T-Pain’s managers, Rocco Valdes and Mike Blumstein of Chase Entertainment, obviously know how to get that mullah. They got their start working in the studio at Slip-N-Slide Records with producer Jim Johnson. One day, the duo were in a parking lot and heard T-Pain’s demo through record promoter T.J. Chapman and sought out the singer. Now, in addition to Pain, they help guide the careers of new artists A.B., Sophia Fresh, Young Cash and Sophia Del Carmen, as well as producers Catalyst, All-Star and Detail (who wrote and produced Ray J’s “Sexy Can I”). One of their favorite places to break bread? Miami, of course. The pair tell us the spots in Miami that you can get some great business done.
Best Places in Miami to Cut a Deal
» Tootsie’s: “Everyone knows Tootsie’s,” says Valdes. “I’ve been everywhere, and it’s the best strip club in the United States. You take a client to Tootsie’s and get a table and throw beautiful women over them all night, and the deal is done.”
» Philippe at the Gansevoort South Hotel: “Good food and drinks and beautiful women,” Blumstein advises. “It gives people a feel of Miami and is a great place to get someone drunk and negotiate better terms. This is for the more reserved clients.”
» Nobu: “Can’t go wrong with this spot because this is a lot of people’s favorite restaurant,” Valdes adds. “Easy deal closer.”
Best Place in Miami to Find Talent
» In the ’hood: “Either at the flea market or the barbershops or the festivals in the following areas: Hialeah, Carol City, Liberty City, Little Havana, Little Haiti or Overtown,” says Blumstein.
» Hit Factory Studio: “A lot of people on the come-up get rooms and try to mingle with everyone,” says Valdes.
» Circle House Studios: “Same thing here,” Valdes adds. “You will find all the local artists making noise, along with the biggest stars.”
How to Roll Through Miami
» Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe: “T-Pain just bought this car,” Blumstein explains. “We were driving around South Beach Memorial Day weekend. You definitely should have something with a drop top. It’s great to smell that Miami air.”
» Lamborghini: “If you’re rich, get the Lambo or Drophead,” Rocco explains. “If you’re on the come-up and still want to drop the top, get a Chrysler Sebring!”
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