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Posted: June 01, 2018

99 Jamz Celebrates Black Music Month! This Year We’re Honoring Artists from Florida!

Kent Jones

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Kent Jones (L) and DJ Khaled perform onstage at EpicFest 2016 hosted by L.A. Reid and Epic Records at Sony Studios on June 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for Epic Records)

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Kent Jones:

1. Before signing to DJ Khaled’s We The Best label, he was mentored by Terror Squad CEO Fat Joe.

2. Despite only being 23 he’s already worked with the likes of Yo Gotti, Ace Hood and The Game.

3. A trained musician, he can play the Piano, Drums and Hammond Organ.

4. His influences include iconic producers Quincy Jones, Dr Dre and Timberland.

5. He produced his latest track ‘Don’t Mind’ himself. It’s already reaching the Top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100, and is currently blasting it’s way up the UK official chart!

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Brianna Perry

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 10: Brianna Perry attends The Den Of Thieves special screening at Regal South Beach on January 10, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/Getty Images for STXfilms)

Get To Know Brianna Perry! (Complex Interview)

Watch her Brand New Music Video!:

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Cool & Dre

How did they Meet? (Source: The Fader)

How did you two meet?

Cool: We were in our high school chorus together. My girlfriend at the time made me join. So me and Dre got close through that, and we joined up with a few of our other friends to start an R&B group in Miami at the time. We wanted to be the new Jodeci, the new Boys II Men. We ended up getting a manager and moving to Atlanta to work with Rico Wade. We were up in Atlanta starving. We had nothing except the studio.

Dre: We didn’t have any money for beats or anything that time, so we figured we’d get some equipment as cheap as possible and start producing for ourselves. 

Cool: One night, we were sitting in the parking lot of Taco Bell, and Dre was like, “Maybe it isn’t god’s plan for this group. Maybe the plan is for me and you to do this.” From that point on, we took the production seriously. We ended up moving back to Miami and diving into the production. It was 3 and 4 beats at a time, $200 here, $300 there, working with local artists in Miami and making a name for ourselves.

Did You Know? Cool and & Dre won a Grammy for producing this song:

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Gorilla Tek

Tony Castillo, (born January 3, 1972) better known by his stage name Gorilla Tek is an American record producer and composer. He is well known throughout South Florida as the brainchild of the production company known as Drummajorz. His success dates back to "Iconz" from their international smash hit entitled "Get F***** Up". He has been managed by longtime business partner JC "Fentz" Louis, CEO of Iconz Worldwide, a music and film company in South Florida, also co-founder of Drum Majorz Inc. Tek has scored on various films such as Bloodline, released through Codeblack/Universal, and The Next Hit, starring Fredro Starr, Rick Ross and Lark Vorhies, released through SJW Films/Lionsgate. (Source Wikipedia

Watch Gorilla Tek produce a BEAT ON THE SPOT

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Rico Love

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Rico Love Does and exclusive interview with 99 Jamz explaining why Black Music Month is important to him. 

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Billy Blue

Why Billy Blue has a BRIGHT future in Hip-Hop

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Zoey Dollaz

Haitian-American rapper whose career took off in 2015 with the release of his popular single "Blow a Check." Following the song's success, he was signed to the Freebandz record label owned by rapper Future.

Check out his newest song here:

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Pretty Ricky: Pleasure P.

Exclusive Pleasure P. Rolling Out Interview

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Ball Greezy

Luis "Louie V" Vallin

Read Ball Greezy’s Life Story! 

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Flo Rida

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 20: Flo Rida performs onstage at the 25th Annual Race To Erase MS Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Race To Erase MS)

Tramar Dillard (who we know as Flo Rida) wars born in Carol City, Florida. It turns out music runs in the family, he has seven sisters and some of them used to sing in a gospel choir. When he was in high school Tramar joined a rap group with some friends called GroundHoggz because they all loved music so much. He was discovered by the three other members when Tramar, who lived in the same building, spit some verses for them. The guys in the group were bowled over and instantly wanted him in the group.

In School and In Studio

Despite working with Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew and a member of Jodeci, Flo Rida was initially turned down by major labels, so after graduating high school he enrolled in an international business management program at the University of Nevada for two years all while continuing to pursue his music dream.

After receiving a call from Poe Boy Entertainment Flo Rida returned to Florida and signed with them and began to work with rap industry heavy weights like Rick Ross, Trina, T-Pain and DJ Khaled. His major breakthrough came when he released the song “Low” featuring T-Pain off his debut album Mail on Sunday. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Charts and stayed there for 10 weeks!

Here’s The Song That gave him his big break. Ya’ll remember this throwback??

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Sean Kingston

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Recording artist Sean Kingston performs onstage during the 2015 Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for The Hollywood Christmas Parade)

Although many think that Kingston was Born in Jamaica, he was actually born in Miami and didn’t move to Jamaica until he was 6! 

He is also a walking miracle! In 2010 he got into a near fatal Jet Ski accident and almost lost his life!

