Drop The Lime and Flosstradamus Run the Trap at Grand Central, June 23

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Drop the Lime and Flosstradamus

With Mike Deuce, Troy Kurtz, Damaged Goods

Grand Central, Miami

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Better Than: A night without free tequila.

The party's always been crazy at Grand Central. But this past Saturday was definitely a high point for hype.

Local party collective The Overthrow hosted one hell of a party, reppin' some mad Miami talent and blending everything from hood-rap to doo-wop.

We got there just in time for the end of free Jose Cuervo margaritas and we were able to catch some of Damaged Goods killer opening set. He got the dance floor vibin', switching off with Troy Kurtz who kept the night moving right.

There was a colorful performance from O'Grime. The local rappers ran across the stage, dressed in unseasonably warm fur, hyping the crowd and helping turn the musical tide from electro mania to street-ready gangsta lean.

And that was so necessary, because after the threesome finished getting hyphy, it was time for Chicago's electro trapmasters Flosstradamus.

They've been producing for years. But these guys have been getting more attention lately for their hip-hop-infused dance music. They make beats pretty much tailor-made for people like Waka Flocka, but with a special dance-floor flair that makes them one of the most interesting up-and-coming groups on the scene.

The Flosstradamus dudes hit the decks in hoodies and sweatpants. But they revealed some classy tie-dye as the heat got turned up. And the crowd was straight bouncing as they ran through their hits, including "Lana's Theme," "Luuk Out Gurl," "Total Recall," and their remix of "Original Don."

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They won the crowd's heart when they dropped a special, trapped-out version of classic dance track "Sandstorm." But as exciting as the hood-ass beats were, everyone was stoked to see ever-stylish Trouble & Bass boss Drop the Lime take the stage.

He is famous for a unique blend of rockabilly and soul with electro and house. And sometimes, he incorporates live instrumentation and singing into his sets. His performance at Grand Central was more of a straight DJ thing, though he did break out the old-timey stand-up mike to sing along to songs like "Hot As Hell."

He definitely brought the swing. But Drop the Lime also brought the killer bass and threw down his own hood beats, keeping the trap vibe going. He's got a great sense of showmanship, stepping out in front of the decks to sing to the crowd, and he didn't even complain when he took an inflatable ball to the face. That's how the Bass Heavyweight Champion of the World fuckin' rolls.

All in all, it was a rather dope night, and we may have had more to drink than we should have. At least we didn't black out.

Critic's Notebook

Personal Bias: Kind of in love with Flosstradamus. And Drop the Lime is mad dapper.

The Crowd: Trapaholics.

Favorite Catchphrase: "It's a Trap!"

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