Tha Wolf Pakk: "Every Single Song Doesn't Have to Be About Women, Cars, and Most Notably Money"

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Hip-hop in South Florida continues to grow and evolve. Headline-grabbing, flash-in-the-pan acts aside, the underground movement is alive and kicking and it will be no time before the rest of the nation takes note. A newer addition to the growing roster of conscious and thoughtful hip-hop is Tha Wolf Pakk, a duo comprised of MCs Dylan "Achileez" Campbell and Joshua "Antics" Tennie.

It's always a bit of a cliché when an outfit attempts to change the game and/or bring something different to the table, but this young act is slowly getting its guiding voice together. So far it's evident that Tha Wolf Pakk is well-versed in the better aspects of rap and understand the collective strength of its voices when staggering verses.

By enlisting the soulful vocals of Liza Forero, it adds an informed, R&B dynamic to this early crop of cuts that the duo is using to dip its artistic toes into South Florida's hip-hop scene.

See also: Best Internet Memes of Stitches, the Miami Rapper

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Summer Soundtrack Comes to a Sweaty and Satisfying End (Video)


C&I Studios and Exposed PR's Summer Soundtrack came to a close last night. The pop-up concert series centered on local music, and was emceed by South Florida musician Phil Barnes.

See also: Summer Soundtrack Pop-Up Music Series: A Perfect End to the Season


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Octo Gato Creates a Cat-Inspired Superhero for "Superpuss" Video

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Who among us doesn't have the urge to create a cat-inspired superhero? Instead of burying that feeling deep inside, the sun-drenched dudes of Fort Lauderdale's Octo Gato have given in to the feline fever. To share its laid-back, beach-rock sound and style with the masses, Octo Gato is premiering its new video for "Superpuss." It's a little overdue, but Captain Octo himself told us, "As a very visual and live-oriented band, the Octo boys have been dying to make a video to show everyone what we're all about!"

"Superpuss" was the perfect choice to bring Octo Gato to life, displaying the band's knack for maximizing the surf and garage-rock sounds and showing off the members' playful personalities. Captain Octo describes the video as "a psychedelic cat-infused '60s beach blast superhero story fueled by Red Bull and hallucinogens." And you can get it all up in your face right after the jump.

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Lex One and Mike Beatz's One-Two Punch for their Upcoming Album No Prisoners

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There's something to be said about a little hard work and how it never hurt anybody. Quite frankly, we think a little hard work can get you everywhere and anything.

Jamaican-American rapper Mike Beatz has created a notable production resume in his 25 years that includes T-Pain and Trina as well as releasing some thoroughly enjoyable mixtapes.

Lex One's blog Get That Paper Son (GTPS) is an ethos that transcends the clichéd ideology that hip-hop has unfortunately fallen into. It's not about the bling and the almost mandatory falling into the foils of the nouveau riche, it's about truly understanding and representing the culture.

In four short years, these guys, along with Pusher FM, managed to carve a niche in the rap world with their danceable and conscious racket as Wizard Sleeve.

Well, the sleeves are pulled and here's the next round of wizardry from these two in anticipation of their upcoming album No Prisoners.

See also: Lex One on Starting a Label, Evading the Law and His Favorite Black Jews


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Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter: An Inside Look (Video)

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There's so much to see and explore at Diagon Alley, Universal Studios' latest Harry Potter-themed expansion, that words and pictures can't possibly do it any justice. But moving pictures? Now we're talking.

See also: Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Crazy Stories at Churchill's Pub: A Video Interview

Blood. Shit. Spilled beer. "And a girl," as Churchill's Pub enforcer Nicky Bowe recalls, "pissing into a saucepan."

Only a few examples of the weird, wild, and occasionally disgusting stuff that can happen in the course of a trip to Our Beloved Shithole at 5501 NE Second Avenue on any given night of any given week.

Just check out today's vid on the crazy stories at Churchill's Pub.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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West Palm Beach's Tattoo Mania with Big Gus and Maddie La Belle (VIDEO)

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This past weekend, West Palm Beach's Convention Center got all sticky with needles and antiseptic for the first annual Tattoo Mania.

The place featured international tattoo artists as well as a few celebs. We spoke with local artists from Aces High and Ink Link, as well as Big Gus of Spike TV's Tattoo Nightmares who told us of a most particularly vile tat he encountered. Also present was new Florida resident Maddie La Belle who appeared on season three of Ink Master. She brought along her newborn and we chatted with her about some of the biggest threats to a tiny human at a tattoo convention.

Check out the whole scene at Tattoo Mania in the following video.


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Favorite Bands at Churchill's Pub: A Video Interview

It's been said that Churchill's Pub just might hold the world's record for having the most live acts in a single venue.

But while the massive mission (and accompanying pint-drinking campaign) to complete that count rages on, we here at County Grind can say it's no doubt been the home to some of Miami's best and favorite bands over the last three decades.

From Charlie Pickett and the Holy Terrors to Jacuzzi Boys ... Check out today's vid on the bands at Churchill's Pub.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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History of Churchill's Pub: A Video Interview

It is Miami's embassy of punk, rock, metal, noise, and pints.

After 35 years under the ownership of beloved founder Dave Daniels, the cultural landmark otherwise known as Churchill's Pub has been sold.

Some are worried about drastic changes. Others expect the place to see another million mosh pits. In either case, an era has come to an end.

That's why we here at County Grind are celebrating the 305's best rock club ever with a cover story entitled "Bangers & Mosh" and a series of video interviews with Mr. Daniels, local music legend Rat Bastard, and pub enforcer Nicky Bowe.

Check out today's vid on the history of Churchill's Pub.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Keyboard Cat Is Back With New Song, "96 Tears" (VIDEO)

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No matter how shitty your shitty day was, even the mere idea of Keyboard Cat's return is enough to make the sides of your frowny mouth turn upward. But what if the internet's most talented musical cat performed one of the best songs of all time? For sure, that'd make you pee your panties with glee!

Get ready to clean that damp bottom, because Keyboard Cat is back with "96 Tears" by Question Mark and the Mysterians (or ? and the Mysterians, whichever your preference). We dare you to press play just once.


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