Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke assesses the upcoming Hurricanes football season.
WorldStarHipHop's The Field: Miami is a must-see video. The documentary is one of the top films about this city ever. It ranks up there with Rakontur's The U. And I'm not just saying that because I am featured in both movies. The Field: Miami really captures the harsh reality of the hip-hop music business in the city while also eloquently conveying the struggle black people endure here.
Director Mandon Lovett travels to several inner-city neighborhoods and interviews young, aspiring rappers like Overtown's YD the Assassin, North Miami's Dred Skeezy, Opa-locka's Young Quay, and Carol City's Denzel Curry. They talk about growing up around daily gun violence and watching friends die in the streets. Old-school players like Trick Daddy and me discuss the lack of support for homegrown artists from local radio stations and South Beach nightclubs. "They don't like Miami niggas on South Beach," Trick Daddy says in the opening scene.
Out-of-town rap moguls like P. Diddy and Birdman don't show any love to Miami's local rappers. The Field: Miami captures the frustration young cats in Miami feel because only interlopers like Drake and Lil Wayne get their music played at LIV, Dream, Cameo, and other nightclubs that host hip-hop parties. The only local who gets respect is Rick Ross, who is part of the outsiders' clique.
Yet Miami rappers have no problem getting their music played at hard-core venues like the Take 1 Lounge in Little Haiti and Coco's in North Miami. Diddy recently announced he'll hold the inaugural Revolt Music Conference this October in Miami Beach. He has yet to invite any local record labels, including Poe Boy Music Group, to be a part of his show.
The lack of respect for Miami rappers has a long history. When I was promoting Pitbull early in his career, I had a hard time getting local radio stations to play his songs. But the DJs in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles had no problem with it.
Miami is the only city where radio stations and nightclubs play music only by out-of-town celebrity rappers. That's because this town is full of groupies lacking self-confidence and local pride.
Tune into Luke on the Andy Slater Show every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. on Miami's Sports Animal, 940 AM.
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