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The 10 Best Events You Missed At Art Basel Miami 2017

These are the best events you'll be mad you missed at Art Basel in Miami. 

Those who hit the streets of Wynwood annually to witness the madness of Art Basel in Miami knows all too well that the struggle to attend every eye-popping function is always real. With hundreds of events announced just days in advance of the art world’s most anticipated week of the year, it’s easy to pick which momentous events to attend, but it becomes difficult to actually follow the intended schedule when certain events happen at the same time, or its simply impossible to find parking.

Every year, Art Basel in Miami gives visual artists and prominent musicians an opportunity to collaborate for rare art shows and events fans will remember for ages. Connoisseurs of fine art, music, and photography from around the world flock to the 305 to examine refreshing works of art from famed visual artists, and enjoy performances from some of the most iconic musicians in the music industry, especially hip-hop.

Swizz Beatz brought ‘The Dean Collection’ back to Miami and invited all of his superstar homies to come through and bless the stage at ‘No Commission.’ KRS-One and Fat Joe curated the ultimate VIBES while celebrating visual artists and photographers like Jonathan Mannion. If you missed the chance to experience this epic celebration of art and music, don’t sweat it. Here are the best events inspired by fine art, hip-hop & R&B that went down at Art Basel 2017.

10. 'The Flea Market' starring Prez P & More

Over a decade ago, flea markets like the late Carol Mart were essentially landmark in hip-hop, especially after Rick Ross shot his “Hustlin’” video there back in 2006. In the digital era of online shopping, Miami’s beloved flea markets are on the road to extinction. While tourists from around the world come to South Florida in search of culture during Art Basel, one event in particular aimed to school outsiders about Dade County’s OG marketplaces before they all disappear. Host OhRawkC and Redbull teamed up for an event dedicated to Miami’s urban culture called ‘The Flea Market’ at Rico’s Burgers & Hot Dogs, which culminated music and photography with the elements of flea markets in Miami.

Photographers Kovalski Jacques, Esdras "Photo Tea" Thelusma, Aaron J. Jackson, and Smith "Smitty" Durogene contributed rare photos from inside Carol Mart when it was alive and well plus other photos that were inspired by flea markets around Miami. Numerous clothing brands, accessory lines, and even a tattoo artist all had stations around the event while DJ’s like 99 JAMZ’s DJ Lucky C kept the event lit with classics from the crib from Trick Daddy, Rick Ross and more. Afterwards, rappers Sam Stan and Prez P performed live and put on for the new generation of Miami’s hip-hop culture.

9. Rémy Martin’s ‘MVP Experience’ w/ Tory Lanez, OT Genesis & More

The House of Rémy Martin blessed Art Basel with an exclusive event that really doesn’t happen often. The Rémy Martin MVP Experience was a joint venture with 13-year professional basketball veteran and former Miami Heat player, Roger Mason Jr. Mason Jr. The brand enlisted international visual artists and graphic designer Matt W. Moore to convert The W South Beach’s basketball court into an unforgettable mural filled with every color of the rainbow.

Along with the humongous mural, the opening reception inside one of the W’s classic bungalows also featured a life-size sculpture of a black and gold basketball as well as a sneak peek of Rémy Martin's latest collaboration with luxury custom sneaker designer, Kickasso, and Rémy Martin's latest limited-edition, the 1738 MVP sneaker box. Afterwards, Rémy Martin hosted a celebrity basketball game with Tory Lanez, OT Genasis, Ben Baller, DJ Irie, DJ Stevie J, DJ Steph Floss, Prince of ‘Love & Hip-Hop Miami’ and more. It was truly a unique event that fused art and basketball together in a way not many people get to experience.

8. Basel House featuring 50 Cent, Statik Selektah & More

Basel House was a true celebration of street art. SWARM and Effen Vodka’s mural festival put the spotlight on over 40 creations painted on the walls of the Old RC Cola Plant in Wynwood, but they had more to offer than just murals. Food trucks, pop-up bars sponsored by Effen, and cotton candy courtesy of Lyft kept guests fed as they roamed around the block admiring the huge murals.

DJ’s like Statik Selektah and DJ Laz provided the vibes each night and kept everyone at the mural festival partying until the early hours of the morning. At the peak of the festival, Effen Vodka's notable brand ambassador 50 Cent pulled up to scene and spent some time in the Effen tent, but he's not the only veteran rapper who appeared at Basel House. Along with the abundance of graffiti art, the #HappyKanye zone, which is an adult bounce house in the shape of a rainbow with Kanye West’s face on it, brought joy to parents and kids alike. Kanye wasn’t the only one to make a cameo at Basel House.

