Nipsey Hussle Meets-and-Greets Miami, Delivers Mailbox Money to the 305

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Hussle on the mic in Miami.

Over the weekend, L.A. rapper Nipsey Hussle stopped by the 8&9 Clothing Showroom to meet-and-greet Miami.

There was also a pop-up shop stocked with his Hussle's popular Crenshaw merch. Stuff like flatbill caps, beanies, tees, and other swag.

Then he cruised over to the Design District's best party spot, The Stage Miami, to deliver some of that Mailbox Money.

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Phish Switched "From Suck to Blow" for New Year's Run 2015 in Miami

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There were Phish heads everywhere, maaan.

There was funny energy in the room before Phish took the stage to kick off its New Year's Run 2015 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

It's unusual that the first of a four-night Phish gig is also the big NYE celebration. Usually, that occasion is the climactic finale to the series of concerts. And usually, the band has the luxury of easing in to the run, by starting a bit slow.

Last night, though, Trey Anastasio and company had to begin and peak at the same time. This process was initially a bit awkward. But Phish and the the audience eventually achieved lift off in a big way.

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The Weeknd, Nervo, and the Beautiful People Did NYE 2015 at the Fontainebleau

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The lovely ladies of the 'Bleau.

Opulence is the exact word to describe the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The 60-year-old institution is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels in Miami.

Home to the ever-lavish megaclub LIV, this decadent playground capped off its 2014 with a performance from R&B visionary The Weeknd and a closing DJ set by the Nervo twins.

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J. Cole's NYE 2015 at the Delano South Beach

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Dropping the ball on last year: J. Cole does NYE at the Delano.

J. Cole brought in the new year at the Delano Hotel on South Beach, but didn't really offer anything new, despite coming out with a brand-new album just three weeks ago.

The North Carolina-bred rapper took the mic at exactly midnight, wishing a happy 2015 to the mostly young and beautiful crowd, and quipping about the fact that not a single person was in the pool.

"I thought this was gonna be a pool party," Cole said. "But all I see is a pool."

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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!"

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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