Fourth of July celebrations are a great American tradition. But you know what else is? Rap music.
Hip-hop started in these streets. No other country can claim rights to the birth of history's greatest and most influential genre of music. And so what if it started in New York City, Miami has embraced rap with all her heart, and we've got some of the best Fourth of July rap parties to prove it.
If you're looking for a little bump and grind, some gangsta lean, some good sticky-icky, these are the Fourth of July hangouts for you.
Ace Hood with DJ Epps, DJ Entice and DJ Griot. Wednesday, July 3, at Bamboo, 550 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Ages 21 and up. The party starts at 11 p.m., and tickets are $20 to $40 plus fees via wantickets.com. Call 305-695-4771 or visit bamboomiamibeach.com. You can't step outside without hearing Florida-boy Ace on the radio, especially his hit "Bugatti." He's a little guy, but he packs a huge punch on stage.
Kool Moe Dee with Ruen and Mike Deuce. Wednesday, July 3, at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Ages 21 and up. The party starts at 11 p.m., and tickets cost $30 to $40 plus fees via wantickets.com. Call 305-674-4680 or visit livnightclub.com. Kool Moe Dee is a legend in the game. He was one of the original dons of the streets, and if anyone knows how to get a crowd hyped and moving on the dance floor, it's this flashy motherfucker.
Tyrese and Fat Joe Thursday, July 4, at Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Ages 21 and up. The party starts at 11 p.m., and tickets cost $30 to $60 plus fees via wantickets.com. Call 305-538-2424 or visit storymiami.com. Woah ladies. We know all we have to do is say Tyrese is going to be somewhere, and you're already doing your hair and walking out the door. But Fat Joe is going to be there, too, and he's probably looking for the party of his life before he goes and does some time for tax evasion. So make this a night to remember in more ways than one.
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French Montana Saturday, July 6, at Cameo, 1445 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 11 p.m., and tickets cost $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Call 786-235-5800 or visit cameomiami.com. Nah, he ain't worried 'bout nothin', but that doesn't mean you should keep the New York-based rapper waiting. He's taking the country by storm with hit after hit, and this is guaranteed to be a live party. Independence day will be over, but the fun will just be getting started.
Rocko with DJ Camilo, DJ Epps and DJ E-Feezy. Saturday, July 6, at Bamboo, 550 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Ages 21 and up. The party starts at 11 p.m., and tickets are $20 to $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Call 305-695-4771 or visit bamboomiamibeach.com. This Self Made man will be hosting this get-down, and hopefully he gets on the mic and spits a little bit of his hits, like "Umma Do Me" or the super-hot "U.O.E.N.O." Either way, the tunes these DJs are spinning with be fireworks.