Justin Bieber, noted pop star and standard bearer of Canadian exceptionalism, was arrested early this morning in Miami for drag racing his rented yellow Lamborghini (classy), while intoxicated (smart), in a residential neighborhood of Miami Beach (responsible), with an expired driver’s license (really?). Oh, also, resisting arrest.
Furthermore, he had two SUVs blocking off traffic on side streets so that the race could take place. Bieber was apparently racing an associate who was driving a Ferrari. Also while intoxicated.
And finally, it’s coming to light that the singer’s entourage had a police escort, prior to this incident, as he traveled from strip club to strip club. This is also being investigated, with city officials saying this was not approved and would be considered highly unorthodox.
I’m sure we can expect prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. When he gets off with probation, we can be secure in the knowledge that that is exactly the same punishment any of us would receive for racing a sports car while drunk and high in someone’s neighborhood without a driver’s license before fighting with the police.
Hip-hop is no stranger to violence, whether it’s in boastful lyrics, videos, or the actual past lives of emcees who’ve escaped the streets and struggles of the inner city. Sometimes, though, it gets too real. Cut to Monday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Rick Ross barely escaped a barrage of bullets in an apparent drive-by shooting on the morning of his 37 birthday. Ross and girlfriend Shateria L. Moragne-el were reportedly on their way to a birthday breakfast when a gunman from another car opened fire on Ross’ 2011 Rolls-Royce. Ross sped away, only to quickly crash into a nearby apartment building. Though the bullets pierced the window of a nearby diner, neither Ross, nor his girlfriend, nor any of the diner patrons were injured. The night before, Ross has been celebrating his birthday with P. Diddy at the LIV nightclub in Miami. (more…)
Attention ravers. As if this years Ultra Music Festival lineup wasn’t enough to get you stoked for the 15th Anniversary of the internationally acclaimed festival, Miami commissioners have given the go on a second weekend of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in Bayfront Park in Miami, FL. This marks the first ever EDM festival to span two weekends, March 15-17 and 22-24 to be specific.
Last year, Ultra raked in over $79 million for the economy of the Miami area, and that number is sure to be surpassed with this massive expansion of the festival. Coincidentally, the amount of resources, personel (including police), planning, etc., will also have to be heightened; something which had concerned many when Miami commissioners were confronted by Ultra organizers with their request.
The first weekend lineup has already been announced and will feature performances by EDM giants such as Armin Van Buuren, Avicii, Bassnectar, David Guetta, deadmau5, Fatboy Slim, Kaskade, Knife Party, Major Lazer, Swedish House Mafia, Tií«sto, and many more. The second weekend lineup is soon to be announced so keep checking in here to stay up to date on what will certainly be one of the biggest music festivals of the year.
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