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Monday, May 25, 2009

Music Review: Best of the Best Concert 2009

For the true Reggae and Hip-Hop heads in south Florida for Memorial Day Weekend, Best of the Best 2009 was the can't miss event.

A few sun showers didn't keep the die-hard fans away. The gates opened at 1 p.m. soon after there was standing room only. The downtown Miami skyline was the backdrop for this showcase of the hottest artists out of the U.S. and the Caribbean.

My party didn't arrive until around 7 in the evening, which was perfect timing for those holding VIP tickets. For general admission however, the earlier the better.

Bicentennial Park is not my favorite place to hold such a concert. The general public is basically standing on concrete the entire time with not much of an incline for optimal viewing. The performances however, made up for any discomfort.

DJ Khaled, T-pain, Rick Ross, Flo-rida, Briscoe and Ace Hood held it down for the Hip-Hop fans. One of the biggest surprises of the night was when Ross brought Diddy out for a short cameo appearance.

My favorites of the evening were Destra belting out some of her Soca big tunes, and of course the always entertaining Beenie Man graced the stage in a full out "Pirates of the Caribbean" costume. I did find it a little odd the Elephant Man came on right after Beenie in a similar pirates get-up. Wardrobe malfunction, I guess.

The Alliance crew closed the show with singer Serani, Bounty Killa and Mavado holding it down for the folks from yard.

Be sure to check out: for info on next year's show.

Bounty Killa introduces Mavado!

Mavado Big Tune!

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