Thursday, June 30, 2011
Pete Rock gave an exclusive interview to TheUrbanDaily.com, revealing the details of the incident between the NYPD and the guests of his album release party, where women were allegedly brutalized. Steel of Smif-N-Wessun and Attorney, Kenneth Montgomery speak on the Police brutality.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
T-Raww and Breezy team up once again to go in over Meek Mill x Rozay “Tupac Back” track to dedicate it for the Snapbacks coming back in style. I’m not sure if they are responsible for making it come back in but they sure are acting like it. Tyga’s Well Done 2 with DJ Drama is on the way soon.
DOWNLOAD: Tyga – Snapbacks Back (feat. Chris Brown)
DOWNLOAD: Tabi Bonney – Parachute
In December of 2010 Burn Energy Drink (A Coca-Cola Brand) put out a call for treatment submissions for a series of web films they were commissioning. Having recently worked with the young producer/MPC (Music Production Center) savant Araabmuzik, Director Alec Sutherland was inspired to create an installation that could be a real time, visual articulation of Araab’s actions on the MPC. The treatment for this idea was submitted and selected by Burn. The shoot lasted two-days: the first spent documenting Araab in everyday situations accompanied by audio excerpts from a candid interview. The second was spent at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint Brooklyn, building the light setup and finally, recording Araab’s performance. This film has been completed for months but we were unable to release it do to Burn’s brand repositioning. Recently, they gave us a choice: release the film now on your own, or wait until August when Burn/Coca-Cola will put their corporate weight behind it. We have decided to release it now because we would like people to see it as something other than an advertisement. Thank you and we hope you enjoy. – FreeOnSmash
The same crew behind the J. Cole debate also speak on Big Sean’s slow but steady rise in the ranks, culminating in his No. 1 song in the country and the release of Finally Famous,which is available now.
Monday, June 27, 2011
They should just call this Young Money The Album, V2.0, seriously. Anyways…
1. I’m On One f. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne
2. Welcome To My Hood f. Rick Ross, Plies, Lil Wayne & T-Pain
3. Money f. Jeezy & Ludacris
4. I’m Thuggin’ f. Waka Flocka & Ace Hood
5. It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over f. Mary J. Blige, Fabolous & Jadakiss
6. Legendary f. Chris Brown, Keisha Cole & Ne-Yo
7. Sleep When I’m Gone f. Busta Rhymes, Cee-Lo & Game
8. Can’t Stop f. Birdman & T-Pain
9. Future f. Ace Hood, Meek Mill, Wale, Vado & Big Sean
10. My Life f. Akon & B.o.B.
11. A Million Lights f. Tyga, Cory Gunz, Mack Maine, Jae Millz & Kevin Rudolf
12. Welcome To My Hood (Remix) f. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Twista, Mavado, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka
Directed by Dennis F Feitosa
If you have the time to watch an hour-long video clip, feel free to do so.
This one hour documentary tells the story of “The Bluroc Festival,” a small concert that turned into a massive event last Summer at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC. Some budding artists and musicians that rode beneath the radar in 2010 are all together on stage in this hot, smokey and truly historic event in Brooklyn. An event that’ll probably never happen again.
Featuring: Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Stalley, Ski Beatz, Smoke DZA, Trademark Da Skydiver, Tabi Bonney, Snakes Say Hisss!, The London Souls, Nesby Phips, Mckenzie Eddy, Sean O’Connel and Rugz D. Bewler
Being made available for purchase exclusively through iTunes this past Friday, the official video for Em’s fourth single off Recovery is finally made available for your viewing pleasure. Co-starring Sasha fucking Grey.
A Buju Banton says goodbye to his freedom for what could be at least six years behind US prison walls for a drug conviction, the Rastafarian reggae artiste says he intends to spend his time seeking higher learning.
Speaking exclusively with the Sunday Observer after his 10-year sentence was handed down in the Sam Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida last Thursday, Banton (real name Mark Anthony Myrie) said he was already attending classes inside the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa and planned to attain a master's degree by the time his federal sentence is served.
"I am already going to classes. I have passed the acceptance test and I will be studying political science and economics. I hope to get a master's by the time I am released," Myrie said.
With steely resolve ringing in his voice during a telephone conversation with this newspaper, Myrie was adamant that he would not crumble under the pressures of incarceration and said he was determined to make good out of his troubles.
