Alcohol, the streets of South Beach, a celebratory crowd, a long list of must-see artists, and a train you can’t miss: the scene at the xoJane x d Project – a studio dedicated to performance art and music.
The DMX x d Project open studio began with DMX; the celebrity covergirl-cum-DJ also serves as the creative director of the project. DMX describes what inspired him to do the opening event at the studio:
“If I’m listening to my music, you can tell that I am in love with my city and my city has always inspired me. So when I went to Miami a few years ago, I felt like I was some kind of pirate, because I was drinking out of bags and enjoying my music out of hand. But the big city does not have to become this boring place that everyone just loves to walk around looking at tourists and businesses. Here in Miami, there is freedom and adventure and people who live here are thinking and feeling outside the box. So I’m here and offering them the same.”
In addition to hosting the evening party, d Project included a city tour, where we got to check out his art that includes everything from photographs to silhouettes and paintings.
Then, at least one of the gallerists from d Project asked that everyone please clap for Offset’s performance. The Migos rapper performed a rendition of Pharrell’s “Happy,” which is surely one of the most infectious pop songs of all time. A young Rihanna also showed up to catch Offset’s performance.
Then, DJ Double Dimple sang Nicole Scherzinger’s dance tune “Paper Planes.” The band Ijeani shared its tracks. And the get-the-party-going song that began the event was the Honorable Señor Snoop Dogg’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” which the gang at d Project named “NYC.”
When we left after an 8:30 p.m. party, we spotted Edward Snowden, Iggy Azalea, and Ezekiel Elliott, all in a very stylish group of people who showed up to the event.
Other times we saw Alexis Wilkinson, who recently appeared on Bravo’s “Design in the Streets” show, and Mindy Kaling, sporting a special Native American dress.
The next opening night at d Project is coming up on Saturday.