7. VIBES 305 with KRS-One and Fat Joe

After all the pre-Basel events throughout the week, all roads led to the Toejam Backlot to see iconic art and witness hip-hop veterans perform live at Vibes 305. The line outside the venue stretched down the street as mobs of people made their way through the unique indoor/outdoor gallery. Presented by 305 Films, Vibes 305 featured artwork from veterans in the art game like Jonathan Mannion, Rob Prior, and Martha Cooper just to name a few. Paintings inspired by rappers like the special guest of honor Fat Joe, risqué sculptures, and rare photos from Mannion’s vault covered the walls while the party continued outside by the stage.

Hosted by Felisha Monet of 99 JAMZ, numerous DJ’s like Tom La Roc, DJ Heron, and more came through to keep the spirit of hip-hop alive with mixes featuring old school jams and today’s trending MC’s. Later on, everyone surrounded the stage as Joey Crack and the Teacha himself KRS-One grabbed the mic and spit intricate rhymes like it was the ’90s. It was an epic night of mind-boggling art and classic hip-hop.

6. REVOLT & Cadillac’s ‘Art of Daring’ starring BJ The Chicago Kid & Saya Woolfalk

Over the last four years, REVOLT has never failed to come through with a bold approach to Art Basel. Upon walking into the MAPS Backlot in Wynwood, guests were greeted by the sounds of Ted Smooth at the DJ booth on the technicolor stage, which was designed by the artists of the night Saya Woolfalk and BJ The Chicago Kid.

Art and soul heads got to marvel at Woolfalk’s psychedelic pieces that served as the background to the white, glossy Cadillac Escalade, and decked the walls of the spacious gallery. As the various flavors of Ciroc made its way into everyone’s cup, BJ The Chicago hit the stage in an all-white outfit to perform a handful of his personal hits. Woolfalk’s kaleidoscope inspired creations danced in the background as BJ owned the mic with his band.

5. 1800 Tequila x SoundCloud 'Blank Canvas' w/ Dave East, Mick Jenkins & MadeINTYO

1800 Tequila and Soundcloud hosted a popping exhibition of music and art called ‘Blank Canvas.’ The corner of 26th Street and 5th Ave in Wynwod was jam-packed with people eager to watch artists SNARKITECTURE and Nick Thomm bring their creations to life to the sounds of Mick Jenkins, Dave East and special guest MadeINTYO.

As the tequila-based cocktails floated around the venue, multi-colored pieces of art from the featured artists began to flash in the background while all three rappers performed on stage. Mick Jenkins opened the show before surprise guest MadeINTYO appeared. The venue was at maximum capacity by the time Dave East hit the stage to close out the event. It wasn't as elegant as the other art shows in Wynwood, but it was definitely one of the most popular events of the night.

4. Bombay Sapphire’s Artisan Series Finale Hosted by Issa Rae

Issa Rae may have created the most popular television series of the year, but she’s also a major fan of fine art. Bombay Sapphire’s annual Artisan Series concluded at Art Basel with an elegant wrap party inside Villa Casa Casuarina -- the former Versace Mansion -- on South Beach. The “Insecure” creator brought out her fellow cast members, Broderick Hunter and Sarunas Jackson, along with musicians like Mark Ronson and movie stars like Eva Longoria to celebrate the extraordinary work of the program’s 16 finalists.

Guests got to sip on tasty, Gin concoctions like the “Epiphany” while admiring an extraordinary collection of art and jamming to the sounds of DJ Heron Preston. Towards the end of the night, Rae dubbed Vancouver’s Vanessa Lam as the Grand Finale Winner of the 8th Annual Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series competition. Along with Lam, Rae announced the second place winner Ariel Vargassal from Los Angeles and People’s Choice winner Charity White from Chicago.

3. Laolu’s ‘Sacred Art of the Ori Yoruba’ at SCOPE Art Show

SCOPE Art Show is always filled with unforgettable artwork, but this year an unsung hero in the art world made waves unlike any other artist in the building. In partnership with the Bronze Kingdom gallery, multifaceted artist Laolu “NYC” Senbanjo, who's artwork was featured in Beyonce's Lemonade film on HBO, has made a name for himself by embracing his family’s Yoruba roots from Nigeria to create Afromysteric pieces on everything from clothing to the human body.

After spending the last year curating exhibits from coast to coast, Laolu returned to Art Basel to put his ‘Sacred Art of the Ori Yoruba’ on display, which includes an extraordinary piece featuring ‘Orange Is The New Black’ star Danielle Brooks. Brooks poses nude but is completely covered with unique designs in white paint. Another amazing work of art that stood out from the rest was the beautifully complex ‘Dreamscape’ piece, which fuses colorful, urban art with his unique Yoruba style.

