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VOTE MIAMI VOTE!

As many of you know, tomorrow is Election Day!! For us, it’s a chance to show our local community what voting can do. Data shows that early voting has doubled from last year, so we’re hoping to set records tomorrow at Election Day!

Rather than do our usual laugh and talk, we’re staying serious. Tomorrow’s vote is important for FL, but even more important for our Senate and House, which now remain dominated by Republicans. Many of us, UMAMI included, believe things need to change. Global warming, racism, gun policies, immigration, terrorism, international and domestic relations all need improvements, especially today, in not only a fragile social atmosphere, but a deadly one.

For the ones who already voted, thank you for doing so. Your gift is to go to Youtube and watch the VENTURE after movie. If you already did that, you get an A+ for effort and you’re off the hook till Wednesday (playlist day).

To get you through the ballot tomorrow, we have a couple tips, reminders, and motivation:

  • Know your path! We don’t care who you affiliate with, just know you do. Voting your party across the ballot isn’t a bad thing.

  • This year’s ballot is a long one, so we recommend you Google the Miami Herald’s recommendation for all those Amendments and Circuit Judge positions you know nothing about (print for cheat sheet in voter booth)

  • Leave your phone in your pocket! FL is one of the 20+ states to invalidate your vote if poll administrators see your best friend.

  • All you need is your license. No need to start searching for that voter card you long lost in a pile of papers.

  • Enjoy the unenjoyable. Yes, voting isn’t like going to Story. That doesn’t mean it’s like going to the doctor! Make the most out of the situation by hitching a ride with your fam, friends or our favorite, that special one you haven’t told anyone about ;)

We’ll say it again, tomorrow is the most important election we’ve had in over a decade. There’s a reason the news, your school, house, and work are filled with ads endorsing the candidates. Whether your democrat, republican, independent or other, your opinion matters for the future of Miami, FL, and the U.S. Go grab a coffee, enjoy a Dunkin’ donut and get to the polls. Polls are open 7 AM- 7 PM in Miami-Dade County (you can find your polling location on the Miami-Dade voting guide).

Fun Fact: While you’re at Dunkin’ Donuts, ask the worker making your coffee about their company name. Dunkin’ Donuts is expected to become Dunkin’ by the end of 2019. As they say, they serve more then only coffee and donuts.

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Change doesn't come quick

WARNING: This blog is about more than locals. We know, we know, the 305 is our world but if something applies to the world, it also applies to the 305. In the end, we’re part of something greater. Its like math: Miami is in Dade-County, Dade is in FL, FL is in the US, the US is in North America, North America is one of the seven continents of the world. Short and sweet, people who live in Miami live in the world.

Why the fuck do we need that explanation? Well because we act like we don’t live in THE world, we live in OUR world. You got your homies, some people you met at the club last night but in such a large city, knowing everyone is close to impossible. The action, the way we act with others is what gives us a doozy. People in Miami, specifically, make it a goal to top the next. Our new born example is Icy Narco. We listened to his podcast with “No Jumper” this morning and he goes on and on saying he doesn’t want to be labelled as the new Lil Pump. They’re both from SoFlo, have wild colored hair and honestly, look like each other. Their music is a little different, I’ll give Icy that, but from the get go you can see that Icy has made it a passion of his not to be Pump, but to be better than him.

We’ve taken the 305 globally to only take it back home (where else would we take it?). Icy Narco is like every Soundcloud rapper out there, trying to get the spotlight and be the best. No hate towards Icy (or the Soundcloud community) because he’s following the tradition, he’s a pawn in the social and emotional state this country (and many others) are in. Egos have taken us so far as a culture, that in almost every profession, the last employee wants to be better than the next.

Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not. It’s great to have competition and some form of ego. Some people even say that we as humans intuitively have this self-driven competitive aspect. On one side, it brings us to greater heights since we’re working so hard to better the last. On the other, and now we really come to the Achilles heel of change, egos cause people to be independent. Independent to a point that they see themselves as best and need no-one else since “they’re so amazing”.

