveMakkonnen hopped on the remix. With a style that tastefully fuses humor and self-awareness, it’s hard not to take a liking to Wintertime. His 2016 project I Know What You Did Last Winter features the hit single along with many other memorable tracks of which he was able to perform all over the country alongside buzzing Houston rapper Ugly God this year.


While the Florida hip hop scene might not seem exclusive, there happens to be a group of rappers who claim Members Only. With one of these members named $ki Mask The Slump God, it would be wise not to intrude. Along with Palm Beach frontrunner Wifisfuneral and controversial Broward rapper Xxxtentacion, $ki Mask is in good company in the sense that the internet and Florida’s underground rap realm are endlessly itching for more SoundCloud bangers from them. While loosies can get lost in the mix, The Slump God proved everyone that his knack for making projects could put him on the map. His 2016 project Drown-In-Designer, featuring Denzel Curry, Xxxtentacion, Treez Lowkey, LilPump, and Craig Xen, did exactly that.


Between Nostalgic 64 and 32 Zel/Planet Shrooms, Carol City’s own Denzel Curry has blessed fans with some classics over the years. When it came time to level up, Zel was more than prepared. In 2016, he and Kodak Black became the first XXL Freshmen since Ace Hood in 2009. This was a well-deserved look, as his retail release entitled Imperial, brought forth a highly developed sound that took the music industry by storm this year. When Rick Ross gave Curry the cosign through their track “Knotty Head,” it was official that he’s to be regarded as a Miami staple, and one of Florida’s top tier emcees. Beyond that, his touring has taken off, headlining both nationally and internationally—which can only mean that Denzel Curry is global and C9 is still the future.


Just as his album title may reveal, Pouya is truly an Underground Underdog. With explosive numbers across every digital platform, it’s damn near impossible to not have heard of this founding Buffet Boys member hailing from Kendall. What truly makes him an underdog, though, is the fact that his success is hardly celebrated or even acknowledged by the music industry—at least for now. After releasing this full-length retail album, Pouya has taken the world by storm and sold out countless venues as a headliner on tour with very little help from anyone besides his day-ones. Pouya continues to stay true to his roots and it’s directly attributing to his major success—which says a lot in a climate where rappers are often forced to “sell out” at a certain point in their careers in order to level up. Props to Pouya.


When it comes to breeding underground rap talent in the south, Texas and Florida are two states that are arguably doing it the best. With roots in both Houston and Orlando, Marcellus Juvann is a multi-dimensional artist who is a living, breathing product of both environments—and has no trouble expressing it in his music. With commitment to quality, Juvann has consistently released full-length efforts in both 2015 with The Fall LP and 2016 with his impressive release entitled The Great Escape. At the pace he’s going, Marcellus will soon be a household name in Florida, Texas, and beyond.


Not even 21 years of age yet, Nate Dae is one of Jacksonville’s most promising young artists as of the past year. In 2016, he released a rather impressive project entitled Off The Porch—which is his debut effort featuring We Were Never Friends crew member Stokely Carmichael. This body of work tells the tale of Nate stepping out of his comfort zone and making a name for himself on and off the block in Duval. Staying true to his narrative, Dae has ventured off to LA to work with like-minded creatives such as Brockhampton’s Kiko Merley and HK (Henock Sileshi). Moreover, he has shared stages with national acts like Machine Gun Kelly, Ugly God, and fellow Florida buzzmakers Wifisfuneral, Xxxtentacion, etc. The future certainly looks bright for this young talent.


2016 undoubtedly brought Palm Beach rapper Wifisfuneral some of the greatest moments of his career. From headlining tours to getting recognition from major music publications and millions of listens across streaming platforms, Wifi is truly killing the game. While he comes from the cloth of dropping loose SoundCloud bangers, he has successfully proven himself to be amongst the Florida elite who can skillfully craft up full-length projects with a cohesive narrative. With that said, Wifi’s Black Heart Revenge is only the beginning of what seems to be an illustrious music career.


