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Karakter admits that he rarely breaks even on these shows, which are mostly attended by backpackers, college kids, and curiosity seekers. On a good night, his shows draw a crowd of 200-300 people, which would be disastrous for a South Beach superclub such as Opium Garden. "On the Masta Killa show [which took place last November 5], we got 350 people there, and three of us that were involved in promoting the show lost about $70 each," he says.

"Every show I've thrown, it's not like I'm walking away with big bucks and shit," he continues. "I probably have enough money to eat sushi and smoke a joint." Why does he promote shows that lose money? "Just for the love of good hip-hop," he says. The artists he brings out are "inspiring and motivating, at least to me."

On January 14, former Pharcyde rapper Fatlip, Mikah Nine, and Omni will be coming to Miami from L.A. for a rare local appearance. All are welcome to attend; you may like it, or you may not.

Fatlip (left), Omni, and Mikah Nine, the dodo birds of hip-hop
Arnold Steiner
Fatlip (left), Omni, and Mikah Nine, the dodo birds of hip-hop

Details

perform at 10:00 p.m. Friday, January 14, at I/O, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Tickets $12 to $15. Call 305-358-8007.

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