Looking throughout history, we can safely say that change comes from more than one person. Martin Luther King formed serious idealistic change around racism. He was the leader of a movement with hundreds of thousands of supporters. If only he were alive he could say that he didn’t do it alone. I mean.. Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, the list can go on and on for days and days. These people all sought change independently and different but as a movement, they formed a consensus that brought all their independent change (and groups) together. Might as well bring one and one together to change the world instead of separately changing a community.

Again, and we’ll sing this throughout Miami: Change comes from people working together and agreeing on an issue. Obama was our president for eight years and wanted a lot of change he never implemented. Why? Because politicians didn’t agree in his alignment. We as independent people in this world must not grow away from each other, we must come together. Once we learn that working together accomplishes more than secretive working to one-up the last, we’ll be able to get more done, fix and change our local community, hopefully changing the world.

WORK TOGETHER, LOVE YOUR COMPETITION, AND FLOURISH. #umamiway

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Another legend..

HAPPY SUNDAY UMAMI FAM!!!

The past couple of weeks have been crazy. We decided that today, with the passing of a true lyrical legend, is the time to sit back, open a beer, and write. If you're interested in what we've been up to, check out the "tickets" tab! VENTURE, our next event on Friday, September 28th, will make us writing less up to you. I'll even include this for you readers: We're taking on the Bandshell in December!

Friday, September 7th is the end of Malcolm McCormick's life, also known as Mac Miller. We're not writing to talk about how he died (suspected overdose), this blog is to tell the story of his life and the people he touched through music. Again, we're not talking about how he died and we're definitely not making a publicity stunt out of his death. Death is a time to remember someone for good, not bad, and not take his life for less than it was worth. 

Born in Pittsburgh, Mac Miller started his rap career early. He put out his first album in 2012, Blue Slide Park, which became the first independent album to hit Billboard chart in more than 16 years. Guess how old he was? Only 19 fucking years of age. That's as old as a lot of teens, but those teens aren't writing albums, they're playing Fortnite. 

He continued his career to write 4 more albums, his latest being "Swimming". Throughout his career, Miller had a number of problems to deal with. His girlfriend for two years, Ariana Grande, his addiction to lean and the tabloid headlines reading something new about him every day. As Mac put it, "It just seems exhausting to always be battling something... to always be battling for what your image is supposed to be". In the end, Mac showed who he was through music. Let's talk about our favorite album. 

Divine Feminine, released in 2016, is hands down Mac Miller's best album. Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, ex-girlfriend Grande and Ty Dolla Sign, Mac decided to do something different. He wrote a jazz album. Yup, we said it, it's a jazz album. Mac was never one to be like others. His rhymes were relatable, his beats were style changing, diverse and new to the rap game. In Divine Feminine, he gives rap a whole new light. 

Speaking about giving rap a whole new light, we want to talk about another rapper who died way before he should've, XXXtentacion. For simplicity we're calling him X. X is near and dear to our hearts. Being from Soflo and being shot in the same area we drive, his death put a toll on Miami's rap community. What we find important, rather than how he died and when (June 18), is the amazing attitude he gave towards music. X made albums for himself, not the people, and people chose to understand him through it. His latest album before death, "?", was a masterpiece of rock, rap and Spanish music squished into one. Just months before being shot, X said "I try to live as long as I can for these kids and die a good death, because if I don’t live long, they not gonna want to live long". We hope everyone wants to live long, his death came way too short. 

In the last couple of months, we've seen so many deaths yet seem to only talk about the greats (Mac and X). We should talk about their death and remember them for their great contribution to the rap community, yet we should realize more. People are overdosing on drugs and getting shot everyday. These problems that lie within the rap community lie outside of it. The fact is that death should never come so soon. Why is drugs taking over creatives? Why is death brought on people with notability? 

This question lies in our heads for months now. We can't give an answer that'll change anything, rappers will still have an absurd amount of money they can choose what to do with. If they want drugs, they get them, if they want money, a motorcycle, they'll get it. How can we keep these celebrities level-minded? Money get's to their brain before smarts do, can we help them? We think not. They'll still keep doing what they want to, even if their manager (or mom) tells them not to.

What we need is a social movement towards death. It sounds crazy but it's true. Too many people are dying as too many people are being born in the world. Death should not be seen as such an easy part of life. In the 21st century, it can't be normal for rappers to die so young. Fuck saying rappers, anyone! Let's start thinking different. Let's be positive towards having the longest and best life possible. Let's take care of ourselves, make smart decisions and surround ourselves with people who see a future, not just today. Its what Mac, X, and all the other historic rappers would've wanted. 