"I can do anything I put my mind to; you know that. I have balls of steel. People who know me know that I am very determined and will achieve my goals despite hardships. I will not allow the system to conquer me," the artiste declared.
In the United States, inmates serving federal time are allowed to pursue tertiary education in an effort to rehabilitate them and curb the high rate of recidivism.
A study by the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York revealed that inmates who take college classes while in prison are four times more likely to stay out of trouble when they are released. The research showed that only 7.7 per cent of inmates who took college courses returned to prison, compared to 29.9 per cent of those who did not. The New York study also found that college prison programmes save US taxpayers about US$900,000 per 100 students every two years.
Myrie's attorney, David Markus, has repeatedly pointed to his client's strength of character and told reporters that despite being jailed for 18 months since December 2010, the artiste had remained optimistic and in high spirits.
Markus was dismissive of suggestions by reporters outside the courtroom that guilty pleas by Myrie's co-defendants Ian Thomas and James Mack had a bearing on the 10-year sentence meted out to the artiste.
Thomas and Mack both received sentences of 51 months after filing guilty pleas. Both were held attempting to purchase a large quantity of cocaine from undercover drug enforcement agents in a police-controlled wharehouse in Sarasota, Florida, hours before Myrie himself was arrested at his home in Tamarac, South Florida and carted off to jail.
"There is a big difference. Mark has fought two trials and I think that stands for what kind of character Mr Myrie is to the other people," Markus said.
Myrie, dressed in his grey prison uniform with shackles around his ankles, seemed resigned to his fate in the courtroom last Thursday, even flashing a brief smile after his sentence was handed down by United States Judge Jim Moody .
He laughed loudly many times during his brief conversation with the Sunday Observer.
He repeated his expression of thanks for the outpouring of support and urged his fans and well-wishers to be strong.
"Even though the days ahead may be filled with despair, I will prevail over this malady that has befallen me. I may be down but not out and I shall return," was his message.
Markus has signalled his intention to appeal the judgement in an appellate court in Atlanta, Georgia and exuded confidence that the possibility exists that the 38-year-old Myrie could be out of prison in two years if his arguments hold water with a three-member panel of judges.
Moody had on Thursday dropped the charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offence against Myrie.
"We are looking forward to the appeal," said Markus. "We believe we have a lot of good issues on the appeal and now that we have knocked out two of the counts we have got two to go. We are not going to stop fighting on those two."
Buju Banton, the only surviving son for his late mother and the only son sired by his father Benjamin Myrie, shot to prominence in the early 1990s with the hit song Browning. He ruled the world of dancehall with his raspy vocals and catchy lyrics before his conversion to the Rastafarian faith about six years later.
Since then, he has had five Grammy nominations and was awarded the Reggae Grammy earlier this year for his album Before The Dawn, just weeks before he was convicted by a 12-member panel of jurors for his role in a cocaine deal.
An earlier trial in 2010 ended in a mistrial after a jury could not unanimously decide on his guilt or innocence.
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Sunday, June 26, 2011
Before the basketball team, burly bankroll and Beyoncé, Jay-Z was just like every other average upcoming-rapper-on-a-come-up. Here is some rare footage during his a concert tour for his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, which actually turns 15 this Saturday (June 25th)
Warming up before he drops From The Westside, With Love II, Dom rocked Power 106’s annual summer concert with “1997″ and “CDC.”
This songs Freaks & Geeks and Lights Turned On are what made me a Childish Gambino fan. This guy (Donald Glover from NBC’s Community) is a legit actor turned rapper. He has talent, can rap, and makes good songs.This footage was shot at a recent Bacardi show in New York City.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
DOWNLOAD: Smoke DZA – Loaded (rmx) f. ScHoolboy Q (prod. Lex Luger)
Applaud Casey for not only finishing high school, but also landing on the honor roll as well.
“Casey balances his work life and his school life better than I probably would have at his age,” [senior-year English teacher] Shannon Kirk added of her student, who did independent study while he was on the road. “He’s pretty mature for his age, and he was able to do pretty well. [He] was one of the top students in my class.”
Veggies realized that he could have quit school to pursue his dreams, but he never felt the need to. He knew he could handle it, so why not get school done? As for college, though his mother says he was accepted to four schools, he’s postponing those plans while he sees where his rap career goes.
