Don Omar, Nas, Juicy J, Busta Rhymes at Soulfrito Music Festival 2014 in Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 87-photo slideshow of Soulfrito Music Festival 2014.

Soulfrito Music Festival
With Nas, Don Omar, Busta Rhymes, and others
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens
Saturday, February 22, 2014

Better Than: The Winter Olympics.

In contrast to the Olympic Games being broadcast the past couple weeks, Soulfrito: The Urban Latin Music Festival was organized to represent nations -- Puerto Rico -- and athletic events -- synchonized ass-shaking -- that were nowhere to be found in Sochi.

Officially, the headliner of the daylong event was Don Omar. But by his 11:15 p.m. set time, when the Puerto Rican King of Reggaeton jogged across the stage to the beat of pounding bongo drums, a certain percentage of the crowd had already left.

See also: Soulfrito Festival's Melissa Giles on "Launching Pitbull, Aventura, and Wisin y Yandel"

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Check out Crossfade's full 87-photo slideshow of Soulfrito Music Festival 2014.

Those who stayed, though, definitely enjoyed the dapper Don Omar's Spanglish hits.

Backed by three scantily clad female dancers who were occasionally pushed off the stage by male counterparts in sleeveless leather vests, Don Omar demanded the Soulfrito fans' attention and received it with pleas of "Miami, make some noise!" and percussion-heavy renditions of songs like "Muñecas de Porcelana."

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A large contingent of people might have left before Don Omar because they felt they got their money's worth by already experiencing nine hours of music, including a trifecta of classic emcees.

The first to take the stage: Juicy J, formerly of Three 6 Mafia.

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Wearing a bucket hat and sunglasses at night, Juicy J brought monster energy, with his DJ occasionally setting his turntables to mute, so the audience could get the full effect of the rapper's booming growls during his portion of the Katy Perry song, "Dark Horse."

At one point perhaps inspired by the daredevil feats of downhill skiers, Juicy J yelled out to the crowd: "Which side's more hyped? So I know which side of the crowd to jump into." This would have been an impressive feat as there was a 20-foot gap between the stage and the barricade holding back the fans. But Juicy J thought better of it and walked down to lean against the divider while shouting out, "Stay Fly."

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Eventually, though, Juicy J's daredevil instinct took over as he asked: "Anyone want a gold chain?" He took it off and held the necklace over the crowd as he ended the show with "Juicy J Can't."

No one reached out for the chains, probably assuming they were fake if he was offering them up for grabs. But as he walked off with them still in his grasp, he teased the crowd again, "Anybody want them?" and then laughed his way off the stage.

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Sun Life Stadium

2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens, FL

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JanetP
JanetP

Ugh missed my baby daddy Nas!


munchy
munchy

Feed the sheep what they know and they'll keep coming back for more.

FernandoUribe
FernandoUribe

Feed the sheep what they know and they will come

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