Friday, January 8, 2016

GREETINGS FROM THE GUNSHINE STATE: SELECTIONS OF RECENT FLORIDA RAP!


In some interview I half-remember reading, Trick Daddy mentioned consciously eschewing booty music to escape the limited definition available to Miami rappers at that time. Understood historically, Trick's trepidation makes perfect sense. His occasional forays into Miami Bass environs, however, are studies in absence along the lines of Ghostface going in on classic breaks—teasers of great music we missed by fluke of an MC born in the wrong era.

Since then, the city has given rise to everything from the international schlock-pop of late-period Pitbull to the manga-aisle armpit sniffers of Raider Klan. Out of Liberty City and the ashes of Pac Jam, Miami-style rap has spread from Broward to Tampa, St. Pete's to Tallahassee, taking new form in the hands of each scene and expanding the possibilities of what a Florida rapper can be. And while MMG and Khaled's kharpetbaggers have burnished most regional identity from Florida's (inter-)national presence, strong pockets of post-Bass articulation continue thriving: in the melodics of jook, the mania of stickin-n-rollin, and a continuing dialogue with New Orleans bounce.

Presented here is a collection of my favorite records to come out of Florida in the last decade or so, songs that neither deny the past nor live in it. You won't find this on the Internet—but as with everything, you can.

GREETINGS FROM THE GUNSHINE STATE!

1. CRISTOL - ALL UP N THRU THERE
2. STRIZZO - UP DOWN #TWERKTEAM (FT. LIL KEE) 
3. K KUTTA - PULL OUT THE STICK (FT. S.O. CERTIFIED)
4. DJ CHIPMAN - STICK IT AND ROLL IT
5. P.A. TEEZY - BENNIE BIGGLE WIGGLE
6. UNDA SURVEILLANCE - ON DECK
7. BALLGREEZY - SHONE
8. TAMPA TONY - KEEP JUKIN'
9. PICCALO - STICK AND ROLL
10. GRIND MODE - ECSTASY REMIX (FT. TRICK DADDY)
11. TOM G - JUST JUMPED (FT. J CREEK)
12. NMB STUNNAZ - CLAP THEM THIGHS
13. HUSTLE HOLICZ - THROWED OFF
14. MR. MONEY MAN, WYSEMAN, KIDD - NEIGHBORHOOD SUPERSTAR

10 comments:

  1. *Kay Slay voice* ONLY RAPMUSICHYSTERIA COULDA DID THIS!!

    Is K Kutta currently in the bing then?

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    1. Not sure? He came out with Nascar Money a few months back, and no one cared about it--with good reason. Seems like he might've been silently relieved of his MMG affiliation.

      Tampa Tony is locked up, I think, and one of the NMB Stunnaz made local news in early '15 after he shot at some cops who were raiding his house. They used a NMB Stunnaz video shot at the house to help plan the raid; he claimed he fired because he thought the house was being robbed. The Rap Patrol even has it out for moderately successful local rappers, smh.

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    2. Damn!

      Oh, I just realised NMB Stunnaz are the guys who had the God Damn song a couple of years back.

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  2. This looks dope. Good looks.

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  3. I've been sleepin I had no clue there were still rappers in Florida makin music in vein of Trick and J.T. Money. I thought Florida turned into a pop rap/generic trap rap state.

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    1. It's amazing how grassroots hits can still exist in relative obscurity, isn't it? For all the press he got, you'll never hear anyone listening to Robb Bank$ in public.

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  4. So many possible #rapnameoftheday candidates. About to crack open a fresh plastic bag of milk and let this ride out

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  5. Link is dead. Can you re up or email me the files. Thanks in advance.

    DJNFX352@gmail.com

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  6. I'll try to re-up once Zippyshare comes back to life.

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