With Otto Von Schirach
Presented by Notorious Nastie
The Nest, Miami
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Where can you go for real Miami hip-hop, booty bass jams, and general debauchery?
The Vagabond used to have the market cornered with their weekly (((Shake))) party, but that NE 14th Street club recently closed. And the young, eminently trendy crowd has since relocated across the street to The Nest, a downtown venue quickly building a name for itself with plenty of bass-friendly events, spanning genres to showcase local DJs and MCs along with big-name traveling acts.
This weekend at The Nest was no exception, with hometown hero Otto Von Schirach teaming up with California native Lil Debbie for a night of low frequencies, ass-centric fun, and all-around ratchet behavior.
With two rooms of local hip-hop and an outside area where DJs spun everything from trap to reworked '90s rave, there was a little something for the whole family, providing that family can withstand copious amounts of weed and lyrics about doggystyle.
The Verse Won and Exposure Kings showcases filled the main rooms of The Nest, with shout-along choruses and nonstop pleads to "throw your fuckin' hands in the air."
The vibes of each performer were intense, if somewhat indistinguishable -- this reviewer can only hear so many raps about money and notoriety before grappling for the nearest exit.
The outside patio was a welcome respite, as Otto presided over a rotating mix of DJs dropping everything from Afrika Bambaataa to familiar 90s club hits.
Hialeah drag goddesses Juleisy y Karla injected some much-needed boogie into the stagnant crowd, donning way-too-short shorts and gyrating to Otto's hodgepodge of old-school classics and neo-club music.
Shortly after showcasing his skill on the decks, Otto invited his gang of feathered freaks and gator-headed hype ladies to join him on the stage for a proper set.
Highlights included Otto beckoning us all to "do the Pee Wee Herman" before launching into the chopped-vocals and bass assaults of new hits like "Tipo Tropical."
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Back inside The Nest, Lil Debbie was gearing up to appease the crowd that had amassed in the main room.
A couple of false starts led Debbie to lament the "broken-ass equipment" while crowd jeers were met with an impeccably timed "fuck y'all." Then she meandered through half-hearted takes on singles like "SQUiRT", her voice struggling to rise above the prerecorded vocals on the instrumental tracks.
All in all, Lil Debbie's set was practically half banter. But this is actually where she shines, seeming most real when threatening to leave the stage because the crowd is "too sleep."
At least, though, the Internet rap star's agitated performance was rife with entertaining moments, even if it wasn't particularly transcendent.
Or, you know, good.
But don't let Debbie get you down.
With new weekly programming, The Nest is sure to hit upon more bonafide talent. Consult the Daedalus performance from a few weeks back for evidence that the venue knows how to set up a proper headliner.
On this evening, though, the local talent outshined a phoned-in internet sensation, which sorta had us swelling with Miami pride.
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