The biggest names in reggae, hip-hop, R&B, dancehall & soca converged in Bicentennial Park for two days of music, food & fun!
The longest running Memorial Weekend destination event, Best Of The Best celebrated its 5th year with two huge music festivals held without incident on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami.
Day one, dubbed Spring Fest, featured the best of the best in contemporary R&B and Hip-Hop, including Miami native Rick Ross, Chris Brown,Trey Songz, Drake, Keri Hilson, Lloyd, Jeremih,Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of the duo Floetry), Travis Porter and Big Sean. Nationally syndicated radio personality and comedian Rickey Smiley hosted the event with Russ Parr.
Without further adieu, here are the recaps of a few performances according to my good friend Kevin Ross.
“Lloyd performed his smash hits “All around the world,” and “Lay It Down.” Towards the end of his performance he brought out Ace Hood to perform “Hustle Hard.” Great performance.
Despite the Chicago Bulls losing the series against the Miami Heat, Jeremih came to Miami representing Southside Chicago heavy and was extremely thankful for his fans. Songs like “I’m A Star” and “Birthday Sex” showed his talent as well as his dedication to keep R&B alive.
Chris Brown was hands down the best performer of the night! Not to take anything away from other artists, but the energy he brought was undeniable. Brown even brought a young lady from the crowd on stage for his steamy, almost rated R performance of “Take You Down.”
Miguel definitely put on a phenomenal show. Everything from the choreography, to his light up mic stand kept the crowd fully engaged. “All I want is you,” and his current smash record that has everyone buzzing, “Sure Thing” had the audience rocking & singing in harmony. This performance was nothing shy of great!
Travis Porter hit the stage and had the girls “shakin what their mama’s gave em” when they opened up the show with the song “Bring It Back”. For some reason this group reminds me of a younger version of the Ying Yang twins… only there’s three of them. After they performed “Make It Rain,” the group brought out Big Sean to perform “Dem Girls.”
Big Sean performed the song “Gang Bang” from Wiz Khalifas mixtape Cabin Fever. He also brought out Trae Tha Truth to perform “Phone numbers” together.
Rickey Smiley’s crazy sense of humor never fails to make even the most serious person die of laughter. Smiley brought out his friend Juicy to sing Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” which definitely had the audience gasping for air they were laughing so hard!”
Dancehall icon, Shabba Ranks rocked the house on day two alongside some of the top acts in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall and Soca, including Stephen and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, DJ Khaled, Vybz Kartel (who appeared on the big screen with his band live via satellite from Jamaica), Tarrus Riley, Alison Hinds, Trina, Assassin, Etana, Sanchez, I-Octane, Ace Hood,Stephen McGregor, Chino, Richie Loop, Demarco, Gappy Ranks, Romain Virgo, Tifa, ZJ Liquid.
Best Of The Best Weekend 2011 was presented by FEVER — The World’s 1st Stimulation Drink (www.feverusa.com). Additional sponsors included Swift Kick Sneaker Wipes(www.swiftkickproducts.com), now available at Walgreens.