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KRS-One, Uncle Luke, Styles P: How Did the Stage Become Miami's Best Rap Club?

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How did the Stage suddenly become the best rap club in downtown Miami?

Over the next month, this two-and-a-half-year-old Design District bunker that's built its rep on roots, rock, and reggae will serve as the staging place for classic-era shows by former LOX member Styles P, booty bass pioneer Uncle Luke, and the old-school's own professor, KRS-One -- not to mention a weed holiday hip-hop house party called the High Times Cypha 420 Smoke Fest.

Apparently, though, it all happened almost by accident.

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"I think the Rakim show during Basel really opened our eyes to the need for hip-hop in Miami to have a quality home," says the club's booking manager Eric Garcia, referring to a massive December gig by the golden-age rapper so preternaturally skilled that he's also known as Rakim Allah, the Master, and the God Emcee.

Next, the Stage and team gambled on veteran hip-hop hustler Murs. Then the Wu-Tang Crew's Raekwon.

"The response has been organic and exciting," Garcia says. "Now we have people bringing great shows to us that we wouldn't have even considered a year or so ago."

The Stage Miami's Spring Rap Show Schedule

Styles P. With L.M.S. and Sin, plus DJs Methods and Heron. Saturday, April 13. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $15 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

Uncle Luke. With Problem Kids and DJ Ethics. Friday, April 19. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $10. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

The High Times Cypha 420 Smoke Fest. With Mr. Walters, Klassik, GQ, Epps, Lambsbread, Self Born, and Tom Laroc. Saturday, April 20. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and cover costs $20. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

KRS-One. With Pdoe Luna, Thirstin Howl III, and Dynas, plus DJs Klassik and Heron. Friday, May 3. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $20 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.

Now it'd be a real shock if the Stage can manage to keep up the last four month's momentum. But damn, son, we hope so.

Because right now, this Design District bunker is running the downtown game.

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