2. iii Points Art Basel Concert Series Presents Wu Tang Clan

iii Point has a tendency to bring out the legends for their Art Basel Concert Series, and this year they tapped the Shaolin Warriors to take over Wynwood for their iconic show. Mana Wynwood was jam-packed with thousands of loyal fans of the Wu-Tang Clan, who came to see the Staten Island OG’s reunite in Miami for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Before the show, bright, yellow lights flashed all around the venue as fans were greeted at the doors with a Ketel One bar dispersing free samples. Wu’s iconic logo hovered above the ever-growing crowd as they snapped flicks of the Shaolin-inspired buildings made of bricks on stage.

Once the entire venue faded to black, the entire clan walked out to roars of cheers that Ol’ Dirty Bastard could hear in the heavenly skies. RZA, GZA, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and the Method Man sent the room into a frenzy once they established that Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f*ck with. Although they just dropped their new album The Saga Continues, Wu-Tang focused on bringing their classic recorss to life like “Bring Da Pain”, “C.R.E.A.M” and plenty more.

1. Swizz Beatz & Bacardi’s ‘No Commission Miami’

After traveling around the world with a team of revolutionary artists, Swizz Beatz and Bacardi brought ‘No Commission’ back to Miami to celebrate the 2-year anniversary of ‘The Dean Collection.’ With his wifey Alicia Keys by his side, the seasoned artist and producer enlisted a squad of critically acclaimed visual artists like Derrick Adams, Michael Vasquez, and Renee Cox to curate the most popular gallery in Wynwood. SoHo Studios was transformed into a mecca of art and rap for three days while a wide range of performers hit the stage, including Swizz himself.

After DJ’s like Virgil Abloh kicked off the epic art show, the island theme was in full affect when reggae icons like Chronixxx and Stone Love hit the stage on Friday. ‘No Commission Miami’ had no choice but to close out with a bang with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on the playbill. Other special guests like A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, DJ Nasty of We The Best, and DJ Khaled also made the show unforgettable with their impromptu performances.

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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits: Remixed, Sampled And Covered

The recent loss of legends in jazz, soul and classical music have saddened the music industry and reminded us of their touching gifts to music. The passing of Manu Dibango, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Alan Merrill brought endless tributes from peers and fans with the recent loss of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers doing the same.

With a mirage of hits, the iconic songwriter left his mark on music with the release of his debut album Just As I Am in 1971. "Ain't No Sunshine" put a spotlight on his songwriting while 1977's "Lovely Day" reminded the industry of his signature vocals. Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day.

Hip-hop and R&B have gained the most from Withers as his music went on to inspire records like "No Diggity" by BLACKStreet, "Roses" by Kanye West and other songs from UGK, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott and more.

Take a look at some of Withers' finest tunes covered, remixed and sampled below.


8. “Lovely Day” | Menagerie (1977)

Sampled On: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999) LunchMoneyLewis - “It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day” feat. Aminè | Pets 2 Soundtrack (2019) Swizz Beatz - “Take A Picture” |One Man Band (2007)

Standout: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999)

Short for "The Whole Damn Yay," the group used Withers' sample while throwing a splash of The Bay's laid back flavor. With cameos from future legends like E-40 and Ray Luv, the single already embodied the best of R&B and hip-hop with guest verses from Too Short, Mac Mall and Otis & Shug. The mimosas and yacht are also a great touch.

Covered By: Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) Alt-J, This Is All Yours (2014) Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (2013) Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Standout: Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Who was going to beat a chorus singing to the lordt? Franklin's take on the classic gives us stirring gospel and appreciation for Withers and God. There are plenty of covers that have lifted the same vocals as Withers, but the ones listed have put their unique spin on the track.

7. “Ain't No Sunshine” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001) Lil B - “Up And Down” | Based Jam (2012) 2Pac- "Soulja's Story" |  2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Standout: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001)

"No Sunshine" served as the only single from DMX's film alongside Steven Seagal, which gave everyone the perfect backdrop to the movie and X's intricate storytelling. Both the original and flipped version points out the dark elements of our lives. Withers penned the song after watching the film 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses, he pondered over the toxicity in his life. "Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you," he said in 2004 to SongFacts. "It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."

Covered By: Soul For Real | Candy Rain (1994) Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972) The Boris Gardiner Happening | Is What's Happening (1973) The Temptations | Solid Rock (1972)

Standout: Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972)

At 14, the future King of Pop gave a riveting cover of Withers' hit for his debut album, Got To Be There. From his vocal control throughout the track to the instrumentation, his cover takes the song to another level of heartbreak.

6. "Grandma's Hands” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996) Big K.R.I.T. - “I Gotta Stay” | K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) Brother Ali - “Waheedah's Hands” | Champion (2004)

Standout: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996)

R&B heads are well aware of BLACKstreet's neverending ballads and the genius of Teddy Riley. But the pivot of their sound for their sophomore album Another Level was due to Withers and the William “Stylez” Stewart. Speaking to Fact Mag in 2017, the creator of New Jack Swing gave credit to Stylez for bringing him the sample of "Grandma's Hands."

