Eskeerdo on Miami Heat Using "For the City," Working With Kanye West, and Hialeah

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Eskeerdo, eating up at Morro Castle in Hialeah.

It's a Saturday afternoon, and Alexander Izquierdo is smoking the last of his cigarettes outside of DJ Infamous' studio in North Miami. He's recovering from a night (and morning) of South Beach clubbing for a friend's bachelor party. It'll continue, but not until this stopgap of an interview has been completed.

Known now as Eskeerdo, the Hialeah rapper, responsible for writing credits on Kanye West's "Clique," Meek Mill's "Burn," and Rihanna's "No Love Allowed," is prepping his latest solo effort, Eskeerdo, a follow-up to last year's DJ Don Cannon-hosted mixtape, 31 Days, that will serve as a reintroduction to this artist who once went by the name Xplicit. And what better way to reintroduce yourself to the world than having your latest single, "For the City," be used in the Miami Heat's "Heat Nation" short film?

But before Eskeerdo rides off into a night of unthinkable antics, he spoke with New Times about writing for others, his relationship with Derick G., and, of course, Hialeah.

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Jukely, Unlimited Concerts App, Launches in Miami: "We're Making Music Social Again"

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Pay just $25 a month and Jukely will get you into live shows every night.

What's the last time you spent money to go see a band you've never heard of before? Never, right? Well, you're not alone.

Today, the money in the music industry's in concerts and touring. Still, most people won't spend their hard earned cash on a ticket unless they're big fans of the headliner.

Instead of getting acquainted with an act at a venue, we'd rather familiarize ourselves with an artist's work on Spotify, Soundcloud, or iTunes, before committing to a $35 ticket.

Jukley is a new app that lets you attend an unlimited number of live shows, for a flat $25 monthly fee. And it just launched in Miami.

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Amos Larkins II on His Miami Bass Sound: "All a Mistake" Caused by "Cocaine and a Stripper"

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Amos Larkins says, "I made the mistake of leaving the 808 bass hum too long."

If it weren't for cocaine, strippers, weed, and liquor, Amos Larkins II may have never started making Miami bass records. Long since clean, sober, and completely drug and alcohol free, this is a story going back 25 years. He is now healthy, vegetarian, and practicing yoga and meditation daily.

Larkins is widely considered the genre's progenitor for his work on MC ADE's "Bass Rock Express" on 4 Sight Records.

Larkins discovered the people's lust for the heavy drop in the Flea Market USA parking lot. A mistake in the mastering process of a local rap record ended up bumping trunks when it landed on a mixtape, and thus his Miami bass sound was born.

Here's Amos telling the whole story for the first time ever in his own words

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Miami's XYZA Collective Celebrates First Anniversary: "It's About Unique Sounds"

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XYZA's Telescope Thieves.

A year ago, Telescope Thieves' Mario De Los Santos was feeling pretty lonely.

"I always felt like the odd guy out," he says. "At the time, if you were a producer or a beat maker, you'd get booked for shows and be the only beat maker among guys with bands."

He was looking for peers to push and inspire him, like-minded musicians with whom he could talk shop or share a rough draft of a new track. And then, XYZA happened.

Neither a band, nor a record label, it is a collective of independent electronic music producers who come together to share tricks of the trade, help each other find bookings, and feel like they belong to something. Founded by four dudes in March 2014, the group has since expanded to include a dozen musicians. And next month, XYZA will celebrate its first anniversary with a proper showcase at Bardot Miami.

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Win Free Passes for Electric Pickle's Sixth-Anniversary Three-Day Bender

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What's next for the Electric Pickle? "Six more years."

Happy Pickle Day!

Well, almost. The Wynwood dance institution won't actually kick off its dauntingly named Sixth-Anniversary Three-Day Bender for about another 60 hours.

But we've already got some serious anticipatory tingles. And you should too. Because the Pickle crew is offering free passes for the entire weekend's festivities.

It's their way of saying, "We love you, Miami."

Just check the cut for contest instructions.

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Miami's My Mixtapez App: "We're Proud of Doing What People Said We Couldn't"

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The My Mixtapez street team and a new MM fan.

Miami native Danny Dueñas is the co-creator of My Mixtapez, the number-one hip-hop mixtape app for Android, iPhone, and Windows operating systems.

With his brothers Juan and Ricky, Danny launched the mobile service in 2011, giving fans a resource for discovering, downloading, streaming, sharing, and favoriting the freshest, dopest beats on the street.

"I wanted the most recent mixtape that had just dropped," he says, recalling the moment when the idea for My Mixtapez came to him. "But I couldn't get my hands on it because you needed a computer or desktop."

So he thought: Why not just create an app that directly downloads the hottest new releases to your phone or tablet?

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Miami's Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert Fights for Legalization: "We Will Win"

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Smoke some kush for a cause.

Remember when we all thought medical marijuana would become legal in Florida? And then we were super-disappointed when Miami failed to get out the vote? Fear not, for American democracy is a revolving door, and the time to hit the polls is coming sooner than you think.

The street soldiers of the Sunshine State's weed movement are hitting the pavement and fighting the good fight like it never ended, because it hasn't.

To help motivate and remind voters to get active, our city's Ploppy Palace and our state's chapter of NORML are bringing regional bud lovers together for funky jams and fun times at Miami's 17th annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert.

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Electric Pickle: "It's Been a Magical Six Years"

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Will Renuart and Diego Martinelli show you their deep house faces.

Do you remember you first wiggle at the Electric Pickle? The Wynwood dance hangout has grown into a world-renowned deep house institution over the past six years. Even Richie Hawtin was like, "How come y'all don't book me?" And the Pickle's people were just like, "Because we don't do techno, bruh."

That's kind of a joke, but also, it happened, along with a lot of other delicious moments that partners Will Renuart, Tomas Ceddia, and Diego Martinelli are still pinching themselves over. We don't blame them. It's hard to make it in this business for a couple of years, let alone six. And thanks to the club's recently reinstated late-night liquor license, the Electric Pickle's run is nowhere near over.

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Arsht Center's Jazz Roots Celebrates Seven Seasons of Success: "It Just Exploded"

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Dianne Reeves headlines this weekend's edition of Jazz Roots.

Miami is a budding metropolitan superpower, with a music scene that offers some of the best dance, hip-hop, and Latin music in the world. But did you know Miami is also a destination for today's international, Grammy-winning jazz legends?

For seven seasons, the Adrienne Arsht Center's monthly Jazz Roots series has brought leading musicians like Arturo Sandoval, Dave Brubek, Buddy Guy, Chick Corea, and Sonny Rollins to the Magic City.

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Miami's Baez Talks New EP, A Fool's Circus: "My Biggest Breakthrough Yet"

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Baez: "As a producer, you're always trying to be different, yet everything has been done."

Back in 2013, Jason Baez was New Times' pick for Miami's Best DJ on the strength of his powers as a selector. By all accounts, he was one of the most popular and in-demand on the local underground house and techno scene.

But while he already had a couple of budding original releases under his belt by then, 2015 might be the year when Baez truly comes into his own as a producer, especially if A Fool's Circus, his new EP on Bimini Records, is anything to go by.

With hypnotic slow-burning melodic arrangements harking back to late-'90s progressive house but decidedly still in vogue with today's international deep techno Zeitgeist, the record marks a definite maturation in Baez's studio production sound.

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