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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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VENTURE 2018

September 24th, 2018 + 4 = September 28th, 2018 = VENTURE. Yes that’s right, VENTURE 2018 is 4 days away. Here’s the all you need to know about VENTURE (and extra’s):

  • Community Rules: VENTURE is taking place at Naomi’s Garden, Restaurant, and Lounge. It’s been around since the 1980’s, first being part food cart/food truck to finally settle permanently in Miami, FL. The community around is different to say the least. It’s mostly Haitian since Little Haiti is in close vicinity (technically not in Little Haiti), but carries all types of people. We’ve been multiple times to plan, and I can say that it’s the “real deal” Miami (to say the least).

  • Sacred Space: Chatting with the owner last week, he said that the garden has a purpose. Not shi*, right? Well the purpose isn’t to be a garden. It’s a safe space. For the community around and Miami as a whole, the owner believes we need more places for people to relax, eat some delicious food, and have conversations over tinder swipes ;)

  • Friends: 8 people work for Naomi’s. 4 in the restaurant, one cleaning, one fixing and two owners. Why are there always more people working? It’s called volunteering. The community loves Naomi’s so much that there’s multiple people stopping by throughout the day to help. Whether that’s cleaning a palm tree or fixing the pond, Naomi’s is there’s and it’s there to stay. 

  • Chester, Paperwater, INVT, Coffintexts, YOMY, Dylan Hall, what’s going on?!?: It’s time for an explanation. We sandwiched Chester Watson, a North Miami rapper and producer, alongside electronic artists and rapper, Dylan Hall. Why? We’re reinterpreting the local music scene to what we see it to be. Miami is full of every type of music in almost every genre. Having each event being a certain genre, even though we do center around a certain sound (Electronic/Hip-Hop for this one), would do Miami injustice. VENTURE is to try new things and experiment so……. why not?

  • Vending ain’t easy: 5 amazing vendors are gearing up to rep the 305 for VENTURE. We’ll have the flyer dropping tomorrow on all social media’s. If you haven’t kept track, we’ve posted the full flyer (with addition of YOMY) and artist collective. Damn I almost forgot about our collective….

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For you guys who’ve had a lazy weekend (don’t worry we understand) and haven’t checked our

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Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/umamimusic305/)

Here’s our full flyer: 

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VENTURE needs only the essentials: local wardrobe, local bag, you know what, local everything.

Have a great week and we’ll see you Friday!             

A camera is a rappers best friend

In today’s culture, online presence seems to transcend the music itself. I'm sure we’ve all been there: scrolling through our Instagram feed when suddenly you scroll past an obviously paid promotion for a poorly written and recorded rap song, that sounds exactly like some other rapper you already know. Just 3 seconds into listening you can hear the keyboards typing “free playboi carti type beat” on the YouTube search bar.

Not to be mean but why is it that so many new rappers are coming out nowadays? Sure the “SoundCloud” wave has revolutionized how the industry works, making it easier for new artists to be noticed, but it seems to be the ones, with the better online presence that survive and prosper. Music Videos, Instagram, Face Tattoos, Fake Chains and WordStar hashtags. Rappers nowadays value their online image more than the lyrical content itself.

Ok, look, I'm guilty. I enjoy rappers like Lil Pump, Playboi Carti, and 6ix9nine. You’re gonna tell me you don’t absolutely lose your shit when a song like GUMMO, D-rose or Magnolia comes on? These songs are perfect examples of what I call concert anthems. Songs that have a very reparative flow/hook making them ideal songs to mosh at a concert. There’s one other thing that ties these songs specifically together, music videos.

Lil Pump’s network clocks in at around 6.5 million dollars. Yes, you read that right. At the age of 17, he’s worth more than my whole family, combined. Now we could talk all day about how Lil pump is a lyrical genius (sarcasm guys…it’s the best) but we must agree that one of the main things that launched him into stardom was his persona. At 16 years old Pump was making waves in the underground rap scene for being a kid with tattoos and pointing a rifle in his mouth (in the music video for Ski Mask). Lil Pump was practically the poster child for the phrase “WTF”. Today, my mom knows who Lil Pump is and she’s never heard a word of his music.  Yet she recognizes his name and face. Pink dreads, tattoos, white but trying to be black, people know him for his look, his style, all thanks to the modern age. 

