¡Bienvenido a Miami! This feel-good song celebrated Miami Big Willie Style in 1998. The catchy tune clearly resonated with Miami lovers near and far — it's Smith's biggest worldwide hit to date. Bonus: Check out a pre-fame (and pre-Hitch) Eva Mendes in the video.
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Doesn't the title of this 2008 song capture what all South Beach vacationers want to yell when they step off the plane? No? Even if you like to announce your whereabouts in a more civilized manner, you'll probably be forced to hear this hip-hop track at least once if you venture into a Miami nightclub.
This song isn't necessarily about Miami, but the band that made it is Miami through and through! Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine's Latin-flavored '80s pop set the city's cultural landscape to music.
TV's Miami Vice (1984-1989), which starred Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas, is memorable for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the main characters' iconic wardrobe (including a prodigious use of pastels) and the show's music, which managed to perfectly capture the rough-around-the-edges South Beach of the 1980s.
Rapper Flo Rida (can you take a stab at which state he reps?) released this track as a theme song for the NBA's 2010-2011 Miami Heat, which, with the notable additions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, has exhilarated the city.
A child of Miami, Cuban-American rapper Pitbull penned this song for newcomers to his hometown. "If you're visitin' our city … watch where you park your whip," he raps, " 'cause they will leave it sittin' on bricks awfully quick." That doesn't sound very welcoming!
Whether it's the nightlife, the women or the notorious drug-trafficking history, Miami has long been a city of interest to rappers from coast to coast. In "Miami," Yo Gotti and Miami native Rick Ross rap about the city's various, ahem, moneymaking (and spending) possibilities.
New York rapper Jim Jones, accompanied by crooner Trey Songz, glorified Miami in this 2005 song about spending the summer there with his girlfriend.