Miami Bass' Ten Best Producers and Musicians

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Joe Stone, writer/producer of L'Trimm's "Cars That Go Boom."

Miami is the undisputed world heavyweight champion of bass, and the globe's leading progenitor of trunk rattle, rear-view shake, and total body thump.

The genre is a direct descendent of Pretty Tony's freestyle productions, and Henry Stone's earlier indie R&B Pop. It's the single hardest electronic boom in the universe, and proud of it.

Joe Stone, son of kingpin Henry, helped bring that hard-knock Miami bass baby into the world. And alongside a talented bevvy of behind-the-scenes players from Orlando to the MIA, he was there turning knobs and flipping switches to drop the first extended 808 kick that set it all off.

See also: Miami Booty Bass: Ten Best Acts of All Time

Joe Stone says, "Thing about me, I'm not a historian with bass. I was just fuckin' there making it. Dig? With bass, freestyle, techno, the x-rated Fly Boys stuff, I was participating, creating, manufacturing, distributing, marketing, and promoting it.

"I can't tell you all the names of everybody involved. We'll leave that to PappaWheelie and his Miami Bass History project.

"I don't even own most of the records I produced and wrote. That doesn't get me going. What got me going was being a part of creating the music and making opportunities available to other artists, producers, engineers, and musicians.

"And for a time, I was one of those guys in it. I'm creative, but I always make opportunities available for others. So that's where I'm at.

"Back then, me and Steven J Grey were the only white guys at the Pac Jam. I would take my x-rated Fly Boys records, hand 'em to Disco Ricky to throw on the turntables, and then when everybody left, I had the trunk of my car open selling 'em for three bucks a pop.

"It was fun as shit. It was crazy. Here are some of the other people I remember."

See also: Miami Freestyle: 13 Best Acts of All Time


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Rudy Guevara
Rudy Guevara

Yogi Guevara check it out, Danny's in this.

trunkfunk
trunkfunk

Great Story!!!

So many Producers you left off your list, No disrespect to Bruce Greenspan and Mark Boccaccio also co-Produce with me Mc's of Rap - "Domination" & many other Songs but i can't put them so high on the list.

#1 Amos Larkin I Agree!

#2 Dave "Mr Mix" Hobbs Hands down he change the Game!

#3 Pretty Tony had WEDR running he's music when Everybody was fighting the change!

#4 Clay D a mixture of Mr. Mixx & Eric Griffin all in ONE, Dude was Sick with them Beats!

#5 Billy Hines & 4 Sight Records so many Hits doing it all from their own area. Let's not forget he had Mc Shy D first!

#6 Eric Griffin Major hand in helping cleaning our Miami Bass sound up to the Next Level with a blend of Electric sounds.

#7 Sam Latimore - "Ghetto Jump / Let's Rock the Planet"... He put his Hand print in Miami Bass. Dude help me buy my first Drum Machine(Roland 808) Luv!

#8 Uncle Al A True Miami Legend(Rip)

Talking about My Man brought the city together Blacks/ Spanish & Whites was all dancing to he's Sound.

#9 Tim Devine we all learn from him, kept us on all the New Sounds.

#10 Devastator After Mr. Mixx & Clay D he kept the City going HARD with Hits after Hits, Sh!t kept Uncle Luke going strong into the 90's!

Great Article damn I couldn't stop Writing!!!

PS Can't forget me "Dj Cox"

Monique Hernandez
Monique Hernandez

Are you guys going to put up the pictures from Oliver Heldens in Mansion last night?? :)

Mike Adam
Mike Adam

Home of House? Breaks? No. Chicago and NYC are the correct answers. Booty Bass music, Miami was the place. Learn your music history.

Mike Amici
Mike Amici

What kind of a silly question is this? This is Miami, home of house, breaks and bass!! Wreckonize!

sircumvent
sircumvent

Sorry any list absent DJ Crash who worked w/ Giggilo Tony, ADE, Shy-D, and even produced a song pretty much bigger than anything on this list "Security" while w/ the Whiz-Kids is a fraud to me.

alarkcco
alarkcco

@trunkfunk  I think Joe Stone might be doing a "Joseph Stalin" and is trying to "re-create" history. I just wrote this on another blog so excuse me for copying and pasting.

 Okay...those of you in dreamland want to know the truth about how Miami Bass got started? Check the article called "Amos Larkins II on Miami Bass, "Ghetto Jump," and Who Left Luke's Name Off the Sunnyview Label". Amos is my brother and I saw a lot of the magic happen myself. I lived some of it as well.  I know Joe Stone and he wasn't there like that. Hell...I remember once when the song "Ghetto Jump" was so big, Rhythm 98 was doing a live broadcast from the club called "Manhattans" in South Miami. Amos told me that Sam and his partner (the group Krush 2) were M.I.A. If they didn't perform it could ruin the record. He asked me if I could find a friend and be "Krush 2" for an evening. I didn't want to but, that was my brother and he needed me. So I got a friend of my by the name of Eddie (forgive me for forgetting your last name man...) and we only had two hours to practice and get to the club and be ready to perform. Mohammad was the house DJ at Manhattans. I use to Lock and Pop in the clubs and was known for that. They didn't know me for being a rapper.  But I did it that night. I remember that after the second verse Eddie and I both forgot the words. So we just winged it. The crowd ate it up and we got off without a hitch. Mohammad was like “Man…I didn’t know you were a rapper”. Well…I wasn’t. But, I was defiantly a performer. I don't ever remember Joe in the clubs promoting any of the Bass stuff. I remember them giving Luke his credit on the Nezz label and not on the Sunnyview label when Ghetto Jump went national. Make no mistake people...Miami Bass was created in "MIAMI" and Amos was the instrument. I know...I WAS THERE!!!

...Thank you!

trunkfunk
trunkfunk

Agree I put him under the 4 Sight Record label

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