“At the end of the day, I’m just dreaming right now,” Casey said. “I’m going to stay in my dream and don’t plan on waking up. If I do, maybe I’ll grab a college degree, but right now, I’m in my own world.”
REGGAE artiste Buju Banton was today sentenced to 10 years by United States magistrate Jim Moody in the Sam M Gibbons US Court in Tampa Florida. He will be incarcerated at the FCI prison facility in Miami.
The artiste – real name Mark Myrie – was found guilty in February of conspiring to negotiate a drug deal in a police controlled warehouse in Florida.
The charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug offense was dropped however.
The artiste was slapped with the heavy sentence despite pleas for leniency by his attorney, his children, movie star Danny Glover and other character witnesses.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, seemed resigned to accept his fate and calmy accepted the verdict.
His attorney David Oscar Markus has signaled his intent to appeal Banton's guilty verdict and indicated that he would move with alacrity to secure the artiste's release.
The verdict was handed down in front of a packed courthouse which included members of the artiste's family, his close friend Wayne Wonder, his manager Traci McGregor and reporters.
Many persons, including artistes and Banton's close friends Gramps Morgan and Delly Ranks who came to hear the verdict were turned back after court officials indicated that the courtroom was packed and Moody had already been seated at minutes to 9:00 am.
The sentencing hearing lasted just over an hour and many of Myrie's supporters and family members cried openly.
The artiste will serve his time at the penal facility in the state of Florida.
Myrie underwent two trials after the first trial ended in a mistrial in 2010. He was however found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, using the wires to facilitate a drug offense and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
Banton's two co-conspirators, Ian Thomas and James Mack both plead guilty after they were caught up in a sting operation attempting to purchase cocaine from federal agents in a police controlled warehouse in Tampa.
The US government built their case around wiretap and video evidence which caught Banton tasting cocaine and making several statements of the purchase and sale of large amounts of contraband.
The Red Ants Nation will continue to support Buju Banton, and all the rest of our african souljahs until all are free from captivity!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Check out Wiz and his Taylor Gang behind the scenes of his time in Europe featuring live performances and radio show appearances during his "Euro Tour".
Looks like I got a new favorite song I’ll be rocking to for the rest of the day. #Section80. Peace to the righteous 5%. Shouts to Dave Free as usual! (Apologies about the production mistake).
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Performance recap of Gilbere Forte’s appearance at 2011 Bamboozle Festival and recent shows with J. Cole, Big Sean, Mac Miller, Kevin Cossom and more. And below, watch Coodie from Creative Control and Gilbere’ Forte walking into the clothing boutique, Prohibit.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Only two days removed from winning the championship and DeShawn Stevenson has already been arrested. He was booked for public intoxication and his bail was set at $475. It would have been hilarious if he got cuffed while rocking THIS t-shirt. Still funny though that the dude who called the Heat classless is getting arrested.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
One of the best producers in history
We spent a day with World famous DJ/producer The Alchemist, who has been
part of the Soul Assassins family since the early 90s. From studio
to barbershop and everything green and in-between, we roll with Al as he
discusses what Soul Assassins means to him and gives a sneak peek of the new
Fall 2011 Soul Assassins line. Products will be available in stores and online
Let's throw it back to 1995, Boot Camp Clik members Heltah Skeltah & OGC came together to form The Fab 5 and relesased this surprise hit single. That buzz led to the anticipation of Heltah Skeltahs 'Nocturnal' album which was also the duo's debut album release. Hip Hop You Don't Stop. RED ANT SOULJAHS.......INVASION!!!!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Buju Banton, one of the biggest stars to come out of Jamaica in the 1990s, is reportedly asking for a reduction in his jail sentence says ABC News. The singer, who was sent to a Florida prison in February on some serious drug charges stemming from a 2009 cocaine deal, wants his 15-year sentence cut.
Banton, who has rocked dancehall and reggae lovers for two decades with hits like “Wanna Be Loved,” “Murderer” and the still controversial “Boom Bye Bye,” won a 2011 Best Reggae Album Grammy for the 2010 Before the Dawn. Ironically, the win happened the night before his retrial earlier this year in February. The Jamaican star has been in jail since the arrest and garnered support from friends and fans, most notably Stephen Marley who reportedly used his Florida home as collateral to post bail for the fellow artist.
