Complex put together a pretty good list of the 50 Best Miami Rap Songs, continuing a pretty good series where they have already profiles cities like New Orleans and Chicago.
Jesse Serwer definitely hit the majority of songs that should be any list of Miami rap songs (”Your Mama’s on Crack Rock” & "Sally That Girl.” Like, what!?) Best of all he put most of the songs in great perspective and taught a little bit of history. Although I wouldn’t argue with the list too much, I’d have to push some DJ Khaled songs off the list and move "Mix It Up" and "Mami El Negro" down the list.
Also, the list seems to be devoid of any non-Slip n Slide songs past 2000 that were played in parties, cars, CD players, Minidiscs (was I the only one with one of those?) in the area. So here are some additions that are essential to understanding Miami:
Piccalo - "T-Shirt" (2000)
Always a Overtown favorite, the duo Piccalo had a string of street hits, but never reached nationwide attention as Slip-N-Slide artists did. "T-Shirt" has great imagery within the chorus and is a great example of Desloc’s signature half-singing, half-rapping which makes every song he’s on that much better. Also, few artists have lasted as long in the city as Desloc has as he still has songs that bang in trunks and dancefloors.
3RE Tha Hardaway - "Born in the Ghetto, Raised in the Hood" (1999)
Since there is a heavy DJ Khaled influence on Complex’s list, I think we have to consider one of DJ Khaled’s first connections in Miami rap scene. 3RE The Hardaway created an anthem with this one and had a well shot video for independent Miami artists at the time, which someone should upload to Youtube for me.
Grind Mode - "I’m So High" (2007)
Dancing has always been prevalent in Miami’s urban music (disco, booty music, etc.) But the most recent development, jook music, was completely absent from Complex’s list. I doubt there would be a list of the Bay area songs without jerkin’ or whatever they do over there now. The most commercially successful was Grind Mode’s "I’m So High", which is so smooth good luck not two-stepping along to it.
Black Dada - "Imma Zoe" (2009)
Children of Haitian immigrants have probably had some of the worst transitions out of any of the Caribbean immigrant groups. They were often ridiculed for their language, culture, and poverty. Black Dada’s 2009 was the zenith of Haitian triumph over the respect struggle in South Florida. Albeit, the respect came through mostly intimidation and criminal activity through street gangs like Zoe Pound.