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Tune in August 13 at 1 p.m. ET/PT for the premiere of "My Block: Miami."




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 "This is the life!" ...



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 "I don't have a hard time convincing people to come down to Miami." ...



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 "Miami's taking over" ...


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Actually, it is. For the multitude of millionaires who call South Beach — and the surrounding exclusive areas like Star Island and Fisher Island — home, the mantra is "Anything goes." If you pull up to a club like Mansion or Opium in your black Rolls, somebody will pull up behind you in a gray one. If you roll down Ocean Drive in your Bentley, best believe yours won't be the only one to hit the strip that day. The 81-foot yacht Fat Joe drove looks like a jet-ski compared to the 100-foot one that producer Scott Storch has on the pier in back of his house.

"This is like the Beverly Hills, the Bel Air, of Miami. It's a beautiful thing. It's a great place to live." — Diddy
Not only do you need a backyard the size of Wrigley Field, you also need a mansion to compete with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Shaquille O'Neal, Timbaland, Sylvester Stallone, Will Smith, Baby, L.A. Reid and other luminaries who have relocated to MIA from other cities.

"Yeah, when you come across this bridge [that connects South Beach to Star Island] and see these lights, you know where you at," P. Diddy says, while driving his Bentley at a slow speed. "This is like the Beverly Hills, the Bel Air, of Miami. It's a beautiful thing. It's a great place to live."

Diddy, like the aforementioned big names who have planted their flags in MIA, simply got turned out by the city.

"There's not more beautiful women in any place on this earth than Miami," says Fat Joe, who not only moved his wife and kids down, but his parents as well. "You got Jamaicans, Haitians, Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Brazilians, Venezuelans. They come and park their asses in Miami, B. You can go to a McDonald's and the girls is off the chain in there. Miami's got palm trees, it's sunny, there's colorful houses — in the projects, where we're from, there's 144 families in one building."

"The thing about Miami is the energy. That's what I think separates it from all other places." — Diddy
"The thing about Miami is the energy," Diddy explains. "That's what I think separates it from all other places. The energy of Miami is that when you get off the plane, you see so many different colors and creeds and so many different shades and types of people, and they all have a certain positive energy going on. It's not the same energy as New York or L.A.; it's a little bit more laid-back and a little bit more positive. People are smiling at you, people are enjoying the sun, the sights, each other."

"Most of all, I think it's the vibe of the people," Fat Joe concurs. "You come down here, you don't get in no trouble, everybody's nice. I mean, it gets real — Dade County is straight, street-gutter real, but nobody messes with you [if] you don't mess with them."

Even if you're a recording artist who's not into the sun, the women or the conspicuous consumption, you're almost forced to come down if you want beats to make your album stand out. Lil Jon, Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and MIA natives Scott Storch and Cool & Dre have all set up shop in town.

"Tell him to cut that sh-- off!" one of Storch's friends tells the superproducer as they stand in Scott's backyard. The captain of Storch's multimillion-dollar boat is drowning out all conversation as he blasts Shawn Brown's 1985 hit, "Rappin' Duke."

"I don't really like selling beats off a CD," Storch explains once the music is turned off. "It's not really a intimate way to work. I have to get in the studio [with the artists] and vibe out. I don't have a hard time convincing people to come down to Miami."

"When you're in Atlanta, you're hearing Atlanta music. When you're on the West Coast, you just hearing West Coast music. In Miami, they play it all." — Scott Storch
Storch was born in the sexy city and lived there until age 15. After spending several years in Philly and L.A., he moved back in 2002. His hit list is almost as diverse as the city itself: Mario's "Let Me Love You," Terror Squad's "Lean Back," 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" and "Just a Lil Bit," R. Kelly and Game's "Playa's Only," Beyoncé's "Baby Boy" and "Me, Myself and I," are just a few. The next A-list celeb that he has lured to Miami is his gal pal Paris Hilton. He'll be executive-producing and helping her record her album over the next month.

"One of the things I love about working in Miami, and I think [the artists] would agree with me, is the water," Storch says. "The water helps you to think, it helps you to create. There's something magical about water.

"Also, the Miami club scene is very diverse," he adds. "When you're in Atlanta, you're hearing Atlanta music. When you're on the West Coast, you just hearing West Coast music. In Miami, they play it all, and that right there is really a true example of the cultural melting pot. So you have cats who come here to work in the studio at like 2 a.m. If they get stuck, they'll go hit a club and they still early to the party — Miami don't start rockin' till like 3 a.m."


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