On the FM dial (or button), 103.5 used to mean SHE's Only Rock N Roll. Once that very beloved ship sank, it later became the Beat, which offered a comprehensive selection of contemporary hop-hop, which got us flipping back to the station. Then in 2010, the 103.5 we'd grown to know and love signed off and 103.5 became a Spanish station and then a weak Clear Channel version of WSHE.
Thankfully, just last fall, with Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O.," hip-hop returned to this fickle spot. And now, while you can complain till you're blue in the face that Miami radio sucks, you can't say shit about Miami's hip-hop stations.
While the Beat wants to "beat down" 99 Jamz, there's no denying they're both representing on the airwaves, and there's also plenty of legit (in sound, not legally) pirate stations that come and go.
But this is the Beat's year, and they're celebrating with the Beat Down at BB&T Center. The newest re-addition to the R&B- and rap-dominated airwaves is hosting a veritable blowout with some of the most important names in the industry right now. It's got grounded superstar Kendrick Lamar, the almost-too-big-for-us Future, the sensual Trey Songz, and Miami's own DJ Khaled headlining. Other acts hitting the stage include R&B singer Rico Love, Fort Lauderdale's Bugatti-lovin' Ace Hood, "Heads High" reggae-style Mr. Vegas, and Memphis rapper Yo Gotti.
There's nothing to do but win with that lineup.
2014 Beat Down. Presented by 103.5 The Beat, with Kendrick Lamar, Future, DJ Khaled, and others. Thursday, June 12, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $25.35 to $120.75 plus fees. Call 800-745-3000, or visit thebbtcenter.com.