Art Basel has absolutely turned into a zoo since its conception decades ago. Miami has embraced it and in short has totally taken advantage of it and made it the biggest excuse to throw some of the best parties the city has ever seen. It makes total sense though. You have tons of celebrities, artists and tastemakers in Miami to be seen and heard, so you might as well put together your resources to put together some dope f**kin’ events.
In comes Norma and Aja, otherwise known as the 2DopeBitches. They started putting together local shows a few years ago, but its when they introduced their Trap Paradise concept that things got interesting. What started out as a simple one-off, turned into a series of events that drove locals and out-of-towners crazy. They did some pretty revolutionary stuff bringing in Been Trill, Heroes x Villains, Mannie Fresh, Vashtie, 40oz Van, Travis Scott and more.
And during this past Art Basel season, they kicked it up a notch to take the Trap Paradise brand even further via a new incarnation called Basel Paradise which doubled as also being part of Boost Mobile’s Worlds Collide series. Backed by New York based March, Complex and of course Boost Mobile – Basel Paradise brought in Iggy Azalea, Danny Brown and Green Lantern under one bill for what was to be one legendary night at Lou La Vie in Downtown Miami.
With thousands of RSVPs on deck, at any given point there was hundreds of people outside the venue trying to get in. Iggy Azalea, Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, Danny Brown were all in the building, along with other tastemakers like Mike Waxx, Ashley Outrageous, Pancho305 and others. What was great about the party was the fact that there were so many VIPs, artists and regular people just intertwined with each other in the same space. Iggy was even cool enough to take us backstage with her to hang out.
However, capacity issues and the insane 2-hour line outside the venue was the beginning of what affected the control of the party. Plus, a senseless fight or two and a need by the DJ to play “nuck if you buck” type music (lol), things got to the point where Basel Paradise needed to get shut down way before schedule.
Now, while the event itself did not get to show its full potential and let’s be honest, got shut down – the fact that this party garnered so much attention and had all the right pieces in one place just makes it worthwhile of being named the Best Event During Art Basel. If you were there, then you’d definitely have to agree because it had the makings of being a legendary night…hell, it still was. Big shouts to Norma and Aja for taking a simple idea and making it larger than life. We’re definitely looking forward to next one!
Reporting by Omar S.
Honorable Mention: The Vibes Event By Gil Green And Crew was definitely a close runner-up to being the best event during Art Basel as well.