The Roots' Black Thought, J.Period, and the Live Mixtape at Florida Room This Sunday

We're pretty sure no one's ready to think about anything beyond December 31. But for all you diehard heads, January 2 is only a couple of days away and you don't wanna miss this thing.

For the first time ever, New York City mixtape king J.Period will be bringing his highly coveted The Live Mixtape series to the comfy confines of the Florida Room. And Philly's own Black Thought of the Legendary Roots Crew will be there to help helm the Miami debut.

For those lucky enough to have seen The Roots and Black Thought several months back at the Hennessey Artistry showcase, you know that this man always rocks the mike. And with J.Period backing him up on the turntables, we're certain this night's gonna be a big bang for all the true-skool hip-hop fans out there.

So what is The Live Mixtape? Aside from it being an actual mixtape, J.Period has been able to to turn the music mix into a serious history lesson. Imagine if PBS, a Brooklyn beat juggler, and a gang of killer MCs raided the deepest crates on earth and put on a master class of hip-hop culture.

And most recently, he took the whole thing, well, live. The basic formula: The mixtape king spins some random instrumentals while an invited rap heavyweight spits and slangs and freestyles. For example, the session with Black Thought took the audience on a hip-hop roller coaster as J.Period dropped tracks from Biggie, Jay Z, Dr. Dre, Rakim, and Big Daddy Kane while the Roots rapper mimicked and destroyed each track as if it were his own. (Check out the video preview above from The Live Mixtape's Toronto stop back in September.)

The Live Mixtape is set to be a monthly with some very special surprise MCs on the microphone. Names are still on the hush-hush. But rumor has it that we'll be seeing both new and classic rap favorites taking a crack at the art of the live mixtape.

The Roots' Black Thought and J. Period present The Live Mixtape: Miami Edition. The Florida Room, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 11 p.m. RSVP by calling 305-674-6152 or emailing [email protected].

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