Who can bring Wayne Wonder, YFN Lucci, and Ralo into the same building to celebrate life together? The largest DJ in the south, thats who! Bigga Rankin holds stature, embraces the indy music culture and assists in catapulting a lot of the careers we know and love today. This weekend the biggest city in Florida held its largest award show for independent artists. The Team Bigga Rankin Diamond Awards was this past Sunday at Masquerade in Jacksonville or better known as Duval County. The award show took over the city! There was a weeks worth of events around the city to commemorate the award show and get people excited about going. Our correspondent WorldWideKeege was able to attend the bulk of them.
On Thursday she arrived in the city with enough time to catch the DJ’s VS Everybody bowl-a-thon. From 7-10 Team BiggaRankins members and Cool Runnin’ DJ’s competed against fans and promotional groups for this years title as bowling champions. The event had a great turnout and we even got the chance to reconnect with Atlanta rapper “Big Cuz”. Remember a little while back when we introduced you all to his newest mixtape? Well Dammmnn Daniel he’s back at it again too! Stay tuned for more from the kid. After bowling our hearts out, we drank our hearts away. The after party was at Vibe Nightclub immediately after.
On Friday, Robert E. Lee High school was blessed with the First Annual Team BiggaRankins Diamond Awards Teen Summit. All students filled the gymnasium bleachers eagerly anticipating what the summit had to offer. The event was hosted by Duval’s home hi- hop radio station 93.3 The Beat’s T Roy and DJ Dr.Doom with music spun by DJ Smack Silly. Before the students went home for the day they had the pleasure of playing games and watching performances from some of the livest names in independent music right now! Performances included “Mr. OohSheThick” Yung Trap Beckam and “These Hoes For Everybody” fanatic Khaotic305.
After leaving the school we went to Bigga Rankin’s Street N Greet. Held at a barber shop near everyone’s favorite mall for convenience, artists and their managers lined the shop while vibing to Indy music from around the world. Popular music app DatPiff’s content curator hosted the event with outstanding PR and manager Dove in there building alongside many more industry comrades for you to mingle with! Official Diamond Awards kickoff was at Puff Nightclub that night. Team Bigga Rankin’s DJ’s had the music jumping while OG DJ ChillyChill hosted. WorldWideKeege got the chance to party with reggae legend Wayne Wonder and recent rockstars Cool Amerika alongside Bigga Rankin and the TeamBiggaRankin members. Fun night indeed!
Saturday evening a pre-diamond awards showcase took place at Bliss Nightclub. Artists like Wayne Wonder, Cmore Stacks, Cool Amerika and more graced the stage. Back at vibe again for the pre-awards show party that night we turned up one last time! Drinks, performances, and networking swirled the venue as attendees greet their colleagues they haven’t seen since last year.
Sunday at 6PM artists started arriving & walked through the red carpet. Event Coverage was handled by Ace Magazine, DJKP TV, and Bigga Rankin’s own Dymind Daily. They interviewed everyone who was anyone that came through and left a lasting impression on those who weren’t able to squeeze their time in front of the camera.
Alongside the awards being presented there were performances by YFN Lucci, Khaotic 305, Yung Greatness, and Ralo. Check out the awards and their winners at TBR Diamond Awards official site! There were some great people to meet, some great experiences to be apart of, and definitely some great influences blessed with awards. Next year make sure you don’t miss the 17th Annual Diamond Awards