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Robbie Rivera on Juicy Beach, Skrillex's Balls, Death of Dutch Melodies

House music producer-DJ Robbie Rivera brought some South Beach heat to the cold city streets of NYC Friday night, January 22nd. To kick off his Juicy Beach World Tour. Pacha, which boasts an eight-city schedule, leading up to his notorious Juicy Beach party in Miami's Nikki Beach Club during Winter Music Conference. Hosting such rising stars as Bob Sinclair, Manufactured Superstars, and Cosmic Gate in its Phase One Lineup, the event has already received staggering media attention and fan hype, especially after news of its associated contest where one lucky DJ/fan will have the opportunity to perform alongside Rivera at Juicy Beach (details here).

VIBE caught up with Rivera at his hotel before his jumpin' event to talk a very special V-Day plan, what he's looking for in new talent, Miami venue faves and fast food temptations.

VIBE: Explain the idea behind Juicy Beach.
Robbie Rivera: Well the first few parties we did in Miami were called "Juicy Friends." We would throw these parties and they would sell out. One day we were walking by Nikki Beach, and Monica [my wife] said, "We need to do a party here, outdoors, make it a 15-hour party, bring in a new DJ for every single hour, keeping you excited hour by hour." We planned it out really well, but it rained, and that was [still] awesome. It was packed and it was great!

What are you looking for in the "Makes Me Feel Good" remix contest?
For the remix, you can take all the music parts I gave you, so I really want to see what these new kids do with my original music. I expect them to take it to the next level and add some originality, and not just the current music trend.

Who do you think we should be keeping an eye on in 2013?
A lot of the house/techno DJs are the people doing the most creative music and keeping the groove in the music. Last year the groove was lost, it was all very "in your face" noisy sounds; and it worked... last year. I think this year people want something more, going back to the groove, so artists like Umek - he's a really talented guy. A lot of the Italian producers like those at this year's Juicy Beach [Stefano Noferini, Federico Scavo, Alex Kenji], and a lot of the older producers from Subliminal, they're coming back with the proper house sound that we lacked in 2012. I can't keep listening to these same melodies that the Dutch and the Swiss are doing.

Out of the Juicy Beach lineup this year, who are you most excited to make music with?
I'm really excited about tonight because I've never played with Manufactured Superstars. I'm playing in Cleveland with a new artist from Juicy, his name is Mac J. He's been doing pretty well on the West Coast so I'm also real excited about that.

Any predictions for the EDM Grammy's? Who would you nominate for an outstanding year, who has really made a huge name for themselves?
They should create a Lifetime Achievement Award for EDM artists because there are A LOT out there that should get an award. I like that Skrillex track last year. He's one of the few that had the balls to do something really "out there."

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, how are you going to make this year extra special?
The week before Valentine's Day is our [Robbie Rivera and his wife, Monica Olabarrieta] 15-year-anniversary, so I have to plan something very special. I actually just made a note today in my iPhone.

What big plans do you have for yourself in 2013?
I really want to refresh my sound, which I believe I've started to do already. Making more house music, more tribal music. I want to show the new generation that you have to open your ears and listen to other people. I think the new generation, the kids, listen to a lot of the same people. You've got to have patience to find good music.

What's your favorite place to grab a cocktail in your hometown?
I like to go to the SLS Hotel in South Beach. I go there a lot. It's a beautiful hotel and it's got a really great restaurant called Katsuya. Good sushi and Japanese food.

In a time crunch, what's your most likely fast food choice?
Well usually that happens at the airport, and I wind up in McDonald's. I try to eat the best thing I can get there, a grilled chicken sandwich. I try to keep off the fries, but it's hard though.

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CBS Sports reports Lynch prepared to share his decision on staying in the league or exiting after the NFL Draft, which is set to take place on Thursday (April 25). He's been with the Raiders since 2017.

Prior to suiting up for his hometown's team, Lynch launched his pro career with the Buffalo Bills where he was stationed from 2007-2010. Following that stint, the 33-year-old entrepreneur traveled across the country to play for the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2015.

Following his last year with the Seahawks, Lynch publicized his retirement by posting a picture of hanged up cleats on Twitter. In 2017, Lynch laced up once more to join the Oakland Raiders. During a press conference, Lynch shared that he wanted to play for the team before their move to Las Vegas, as a symbol to young children that someone from their town is a part of this movement.

"With me being from here and continuing to be here, it gives them an opportunity to see someone who actually did it, who is from where they're from, someone they probably idolized," he said, per USA Today. Lynch also shared the atmosphere he would encounter on game days.

"The way we feel about where we're from, and why we represent so hard is because we know what the struggle is and how we get down," he said. "Every home game that I get to come to this [stadium], I'm probably going to be riding with the whole town."

After two seasons playing for his hometown Oakland Raiders, Marshawn Lynch is not planning to play football again, league sources tell ESPN.

Now, with the three-day draft kicking off Thursday night in Nashville, the Raiders have one more potential need to address: running back.

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"The cast is upset," he admitted. "It is a sad time and we are slowly healing."

Daniels did not reveal whether the cast believes Smollett staged his alleged hate crime earlier this year, but he said that he will not judge him. "What I am learning right now is that I can’t judge," he explained. "That that judgment is for that man wearing that black coat with a gavel and God. I can only support him because he is like my son, he is my son, so I am with him. I can only support him and I can only give him compassion."

As previously reported, the actor, who stars as Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox drama, told Chicago police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. As the investigation continued, the attention turned to Smollett. He was arrested on Feb. 20, and indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report and allegedly staging the incident. Those charges were subsequently dropped, but the city of Chicago is suing the actor for $130,000 for the time spent investigating the matter.

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As previously reported, Woods was busted kissing Thompson, Khloe Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend, during a party at his house. After her Red Table Talk interview, Khloe attempted to blame Woods for ruining her family, but after receiving backlash, the reality star changed her tune.

During an appearance at Nigeria’s Homecoming Festival last weekend, Woods spoke about how the public backlash gave her an understanding of what it feels like to be a black woman.

“My little sister was bullied in school and I wanted to show her that if I was bullied by the world you can [get through it],” she said in a video from a panel discussion that was published by the Daily Mail. “I understood for the first time what it’s like being a black woman in  society, and how we can be so disrespected and nobody can really understand to that extent until you have to live it.”

The appearance in Nigeria marked Woods’ first trip to the Motherland. Despite being bullied online, Woods has seemingly bounced back stronger than before the Kardashian drama. After her initial interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith, Woods was flooded with support and has reportedly been scoring various business opportunities in light of the incident.

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