Rico Love's Guide to Miami

Queen of Diamonds

"I love going to strip clubs, especially in Miami and Atlanta. You get to hear all of the new music. It puts you on to different slang. You talk to the girls, you know; how else am I going to keep up with new terminology? Me, I’m in a place where I don’t live in the inner-city anymore. Going to Queen of Diamonds [17450 Biscayne Boulevard] is a way to stay connected to the culture, musically.

"For example, I heard Young Jeezy in Atlanta strip clubs years before he blew up. I heard Soulja Boy, I heard guys like Brisco. It’s a place where you can break your records, hear what’s going on. You'll be there, saying, 'What is this?' Then, like two months later, you’ll hear that shit on Hot 97, and you’ll be like, 'I heard this back in the strip club.'

"It's always exciting to hear our own music played in the club, but especially in the strip club. Because in a strip club, they’re not playing shit just cause you’re there—they don’t give a fuck that you’re there. If your record doesn’t work there, they won’t play it. If you have a hit record and you hear it in the strip club, that means it touched all markets. I wouldn’t hear 'Just a Dream' in there.

"Right now, in the streets, there’s a guy by the name of Ice Berg. He used to part of this group called the Dunk Ryders. That was Trick Daddy’s group. But the kid Ice Berg, a young kid; he’s amazing. All the kids love him in Miami. This kid is the next thing. Dope flow, dope energy. He’s hot; not on the radio, though, but in the streets.

"Also, there’s a guy by the name of JW. They call him J Dub, but it’s spelled JW, just the letters. They play him a lot in the streets and in the clubs."

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