By Terrence McCoy
By Allie Conti
By Chuck Strouse
By Scott Fishman
By Terrence McCoy
By Ryan Yousefi
By Ciara LaVelle, Kat Bein, Carolina Del Busto, and Liz Tracy
By Pepe Billete
Elliott and Young persuaded Galardi to name the new venue King of Diamonds. On Thanksgiving night 2008, the club opened its doors. But both men realized something was still missing: To really become the 305's hip-hop strip central, they needed the right face.
Three months later, Galardi hired Disco Rick. "I was the missing piece of the puzzle," Rick says.
A sheet of paper is taped to the white door of the DJ booth on the second floor of KOD, near the private VIP skyboxes overlooking the gargantuan lap-dance den. It reads, "To all dancers: This is not a hang-out." Dressed in a matching olive-green Adidas tracksuit, T-shirt, and sneakers, Disco Rick opens the door and walks up three short steps.
17800 NE 5th Ave.
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: North Dade
He finds a pretty brunet dancer clad in a pink satin G-string and high-heeled pumps puffing on a blunt. Cold air perks up the brown nipples on her droopy breasts. "What the fuck are you doing in here?" Disco Rick bellows. "Get your ass on the floor right now!"
She exhales a cloud of smoke and runs out. "Oh, her ass is fired," he fumes.
Behind the shout-outs in rap songs and the viral videos of dancers grinding on Lil Wayne, KOD runs on the shoulders of three managers: Elliott the GM, assistant Liz Cedano, and Disco Rick. Spending a night with the ex-rapper is like having a VIP view into America's most depraved celebrity bachelor party. He has seen rappers dole out more money in an hour than an average ATM dispenses in a week, prodded female patrons to get buck naked, and watched Rick Ross swoop in by helicopter.
The Liberty City native, whose real name is Ricky Taylor, began his music career spinning records at a now-defunct roller rink at NW 79th Street and Second Avenue. In 1986, he and two friends formed the rap group Gucci Crew II. Early pioneers of Miami's booty bass scene, the crew had hits with "The Cabbage Patch" and "Sally (That Girl)." In 1990 and 1991, Disco Rick sold thousands of records with two solo LPs featuring classics such as "Crack Rock" and "Nasty Dance."
By 1993, though, his performing career had fizzled out. He worked as a producer — engineering records for rappers Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Lil Jon — but soon realized his days as a musician were behind him. He began concentrating on promoting parties and recruiting dancers at local strip clubs such as Club Lexx, Take One Lounge, and Diamonds. He took the job at King of Diamonds because he saw the space had potential for hosting major concerts and large blowout parties.
"I'm trying hard to stay away from the record business even though my people want me to work with them," Disco Rick says. "I'm in the pussy business now."
The night that KOD exploded onto the hip-hop scene's radar, Rick says, was most likely January 30, 2009. It was the weekend of Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, and with Disco Rick's contacts in pro sports and the hip-hop world, he knew he could organize one hell of a party.
"A lot of these dudes grew up on my music, so it wasn't hard to get them to do a party for me when I needed them to," he says. The event was hosted by McGahee and attended by several of his former Hurricanes teammates, as well as his then-fellow players from the Baltimore Ravens.
Before long, sites such as WorldStarHipHop.com began writing about the insane bacchanals and publishing photos of rappers and NFLers partying there. In the street-cred-obsessed world of rap, it was the best advertising possible.
"It's an adult playground for them and their fans," says O'Denat, AKA Q. "You have to remember that the dancers are a big part of hip-hop culture."
Adds rapper Brisco, an early adopter of the KOD scene: "There are a lot of spots to chill out in there. And the women are just beautiful. I know that's my main attraction."
Soon, Disco Rick found his star performer: an elfin West Palm Beach girl named Kenisha, who went by the stage name Tip Drill. According to Rick, she began dancing when she was 18. He spotted her at Diamonds. "She wasn't doing tricks when she started," he says. "But she learned from the others. And she has swagger about her. Tip Drill knows how to draw people's attention."
