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Less knowledgeable folks might be tempted to consider Drop.D nothing but another DJ in a long line of hip-hop-spinning wide boys who've come to set up shop in South Beach. But they would be wrong: The kid called Drop.D (a.k.a. ill skill) outclasses his half-ass predecessors, and does so at a joint named Love Hate. But if that's not enough to convince those who don't know just how much they're missing, nothing is.
That seems to be just fine by Drop.D; when you're the cat with the fact, the last thing you need to worry about is dropping knowledge on a buncha know-nothings. Mild-mannered in conversation and unflinching in the booth, D has no need to brag about his chops, which in four short years have brought down houses from here to the Big Bad Apple.
Among places the 23-year-old Santiago, Chile native has packed, he counts New York's Remedy and W, as well as our town's very own Shore Club, Mokai, and The Mark. And of course, besides Love Hate, he also boasts a residency at another current hot spot, The Florida Room.
Sure, Drop.D spins some of Miami's finest hard hip-hop, from heavyweights such as Rick Ross and Flo Rida, as well as up-and-comers including Opa-locka's Grim Reaper. More important, though, is his tendency to throw down the good-time gauntlet and let mashings of Bambaata and Goodie Mob and the Roots and their ilk keep the party pumping on a more peaceful plane.
But don't think for a beat that Drop.D is content bouncing up and down the SoBe strip. No, this DJ has plans — among them, teaming with his stepbrother (and Love Hate manager) Woodside to launch a one-stop event shop called Woodside Creations. Another plan is to take his ill skills on the road. With a bash set for Dos Lunas, a July undercard slot in the ATL with Shie One, and an August bout in the Virginia Highlands, it seems D's plans are already happening. And why wouldn't they be? There's a reason Love Hate co-owner Ami James calls Drop.D "the best new DJ we've got" — he, simply, is.
Drop.D's current top five:
1. "Dey Know," Shawty Lo feat. Ludacris, Plies, Young Jeezy, and Lil Wayne
2. "Good Love," Sheek Louch (Koch)
3. "Lollipop," Lil Wayne (Cash Money)
4. "Life of da Party," Snoop Dogg feat. Too Short (Geffen)
5. "I Get Money," 50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)