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This past Monday, The City of Miami Gardens has announced that it will be adding another music festival to the city’s list of annual events, IM International Food and Music Festival. The festival debuts on Saturday, August 5th at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheatre, 19909 NW 31st Ave. The show is powered by the Vice […]

The relationship between artists and labels has always been a struggle of the art versus the bottom line.  Tomorrow, January 13th ,Chris ‘Fresh Kid Ice’ Wong, pioneering hip hop artist of the 2 Live Crew, will release his first compilation album on his independent label which he hopes will teach artists that they can be successful without major label support.

“I was looking at the state of hip hop … mainstream media and so forth,” said Wong in describing his motivation for creating the album. “When you think of hip hop music, it started from the underground, then, later on, the majors came into it once they saw it was a source of income. What we’re trying to do is take it back to beginning of hip hop. Not literally the beginning, but the part of hip hop where it’s more against the mainstream than for the mainstream.”

Breaking Glass Ceilings features 15 independent artists, some new-comers and more notable artists like famed Poison Clan member and Miami-hip hop trailblazer, JT Money. Wong worked primarily behind the scenes on the project but is featured on one of the album’s songs.

“That’s what I’m doing, I’m trying to mentor artists,” said Wong of his significance in hip hop in 2017. “I already had my 15 minutes of fame, do you understand? So, what I want to do is teach them. So, basically now, my job is to mentor them and teach them how to become artists, own your own stuff and so forth.”

While the compilation may be the first of its kind on Chinaman Records, Wong’s independent label, he is no stranger to pulling double duty as an artist and an owner.

“Chinaman Records has been around since the 90s and before that I had a label called Miami Bass Records,” said Wong. “I learned a lot … and even in California, 2 Live Crew, we had our own label which was Fresh Beat Records. I was doing the legwork because I wanted the music to be out there.”
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South Florida’s longest running Memorial Weekend concert, Best Of The Best, returns to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, May 24th. Produced by Best Of The Best Entertainment, in association with Rockers Island Entertainment and Massive B, the 100% Caribbean show, celebrating it’s 9th year, will once again feature a smorgasbord of Reggae, Dancehall and Soca giants all in the mix.

Best of the best

The blockbuster lineup for 2015 includes the one and only Shabba Ranks & Friends, the legendary Josey Wales, the fire man Capleton, king of the dancehall, Beenie Man, queen of the dancehall, Lady Saw aka Marion Hall, silky singers Sanchez and Wayne Wonder, plus Tiger, Morgan Heritage, Admiral Bailey, Spice,Johnny P., Anthony Malvo andWarrior King.

Not to be outdone, the star studded Soca lineup already includes Fay Ann Lyons, Kerwin DuBois, Lyrikal andRupee. More artists will be added to the entire bill in the coming weeks. General Admission tickets for Best Of The Best 2015 are currently on sale for $49 and VIP/OPEN BAR tickets are on sale for $139. Both early bird deals available until May 1st.

The concert will be hosted by DJ Roy, Jabba, Jamusa, Pat McKay, Nikki Z, Empress Yvette, Wally British, , Mikey Mike, Markus Wanted, Fire Redz, Rick Platinum, Blacka Hype, Marlon Famous,Hollywood Butta, Undisputed, Giselle The Wassi One, Terrible T and the Mixx 96 DJs.