A push to stop Rolling Loud in wake of shootings

Commissioners in Sunny Isles Beach may formally ask Miami Gardens to prohibit future Rolling Loud festivals at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Herald reported.

I had blogged shortly after the festival that Rolling Loud shouldn’t be invited back to South Florida after three shootings, which included the death of an innocent bystander.

The Herald article does a good job of providing details on what it was like at the Trump International Beach Resort where one of the shootings happened. Vice Mayor Larisa Svechin happened to be having a Mother’s Day brunch when the shooting broke out in front of the hotel and said her children ran crying towards her.

After my blog, I received an email from an attorney who said she and her young twins took refuge in a Burger-Fi when the shooting started.

The Herald story outlines some racial sensitivities—Sunny Isles Beach is largely white while Miami Gardens is the state’s largest black majority city. The article indicates Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert still wants to welcome the festival back and isn’t blaming hip hop culture for the shootings.

“By the time someone gets to this point there are a lot of social institutions that have failed,” Gilbert told the Herald. “I don’t think Rolling Loud and I don’t think hip hop brings violence in that way.

I get Gilbert’s point about the failure of social institutions. However, too many hip hop lyrics glorify gangs and gun fire. Here are excerpts of lyrics from YoungBoy Never Broke Again (NBA Young Boy), whose girlfriend was shot at Trump International:

Red Rum
Better keep your gun b—, f— where you from b—
Burner on my waist b—-, I be on that bang s—
F— up out my face b—-, I be on that gang s—
Get shot in your face b—-, reaching for my chain b—

My Mama Say
Let shots off at your head, you end up dead, I up that .40, n—
B— I’m rich as f— and that’s a must, I’m gone kill all them n—-
And they know that I’m thuggin’ til they put me in a coffin, n—-
Hundred rounds on that Draco (B-r-r-r-ap)
(A Draco is a Romanian Kalashnikov variant, which has gained popularity with rappers because of it’s affordable price, compact size and powerful round, according to the Urban Dictionary.)



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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.