Jimmy Dade - “Vampin” (Dec 2012)
I love anything that is purely Miami like this track. It stays true to the stick-drilled type sound that has been popular for the past few years. But what’s cool is that by simply adding some claps throughout the verse/chorus it starts to sound fairly mainstream.
Siti Slicka - “Kidd Shit” (2012)
Here’s a new video for “Kidd Shit” from Siti Slicka’s 2012 mixtape Art of Swagg. The first verse on this one unfortunately sounds a lot like Weezy (back when Weezy was Weezy). But the second verse improves in originality and there’s a bit more edginess to the delivery. Siti Slicka seems to do a good job when intensity required which can be seen of the better videos from last year in “Overload.”
The Kolyons - “I Am Paid” (Feat. Juvenile) (2013)
This is from left field and I have no idea where the Juvenile connection comes from. Only thing I know about Kolyon is there was a cool song telling me to “Go’n Do Ur Kolyon,” which I really haven’t stopped doing.
Bari - “Guns -N- Butter” (Feat. Vandam Bodyslam & Freddy P) (2013)
(The vid is probably NSFW or even this coffee shop I’m sitting in, has a couple of strip club scenes)
Vandam Bodyslam is solidifying himself as my favorite rapper out of South Florida just because he wears Florida Gator hats (and he’s apparently cool with star UF recruit Kelvin Taylor). Also, he can rap well.
Bari expresses some heartfelt stuff about ~the struggle~ and supporting his mom, which I hope we all can appreciate. But Vandam’s brief feature on the second verse stands out. His verse just seems effortless. Vandam’s on another level compared to almost every other street rapper out of South Florida. His voice has some combination of grimey and hoarseness that is pretty gripping. And to think he’s only talking about blunts, women and freeing his friends from incarceration.
Vurn - “Bang!” (2013)
Here’s another new albeit short track from Vurn to follow up the really cool sounding (and also short!) “Stacey Dash.”
Vurn lays a great hook on “Bang!” over a smooth beat by Mr. Manuvers. The sample in the beat creates a scene of bleakness that helps form the picture of tough circumstance Vurn tries to convey:
Still in debt ‘cause I’m bettin’ on the Dolphins.
Saw somebody get shot in the face. Don’t think about it often.
I stopped keeping up with backpacker rap a while ago because most of the material was fairly trite. Vurn has been a solid rapper for a while and fits this backpacker mold, but “Bang!” shows him finding a distinct flow that makes his style more appealing. This song works for me despite being very short for its content. Dope lines like this don’t hurt either:
They say we all just products of our environment.
No jobs, plenty work, we’re all firing.
New video from the awesomely named Skreetz. I’m not sure how often a two piece and a biscuit from Popeyes has done many people in, but I’ll take their word for it.
Choo Choo - “Where I Live” (2012)
Here, Choo Choo takes us on a tour of north Broward county. Most Miami based rappers have more or less lost their sense of community in favor of generic and mainstream approaches to rap music (thanks, YMCMB and MMG influences). This is in contrast to Broward county, which continues to present music that is fun but still locally relevant like “Where I Live” and ”Shyt Just Got Real” from Ft. Lauderdale’s CoA Babii.
ATL Swag Rap Mix (2012)
There’s nothing better than the hilarity of Travis Porter, energy of Roscoe Dash, motivation of Rich Kidz, and the misogynistic romance of Stuey Rock. I wasn’t able to find a mix with all these dudes on one thing so I just made my own.
1 | Travis Porter - “Waffle House” (Feat. Waka Flocka)
2 | Travis Porter - “That’s Dem”
3 | Yung La - “We In This Thang”
4 | Juicy J - “Durr She Go” (Feat. Travis Porter)
5 | Future - “Shinin (Remix)” (feat. 2 Chainz, Stuey Rock, Yo Gotti & Gucci Mane)
6 | Stuey Rock - “Stuey Rock Feat. Future_So Good_Clean”
7 | Roscoe Dash - “I Be Shopping”
8 | Shawty Lo - “All The Way Up” (feat. Stuey Rock)
9 | Roscoe Dash - “Show Out”
10 | Rich Kidz - “Never Did”
11 | Tex James - “Smart Girl” (Feat. Stuey Rock)”
12 | Stuey Rock - “You The One”
13 | Waka Flocka Flame - “No Hands” (Feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale)
14 | Travis Porter - “Ayy Ladies” (feat. Tyga)
15 | Stuey Rock - “Leanin”
16 | Rich Kids - “Patna Dem” (Feat. Young Dro)
17 | T.I. - “Hot Wheels” (feat. Travis Porter & Young Dro)
18 | Travis Porter - “Broke Niggas Make Me Sick (Throw Up)”
19 | Travis Porter - “You Don’t Know”
20 | RIch Kidz - “Nun Else 2 Do (Prod By DJ Spinz)”
21 | Roscoe Dash - “All The Way Turnt Up (feat. Soulja Boy)”
22 | Travis Porter - “My Team Winnin’” (Feat. Wale)
23 | Mykko Montana - “Do It” (feat. K.Camp)
24 | Stuey Rock - “Track 5-Nympho Maniac Feat Rob Fetti(Prod. C-Note)
25 | Rich Kidz - “My Life Feat. Waka Flocka [Prod. By London]
26 | Marcus Manchild - “A Million” (feat. Travis Porter & Big K.R.I.T.)