 

- Live Forever Larry Fisherman.

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Walk your dog!

Random as fuck (and a little stoned) we're talking dogs. Specifically, dog walking. Having a dog is like having a kid. Don't call me an expert but I know a thing or two about each majestic beast. Most (to all) love to be outside, they eat, sleep, drink, be annoying, and repeat. You can't just leave the beast alone for a day when you're feeling frowny. They take time, energy, and care. 

For the last three days, I've been lucky enough to take care of a Boston terrier. These little guys are hyper. My man "Toro" over here, "Bull" for my gringo/as out there, will not leave me alone (in the morning) till he gets outside. So, to my great pleasure, the last three days have been bomb full of walking! Yay....

I walk sometimes. I walk on Lincoln Rd., NW 2nd st., FIU, my house. That's all I got for now. Once you have a dog (or care for it) you actually get to see where you live. I go walking to the same ol' places each time I get outside. Who doesn't walk in their house, Lincoln and Wynwood? Once there's a dog around, you start having to walk everywhere. For the first time, I get to see the real community I live in. 

Walking round the hood is SOMETHING. We went to capitals cause I'm feeling it. You get to see your neighbors, the plants, and reality. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up for grabs. I found out that I have actual genuine, friendly neighbors! Its a miracle. Trust me.

Whatever community you inhibit (as long as its Dade), we want you to take a walk. Look around for once, instead of hurrying to your next place of interest. Think about the things you see. Have you actually noticed it before? This question sparks my insides. It makes me want to say that you haven't, so, how in the fuck do you think you know anything about the world? If you can't see Dade for what it is, you can't see any other place. Its your homeland. Birth place, place of living, vacation home 11 months outta the year, I don't give a fuck.

Let's look around before we talk big things. We're tied to Miami one way or another, let's take advantage of it. UMAMI's here to talk small things first. How can we make Miami the cultural and artistic hub of Florida? The US? The world?

First things first, rep that UMAMI merch.

 

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It's been a week?

Shit we've been busy. Already a week has gone by and we haven't gotten a chance to tell you the real truth, the whole truth, and the I don't give a fuck truth about Miami. Might as well get into it. 

We're in a time crunch. An event July 6th, promo event to the end of July and, with the time we have left, an elegant rager in August. It's been hectic to say the least. Answering emails, texts, calls, facetimes, checking stats, finding solutions to problems, this really doesn't stop. I'll tell you personally, if I didn't really want this, believe in it, and love it, I wouldn't dare to do it. It's a plethora of lists that never stop. Sometimes we have to take a break, look at some idiotic posts on Instagram, read the news (fake news for my Trump lovers out there), and write a blog.

Tonight's for reflecting. We're running back and forth trying to do the best for the community, for artists, creatives, musicians, entrepreneurs and, ultimately, people. It's a deed that most don't do. Not because they don't want to, but because the steps to doing so are ridiculous. 24 hours work days (and weekends), being the happy, go lucky self you really are while maintaining a social life and family? It isn't ideal.

What I've learned most from trying to do this (I'll never say I did it, trying always has room for improvement, doing it doesn't) is balance. Life balance? Absolutely. It's that bullshit your mom and dad try to teach you but you never listened. You're stubborn, just like me, but you'll learn the hard way. I know I did. 

Balance is exactly what it says it is. Figuring out how to balance your work, with social, with family, with personal life is what makes Richard Branson, well, Richard Branson. Bill Gates, Bill Gates. Diplo, Diplo. Tupac, Tupac. Action Bronson, Action. Kendrick, Kendrick. I'll stop with Kendrick because, ya know, its KENDRICK.

After I did my "deeds", I know that I can work all day everyday. Of course I can. You can too. We're, after all, the most closely related to chimpanzees. If they can be trained to eat apples all day we can work all day. What I want to say, hopefully without ranting this time, is that working  non-stop isn't the solution. It doesn't even get that much done! 

