Jacksonville, Florida rapper Cico P putting on for his hometown in a major way. Returning to the music scene with a fire new visual for his “See Me” single, this southern gem is giving listeners a glimpse into what life was like in his hometown. An emotional slice of Southern rap, “See Me” finds Cico using his drawl and trademark layered vocals to skate atop chirping organs and snarling guitars, alluding to the hardship and losses that made him who he is today.
In the “See Me” video Cico paints a compelling portrait of trap life in rural areas, as he drives his ATV around town before stopping to talk his smack on a neighborhood basketball court. One thing that is clear is that he is proud of where he comes from, and wants the world to see why.
Some lyrics that are worth mentioning from “See Me” include “You never been through the struggle, your life ain’t so hard, so you cannot preach to me”. These raw bars lend more insight into the importance of Cico spitting his real truth and tribulations. Do not judge because you simply don’t know what someone is battling is the message Cico is promoting.
“See Me” is the follow up to his “Tampa,” single currently charting on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the center of a popular TikTok trend, inspiring over 120k video creations and propelling “Tampa” to the top of Spotify’s U.S. Viral 50 chart.
Over 30 million streams later (including 5 million in 4 weeks on the YouTube video), “Tampa” broke into the Top 50 streaming charts on Apple and Spotify (where it currently charts at #47), reached the Top 30 of the U.S. Shazam charts, and crashed the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, where it currently sits at #97, and to the Top 50 of the Rolling Stone Chart. Thanks in part to Tampa, Cico has seen his streams increase over 500 fold, catapulting him to #3 on Rolling Stone’s latest Breakthrough 25 chart and earning Cico recognition from YouTube as an Artist On The Rise.
The 23-year-old artist takes pride in his work ethic, a trait he picked up from his mother and honed for years playing competitive sports. He started making music in 2016, but after a series of family tragedies, Cico dug in his heels, motivating himself to succeed in the rap game by any means necessary: “They believed in me, so I gotta believe in myself,” says Cico. Now with some viral heat, and the determination to turn his hit song into a long and prosperous career, Cico P is looking to permanently put his tiny hometown on the rap map.
Press play below to stream Cico P’s new “See Me” video.