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.

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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.

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.

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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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Andre 3000 Talks "I Feel Ya" Art: "Some Are Lyrics to Songs You Haven't Heard Yet"

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"I never said I wanted to be the best rapper, that's not my goal," says André 3000. "I just want to connect with people."

The ATLian is nonetheless one of the most celebrated creative minds of his generation. His work with Big Boi in Southern rap duo Outkast has brought him critical acclaim and monetary gain. But music isn't his only medium. He acts. He writes. And sometimes, he makes art by jumpsuit.

His latest foray, in collaboration with the Savannah College of Art and Design, is an exhibition of 47 jumpsuits that he personalized with social messages and wore each night for this past summer's Outkast reunion tour. We caught a panel discussion with André and his fellow artists on the subject of art and modern society. Here are the most interesting things Mr. 3000 had to say.

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Pitbull's Most Miami Moments Hosting the American Music Awards

Categories: Local Music, Recap

Even if you don't particularly like Pitbull, you have to admit, we got dude on stage hosting the American Music Awards. That's pretty baller.

Armando Christian Pérez has come a long way from his M.I.A.M.I. days. He represents the 305 worldwide. You don't have to love him, but he loves you, and he brought a little bit of Miami flavor to the entire television-watching universe as last night's host of the AMAs.

Who else would have the balls to make immigration and weed jokes to the most pop-centric audience in TV? These were, for sure, his most Miami moments.

See also: Pitbull's New Year's Revolution 2015 Broadcasting From Miami on Fox: "Daleee!"

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Panic Bomber at New World Symphony's Pulse: A DJ-Meets-Orchestra Experiment

Categories: Interviews, Recap

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Panic Bomber, manning the decks in formal attire at New World Symphony's Pulse party.

When one goes to the orchestra, one does not always bring one's dancing shoes. There's usually a bunch of sitting involved.

But every few months, the New World Symphony throws everything you know about classical music out the window and breaks out the lasers for a bit of high-brow, late-night fun.

Pulse is NWS' most innovative event series, pairing a DJ with its world-class musicians for a genre-bending evening unlike anything you've experienced. It's nothing new, but it was new to us as we set out to see how the Slap & Tickle crew's Panic Bomber (AKA Richard Haig) met the challenge.

It turns out, not only can your boy sing, he can compose for a full musical ensemble.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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