Music in South Florida has always been very important to the people of the region. When immigrants from Cuba and Latin America, Haiti, the Bahamas and all over the Caribbean came, they brought their culture too. The lively island sounds meshed with the tropical serenity of South Florida. Florida was built by its immigrants, shaping and defining American culture on the peninsula. From the 1980s when Miami was nothing like Miami today, the groups of people living together in the urban centers of Miami, such as Overtown and Liberty City, began to adapt the hip-hop movement that was going on up north into something truly special and truly southern. Luther Campbell, Miami’s own affectionately coined “Uncle Luke,” brought Miami culture to national prominence. For better or for worse is not for me to say; I never got to experience that cultural shift first hand. Since then and especially of recent, Miami and the rest of South Florida has reclaimed some spotlight for the musical prodigies that have emerged from the tropics. Over the last 10 years Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been recognized more than they had been for a long time. This is Miami’s jolt back into national hip-hop prominence; The Surge of South Florida Hip-Hop.
Rick Ross works every day to leave behind an imprint in Miami music history as the Boss. His over-the-top lyricism and booming production has become synonymous with Miami sound and his projects have amassed international acclaim. While he has already achieved so much and has already done so much for his city of Miami, Ross is currently working on 2 more albums, the most anticipated being the release of the sequel to his debut album, Port of Miami 2.
Kodak’s music has given the world never-before-seen looks into life in Broward county. The slang in every day speech from Kodak Black’s home county has seeped into the music and now is being broadcast nationally regularly. Words that were never understood only a few miles from where they were spoken are now picked up on every coast. The hype built around Kodak in Broward made him the real deal. His rhymes became the anthems of every southern Florida high school. It was an internal conflict for many because he became a hero to the kids; he made it out of the projects, but when you look and see the stuff that he did on his way up, it is hard to justify his fame.
Carol City always has an impact on the life of Denzel Curry. He does not live in Florida anymore; the murder of his brother and numerous other influential people in his life had ruined his sense of comfort. He now lives in L.A., longing for a time to return to Carol City. He credits his music, voice and inspiration to his time in Miami.
Denzel Curry works to convey the “human perspective” in a way that can help redirect those who may be lost or losing themselves. Denzel himself struggled coping with los after his brother passed, but now channels that into his work in an effort to give a new dimension to the difficulties other people may also be going through. He credits his perspective for all of these issues to his diverse upbringing in Carol City. He met children and families from many different races and cultures while growing up, helping him see the deeper side of problems that were not necessarily his own. To pay back everything that Carol City and Miami has done for him, Denzel Curry strives, with each project, for a Grammy that he can bring back home to Florida and dedicate to those that made him the artist he is today.