Social media is, and I would say continues to be the ammo that fuels the gun of Sound cloud and online rapping.  Example; Just Juice...that can mean one of two things. Either it’s just juice, or it’s a musical artist. Just juice became famous for his Instagram videos of freestyling and looking like Action Bronson’s step kid. There are so many artists now that use Instagram as their main source of promotion and media outlet. 

So, we know having a social media is the first step. But what sets you above the rest? What takes a 17-year-old kid with pink dreads to the cover of the XXL freshmen magazine the next year? Music Videos. For a videographer like myself, the name Cole Bennett carries A LOT of weight. Cole Bennett, in my opinion, is responsible for the launching of so many rap careers this year. Examples include Lil skies, Famous Dex, Lil Xan, Juice Wrld, Ski mask the Slump God. The list goes on and on.

Because of music videos and this great thing, we call Youtube, a rapper can establish, or further establish an online presence. Music videos give you a different look into an artist’s song. It gives you something to visually picture every time you hear the song. It puts you, and the rapper, out there. A music video has the potential to push your music career forward…a good music video that is. A good videographer is a rapper’s best friend. A camera, is a videographer’s best friend…so in other words …lets be friends.

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Miami through music

Music tells a story. It tells the listener where the artist is from, why the artist made the music, when the music was made, the culture behind the music and the style the artist associates it with. Through a song, we can identify who the artist is, or at least make a good guess to his/her upbringing. 

What I find most interesting about music is it's cultural aspect. Culture is defined as "the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society." Through music, we can identify someone's culture, meaning where and what they grew up around. 

UMAMI's playlist, which we release every other Monday, is the definition of associating music with culture. Our goal is to identify the best artists in a certain community/city and put their music in a playlist. This playlist is found on iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud, in which the links are posted under the "Playlist" tab. 

Why is this important? We want to share Miami through music. By listening to music from each city in Miami Dade-County, we not only realize the amazing artists that either grew up or live/lived there, we understand that cities culture. With over 30 cities in Dade-County (36 if you wanna be exact), there's a hell of a lot of culture to understand (and make playlists for). 

To give you an example, we started our playlist idea with a place that has "talent that rivals any other neighborhood in the world", Carol City. Carol City is a neighborhood in Miami Gardens, known for importing crime and drugs to all of Dade-County. What we found, besides the obvious Carol City High School that brought together notable rappers such as Denzel Curry, Twelve'len and just about everyone, is the huge amount of rap "all stars" that came from this infamous drug community. I'm talking real all stars, not no TMZ bullshit. I'll put these guys up there with Eminem, Dr.Dre, Tupac and Biggie type deal. Rick Ross, Gunplay and SmokeGhostPurrp. If you haven't heard of these guys you need to crawl out of that rock you're living under and check out Carol City X UMAMI!

Digging just a little deeper, we wanted to know why this violent community made such great rappers. Listening to the rappers, their lyrics revolve around the crime they're associated with. Why did they start rapping? They were making money, doing what most to everyone does in poverty, sell drugs and just about anything else for money. Why would you go to making music, which has no guarantee for making money or success?

Bingo! I know why. Remember Carol City High School? Good. It's where all these amazing artists went to. Living in Carol City, the environment or the "hood" as Denzel Curry says it, makes amazing musicians. Since I haven't lived in Carol City, let me let the expert, Denzel Curry, take a swing at the question: 

What is it about the neighborhood that's led to so many musical artists?
I just think it's the environment. All of us went to Carol City High. Even Flo Rida went there. I think just by the programs that were there and the activities, and the outside activities, the hoods and everything—it just really made the people what they are today. - Vice.

Through music, we can understand so much about a city that we don't even have to visit it (even though we highly encourage it!). Go check out our playlist Carol City x UMAMI and let us know what you think, what we could/should change and if you feel you now understand one of the biggest melting pots in our county. 

*If you're interested in learning more about Carol City and it's rappers, Twelve'len recently released a great video with Red Bull entitled "Definition of a Florida Boy". Enjoy!*

                                                                                              Cover Art by Victoria Frank. 

                                                                                              Cover Art by Victoria Frank.