After a six-year layoff, Peter Thomas’s “How Can I Be Down?” conference returns to South Beach. “How Can I Be Down?” is the largest urban music seminar in the world and (for a $300 registration fee) will purportedly teach industry novices how to navigate hip-hop’s shark-infested waters. There’s a ton of panels throughout the four-day festival, as well as an old-school jam at Mansion on Sunday with Nice & Smooth, Slick Rick, and Doug E. Fresh. For all those who thirst to be down, here’s your chance.

"How Can I Be Down?" kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at the Shelborne Hotel, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Registration is $300. For more information, call 305-673-0900, or visit

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