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The 2 Live Crew

We said it was the last blog of 2018 but you know what, we lied. After scrolling through all the social media’s, we got inspired. The place we ended up? Miami Bass, also known as booty music.

If ya’ll know anything about Miami’s music history you know about Miami Bass. It started in the 80’s with producers and hip-hop artists alike, searching for a “real” 305 sound. The story goes something like this:

It was 1985 when Miami based producer Amos Larkins II discovered the TR Roland 808. While he was mastering the track that would become the first ever Miami bass track, ‘Bass Rock Express’ by MC ADE, he was having a little fun (well, if you’re into drugs and strippers, a lot of fun) that distracted him just enough to make a brilliant mistake.

After partying in a local strip club - the party location of choice in Miami before South Beach became what it is today - downing a lot of liquor, smoking some weed, and doing a bunch of coke, he felt loose enough to go to the studio and do the final engineering on the track before sending it off to press. In fact, he felt so loose that he decided to bring one of the strippers with him; A decision that would obviously lead to a distracted effort but inadvertently lead to genius.

Working on the bassline with the volume lower than usual so he could focus on the sex and drugs, he recorded a track that he would have never sent off otherwise. When he heard the final product at his friends mixtape store he freaked out. In an interview with the Miami New Times, he told them how the bass “was hittin' hard and fucked up and out of phase and it was all over-compressed and shit” even noting that it was “was humming like bass from hell”.

He probably would have had a cocaine/stress induced heart attack had he not immediately been relieved by the fact that the whole store was grooving to the track -- and they weren’t the only ones. He left the store and heard it bumping from the speakers of a car that was slowly driving by in the parking lot. He was shocked. Waiving them down, he asked if they were into the song and its new sound and they basically said “Hell yeah!”.

That brings us to 2 live crew, one of the most (or the most) influential hip-hop groups reigning from the east coast. They took the Miami Bass to a whole new level, adding dirty lyrics to the already dirty beats. Let us remind you that this was the 80’s. Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” was already considered a provocative tune, what do you think the country thought of 2 live crew’s “Throw the D”? Yup, you guessed it, the old guys didn’t like it.

2 live crew, including the “pack leader” Luther Campbell, were summoned to the US Supreme Court. Faced with a monumental decision to stop making music or fight the oldies, they decided to fight the oldies (good decision). As always, the oldies lost, not getting their wish to ban 2 live’s music. From then on (and still today), they paved the way for musicians everywhere to embrace their raunchy side.

Thanks to the boys, your favorite rappers can say all the fucks and motherfuckers and bitches and assholes they can think of. Censorship can suck our dick and the oldies can too. Thanks for letting us share a little history and we’ll see you next year. For real this time ;)

BALANCE

Hey fam!!

Hope you’ve all had a great week. As a salute to the winter break and holidays, this is our last blog of 2018. By Monday, our newsletter subscribers can expect a little love in their inbox and next week we’ll be on vacation, sharing a playlist that you don’t want to miss.

To take us into the new year, we want to talk about something close to our hearts. We decided that rather than summarize our year and what’s coming next (even though we’re about to), we should talk about something we’ve learned throughout this process. For those who want the visual summary of 2018 (visual is best), go check out the CONNECT and VENTURE after movie! Both are on our Youtube channel “UMAMI”.

CONNECT and VENTURE 2018 taught us a lot. CONNECT was a total success in terms of turnout. We struggled with having performers on time but overall, we felt as if it was a job well done. VENTURE brought us better management, organization, but lacked the crowd we needed. In both, we felt as if ALL attendees (besides the ones standing outside complaining about paying) had a great time. That makes us happy.

What we’ve learned most through working hard, being with creatives and all walks of life is balance. Balance in the professional sense, personal and in general, life sense. We can’t tell you how to live your life but we can help. At least we both agree on a couple things, we live in Miami and we aren’t going anywhere.

Living in Miami has its challenges. We face some crazy motherfuckas no matter where you look. Seriously, Miami isn’t an easy place to live. For us, it’s a daily struggle to go “out” or not. Another struggle? Where to go for dinner.

BALANCE has made, at least for us, Miami a lot easier to handle. In our daily lives, we have priorities. Girlfriend/boyfriend is up there, work, school, food, the list goes on and on. For each individual, our priorities remain different. Understanding and knowing this is key to finding BALANCE. And here it comes: UMAMI, what in the fuck do you mean? Chill fammm we getting there!!

Priorities are what gives us an organic schedule. Yes, I know you don’t need a schedule because they’re overrated. Fair point. Shedules are made to keep our lives somewhat in check. Without time, just like a schedule, the world wouldn't know what to do next. For example, if you didn't know what time it is how would you know when to have dinner? Ummmm when the sun goes down? It works, we guess, but it isn’t the best form of living.

At UMAMI, we want the best. Best of musicians, artists, and creatives in Miami and the surrounding neighborhood. To live the best life, we believe in organic schedules, in other words, priorities. Of course, having a paper schedule makes remembering everything a whole lot easier but we don’t need to get that extreme. We want you to start with understanding your priority and a happy life. Not as an individual in society, as YOU.

For example, our priorities circle around organizing the best local events possible in order to improve upon the art, music, and cultural scene in Miami, eventually going abroad. I’ll be the first to tell you that this takes a long time. It’s more than a 9-5 job, its a 24/7 one. In such a demanding environment (especially in Miami), we found three things we rely on to keep us sane. To keep me me and not another, nasty version of me I work out, make sure to chill before dinner and DJ. Sounds cheesy but it’s true, we out here trying to be balanced.

Have a great winter break and enjoy the holidaze with family and friends. Our New Years resolution is to bring events to you next year that’ll make your mind rattle, head shake and hips move uncontrollably. Stay safe, eat a hell of a lotta food and remember, stay balanced.

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