MIAMI — “Hug me, hug me, squeeze me, squeeze.” Soca star Kevin Lyttle was turning plenty of girls on when he performed at Teasers Thursday night.
Meanwhile, producers Cool & Dre got to party with Mase at their new nightspot LaDea. The duo have a stake in the ownership along with Usher and Big Boi from Outkast. Mase, the flashy Bad Boy, was the guest of honor at his album-release party for Welcome Back.
Over at Crobar, Timbaland took a little time out from making his next masterpiece to chill out. On the ones and twos? None other than “the Kiiiiiiiiiiiid Capri,” who kept things jumping by mixing his set with old-school and new.
And if you were driving anywhere near South Beach, you probably saw the Birdman and his flock. Cash Money Millionaires Baby and Mannie Fresh hit town on Thursday and the #1 Stunna was itching to get out on the road. He had six of his cars transported from his hometown to Miami just for VMA weekend. “I feel like I’m [still] in New Orleans right now,” the platinum-mouthed king of excess said late in the evening at the famed Circle House studios, where he and Fresh were working. They both have solo albums coming soon.
In Miami you can do it big, you can do it light — just don’t miss the opportunity to go out and party. Pauly Shore started the night off with a screening of his upcoming film, “Pauly Shore Is Dead.” Britney Spears, Pamela Anderson, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Sheen and Chris Rock were all present — in the film, that is (they all make cameo appearances). MTV News’ Sway showed up in physical form to give support to his buuuuud-eee …
Later Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, Mynt Lounge’s VMA kickoff party was packed with people getting down to Tony G’s set, which included everything from Jay-Z to Queen. Paris Hilton, Simon Rex, Jamie Foxx and Randy Spelling were enjoying the scene (not to mention all of the attention) from a corner table near the DJ booth. Jamie — who has been making the rounds this week — could also be found at Teasers in South Beach, where he and the sexy hometown heroine Trina co-hosted a party. At the same time, Pitbull, whose “Dammit Man” is blowing up, was waaaaaaay off in the cut at a spot he frequents called Hooligans Pub & Oyster Bar. “The women there are off the chain, for real. You don’t even understand, homie,” Pit said. CULO!
Trick Daddy and Jacki-O held court at Oxygen Lounge in Coconut Grove on Tuesday night for the Got VMA Tickets? bash. DJ Kool G and DJ Spoon spun hip-hop, reggae and Spanish music while the party people munched on sushi, danced on tables and competed for passes to more parties this week and, of course, Sunday’s big show.
Even though the nightspot known as Opium may be his favorite place to club, Fat Joe’s top spot to hang out while in Miami is DJ Khaled’s Jerusalem studio. It’s the place where he says “the magic is at,” and the place he chose to occupy until early Tuesday morning. Joe was working on his collaboration tracks with Scott Storch and R. Kelly for his new album Things of That Nature, while members of the Terror Squad played “NBA Live” on a hanging flat-screen TV.
Meanwhile, Monday night’s VMA party MTV @ B.E.D. hosted the likes of Jamie Foxx and former MTV VJ Pauly Shore, who made it through the throngs of people outside to enjoy themselves in the sack. Inside, among the canopied beds/dining-room tables, resident DJ Radamus spun hip-hop while nightie-clad waitresses served drinks to the nocturnal crowd.
If you’re coming to the MTV Video Music Awards and planning to party in Miami this week, be sure to slot enough time during the afternoon for rest. We’re just a couple of days into VMA week, and the forecast is calling for after-hours shindigs all week long.
The past two nights (and mornings) have been all about the club called Opium. P. Diddy held court there during the early hours of Sunday morning, and Fat Joe and the Terror Squad got things jumping off at around 2 a.m. on Monday.
DJ Khaled was spinning everything from “Lean Back” to Lil Jon, but the star of the party was not a rapper. Jamie Foxx, who’s proved that he can act, tell jokes and sing, put on a new hat at Opium: bartender. With comedienne Sommore and director John Singleton walking around at different parts of the club, Foxx danced on the bar, held a huge flashlight in one hand and a bottle of liquor in the other. The ladies were literally throwing themselves at his feet as he poured drinks in their mouths straight from the bottle. He even took time to shine the spotlight — er, flashlight — on himself and sing “Slow Jamz” on the mic.
And the week has just begun …
The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from Miami on Sunday, August 29, at 8 p.m. on MTV, with the “2004 VMA Pre-show by the Shore” kicking off at 6:30 p.m.