Noting the singers overall clean record and philanthropic work in his homeland of Jamaica, ABC says his lawyer David Markus has described the mandatory 15-year-sentence as "way more than necessary." The hearing takes place June 23.
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This video came out a few days ago, but I’m just now seeing this. During Tech N9ne’s All 6’s & 7s’ Tour stop in Oregon’s Cuthbert Amphitheater, Jay Rock performed and… just *dead* at his backflip. Just *dead*. That shit’s like the most perfect standing backflip ever, but I’m still in tears at the randomness of it.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Drake’s back to work. Judging by the largely positive response his latest cuts have received, it’s only a matter of time before everybody turns on him when Take Care drops. Speaking of which…
Another piece of the story. Single coming in July. Take Care coming Oct. 24th.
DOWNLOAD: Drake – Marvin’s Room
Outspoken hip hop mogul has a new album, a book club and some controversial words about politics.
Rapper, producer Lupe Fiasco is not shy about offering his political views. "My fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America," the rapper stated on "What's Trending."
Fiasco was responding to a question from host Shira Lazar about political content in his popular rap albums. He continued, "For me, I'm trying to fight the terrorism that's causing the other forms of terrorism. You know the root cause of terrorists is the stuff the U.S. government allows to happen. The foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists."
Fiasco's extreme political views are partly what fuels his rap and intrigues his 600,000 Twitter followers. On a track from new album, "Lasers," he raps, "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting burned, Obama didn't say sh-t, That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either...."
In fact, Fiasco told Shira that voting is meaningless. "I don't vote. No I don't vote. I don't get involved in politics. It's meaningless. To be honest," he said. "If I'm going to say I stand behind this person and write on a piece of paper that says, 'yeah I stand for this person,' then I have to take responsibility for everything he does cause that's just who I am as a human being. So politicians aren't going to do that because I don't want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Shortly before leaving with his crew to join Tech N9ne on his All 6s & 7s Tour, Wreck shot a quick clip for his rendition of Chris Brown’s single.
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Impulse Disco presents their Dancehall Mix 2011.
Impulse Disco, a group of dj's hailing from Miami, Fl by way of Jamaica, W.I., also members of the movement Red Ant Souljahs Ent.
This is the latest installment out of the Impulse camp. This is a 2011 Dancehall Mix giving you the latest and hottest tracks out of the reggae/dancehall scene. Featuring killer tracks from Mavado, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel, Assassin, I-Octane & many many more.
Mastered and blended from start to finish, giving you a good vibe and setting the pace to have you dancing along throughout this mix. Make sure to download this one, recorded in the highest quality so you can turn it up loud in your car or on your mp3 player.
Big shouts to the whole Impulse Disco (Wes, Charles, Lewis, Damian & crew)
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IMPULSE DISCO 2011 DANCEHALL MIX
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
On a hot summer day in Flatbush Brooklyn, NY, Jesse Boykins III captures MeLo-X in his raw element of royal elegance. In one straight shot MeLo-X shows why he’s lyrically on another level when it comes to switching up his flow. Xtra Drop was debuted earlier this year by DJ Semtex on BBC 1Xtra and is a Freestyle version of Wiley and MJ Cole’s original track “From the Drop”.
And Below you can check out MeLo-X: In Studio Performance : Maxwell's Bad Habits Remix (The Highest)
Off Drewtradition’s upcoming album, Carry On Tradition. Which will be presented by ShopTradition and the dopehouse and feature the likes of B-Real, Freddie Gibbs, Apathy, Young De, El Prez, Planet Asia, Sick Jacken, Krondon, Davinci, Tristate, Damani and more!
Monday, June 6, 2011
Kendrick Lamar stopped by The Breakfast Club for “The CoSign.” Kendrick talks about growing up in Compton, CA and wanting to play ball in high school, but was discouraged because he wasn’t tall enough. He discusses meeting Dr. Dre for the first time after Dre heard his song Ignorance Is Bliss on YouTube. He talks about staying out of other peoples beefs and being cool with everyone. He says he’s still independent and is trying to decide what the best situation would be. He discusses meeting J. Cole, who produced “HiiPower,” working in the studio with The RZA, and finishing up his new album Section 80.
WOW !!that was fast.
