Rap's Five Best Lyrics About Miami
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It's no secret that rappers love to talk about Miami.
Even though we don't boast as many famous MCs as New York City or Los Angeles, the 305 is definitely on the list of hip-hop hot spots to throw into your raps.
Oftentimes, MIA shout-outs feel gimmicky. Too easy. Mentioning Miami for the sake of being trendy. But sometimes, lines can hit close to home. And rappers actually manage to capture the spirit of the Magic City in their rhymes.
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Here are the five best rap lyrics about Miami.
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"The streets is cold and the beaches is warm"
The bitches is everything in between. Wale is always repping his hometown of D.C., but he's also got love for the city that took him in. Ever since he signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group, he's been spending much more time in the 305. With this line off "Miami Nights (Ambition)," he captures Miami's complex urban atmosphere by comparing the harshness of life on the concrete mainland with the beach's tranquil waters.
"Lotta drug dealing 'round me going down in Dade County "
There's a reason Florida's most popular city is nicknamed M.I.YAYO. In case you haven't caught on, yayo is Spanish slang for cocaine. And there's definitely always been lots of blow in the streets of Miami. The Bawse Rick Ross (even if he never actually was "in the distribution") is the hip-hop bard of Miami's sizable drug trade. Gotta make your paper somehow.
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