Wow, it's about goddamned time! Thanks to the kind and knowledgeable folks over at recently revived Cut It Up Def label and Dream House Studios, the Miami bass movement will finally get a proper documentary. Weighing out the obvious cultural impact, its influence on pop music, and being that it's one of the only music genres South Florida has a legitimate claim of origin to, it's extremely surprising that such a thing doesn't exist already. Bass music was never exclusive to the Miami region, but we were the ones who put our name on it and cultivated the sexploitative image and party lifestyle that would become forever synonymous with the up-tempo 808 boom. And while 2 Live Crew were the obvious champions, there was a stable of talented MCs, DJs, producers, label heads, and studio engineers whose pioneering contributions to the Miami sound have gone virtually undocumented.
A release date has yet to be set for The Bass That Ate Miami. Judging from the video quality, Steven Spielberg doesn't appear to be backing this one, but the trailer shows significant promise. Any lack of production budget is more than made up for in substance, from rare interviews with Miami bass founding fathers like Amos Larkin and DXJ/Maggotron to classic live footage, studio sitdowns, news blips, and more. Stay tuned to County Grind for further updates on the film's progress, and enjoy the trailer below.
And in celebration of The Bass That Ate Miami, my top five personal favorite Miami bass jams, starting with the song this film is named for.
1.Maggotron Crushing Crew - The Bass That Ate Miami
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