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New Miami Showcase Aims To Provide Steppingstone For Local Hip-Hop Artists

DJ Oski plans to change Miami's hip-hop scene with "La Raza."

Since releasing his first song with The Latin Connection in 1989, DJ Oski Gonzalez has spent the last 25 years creating a colorful palette of music, ranging from hip-hop to rock 'n' roll. After curating a long list of music festivals and other related events over the past two decades, the Cuban musician is giving aspiring artists in South Florida the opportunity to kick in the door with a new showcase. “"La Raza" is filling a void,” said Gonzalez. “With all the Latinos in South Florida, this will blow up."

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On Saturday (Jan. 9), Gonzalez attracted artists from Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties for the inaugural musical showcase at the Jazid Lounge on South Beach. DJ Oski served as the official host for a night of dope performances by underground rappers like Cubita da Poet, Chico V, Judao, and Killa 87. Amid the slew of local performers, Dominican MC Jasiel Faraón made his presence known after he blessed the crowd with his signature track “Pande Voy” and his female-friendly "Mi Amor.”

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“I feel like even though the atmosphere was good, it was lacking something,” said Faraón. “Miami needs a breath of fresh air. They need more up-and-coming Latin artists that will stir up the masses.”

He raises a valid point. As underground acts like Pouya and producers like Cool of Cool & Dre contribute to the evolution of Miami's sound, a lack of representation fails to reflect the melting pot of talented Latinos who thrive in this city. Oski plans to help resolve that issue by summoning Latin rappers from all over South Florida to give them the push they need.

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Gonzalez’s mission is to provide a safe haven for rising local talent and international MCs, who can perform in Spanish and/or English and simply be about themselves and the culture. “La Raza” is arguably the only event in Miami Beach where Latin artists can perform without dealing with the pressures of living up to the lavish expectations of high-profile shows and top tier cameos.

DJ Oski also wants to revitalize the underground hip-hop scene. For the next show, Gonzalez plans to add an “unplugged” aspect by including a live band to the mix, in an effort to make the upcoming line-up more eclectic. To find out more about the Oski Foundation and “La Raza,” check out their website here. To participate in the showcase, shoot an email over to Oski.

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Popular Celeb Spot 'La Marina' Shut Down After Drug Bust

Adored by celebrities like French Montana, Jay-Z and Leonardo DiCaprio, New York hot spot La Marina might be closing its doors for a good after a drug bust led to a suspension of their liquor license.

A statement released Dec. 6 by the New York Liquor Authority (SLA) broke down the case, which overlapped with an investigation by the NYPD in July. Bar manager Christian Mendez, 33, was arrested in November on felony charges after he was caught selling large amounts of cocaine, oxycodone and other drugs to undercover NYPD detectives. Their investigation into the venue also revealed 72 violations of the state liquor law like selling liquor to minors and impaired customers.

Chairman Vincent Bradley and Commissioner Lily Fan condemned the venue and hope to yank their liquor license for good. “When a bar manager is able to traffic and sell these types and quantities of narcotics from within an establishment it is incredibly alarming," Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano said.

“Licensees have a responsibility to ensure their establishments are operating within the law, and the SLA is obligated to take emergency action as it is clear that this licensee has failed to take any meaningful actions to protect the public.”

La Marina was also hit with sixteen violations of the ABC Law, including seven counts of operating disorderly premises for permitting the trafficking of controlled substances, six violations for fire, health and more safety code violations. Their inspection grade in July was something close to an F minus for mishandlings of food, shoddy plumbing and the presence of mice and flies.

The venue has been a staple in the area since its opening in 2012, attracting big celebrities and brands like Red Bull and HBO. The New York Post notes La Marina has a 15-year lease, where they make up to $7 million a year in revenue.

Their social presence hasn't acknowledged their current status, but their calendar for upcoming events has been scrapped from their website.

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Judge Awards Cardi B Release Without Bail After Alleged Bartender Attack

Cardi B reported to court Friday morning (Dec. 7) in efforts to resolve an ongoing court case, which stems from an alleged altercation back in August at a Queens strip club involving two bartenders named Jade and Baddie Gi.

Prior to attending court, the "Money" MC was threatened to face jail time by the judge in charge of the case if she missed today’s court date. She reportedly had a court appearance on Monday (Dec. 3) that she failed to report to.

In October, the Bronx rapper (born Belcalis Almanzar) turned herself in to authorities after being accused of orchestrating a physical attack on the servers at Angels Strip Club. Per TMZ, she was arrested for two misdemeanor charges: assault and reckless endangerment.

One of the bartenders, Jade Gi, was accused of having an affair with Cardi’s (now possibly estranged) husband, Migos member Offset. The “She Bad” rapper was released without bail. Prosecutors reportedly wanted to charge her with a $2,500 bail, but the judge felt she wasn’t a flight risk, meaning she wouldn’t leave the country before the case is over in its totality.

However, the judge did warn Cardi to have “no contact” to Baddie and Jade Gi, after he granted both an order of protection against the 26 year-old. She’s also not allowed to make any threats or comment on the two on social media.

Cardi is reportedly scheduled to head back to court sometime next month.

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Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

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