She would develop a routine unmatched in Dade: With a figure-skater's muscular legs, Tip Drill would climb the pole, slide upside down, and flip acrobatically while stripping. The eye-popping routine helped KOD's reputation skyrocket. "Before she does her first trick, money is already flying," Disco Rick boasts. "Nobody can beat her."
When Miami hosted Super Bowl XLIV in early February 2010, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs took over. The club was packed all weekend with rappers, athletes, and their posses dropping $1,000 to $2,000 for VIP tables.
Nine months later, the club hosted Lil Wayne's homecoming after his release from Rikers Island following a one-year term for carrying a concealed firearm. A YouTube video showed rappers pulling up in Maybachs, Mercedes-Benzes, Bentleys, and a $2.4 million Bugatti Veyron. Birdman, Wale, Brisco, Drake, Waka Flocka Flame, and DJ Khaled all sipped Cristal Rosé straight from the bottle. Cash rained down in biblical proportions.
the owners, managers and people that goes to these clubs should at least support their kids before they just throw away money.most of the people that participate in these activities are deadbeat fathers.. it's ashame how they will neglect their own kids and disrespect their baby mothers and lie about having no money. but then be at the strip club spending every dime they have when they avoid childsupport
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I'm glad the bro's have a place where they can smoke their chronic & throw bills at ho's.I just wonder why we have to read about it?? It should have been named the missing link or the jgabo junction.
Why don't you go to KOD and suggest the name change? Oh I know why - Because you're another pathetic loser who gets cheap thrills from writing things on the internet he wouldn't dare say face-to-face. Enjoy the rest of your sad life.
I'm in S FLA u want to meet me some where I'll say some thing to your face & then I'll kn0ck your punk 4ss out. It was a joke, Chris Rock can say what ever he wants about whitey & biaaaatches like u would hoot & holler but if I say some thing your panties are in a bunch. Unlike your anonymous silhouette there's my name & pic. Get a clue m4ggot.
Again, Any time, any where,pathetic punk.You're right I do get a cheap thrill from making smart 4ss comments just like any other comic. U really are making something out of nothing?? It was a joke kinda like u & your long convoluted diatribe. By the way just like u, New Times sent the article to my e-mail I opened it & made a dopey bigoted comment which it looks like a few folks thought was funny. No sense of accomplishment taken jack4ss(where do u come up w/ this garbage?) As for my death bed I'll be thinking about all the kick 4ss times I've had in my life growing up outside of DC & in S FLA. I won't be giving a second thought to internet commenting tomfoolery, u or the mulignans who are smokin their dope & smoozin the ho's at the titty bar.By the way it has nothing to do w/ being cowardly going there & making a racist comment it would be idiotic unless I had my thirty-aught-six w/ me & was ready to go to jail for a long time. It's funny u were so concerned u doubled back & when u were disappointed I hadn't responded u added a P.S. Hmmmm, speaking of internet trolling???U also claim u don't give a second thought to racial issues but I see u want Zimm fried even though it still isn't clear if he killed dude in cold blood or if the thug attacked him, which is called assault,so I guess we know who your voting for .Since your such a paragon of virtue judge my bad behavior all u want I don't care & piss off before I give u a bitch slap.
Davillus I think you have me confused with someone else. I never even said what race I am. I could care less about what Chris Rock has to say about "whitey" just like I could care less about what you have to say about "the blacks". I just think it's extremely pathetic for a 43-year old man to have such a loser life that his only sense of accomplishment comes from being a cowardly internet troll. I know just as well as you do that you don't have the heart to walk into KOD or anywhere else for that matter and say what you typed face-to-face so just STFU.
Unlike people such as yourself, I don't feel the need to define myself by a race that I didn't even choose. I am an individual and my sense of pride comes from what I have accomplished on my own terms. People like yourself who have pride in things they took no part in, such as race, are truly sad to me.
At the end of the day, regardless of race, you face an inevitable death like everyone else. You're not special. You're just another anonymous idiot who's going to be on your deathbed, looking back on life and wishing you could get back the time you wasted worrying about the actions of a group of people who could care less about what's going on in your own life. Believe me I have seen plenty of people like you go through this and although it may be heartbreaking, it doesn't stop the eventual flatline. Then it's over forever.
