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Since then, Lil Wayne has been a regular patron. During last year's Memorial Day weekend party in South Beach, he and pal Drake hosted WorldStarHipHop's sixth anniversary. "They made it rain $250,000 that night," Disco Rick boasts. The first Monday of 2012, Lil Wayne had a ringside seat at the main stage. He spent $29,000 on strippers and gave one a $1,000 tip.
No one has done it bigger at KOD than Rick Ross, though. For his birthday in 2010, the Boss arrived by helicopter, which touched down right in the parking lot. A year later, on January 31, P. Diddy hosted Ross's next birthday bash, where a crew of rappers allegedly dropped $1 million. By 3 in the morning, Disco Rick says, Elliott had to call in a Brinks truck to deliver more cash.
"Everybody did their thing that night," Brisco says. "Everybody showed out."
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KOD's fame grew as the rappers name-dropped the club in their songs. On his track "Miss Me," Drake spits, "Call the King of Diamonds and tell [Blac] Chyna it'd be worth the flight/I'll be at my table stackin' dollars to the perfect height." Lil Wayne lets the world know his party schedule includes "LIV on Sundays and King of Diamonds Mondays" in a guest verse on the remix of "Hustle Hard" by Miami rapper Ace Hood.
Rick Ross took it a step further, releasing a hit song where he gives himself a new nickname: The King of Diamonds.
For all its hip-hop fame, how much money actually comes through KOD? It's not an easy question to answer. The company isn't publicly traded, and Disco Rick declines to talk about exact profit margins. Considering hip-hop cred largely balances on boasts of huge fortunes, cutting through the hype isn't easy.
Still, there are hints about the amount of cash that flows through. Consider the scene on the night of March 5, when Vernon Davis, Cam Newton, and thousands of others packed in to watch women fight amid the stages of twirling dancers. Around 2:45 a.m., a line of tricked-out cars stretched from the parking lot to Miami Gardens Drive. KOD was charging $100 per parking space and a $60 cover charge; some patrons ponied up $150 to skip the lines. That was before they bought their first drink or lap dance.
The club makes enough money nightly to employ a large stable of workers: 18 bartenders, more than 24 waitresses, and 25 security guards on the payroll. More than 200 exotic dancers work as independent contractors.
Every stripper is charged a tip-out fee to dance. On a typical Monday, the club charges them $60 for the first half-hour. That rate increases $10 every half-hour until midnight. After that, it's $20 every half-hour until closing time. So if 60 dancers started their shift at 10 p.m. and ended it at 6 a.m., KOD would collect $19,800 in tip-out fees alone.
Despite the fees, strippers know they can make a haul on a good night. Sunni, an Atlanta stripper who began dancing at KOD four months ago, says working at the club has been an "awesome experience."
"The most I made in one night was $6,000," Sunni says.
KOD also earns money by renting out the club to outside promoters who organize parties featuring rappers. "You have to book a party with the artists to keep the buzz going," Disco Rick says. "It's like booking porn stars at a regular strip club."
Promoters usually get the cover charges and parking fees, while KOD keeps the booze profits. Take WorldStarHipHop's party last Memorial Day weekend. The fete was organized by TIG Entertainment, an Atlanta-based promotions company, and MVD Inc., a public relations and events firm from New York City. The promoters charged $50 a head for general admission and $100 for VIP access. The bottles and naked women were extra.
Massah David, a partner in MVD, declined to discuss the details of the revenue-sharing deal. "But it was definitely worth it," she says. "It was a good, substantial amount [of money]."
A lithe exotic dancer with long blond hair and light-brown skin sashays over to a VIP table, peels off her black latex minidress, and flashes a wide smile. As dollar bills flutter around her, a floor manager with a dust broom sweeps up the pile of cash.
The stripper's name is Skrawberry. "I really can't dance or do tricks," she confides. "I rely on my great personality and a lot of sex appeal."
Skrawberry's national fame peaked January 30 when, along with Tip Drill, she snuck onto a national cable broadcast during the heated Republican primary, earning headlines across the web and a viral video. The pair's success represents everything the hundreds of girls twirling at KOD hope to achieve: six-figure incomes and hip-hop fame. Skrawberry and Tip Drill have a combined 52,354 followers on Twitter, where they wax poetic on their daily lives, from the celebrities they want to sleep with to when they have to go to the bathroom. (And Skrawberry now writes a weekly advice column for New Times' culture blog, Cultist.)
"Pussy is power," Disco Rick says. "I tell the girls not to act like groupies because they are the stars here."
Skrawberry has been dancing on and off at King of Diamonds for the past two years. She left her job as a sales clerk at Macy's in 2007 for a career in getting naked. "I went from selling clothes to selling ass," she says. "I was wild. I'd go to the strip clubs after a night of partying at the regular clubs. I'd be tipsy, and before you know it, I was onstage with my clothes off."
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.