For whatever reason, Thomas made an Instagram video on Sunday talking about the city of Miami while driving in North Carolina.
“I was in Miami the other day and people were talking about, ‘Hey, welcome to my city.’ Let me be clear, there would be no blackness celebrated on South Beach without Peter Thomas.”
He proceeds to claim he was the first to bring Sean “Diddy” Combs, Russell Simmons and Dr. Dre to South Beach in what we’re assuming was the early ’90s.
“[Uncle] Luke came after me,” he declares. “I was there first. Ok, so don’t be acting like Miami ain’t my town. It is my town and I can come back and take that at any time. Ask DJ Khaled.”
More than likely, knowing the history of the Miami hip-hop scene, someone shared this video with Uncle Luke, who responded with a three-part video.
Born in Miami-Dade County, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell gave a little history lesson to Thomas, noting that he brought Run DMC, T LA Roc, Mantronix to his city back in the late ’70s.
“Peter had the first reggae club in Miami, [but] he went on to say he runs Miami and brought hip-hop to Miami,” he clarifies. “That is untrue, fake news. Unfortunately, Peter, this s—t was going on long before you got here… I call you a settler. You come settle in South Florida and think you run s—t here. In fact, you don’t.”
Luke also addressed the shoutout to DJ Khaled, noting that the Roc Nation DJ is from New Orleans and established himself in Miami with Luke’s help.
“This guy don’t run s—t either. He just screams Miami out. He needs to be screaming out New Orleans.”
Big picture: The argument seems petty but it lends to a wider discussion about masculinity and ownership. At least we got a mini-history lesson on Miami history with this beef.