How to party with VICE at Art Basel Miami Beach

It’s that time again: Art Basel Miami Beach. Humid and sun-kissed Miami Beach is a handy cure for those pre-winter blues, and Art Basel is home to the most exciting modern and contemporary work galleries from five continents have to offer. It’s the perfect place for stimulating conversations about the cutting-edge art world — and the parties suck.

VICE is excited to join the fun this year with Not A Test, three days of carefully curated (and free with RSVP!) programming about the future of hip-hop, the genre that’s always thrived on experimentation and cutting edge. In partnership with Art Basel, Not A Test runs November 30 through December 2, with daily and nightly events at the palatial Carl Fischer Clubhouse in Miami Beach.

Expect panels and roundtable discussions moderated by Kimberly Drew, the anthology’s luminous curator, critic, activist and co-editor black future; Afternoon dance parties with DJs from around the world; blowout performances from hip-hop innovators who are guiding the genre; plus a reflection on all the pioneers who brought us here in the form of inflectionan immersive, experimental piece by visual artist and composer Timeboy that explores the impact of print on hip-hop culture.

Here’s how to make the most of what we’ve put together.

Take notes from “Women in the Movement”

When: November 30, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m

Women are the unsung heroes of pretty much everything, including hip-hop. That’s why this conversation between three black women, each forging their own path in hip-hop, is a must-see. Host Kimberly Drew will host a conversation between artist Aya Brown, whose 2020 portraits of key workers were a love letter to black women’s resilience; Kristen White, a director and photographer who has shot commercials with Serena Williams and Mary J. Blige and shot portraits of Pharrell Williams; and Suzi Analogue, the creator of Never Normal Records and a musician with many hyphens whose tracks seamlessly blend rap and electronic music into a sound all her own. After the panel, Drew will be available to sign copies of it black future until 5 p.m.

RSVP for the panel here and the book signing here.

Get the party started with Donovan’s Yard and Smino

When: November 30, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m

Kicking off Not A Test’s Noisey Nights series, LA-based DJ collective Donovan’s Yard will be heating the dancefloor — they opened for Jorja Smith’s LA tour stop this summer, they’ll be playing Coachella 2023 and A$AP Rocky, Rihanna , and Tyler the Creator have all been spotted at their previous events, so you know they’re lit. Then, get ready for a headlining performance from singer/rapper Smino, the third studio album from St. Louis Windward 4 rental fell in late October.

Sign up for the concert here.

Eat up with Ghetto Gastro

When: 1 December, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Food is a foundation of culture, something the three co-founders of Ghetto Gastro know better than most. The Bronx-born culinary collective cooks more than just incredible food: they use their platform to continue the gastronomic traditions of the Global South in a healthy and conscious way that combines class, race, education and the influence of all these things on what influences how we cook and why. In October, Ghetto Gastro co-founders Jon Gray, Les Walker and Pierre Serrao released Black Power kitchen, part cookbook and part celebration of black culture as a whole. Drew will moderate an hour-long conversation about the future of black food, followed by a tasting and book signing.

RSVP for the panel here and the book signing/tasting here.

Mood with Noisey Scene Reports

When: December 1st and 2nd, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

If you’re looking for a lunch break or are feeling claustrophobic at the Miami Beach Convention Center, look no further – on Thursdays and Fridays, Noisey Scene Reports brings a cadre of up-and-coming DJs from around the world to spin through the afternoon and early evening . Expect tracks you need to hear Shazam as the DJs uncover different layers of hip-hop and take it forward for a glimpse of the genre’s next few decades.

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Feel the rhythm with Uncle Waffles + Sudan Archives

When: 1 December, 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m

Hip-hop may have been born in the United States, but its future is international. For the second performance of Noisey Nights, presented by Expedia, artists Uncle Waffles and Sudan Archives showcase the immeasurable influence of African music on the hip-hop genre. Uncle Waffles is a South Africa-based Eswatini-born DJ who helped bring amapiano, the South African style of house music, across the Atlantic to American audiences. Sudan Archives is a singer-songwriter and violinist whose latest album Natural brown prom queenreceived critical acclaim for its genre-bending, boundary-blurring sound and sensibility.

Sign up for the concert here.

Redefine healing with Hip Hop Public Health

When: 2 December, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m

Music is all about self-expression — and sometimes that means expressing struggles with mental health issues. That’s why the nonprofit Hip Hop Public Health and VICE are hosting The Sixth Pillar, a discussion about mental health and health equity in the black community. In a roundtable hosted by Kimberly Drew, Run-DMC rap legend DMC and contemporary powerhouse JPEGMafia will discuss how hip-hop and the culture that surrounds it can be mobilized to create a healthier, more holistic future for grappling community members to create with PTSD, limited access to mental health care, depression or anxiety.

Sign up for the roundtable here.

Fit check with hip-hop styling

When: December 2, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m

Art Basel street style is notorious – and the influence of hip-hop on the incredible looks people don each year is undeniable. That’s why we’re hosting a panel on the future of hip-hop styling, a conversation that’s more urgent than ever now that the high fashion world has finally acknowledged that hip-hop has mastered the concept of cool. For the final Not a Test panel, sponsored by Chateau d’Esclans, Kimberly Drew will moderate a conversation between Creative Director Jerome LaMaar, the mastermind behind the launch of Ivy Park x Adidas in 2020; stylist and visual consultant Talia Bella, who also modeled in Yeezy seasons 3 and 4; and Shannon Stokes, the illustrator, designer, creative director and stylist who styled Rihanna’s iconic spiked hair Paper magazine shoot 2017.

Sign up for the panel here.



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