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Since the beginning of his err, rap career, Jay has been coming to Miami. And with his tour that just came by South Florida, we thought we’d put together a quick list of 5 memorable Jay-Z In Miami moments. You know he’s always been hitting up all the studios down here to record or mix. “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” was recorded in Miami without a doubt, along with a few others that we’re sure exist but we’re not getting paid enough to research for (lol). And you know he and his past Roc-A-Fella extended crew have been vacationing and partying and bullsh*tting on South Beach for more than 17 years – most likely squeezing in video shoot or two during each visit.
Since we started The305.com, there’s been quite a few memorable Jay-Z In Miami moments and we thought we’d share a few with you. Actually, I think we’re sharing the only ones we can really think of that matter, but its still a pretty decent round-up so read through it. Start the list below to check out the Top 5 Jay-Z In Miami Moments Of All Time.
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August 13, 2005
It was the summer of 2005. Less than a week before Hurricane Katrina hit the South Florida area (and eventually New Orleans). Kanye West had a Pepsi Smash Tour that stopped by the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Downtown Miami. Also on the bill was John Legend and Common. And the DJ for Kanye was no other than A-Trak, who actually supplied the above photo. This was during Kanye’s Late Registration album era, which came out on August 30, 2005.
But it was a legendary night that brought on DJ Khaled when he had his show on 99 Jamz. Slim Thug was there. And after a long night of classic performances, the live band backing up Kanye started to play the music for “Diamonds from Sierra Leone”. As the band played, West mentioned how he wasn’t against people buying diamonds, but was trying educate others by bringing the harsh reality of conflict diamonds to light. Soon after Kanye started kicking the verses to the track, in the second verse out of nowhere you hear “YEP…I got it from here ‘Ye, damn…” The voice was of the recently retired and I guess un-retired Jay-Z. The crowd went absolutely INSANE. If I’m not mistaken, this was the first, if not one of the first Jay-Z performances since retiring after the Black Album (don’t quote me on that though). You could feel the energy especially when the “I’m not businessman, I’m business, man” line came up. But Jay went on to perform “Encore” and “December 4th” as well. Jay-Z walked off and Kanye ended the show with “Jesus Walks”.
Most definitely one of the most classic Jay-Z and even Kanye moments in Miami.
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October 5, 2008
Despite having to cancel the second free show of his free Obama rallies in downtown Miami, Jay-Z definitely rocked the Bayfront Park Amphitheater on Sunday October 5th. He cancelled the second show due to alleged “sprained throat” . Wyclef joined the action, as did Pitbull. All in support of Barrack Obama, who eventually went on to be elected as president.
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When Ross announced his mega-deal with Def Jam, it was definitely a sign of big things to come. His “Hustlin” single was blowing and the album was on track to be a hit for Def Jam, which Jay-Z was actually the CEO for at the time that Port Of Miami dropped. Jay-Z actually signed Ross to his deal. But it seemed like things weren’t really official until Jay-Z jumped on the “Hustilin’ (Remix)”. That’s when we knew Ross was going to really put on for Miami now that he has the ultimate co-sign from the then and probably still biggest rapper of all time.
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October 10, 2010
Jay-Z took to the Delano Hotel to unveil the first page of his first book, Decoded. It was the lyrics of “Big Pimpin” placed inside the pool of The Delano Hotel. It was also the first time that anyone got to see the book in person. And we were there to capture the entire experience on video.
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Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, and director Abdul Malik Abbott on the set of “Ain’t No Nigga” in Miami. And below, with The Notorious BIG also on set. It all went down in 1996. The video is like a time capsule of what Miami was and was one of Jay-Z’s earliest Miami experiences. Watch the video by clicking here.
ALSO CHECK OUT: The video for Jay-Z and Timbaland’s “Lobster & Skrimp” also shot in Miami.