#TBT: Grind Mode – I’m So High (Jook Video)

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PRODUCER: Gorilla Tek
YEAR: 2007

McKlezie, Chaos, and Hunger make up for one of South Florida’s most historic rap groups of the 2000’s. At the start of the jookin’ craze that took over the state, Grind Mode were one of the nationwide successes when they released their hit record “I’m So High”. This was the go to track when you wanted to jook, wig, or bop your stress away.

From doing all sorts of free shows and open mic performances, they built up a buzz in the Miami streets with their indie videos for “Oh No” and “Yayo”. But because of their subject matter they just couldn’t break through the radio waves. That was until 2007 when they racked up a solidified hit with “I’m So High” which was produced by Miami producer Gorilla Tek.

Starting in Miami with the hit going viral as the nation wanted to learn how to jook properly, this was usually the background music for the instructional videos.  Soon it made it’s way towards the northern regions of Florida and the remainder of the nation. Following a remix and co-sign by Rick Ross, the trio gained the attention of Universal Records, where they went on to sign a deal and release an official video for the single as “She’s So Fly.” Making the single even more suitable for radio play.

Although no prominent work has been achieved since the hit, Grind Mode has claimed the hearts of all Floridians. No matter the year or the time of the day, if this song plays, the atmosphere shifts and all worries roll off of our shoulders as we jook.