When it comes to carrying oneself as an indie artist, Miami native Sylvan Lacue is probably the epitome of it. Formerly known as QuESt, he has had quite the journey as an artist. He has found much success from touring with Logic and building a loyal fanbase—of whom had no issue with the name change despite his album title being Far From Familiar. The title attributes to his dynamics as an artist, lyricist, and musician, as he’s capable of bringing multiple layers into his songwriting that catch fans by surprise in the best way possible. This year, between dropping this impressive project and doing a DIY tour with Rhode Island rapper Khary, Sylvan is on the road to becoming a household name without the help of major labels. Wise Up.


When it comes to that “fiy” (as Floridians like to say), Glok is the plug. Those who know, know. Better known as Glocky Cash Only, the Miami native has been putting in work in the music scene for years and has earned due respect from fans, scenesters, and OG’s alike. Having taken the time over the past year or two to learn production, both through self-teaching techniques and assistance from the homie Nuez, Glocky has drastically improved his abilities—and the music shows for it, particularly in his latest full-length project Gold Plated Flaws. In said project, Glok finds himself flexing on hard-hitting production from both himself and Nuez, making for a ton of replay value for fans of dope dealing, tropical living, and rap life.

With serious skin on the game and being such a crucial feature on South Florida’s most timeless anthem, “Threatz,” Yung Simmie is truly part of Florida’s elite. With a boasting affliction for cannabis, Yung Simmie smokes all of the loud—and any rap competition in his way as well. Delivering the finest products he has to offer, Simmie is much like your favorite weed plug—except in his case, it’s mixtapes, because best believe he’s not passing you his blunt. To commemorate his own success, he’s created not only a dope mixtape but his own time of the year—forget Spring, Winter, Fall or Summer—Its Simmie Season. His Simmie Season mixtape is full of bangers, including the anticipated single to his internet hit, “Dead Beat.” Even though he released a solid follow up with Simmie Season 2, like the buds, nothing beats the OG.

Anyone who has visited Tampa and the surrounding area knows it has a reputation for the turn-up. Between Gasparilla and vibrant nightlife, it is truly lit. However, at the other end of the spectrum, it can be gloomy and melancholy—to which Tampa artist Chester Watson draws more creative inspiration from. Having teamed up with POW Records (Passion Of the Weiss) for his project Past Cloaks, Watson has found much praise online from tasteful publications and fans alike—garnering a sizeable fanbase of his Lo-Fi, introspective raps. Keeping the momentum going while also keeping it in-house (Nu Age crew) he partnered up with his homie and frequent collaborator Kent Loon to create a true masterpiece entitled Spring Mirage. The album is full of trippy sounds, catchy hooks, and double/triple entendres for days—leaving rap fans craving more…and hopefully in 2017 more is what Watson and company will be giving.

Being that the greater Orlando area is so vast, it can be tough to break out as an artist without the powerful tool known as the internet. For 19-year-old Kaiydo, this was a non-issue, as navigating the internet and networking comes naturally for him—and it’s been a significant attribute to his success thus far. His single “Fruit Punch” taking off on various streaming platforms in a major way is only a tell-tale sign that he’s an artist to keep a close eye on. Said single can be found on his project Colors & Sounds—which is the direct byproduct of synesthesia (the ability to see colors from sounds, which Kanye West has also claimed to have) and it’s evident throughout the listening experience. He calls the project a demo, and if that’s the case, his real album will be worth the wait.


Formerly known as Bizzy Crook, Miami’s very own BZZY has been on the scene for quite some time—and never wasting a minute, having released over five original bodies of work. His most recent release, entitled A Part Of Everything, is seemingly his most mature to date—drawing inspiration directly from The Alchemist by legendary Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. Full of honesty and cognizant lyricism, this album is the culmination of everything in BZZY’s life and music career through trials, tribulations, and successes.


With Miami being a breeding ground for new artists more than ever, it came as no surprise to see someone like K.Charles arrive on the scene with a refreshingly original sound. Combining aurally-pleasing soundscapes with catchy, melody-infused raps, this Miami native certainly has a lot to offer music fans who yearn for more than your typical SoundCloud raps. Not to say he doesn’t have bangers, because he definitely has them, but he successfully brings forth variety and dynamics that still remain cohesive to his projects. He managed to achieve this with flying colors on his Citrus Rap-premiered mixtape entitled Station7Eighty6.