Vandam Bodyslam - “Local” (2013)
More music videos should be shot around Spanish moss and away from the beach.
"Local” is off Vandam’s November mixtape Billionaire Ambitions. Although I’m not sure how accurate his claims of truly not being local anymore are, other than Ice Berg, Vandam and the PCC crew are probably doing the most travelling for shows.
You hear alot of the same influences in Vandam as you do in other Florida rappers: 2Pac, Trick Daddy, Pastor Troy, etc. There’s not much excess in his rhymes, he’s a very likable “I got pain, but I got my folks” type rapper.
Young A.C. - Barchetta 166 (2013)
The solo offering from Goons United by the New School's (yep, G.U.N.S.) Young A.C., Barchetta 166, is a concise and diverse effort. There are a couple of features from Ace Hood and Tampa’s finest Tom G that help the tape and The Architeks and Fee Sosa handle much of the production.
The Lauderdale, FL rapper makes the tape entertaining by rap-singing with a touch of auto-tune and catchy, garbled hooks like on “Still Do It” and “Don’t Even”. The best use of his voice is on the part-“Ha” part-“Haiti Slang” track “Lingun”.
Billy Blue - “Bitch You Gon Make It” (2013)
Good to know Billy Blue is still around and saying things like “all this money I spunt”. Song is from last year’s mixtape RN24.
Y.D. - “Money Trees” (feat. Yo Gotti & Rick Ross) (2013)
This song has cool names attached. Honestly I can’t figure out if the clips of Ross are from another video or not.
Y.D. previously stood out to me with some honest and open raps that had a distinct Miami feel. The Real Y.D. mixtape dropped earlier this week and the rest of it is very similar to “Money Trees”, moving away from a local focus to a mainstream sound. Tracks like “Trees & Air Planes” and “Projects” show that Y.D. can make some joints. His voice is interesting to produce more dope songs that don’t fall into the standard trap-rap trap though. There’s also a 1st-team All-Florida posse cut “My Niggaz” with Tampa’s Tom G, Billy Blue, Young Breed, Ice Berg, and Gunplay. Gunplay, unsurprisingly, probably has the most entertaining verse on the track.
Y.D. is from Overtown, which is one of the traditionally Black and notoriously poor areas of Miami, despite being just 2 miles away from thing like American Airlines Arena and Bayside. Y.D. reps Overtown hard just like Desloc of Piccalo did before him. In the local rap scene Overtown has been overshadowed in the past 5 years or so by youth in Little Haiti and national attention towards Carol City.
EDIT: Mixtape link! I’m so thoughtful.
These are the MCs that rule the biggest cities in the hip-hop universe.
Not sure why I didn’t post this last week but I wrote about Rick Ross and Miami for Complex’s “King of the City” feature. There’s really good info in a lot of the other cities particularly Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago. All of them actually.
Vandam Bodyslam - “Ratonto” (2013)
Vandam provides some emotion and humor on the lead single off of his MMTVS (My Moh-Tuh-Vay-Shun) mixtape. The PCC crew tends to do a great job of finding appealing beats like “Ratonto.” The Rihanna-sounding sample (possibly is Rihanna?) moves a bit away from the usual South Florida strip club scene sound is more amped-up and mainstream.
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.”