Memorial Day 2012: Fifteen Best Rap Parties in Miami and South Beach
French Montana's Shot Caller Daytime Party. With DJs Boof and Epps, and Jay Rells. Saturday, May 26, noon, The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1160; catalinahotel.com. Three-day passes to Miami Madness parties cost $125 plus fees via miamimadnessweekend.com. Ages 21 and up. As the founder of Cocaine City Records and a recent signee to Diddy's Bad Boy Records, Morrocco-born, South Bronx-bred rapper French Montana is a certified shot caller. His advice for a successful Memorial Day weekend: "Last sleep, first up, like a dope dealer."
Gucci Mane. With DJs Q45 and Nasty. Saturday, May 26, 10 p.m., SoBe Live, 1203 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-725-3353; sobelivesouthbeach.com. Tickets cost $30 to $1500 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ladies drink free till midnight. Ages 21 and up. Yeah, son, Gucci Mane's insane. He's a big fan of betting on stripper fistfights. He's gone to jail for shoving a woman out of his speeding SUV. He's even got an ice cream cone and red lightning bolts tattooed on his face. So, uh, who knows what this party animal's got planned for Saturday. Our only hint comes via Gucci's Twitter: "Memorial Day Weekend will never be the same! Burrrr!"
Trey Songz. With Mavado, Stevie J, and Top Feelin, hosted by Miss Kimmy, Felisha Monet, and Papa Keith. Saturday, May 26, 10 p.m., Ice Palace, 71 NW 14th St., Miami; 305-403-7850; big-time.com. Admission is free for ladies. Tickets cost $40 to $60 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Even though smooth crooner Trey Songz likes to ohh-ohh about the facial expressions that people make during sexual intercourse and orgasms that feel like a "Heart Attack," he's really just a hopeless romantic with a head full of deep thoughts. And this holiday rendezvous is "Reserved for Mature & The Privileged." Let's try to love and respect each other, people.
Birdman and Friends. With DJs Affect and Mummy. Saturday, May 26, 10 p.m., Cameo, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-532-2667; cameomiami.com. Ages 21 and up. Whenever a rapper releases a new track loaded with all kinds of nasty language (e.g. fuck, nigga, bitch, pussy, dickhole), he's gotta do a cleaned-up, duplicate version for MTV and corporate radio. Similarly, whenever a rapper like Birdman throws a raunchy, late-night Memorial Day party at a strip club like King of Diamonds, he's gotta give them timid party people an option without the bare booties and dirty dolla dolla bills. See Crossfade's post on Birdman and Floyd Mayweather's Memorial Day strip club party at King of Diamonds.
Juelz Santana's Splish Splash Pool Bash. With DJs Boof and Epps. Sunday, May 27, noon, Terrace Bar & Rooftop Pool, 448 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach. Three-day passes to Miami Madness parties cost $125 plus fees via miamimadnessweekend.com. Ages 21 and up. If the 2011 edition of Juelz Santana's Splish Splash bash was any indication, there's gonna be $100 bills in the pool, smashed Hennessy bottles in the trash, and crazy-ass, bikini-clad party girls wilding out in the restrooms.
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