“Throw the D***,” “Scrub Da Ground,” “Tootsie Roll,” “Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya,” “Get Your A** Off the Stage.”
This may sound like Cinemax’s Friday night lineup, but these are all actually classic songs in the Miami bass music scene. Bass is everywhere in music nowadays, not just hip-hop. But if you think listening to “All About That Bass” on the radio gives you an idea of what bass music is about, let us educate you (I would break your radio if that’s really what you listen to, but since I can’t, this podcast will have to suffice).
Miami experienced major social and political changes in the early 80s, which is reflected in its culture. Sure, Miami Vice and Scarface are part of that, but in the inner cities near Overtown and Liberty City, there was a musical revolution going on. Electronic music incorporated with heavy bass and fast rapping took over Miami and eventually spread to influence hip-hop all over the country. We visit with another longtime friend and Miami native, Ruben Veliz, to tell stories of growing up in Miami throughout the 80s as teens immersed in that culture. We begin with early memories of the time and list our musical influences. Ruben tells how he illegally obtained a banned record despite being 13 at the time, Travis gives the Hammocks suburbs street cred and Pierre admits he just can’t quit bass music. Enjoy!