DOWNLOAD: Wale – Cookup f. Stalley, Black Cobain & Tone P (prod. DePuTy)
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Southern Oregon HipHop artist BIG GEEZUS teams up with the 2 newest and the only BESTCOAST members of the RedAntSouljah Entertainment Team LOW and B-Dub for his remake of the classic DPGC track Cali Iz active.The Track also features B-Style , $urgical and RU$H.They are reppin the Rogue Valley Heavy on this track . Look out for both LOW and B-Dub first RedAntS projects later this summer
DOWNLOAD:Bigg Geezus- Valley Iz Active(FT. The Valley Allstarz)
This album should be on anyone’s radar who loves Hip-Hop with a passion. Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun. Partners N Crime. Mr. Ripper & Mr. Fix. I’ve been patiently waiting for this since I heard the first leak back in September. June 28th is the date.
01 Monumental f. Tyler Woods & Pete RockLISTEN: Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun – Monumental (Snippets)
02 Prevail f. Raekwon
03 That’s Hard f. Sean Price & Styles P
04 Top of the World f. Memphis Bleek
05 Feel Me f. Rock & Bun B
06 Roses f. Freeway
08 This One f. Top Dog & Jahdan Blakkamoore
09 Do It f. Hurricane G
10 Nighttime f. Pete Rock & Buckshot
11 (I’m a) Stand Up Guy f. Black Rob
12 Time To Say
Nike is rolling out the red carpet for their Hyperfuse technology and rightfully so. They’re implementing Hyperfuse on classics Air Force 1s, Dunks, Air Max 1s, and Air Max 90s to bump the performance aesthetics of each of those shoes. Watch as Nike Basketball’s Head of Innovation Shane Kohatsu and Head of Innovation for Nike Sportswear Ben Shaffer explain how the Hyperfuse technology is changing the game.
David graces the cover of the latest issue of LA Weekly, and took them through a ride of his hometown.
Sitting in his studio in a Papa Smurf t-shirt, or sliding through Compton in his gleaming black Mercedes, DJ Quik talks about driving through Crip territory as a Blood, Eazy-E’s offer of a million dollars to sign, and his disbelief that he’s still alive. It’s a trip through his hood, but also his life.
Quik’s The Book Of David is available now [cop via iTunes].
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Despite the members of ATCQ boycotting the film, my interest in this still remains in tact. The documentary will start it’s official run July 8 in NYC and LA; the second week it’ll be hitting San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and Atlanta starting July 22nd with it’s run ending Aug. 12th.
I think it was quite obvious that Tha Carter IV wasn’t dropping in three weeks. Even though that Taylor Swift-sounding single was just released. Still, XXL confirms that Wayne’s fourth installment of Tha Carter series will now be hitting shelves on August 29th, with a new single dropping around July 4th. Sorry folks.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
A police chase and firefight on the streets of South Beach Monday morning ended with officers shooting into a car on Collins Avenue and killing the driver, bringing a bloody conclusion to Miami Beach’s annual Memorial Day weekend parties.
By 5:30 a.m., police were investigating two officer-involved shootings. One alleged gunman was dead, four bystanders were wounded — possibly by police gunfire — and three officers were being treated at Mount Sinai Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. None has been named by police.
Club and bar hoppers in town for the massively popular Urban Beach Week scattered and screamed as gunshots followed after the weaving car. Some on the relatively empty stretch of Collins Avenue jumped behind cars or into bushes as shots grew closer and louder.
Hundreds of officers shut down the heart of South Beach.
“This incident really mars us,” said Mayor Matti Herrera Bower.
Police Chief Carlos Noriega said the weekend’s relative peace was shattered just before 4 a.m. when a driver struck an officer with his car near Collins Avenue and 16th Street. Noriega said the officer was not from Miami Beach, but an employee of one of many departments who help police South Beach’s Urban Beach Week crowds, which come for hip-hop shows and private parties and can grow to be several hundred thousand strong.
Noriega said the driver sped off and officers on bicycles had to jump out of the way as the car headed south, running over their bikes, driving on the sidewalk and striking “countless” vehicles for about three blocks. Unconfirmed witness reports say the driver was shooting out of his car as police gave chase, though Noriega said police did not find a gun.
“This is all preliminary information we’re trying to verify,” the chief said, adding that police are investigating some reports that passengers ran from the car before officers opened fire.
