Local legends: 2 Live Crew, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Pitbull, Flo Rida, Trina
Hot right now: Ace Hood, etc.
Up-and-coming talent: Haitian Fresh, Spaceghostpurrp, Yung Simmie, Robb Bank$
Check out live shows at: Eve, Bamboo, Cameo, The Stage
Best rap parties/festivals: Urban Beach Week, Art Basel Miami, One Fest
Tune into: 99 Jamz
Known for beaches, clubs, and cocaine, Miami has never been about subtlety, a trait that spills over into its party-friendly rap and signature sub-genre, bass. The city's refusal to be discreet may make artists like 2 Live Crew, Pitbull and Flo Rida seem tasteless to some, but it also has helped it find widespread appeal. It's the perfect place to film DJ Khaled videos, blow tens of thousands of dollars at the club (LIV, where you might run into Diddy or Jay-Z) or strip club (King of Diamonds, where you might run into Drake) or sit courtside at the Heat game (where you might be next to Lil Wayne). In other words, it's a great place to be a rapper, see a rapper, or at least act like a rapper—if you have a friend with a boat. In a city where the most important rap export is Rick Ross—a man of indulgent taste, few shirts and a penchant for making things up—the hip-hop culture is likewise all about a glossy veneer (or, in the case of some up-and-comers, stripping it away), which makes for great fun...if you can afford it.