“If he hadn’t played that sample for me, there would never be a ‘No Diggity’ And if he didn’t write it according to the melody I gave him so it would sound that way because I wanted it to sound funky,” he said. “I wanted it to be appealing to everyone, but mostly to women. I wanted every woman to feel like they were the ‘No Diggity’ girl and that song was about them and it came across. And now, still, today, that song plays and people are on that dancefloor.”

Covered By: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981) Merry Clayton, Merry Clayton (1971) Barbra Streisand, Butterfly (1974)

Standout: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981)

Gil Scott-Heron's version of the soul classic reminded us of his versatile talents. From spoken word to his vocal abilities, the Godfather of rap music always came through with his own sound and style. Reflections was one of four albums the late artist dropped in the 80s with critics looking to it as one of his finest projects. Other cuts from the album included "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "B Love."

5. "Use Me" | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012) J. Cole- "Dollar And A Dream II" | The Warm-Up (2009) Leela James - “So Good" | Fall For You (2014) UGK - "Use Me Up" | The Southern Way (1992)

Standout: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012)

Lamar's take on "Use Me" blended right into the themes of his debut album, Good kid, Maad City allowing the artist to create another world on the project. To make things even better, Lamar also sampled Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" for the track.

Covered By: Grace Jones, Indigo Nights, Live (2008) Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit  (2004) Issac Hayes, Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack (1998)

Standout: Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit (2004)

On his third solo album, Jagger linked with Rick Rubin to test his creative energy, allowing him to work with Lenny Kravitz on their version of "Use Me." Colliding worlds was one thing but to hear Kravitz's vocals come in on the bridge, set the track apart from the rest.

4. “Kissing My Love” | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: J. Cole - “The Cut Off" featuring kiLL Edward  | KOD (2018) Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992) Masta Ace- "Movin On" | Take A Look Around (1990) Master P- "Bastard Child" | The Ghettos Tryin To Kill Me! | 1994

Standout: Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992)

"Kissing My Love" is one of most sampled from Withers catalog, thanks to its feverish drums. It's also why it fits into Dr. Dre's single and the G-funk era.

3. Grover Washington's “Just The Two of Us” featuring Bill Withers | Winelight (1981)

Sampled/Covered On:  Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997) Eminem- "Just The Two of Us" | Slim Shady EP (1997) Keri Hilson- "Pretty Girl Rock" | No Boys Allowed (2010)

Standout: Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997)

Touching and soulful, Smith's dedication to his eldest son Trey is just too cute for words.

2. “Let It Be” | Just As I Am  (1967)

The Original: The Beatles - “Let It Be” | Let It Be (1968)

"Let It Be" is a pretty special record. Aretha Franklin recorded a version a year before the release of The Beatles' version and Withers gave his take on the record in the 70s. Slightly faster, his upbeat take on "Let It Be" just hits different.

1. “Rosie” | Menagerie Re-Issue (1977)

Sampled On: Kanye West - “Roses” |  Late Registration (2005)

As the somber part of Late Registration, "Roses" brings us into Kanye's world where he contemplates the mortality of a loved one. It's a sentimental take on the sample and one of the artist's most underrated songs. It's also a hidden gem for Withers as it isn't featured on Menagerie's LP. It was added as a bonus track on

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Remain Calm: 5 Ways To Curve Negative Effects Of Coronavirus Isolation

Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.


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4. Start A Journal

Journals just aren't for kids. The practice not only gives you something to do, but it fuels creativity and a new level of self-awareness. Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently developed Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, with over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that connect to key themes in her memoir. The journal will also help bring readers to terms with the importance of family and personal reflections as well as the goals they'd like to make a reality.

5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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From Teen Sensation To Vocal Bible: Brandy's 15 Best Songs

September 27, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the multiplatinum self-titled debut album by one of R&B’s greatest voices, Brandy Rayana Norwood, or simply Brandy. She was already well on her way to stardom prior to her debut as a background vocalist for Immature and one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series, Thea. However, it was the album Brandy that set her on the path to tremendous success.

Since officially bursting onto the scene in 1994 sporting her well-known braided crown of glory, she has been a force to be reckoned with. She was handpicked by her idol, the late Whitney Houston, to portray the role of the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her show Moesha was one of the longest-running black sitcoms. Brandy was also a CoverGirl in 1999 and became a friend of Barbie that same year when Mattel released the Brandy Doll. In music, she’s released six studio albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined three world tours, and won more than 30 awards including seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Brandy deserves her flowers.

Let’s check out the top 15 songs that helped solidify Brandy as your favorite singer’s favorite singer (just ask Solange) and earned her the title of the “Vocal Bible.”

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