A YouTube video filmed from several stories above Collins Avenue shows the car driving south and then skidding to a stop as gunshots grow from distant firecracker-like pops to four echoing booms.
Pedestrians fled, or hid and then took off running, as officers approached the driver’s side of the car in a semi-circle with guns drawn.
About one minute after the car stopped, the video shows, pre-dawn darkness is lit by muzzle flashes and the air peppered with the sounds of rapid gun shots.
No one can be seen leaving the car.
Noriega said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
He also said four bystanders were shot during the chase, and said they could have been hit by stray bullets fired by police officers.
“I’m not going to discount that possibility,” he said.
At Jackson Memorial Hospital, a woman who wouldn’t give her name told WSVN-7 that police shot her friend while they were running back to her hotel room.
“The police shot her,” she said. “It was by accident, but they still shot her.”
Another witness, Ashley Hinds, 23, from Nashville, said she was leaving Mansion on Washington Avenue when she heard the shots.
“I tried to go back in, but some lady closed the doors and even though we were knocking she never opened them,” Hinds said. “I was afraid. People were running. It was a scary scene.”
Two Miami Beach officers and a Hialeah officer were also hurt during the chase and shooting. Noriega could not say how his department’s officers were injured, but Hialeah police spokesman Carl Zogby said the Hialeah officer may have been hit by the fleeing vehicle.
Police set up a perimeter following the shooting, which led to the second incident on Washington Avenue.
Just after 5 a.m., authorities say the driver of a gray Mercedes Benz somehow entered an area police had shut down near 14th Street and sped toward several officers.
Noriega said one officer fired into the car, which then crashed into a police cruiser near the median of the busy street.
No one was hurt, and the driver — whom police did not name — was arrested and jailed. Noriega could not say what charges he faces.
Noriega said police officers acted appropriately in both incidents.
“They were both extremely volatile and extremely dangerous,” he said. “And our officers responded to what I consider to be situations involving deadly force.”
But the American Civil Liberties Union called for an outside investigation into the shootings.
“An independent and thorough investigation must be conducted, as should happen every time a civilian is shot and killed by the police,” wrote John de Leon, president of the ACLU’s Greater Miami chapter, which often monitors the policing of the heavily black Memorial Day crowds on South Beach. “What is reported as factual early on is often times rebutted by an independent investigation.”
Both Urban Beach Week visitors and Miami Beach police have been criticized since the event first descended on South Beach in 2001.
That year, city officials and police were unaware that several hundred thousand people were heading into town for private events, and crowds grew out of hand with too few police to manage traffic and the huge influx of people.
There was at least one shooting, fights described as “near-riots” and general gridlock on city streets.
Since then, Urban Beach Week has been criticized by some as a dangerous time to be on South Beach. While there have been calm years, there have also been years like 2007, when a drive-by shooting on Lincoln Road killed two men.
Conversely, police have been sometimes called overzealous in their enforcement.
From 2002 on, the city’s entire police force has worked alternating 12-hour shifts throughout the weekend, aided by dozens of officers from outside agencies. In 2006, when police confiscated 73 firearms and arrested more than 1,000 people — mostly locals — the ACLU and NAACP questioned whether officers had engaged in racial profiling.
City officials were hoping going into Monday morning that Urban Beach Week 2011 would end on a positive note. Ocean Drive businesses dealt with a few scares Saturday night, when crowds rushed sidewalk cafes several times, but otherwise police and officials say the weekend was mostly without violence.
And while officials and business owners said Saturday night was one of the most congested nights ever in the event’s 10-year history, the Sunday night crowds were reportedly much lighter.
Still, there were roughly 450 police in South Beach’s entertainment district around 4 a.m., with clubs still open for another hour.
Noriega said there were so many officers from different agencies on South Beach and present during the time of the shootings that he wasn’t yet sure what officers had fired their weapons and what agencies were involved.
For city officials, who spend months preparing for Memorial Day crowds and roughly $1 million cleaning and patrolling the crowds, Monday’s violence was disheartening.
“It’s really disappointing,” said Assistant City Manager Hilda Fernandez, who spearheaded the city’s efforts during the weekend. “We were almost at the finish line.”
Miami Herald reporters Lidia Dinkova, Laura Figueroa, Kathleen McGrory and Andrea Torres contributed to this report.