Big Freedia's Booty-Shakin' Bounce Party at Bardot Miami

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Big Freedia says: "Booty, booty, booty!"

In honor of new album, Just Be Free, the Queen Diva, Late-Night Creepa, New Orleans' Big Freedia (a gay man, if you don't already know, who answers to "he or she"), brought her booty-shakin' bounce party to Bardot Miami's carpet stage last night.

The rich and fabulously fierce cross-dressing tradition of her home turf was on full display as Freedia dropped repetitive fragments of infectious, hypnotic lyrics over precipitous beats.

There was also, as the Diva would say, "booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty!"

See also: Big Freedia Talks Bounce, Bad Twerkers, and All Things "Asstastic"

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Niko Javan's #Yoppin Wednesdays Party:
A Video and Photo Recap

Categories: Photos, Recap, Video

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Niko Javan, the boss of #Yoppin.

"It's kind of like Jim Morrison if he had a laptop," says Niko Javan.

The Miami music producer and member of rap duo O'Grime is talking about #Yoppin Wednesdays, a new party that he launched at South Beach spot Haven last week.

Named after his "Yop = Your own path" saying, Javan's third day of the week is a synesthetic wonderland. Club music. Ambient soundscapes. Trippy visuals. And friendly strangers. All blurred together.

We went. It was bonkers.

See also: #Yoppin Wednesdays: Niko Javan and 18 Projectors "Turn Club Into a Giant Hamburger"

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TDE Meets Jet Life in Miami: Isaiah Rashad, Young Roddy, and Hidden Ruby Live

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Photo by Rob Portal
Isaiah Rashad takes a moment before performing "Modest" live in the 305.

The sun had just gone down. We walked into downtown Miami's Mekka Nightclub. And to our surprise, Top Dawg Entertainment's own Isaiah Rashad was doing his sound check.

"This sounds good, but turn the beat down a little bit so that you can hear me better," the Chattanooga, Tennesse-bred rapper instructed. "Does that sound good to y'all?"

He was playing "Modest" from his latest project, Cilvia Demo. And even during warmups, Rashad radiates sheer skill and raw enthusiasm.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Rapper

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"C9 Is the Future": Denzel Curry, SDotBraddy, Mike Dece at Vive Block Party 2014

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Miami's Denzel Curry running game on #ABMB.

When it was time for the C9 collective's Denzel Curry and Mike Dece, Metro Zu's Lofty, and FWAY God to take over Vive Block Party 2014 at The Showroom by 8&9 Clothing, the scene erupted and all of the fans sprinted to the stage.

Dece's single "Yung Ho" is what tipped it off. Alongside him, hyping the crowd, were his C9 brothers Denzel and SDotBraddy.

The next song was Curry's "Ice Age," a modern-day pimp anthem. And Denzel absolutely dismantled the mic.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Rappers on the Come-Up

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Fool's Gold Day Off 2014 Dropped That Bass on Art Basel Miami Beach

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Fool's Gold label boss A-Trak does #ABMB.

Last year's Fool's Gold Day Off was lit, thanks to the 305's own Trick Daddy. A true thug's holiday.

And this year's #FGDayOff during Art Basel Miami Beach week was nothing short of spectacular, with headliners like Fool's Gold label boss A-Trak and wild Detroit rapper Danny Brown.

The DJs dropped that bass and the hip-hoppers kept it hype while the crowd did lots of ass shaking and even some moshing.

See also: A-Trak on Learning from Kanye West, Fool's Gold, and Life #AfterEDM

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Le Baron Pop-Up at the Delano's FDR Lounge Was the Dance Party of Basel 2014

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Check out the full 116-photo slideshow from Le Baron Art Basel Pop-Up at FDR Lounge

Last Wednesday night, we trotted down the Miami Beach Boardwalk past Miley Cyrus wailing away with Wayne Coyne for a small crowd of the most aggressive adults ever to elbow their way past doormen and cops.

We weren't interested in actually getting trampled to see Hannah Montana cover the Beatles -- as camp as that sounds.

We were heading over to the Delano to the most desirable dance party that coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach, Le Baron.

See also: Le Baron's Basel Pop-Up Celebrates Ten Years: "Not Looking for the Normal VIP"

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Basel Castle 2014 Turnt Up With Yung Lean, Mykki Blanco, Mike Will Made It

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Miami's most infamous poultry-themed party boy and one of his would-be children, sunny-side up.

The palace got ratchet.

Over the weekend, Basel Castle packed a couple thousand party people (Scandinavian spitter Yung Lean, NYC shapeshifter Mykki Blanco, New Wave-y crew Future Islands, rap producer Mike Will Made It, some graffiti artists, even the chicken and the egg) into an actual castle in Wynwood.

But unlike real medieval times, it was chill vibes.

See also: Yung Lean, the 18-Year-Old Swedish Rap Star: "I Saw This Shit Coming"

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Khaotic, Overtown Rapper's Basel 2014 Art Piece Started Blockwide "Boola!" Chant

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Khaotic Killz Basel

Khaotic is an Overtown rapper who collaborated with a Hungarian abstract artist named MSL for "Khaotic Killz Basel," a mobile pop-up art performance.

They put a painting on a Benz and staged impromptu street performaces of Khaotic's new single "Dime Piece" while parked on the busiest block in Wynwood.

Up and down NW Second Ave., people cheered and smiled and stared. They took photos, yelled "Boola!," and enjoyed the shindiggin'. Here's what it looked like and what the people had to say about it.

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Phil Collins Cancels Comeback Concert at Little Dreams Gala During Art Basel Miami Beach

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At 11:30 p.m., a gaunt, bespectacled Phil Collins walked on to the stage of the Fillmore Miami Beach, flanked by his ex-wife Orianne Collins-Mejjati and their young son, to tell the sold-out Little Dreams Gala crowd that he had to cancel his performance.

It was to be Collins first concert in over four years. He had suffered from nerve damage in recent years, as well as pancreatitis from alcohol abuse, but no specific reasons were given for why he would not be singing last evening.

See also: Phil Collins' Little Dreams on Canceled Concert: "He's Sorry to Have Disappointed His Fans"

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James Blake Makes Florida Debut at Basel 2014, Plays New Song "Forever"

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Check out the full 64-photo slideshow of James Blake at Basel 2014.

James Blake
Presented by III Points and Young Arts
Young Arts Campus, Miami
Friday, December 5, 2014

Better Than: Sunday mass.

We're not really a religious bunch. But last night, James Blake took us to church.

The English artist brought heavenly chords and a voice like honey to his Florida debut at Miami's Young Arts Campus for III Points and YoungArts' Basel 2014 music series.

Oh, and he made his first time count, giving adoring fans a number of deep cuts, like the recently released "200 Press," and even unleashing "Forever," a never-before-heard taste from his forthcoming album, for the encore.

See Also: James Blake Talks New Album, Possible Kanye West Collaboration


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