Raider Klan. Models. Rave Bowling. What on paper read like a teenage blitz at Shredder’s foot clan hideout turned out to be a fairly low-key, benign family affair. A few lanes to the side of the AMF bowling alley in Miami carved out for a Friday night of good will. The group’s reputation in the press as the A$AP crew’s rowdy, Warriors-style rivals would suggest an event like this would be a canny, reformative PR move. As it turns out, Sunni I. Morrison, who runs First Class Productions, the organization that put the event together, is SpaceGhostPurrp’s mother, and this engagement isn’t a fluke but a regular occurrence.
Purrp has previously stated his interest in showing Miami’s less vacation-friendly side, where fiends roam, depression looms, and jobs are scarce, even calling himself the Osiris of its Hell
The gathering had multiple functions. One was for a toy drive held every December, and instead of waiting til the last minute to collect, nights like this were part of an effort to “kickstart throughout the year.” The event also served as a prelude to the Ms Runway pageant at the Westville Broward Mall. Some of the girls were even decked out in tiaras and sashays, while others, like one with cropped blonde hair, sharp heels and a well-coordinated black outfit, were just sharp.
Leaning against a wall outside the Alley with some friends, Purrp was glad to see “fam getting together, people from the hood just coolin’.”
Aside from toys, money was collected as well, benefitting “families in need, families with members that have HIV” and so on. Purrp has previously stated, in a Pitchfork interview from last year, his interest in showing Miami’s less vacation-friendly side, where fiends roam, depression looms, and jobs are scarce, even calling himself the Osiris of its Hell. While not necessarily a Spring Break 180, there was a good communal vibe to the proceedings that created a kind of bridge between the bleakness of Miami and . Leaning against a wall outside the Alley with some friends, Purrp was glad to see “fam getting together, people from the hood just coolin’.” Outside of a 4AD contract and press hype, Purrp’s mysteriousness kind of allows him to keep his feet dipped on the homefront, and a gathering like this is a reminder that outside of all that, “people form the hood just coolin’” is what there is to fall back on.
Inside, in between ecstatic post-bowl yells Denzel Curry echoed those thoughts, as did RVIDXR KLVN’s CEO, who talked of how they “tour tour tour” and would like to “give back” and though “people see us as rowdy, when we’re together it’s family.” Group member Dodo also felt the same but had some practical concerns as well, “trynna get 130, need 4 strikes. If I lose, I get drunk.” A win-win strategy. Jennifer, Ms Miami Beach, was in a playfully competitive spirit and signaled the considerable bowling skills of the girls, and how “we models have it in for the rappers.” I wasn’t there long enough for the outcome, but there was a man who happened to be drinking at the bar and decided to donate: the ultimate win-win.
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