The smart thing to do is...... and this is where my Miamians come in...... TAKE A CHILL PILL AND RELAX. For fucks sake, I'm minding my own business driving home on 95 and this pinga cuts me off to only get back in his lane, all while, texting his lesser important of 3 girlfriends. There I go again, ranting on like there's no tomorrow.

Working is great. It gets things done, it makes you money (hopefully) and it gives us a sense of fulfillment. We're opening your eyes up to more. At UMAMI we believe that once work becomes real work, like a 9-5 job you rather kill yourself then stay in, it's time to shut down. Don't actually shut down, close your computer, read those texts tomorrow and do what you feel. I know you always feel our events so we're talking about other stuff. "Walk" with that girl you've been wanting to hit up, watch your favorite series or who knows, do both at the same time!

Talk soon and see ya July 6th. Link listed below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect-tickets-47389100074

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This is just the beginning

HEYYYOOOOOO

We're back, better then ever. First pop-up July 6th. I'll give you some details, just cause I like you (keep it on the DL). Headlining, with their first ever collaboration, FIN!FANG!FOOM! x Realliveanimals AKA. Pu$$eidxn. Do I have to say more? 12 people on the band stand, horns, 2 drummers, bass, guitar, synth, the list goes on and on. Fuck me I'm excited. 

Anything else? Oh yes oh yes... We're bringing in 4 other bands, 3 deep house DJ's and an array of vendors and live artists. Their names? HA! You aren't allowed to know yet. Nothing like ruining a perfectly good surprise. 

Let's talk about our future. Pop-ups are the beginning of something bigger. August is looking at a 1,000 person show of local rappers, artists and businesses. In between, a free event. Yes I said free. Nothing like something free right?!? Details up shortly. 

As I said, we're on to something bigger. UMAMI isn't just an event company, we're a movement. Local artists and musicians are under appreciated throughout Miami, the United States and most of the world. Starting in Miami, we're growing to festivals lasting all day (and night). Once we have our mark in Miami, we're moving on. What does that mean? Way more than you think. 

We'll be a radio station, a means for local creatives to connect (UMAMI wave), a youtube channel and ultimately, a platform for those who deserve it. Miami needs us to bring artists to the forefront of society. Artists NEED to be in the spotlight. What they do, create, innovate and change communities through artwork/music is the future of our world. Fuck the politicians with their set of rules, "helping the world" and oldies with money running our every move. Creativity is the future and if we do anything, that's what we need people to know. 

Our future is looking bright. Give us a couple years and we'll be touring Florida. Once that's done, we're going for Georgia, the Carolinas and the US. After that, the world. Wherever we go we're keeping our mission plan. Every city we go to we're talking to locals, interacting with the scene, and helping that city gain passion for creativity. Wish us luck (even though we don't need it). 

Much love from the UMAMI Crew. See you July 6th. 

 

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Complicated

People are complicated, locals are complicated, Miami is complicated. With over 463,000 people in the beautiful city , it's hard to make it easy. Well, it can be done (Amsterdam has a population of over a million and we're smoking pot, drinking beers, having a great time). So if it's not population, what makes it hard for people in Miami to be nice to each other, enjoy the simple things in life and chill on the beach with a mojito every weekend..

If I could answer that I would already be a millionaire. Mind you I'm under the legal age to drink in these great "United States of America". 

I'll say this. In Miami, people are different. We don't like the same thing, we don't share the same religion, culture, or background and we weren't raised with the same values. I'm no expert on Amsterdam or Miami but I observe. I see that people in Amsterdam share something. "Well UMAMI, what does that mean?". Thank you self talking me. It means that in Amsterdam kids are raised to be social, adults care to talk to their neighbors (I know right, crazy stuff) and we all help each other. I just blew your mind. I blew my own. This is what Kendrick does to me. Fucking Kendrick, fucking Lamar. Master of all things music. 

Miami, as I've said and most people know (unless you're sleeping under a rock), has almost every ethnicity you can think of. We're raised differently. Different religions, different backgrounds, different economic situations, and ultimately, different cultures. I believe that's what makes us complicated. Simply with many complexities, we're different.

We want to bring Miami together. UMAMI is for bringing us together. We've heard from many communities but we need to represent everyone. Every community in Miami-Dade County (for now) should be represented, shown and participate. We're here for you!