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305 Live: Local Hip-Hop News from ArtOfficial, Rick Ross, Mayday, and More

--Local hip-hop and jazz fusion group, ArtOfficial, released a new song from their new project, The Payback, which is set to release on April 23rd via free download. The song they released is actually the title track that is also called "The Payback" and features New York City's K. Sparks. [2DopeBoyz]

--This week, Rick Ross was in New York City alongside on-and-off Miami resident, Diddy. They were spotted at Brooklyn, NY nightspot The Lab on March 9th to celebrate the life of The Notorious B.I.G. March 9th marked the 13th anniversary of his tragic passing and hip-hop celebs including Fabolous, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes were also in attendance. Rick Ross went through an impromptu performance of his classic single "Hustlin", along with his verses from the Diddy and Dirty Money's "Angels" remix. [MTVNews]

--Miami's Mayday is headed to perform during next week's SXSW festivities in Austin. They are booked to perform during Last Rights Clothing's The House Fire events along with other Miami acts such as DJ Craze, Ghostwridah and a long list of underground and overground heavyweights. Mayday even released a new song called "Lost Highway" on the official mixtape for The House Fire. Download the song and mixtape by clicking here. They're sure to be busy next week. [LastRights]

--You may or may not heard of South Florida based City Of God. They're a hip-hop band with a unique touch of Top-40 appeal. They've gone on to release a couple buzz singles over the last couple year or so, and have truly developed a decent following. So much that they have officially signed a record deal with Bieler Bros Records, an independent label distributed via Warner Music Group. Under the partnership, they are working on a single and a full length album that will hopefully release within the year. And more immediately - on April 2nd, you can see City Of God perform at the Apple Store in Aventura. [The305]

--Well last week's sales prediction wasn't too far off. DJ Khaled ended up ranking at the #14 spot of the Billboard charts with over 28,000 copies sold of his fourth album Victory. And with over 300,000 transactions of the various singles that have been released for Victory, we're sure DJ Khaled is a happy camper. And not to be forgotten, Ft. Lauderdale's own Jason Derulo, a Dillard High graduate, also released his self-titled debut album with a final tally of 42,273 records sold in his first week, which adds on to more than 4 Million downloads of his hit single "Whatcha Say". [HipHopPress]

This Weekend's hip-hop events and parties:

  • Friday: Wale at PLAY nightclub
  • Friday: Mayday and Ghostwridah perform at Transit Lounge
  • Saturday: Juelz Santana celebrates his birthday party at Club BED
  • Saturday: Reggae star Sean Paul performs at Karma Lounge for Power 96's official "pre" Calle Ocho party
  • Sunday: The Power 96 Stage at Calle Ocho - 17th Avenue and SW 8th street is the place to be. Good luck with parking!
  • Sunday: Nelly and Bow Wow face off at the Miami stop of their celebrity basketball tour, which takes place at University Of Miami's BankUnited Center
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David "Dro" Rosario