Friday afternoon at the Core DJ Retreat began at the South Beach hotel, The Marlin, for the Bad Boy Records listening party. Packed in, with all the Core DJ's, were Bad Boy promotion executives Shawn Prez, Hen-Roc and Rich Dollars, as well as their artists, 8Ball & MJG. Playing almost the entirety of "Ridin High," the Bad Boys also played a few new tracks from Yung Joc, who's sophomore album is slated for
this June.

Def Jam corralled everyone into 510 Ocean Drive, right across from the beach, for their listening. Both Fabolous and Bobby Valentino stopped by and one highlight was the new joint, "White Girl," from Young Jeezy's off-shoot group, U.S.D.A. Another high point was Distrubing Tha Peace's new MC, Willie Northpole, whose "Get Up, Get Down," had one of the most jarring beats I've heard in awhile. It was a popping sound that was essentially either extremely catchy or totally annoying, but erred more on the catchy side. Tru Life's new track featuring Jay-Z entitled, "Get That Paper" also caught some airplay.

Atlantic Records presented most of their artists in person for their showcase at club Sobe Live on Friday night. From Twista, Paul Wall, DG Yola, Trey Songz, 8Ball & MJG and (randomly) Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys, each did a few songs for the packed crowd. Rick Ross also stopped by to show love for his Poe Boy Records affiliate, Flo Rida, who also performed.

On Saturday afternoon, Capitol held their listening at Bricks nightclub in downtown Miami for both Clyde Carson and Mims. Downstairs, DTP's newest mc, Serius Jones, hosted the new artist showcase, introducing performances from B Simms, Vawn Hollywood, Kev Samples, PM, C-Ride, Thorobread, Beefe, Dirty Blac and G-Bama Prince. B Simms had the best new dance called the "rope-a-dope," which was a kind a side-to-side two-step. Kev Samples sang a melodious joint called "The Way She's Built" and C-Ride caught everyone's attention by performing acapella verses with Cool, of the producing duo Cool & Dre, standing behind him.

Universal Republic, home to Tum Tum, Black Jak, Baby Boy Da Prince and Big
Tuck, gave away Patron shots at their listening, held at club, Area 51. "Caprice Music" by Tum Tum, Black Jak's "Ride & Swerve" and Baby Boy's "This Is The Way I Live" were crowd favorites, while each artist ambled around taking pictures and handed out tequila.

Later, after two hours of DJ Kid Capri's incomparable spinning, Tony Neal hosted the Core DJ's Award Show, which began at 11 PM. Interscope promotion representative Adam Favors, Bad Boy promotion executive Shawn Prez, Boogie Trick, DJ Suicide, Trina, Kid Capri and WEDR's Lady D were all honored with
glossy Core DJ plaques, thanking them for their support.