Ya’ll remember this song?:

 

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Big D

Watch his exclusive interview here!:

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Trick Daddy

Trick is a Miami Legend and apart of the 99 Jamz Family! Watch his exclusive interviews and performances below:

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Steph Lecor

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Steph Lecor attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 6, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET )

Why She Joined Love and Hip Hop Miami:

“I felt like this could be a great platform to showcase that I am an artist and to have my music played,” she told TheGrio in an exclusive interview. “It was definitely about me recognizing the platform and knowing that it is a good space to be in, especially after the success of Remy Ma, Cardi B and K. Michelle. When the opportunity came around it felt like a no brainer.”

Here is her first single that brought her to Stardom:

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Luke Campbell

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 06: Uncle Luke Campbell attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 6, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET )

The Story of The 2 Live Crew is the story of the birth of hip-hop in Miami! Find out what landed Uncle Luke in the Supreme Court Because of His Music!

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Ice Berg

Named the hottest Miami underground rapper making noise “Ice Berg” (born Teiron L. Robinson in Miami, Florida on March 2, 1989) has developed one of the strongest following in the state of Florida and looks to continue to grow his fan base with the release of his new mixtape “Strictly for the Streets Vol 3”. “Ice berg” is doing numbers with his Team Billion Movement with over 13 million Youtube Views, major celebrity and blog features, and over 60,000 Twitter followers. “Ice Berg” is the true definition of a rapper making noise in his state and throughout the Southeast Region.

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Rick Ross

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Rick Ross attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

5 Fun Facts about Rick Ross:

1. He is Really Into Video Games. He loves video gaming so much that he actually claims to own every video game platform that has ever existed, from Xbox to Coleco. He can certainly afford it… (but what is Coleco?). In any case, he claims that playing video games is a way to relieve himself of stress when recording his music.

2.He Was a Star Athlete Before Becoming a Star in Music. He was a football player in high school, one of the best during his time at Miami Carol City Senior High School. He even claims to have called his own plays during one of the team’s playoff games.

3.He’s a Religious Man. He seems to be cocky based on his lyrics, but he says he prays every night. He’s humble enough to give appreciation to God for what he’s accomplished. His favorite bible passage is Psalms 27:1-4.

4.He Loves Kale Salad. Rick Ross can be healthy when he wants to be.

5.His Nickname is “Ricky Rozay.” It was given to him by his friends because he loves to drink him some champagne. His favorite brand is Belaire Rose. This is just the beginning of the Rick Ross list; check back for the second half, coming soon.

Here’s An exlusive recap of our 99 Jamz Uncensored Starring Ricky Rozay:

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Uncle Al

Even nine years after his horrific murder, DJ Uncle Al's name still rings heavy in the streets of Liberty City. In what was said to be a case of mistaken identity, Al's death on September 10, 2001 was overshadowed by the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Four years after the fact, a suspect was charged with the murder, but then those charges were dropped in 2007.

Ahead of his time in more ways than one, Uncle Al's albums elevated his career and made him an underground celebrity. He served as DJ on a short-lived, but popular radio show with Luke and Freaky Red on 99 Jamz. And his ultimate goal of Peace in the Hood still runs vibrant today.

Hear DJ Uncle Luke Mix Live!

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Mike Smiff

Slip N’ Slide Records signed the Dade County native shortly after the release of Smiff’s latest mixtape Chase Dis Money, featuring lead singles “Chase Dis Money” and “Set It Off.” Smiff joins the roster alongside Teenear, Sebastian Mikael, Swazy, Plies, Trick Daddy and Trina, who are set to star in ‘Love & Hip-Hop Miami’ and drop their upcoming joint album TNT.

Listen To Set It Off:

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Acehood

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 14: Rapper Ace Hood attends the HBO Ballers Season 2 Red Carpet Premiere and Reception on July 14, 2016 at New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for HBO)

American rapper who is best known for his hit singles "Hustle Hard" and "Bugatti," the latter of which peaked at #39 on the Hot 100 chart.His album Blood, Sweat & Tears reached the number one position on the US Billboard Top Rap Albums chart in 2011.He's performed with Lil Wayne. What’s Your Favorite Ace Hood Song? Comment Below

Watch his latest music video ‘Testify’ Below:

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Tory Lanez

Watch Our Exclusive Tory Lanez Interview:

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The Marleys 

A decade after Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers followed in their father's musical footsteps with Play the Game Right, two of Bob's other sons, Stephen and Damian, surprised many with solo releases that added hip-hop and dancehall to their father's classic reggae sound. Now, a generation later, it's Bob's grandchildren who are mixing it up, making music that incorporates contemporary influences from around the globe.

Watch The Marley’s Perform their Father’s hit single “Redemption Song”:

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Plies

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ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25: Plies performs during V-103 Live Pop Up Concert at Philips Arena on March 25, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Watch our 99 Jamz Exclusive interview with Florida/ Fort Myers Native!


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