Ghostface Killah and De La Soul Headlining Art Basel Week at The Stage Miami

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Art Basel Miami Beach week isn't just about paint on a canvas, graffiti on a wall, or a sculpture in the park.

It's also about the drop of the boom-bap beat from the most significant art form of the last half-century, hip-hop.

Starting in the late 1980s and early 90s, De La Soul and Wu Tang's Ghostface Killah helped turn rap into a global force. And now they're headlining the Basel 2013 lineup at the Design District's The Stage Miami, joined by the virtuosos of Black Violin, Sheek Louch from Tha Lox, and other special guests.

We chatted with the club's DJ Heron to get the lowdown.

See also: Review & Photos: De La Soul at Basel 2013, a House Party for "Everybody Who's 'Bout Real Hip-Hop"

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De La Soul isn't dead.

For the past couple of years, The Stage's old-school hip-hop shows during Art Basel week have been getting a lot of attention. And with good reason.

"The first year, they had Rakim," Heron points out. "Last year was the GZA, and now this year, we're bringing Ghostface Killah, and De La Soul. It's a double whammy, back to back.

"Then," he adds, "we also have Black Violin, who are amazing."

See also: De La Soul's Maseo Talks Classic Hip-Hop and Basel 2013

"On Thursday, we're gonna have a meet and greet with Ghostface, and two artists," Heron confirms.

"Plus, we've got Freehand Profit, who makes graffiti masks out of sneakers, old Jordans, Wallabies. They're crazy, son. You gotta see 'em. And we got Kwue who just won the Inkmonster competition in NYC.

"We're trying to make a statement that Miami is a place where people do have a good time and enjoy art, and hip hop is an art form, and The Stage is showing that."

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 Party Guide

De La Soul. With DJ Y Not, DJ Self Born, and DJ Heron. Thursday, December 5. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. Individual concert tickets cost $30 plus fees or a full-weekend passes cost $70 via wantickets.com. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

Ghostface Killah. With Sheek Louch (from Tha Lox), and DJs Exes, Klassik, Self Born, and Heron. Friday, December 6. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. Individual concert tickets cost $33 plus fees or a full-weekend passes cost $70 via wantickets.com. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

Black Violin. With DJs Immortal (trained by Jam Master Jay), Klassik, and Heron. Saturday, December 7. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. Individual concert tickets cost $15 plus fees or a full-weekend passes cost $70 via wantickets.com. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

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41 comments
truemia305
truemia305

what is up with these wack ass promoters in miami taking advantage of not only the hip hop but above all music scene in miami. Dj fake ass forgot to mention they were charging between $20-$30 at the door. dont be guided by these pieces of shits. they are the reason music wants no part of miami and neither do the supporters. ask dj to do something real for the game. saw dude spin one time and realized what a joke he is. upsets me to know music is being torn to shit. yall have a voice. fuck these want to be's. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...........................i guess that's KEEPIN IT REAL..............these BLACK playas were all out to BOYCOTT FLORIDA over the trayvon verdict until $70 ticket prices lured them back in................so i guess this also means the POLICE shooting at SOBE URBAN WEEK a few years back is bleached over history....................now these "killers" are "meeting and greeting"................reminds me of those BLACK lawn jockeys holding the lamp for the arrival of the WHITE masses......................i guess it's better than shining shoes and washing and waxing cars 

Erik Swagerty
Erik Swagerty

Thanks. I now know of one place to avoid that week. :)

Seth Masson
Seth Masson

Cory Mack I am 100% in on this if you are!

Eric Olaes
Eric Olaes

Lo Ren Lewis Gabriel Gracey Jose 'Chicco' Valderrosa want to go to any of these? I want to hit the De La

Nomejodas Pleez
Nomejodas Pleez

Hellurrrrr i gwannagooooooo @miaminewtimes purrtypuhleeeeez

philrincon
philrincon

How is Hip Hop an 'art form' when the ones representing it all have homicidal names and rap about bitches and hoes and making money selling drugs? Please leave Art Basel alone.

Chris Ball
Chris Ball

Kayly Marquois can we go to this?? Del Gissy Garrido your invited too!!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................................yeah and you cannot buy a ticket with a SNAP card...............funny how all the gangsta start hollerin once it cost real CASH MONEY

dude the idea is to keep the riff-raff OUT

RAP is a sell-out which is why the trayvon BOYCOTT lasted all of about twenty minutes

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................................rick ross can't make it because his squeeze likes living in the lilly WHITE neighborhood where thay at now, and after that fake shooting on las olas near his house that ross created, the ross possy were told one more negative incident and they were OUT, so dont' expect to hear from your man ross much anymore

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.............................don't fret @philrincon, you can't purchase a $70 ticket with a SNAP coupon

truemia305
truemia305

@frankd4 listen you racist fucking sheep, the price only pointed the idea that the genre will only be presented at a high vauled price in only primee moments with no respect to the culture or its backing. There is nothing real besides the business created from this matter. and to me, a true hip hop fan expects more out of it. so if your asking me to understand that business is business than lets agree that my point was understood. Shows all over the world putting these artist and blast with the intent of catering to the real fans that make this shit not only live and breath but above all survive. Hes catering to FrankDick4 and his wynwood hipster posse, go whatch jersey shore if you want mtv. and take this half ass dj with u. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@truemia305 @frankd4 

hey i didn't say i was BOYCOTTing because of trayvon - THEY DID 

and the "keepin it real" rappers went back against that pledge - just for the money

no respect for what it is..........maybe it's the drugs

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