Putting together a proper showcase for classic Miami bass music in 2012 has proven to be a tall order.
Early this year, Uncle Luke hyped up a 20-date "Lollapalooza of bass music" that he was planning for the summer, featuring a fully reunited 2 Live Crew and support from DJ Magic Mike, 69 Boyz, Quad City DJs, DJ Kool, Poison Clan, and — in a show of bicoastal booty music solidarity — Sir Mix-a-Lot. But despite Luke's hopes that the tour would prove bass music's continued relevance and "show the public who really diversified hip-hop," it never materialized.
Shortly after the Miami Bass Super Fest was announced for November 10 at the BankUnited Center, it was postponed. But like a Christmas gift from a Santa with a soft spot for coochie poppin', the festival is back this weekend, with a lineup that includes some of the genre's biggest stars — though minus Luke or any members of 2 Live Crew.
Here's a look at some of the key players reporting for booty duty.
JT Money. Former Poison Clan leader JT Money is one of the few MCs from Miami bass's heyday to score a major hit since the genre's late -'90s crash. But it's been 14 years since JT's "Who Dat" became one of MIA rap's biggest post-bass smashes, and his public appearances have grown increasingly rare, making this gig a serious treat for fans of "the Bitchizer."
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95 South and 69 Boyz. In the mid-'90s, Jacksonville's bass music scene had become nearly as vital as Miami's. In fact, 95 South and the 69 Boyz, a pair of J-ville crews overseen by beatmakers C.C. Lemonhead (also of Quad City DJs fame) and Jay "Ski" McGowan, scored two of the era's most notable bass hits with, respectively, "Whoot! There It Is" (not to be confused with Tag Team's "Whoomp! There It Is") and "Tootsee Roll." Score one for Duval County.
MC Shy D. Not all of Miami bass's stars came from Florida. Bronx-born MC Shy D was an import from Atlanta who quickly became one of the top acts in Luther Campbell's Luke Records stable (though their partnership would come to an ugly end over money). But while Shy D might not have been an MIA product, bass classics like "Bust This," "Shake It," and "Gotta Be Tough" can be heard and felt properly only in the 305.
Prince Rahiem. Born and raised in Hollis, Queens, Prince Rahiem brought a dose of New York swagger to Miami's burgeoning bass scene after arriving here in the late '80s. An original member of Clay D's Get Fresh Crew, Rahiem appeared on that group's seminal "Pull It All the Way Down." But 1991's "Loose My Money" is his magnum opus. And sorry, Kanye, it's also one of the best rap songs ever written about gold diggers.