The people who you have such an issue with are enjoying life without care or concern about what you feel about it and will continue to long after you're nothing more than a skeleton in a box. And with that I again say enjoy the rest of your sad life and I'm done with this silly internet argument.
You pretty much proved the point about being a coward who gets cheap thrills from writing things on the internet. I bet your little peen got rock hard while you were angrily typing that response. Hilarious.
A rich man without charity is a rogue; and perhaps it would be no difficult matter to prove that he is also a fool.
The sad part is not the girls dancing. The sad part is that American males are so conditioned and controlled by the carrot Of possible sex that they will throw millions at a woman in a bikini to validate themselves. Its like a bunch of morons at an auction bidding on a turd. One guy bids a hundred and the other guy's ego won't let him be out bid so he bids two hundred. The real players are the guys banging these chicks for little to no money. These other guys are just followers who waste money at kod because they see Wayne doing it.
If these women were smart they would stash that money, and when it's all said and done they should be sitting on millions. But no REAL WOMAN would ever lower her standards to this type foolishness.
It's very sad that these young girls would low-rate themselves that's all these guys see a hoochie mamma they will never marry them. Frankly I say go and work hard, set your standards high and you will get a good man that will take care of you. I refuse to lower my standards for a few dollars. What these women are failing to realize they are going to get old, and stripping does not draw a pension, 401k plan, nor retirement most of them are running to get the C-230 Mercedes Benz and designer pocket books, they are not saving that money. What idiots. Thank God for Class, Morals and Dignity!!
Advisor is an a fattie that no one would pay to see naked. The REAL women I know that strip feel empowered by men throwing money at them. Clearly, you will never know what that feels like. So, you marginalize them by saying they have low standards. Just an FYI, the porn biz is a BILLION dollar industry but, I bet you hate that also. Someone please look this chick up and knock the dust off her pussy.
Because porn is a billion dollar business makes it ok, the richest woman in the world is Oprah Winfrey, you don't see her shaking her butt to get bucks, it's clear that you are clueless, a REAL WOMAN does not have to be validated by men throwing money at her, that's a slut, a whore, a woman with no morals and no values and certainly low self-esteem. Your mother must be on a pole you're taking such an offense. Beyonce shakes her butt but she gets paid, and has a rich man taking care of her so do your homework you idiot. Put your 5 year old daughter out there and let her strip.
It's not rage it's a fact. You choose to respond, you're forgetting this is a free country. If you like trash, that you Trash + Trash = Trash. Don't hate on Oprah she's rolling in the dough, it's not being throwed at her either. Like Khandi from the Housewives of the ATL she has fame & fortune and she's earned it. Keep going to see those dollar whores.You are what you feed your wasteless empty mind.
Oprah isn't even in the Top 20 of the richest women in the world, I'll quote you here "it's clear that you are clueless".
A real woman is allowed to do whatever she wants. You choose to rage on an internet comments section, more power to you.
I am not a racist, but I do harbor some resentment of black guys who seem to want all women for themselves. When I was young and in college, I had black girlfriends and was beaten up rather badly on two occasions by gangs of black men who claimed to be protecting their womenfolk from exploitation by white men. You are never fighting just one guy, but all his homies at the same time. Blacks can go to any strip club and drop all kinds of cash on white women; Hispanic women; Asian women and no one can say anything. What would happen however, if a white guy entered this King of Diamonds club and focused his attention on one or two naked black babes? He might not make it out alive. That is what I would call unfair.
Myself, my girl and my friend all went to the Blue Flame outside Atlanta and left with three Black girls. We were the only Whites there, purchased rounds, had rounds purchased and had a ball. Been to plenty of "Black" bars without any trouble. The only color the strippers care about is green and all the guys are hoping to pull some ass. Ive dated more Blacks and latinas then White girls and no one is beating me up. So, your either full of crap or did something stupid.
Thats not true, Im white and I would roll up in there no problem. You act like an idiot ,you get treated like one. Go in there scared and acting stupid your an idiot. Walk up in there, mind your business and do your thang. No one will bother you.