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A Night in the Studio With "Bad Boys": Reggae Legends House Hit-Makers



    At Miami's No. 1 recording studio, the vibe is as low-key as the legendary musicians that run the place.

    Circle House goes unnoticed, nestled amid the other modest villa-styled homes in a North Miami Beach strip, leaving visitors undisturbed to produce chart-toppers into the wee hours.

    "I keep the door as good luck because so many famous people have turned that knob," Roger Lewis explained at the studio late Wednesday night.

    Lewis and the other members of Inner Circle, famous for reggae hits "Bad Boys" and "Sweat (Ah La La La Long)," opened the studio to record in-house and then started lending it to friends. Now, Circle House is one of America's premier recording studios.

    Folks who have crossed the threshold include P. Diddy, Lenny Kravitz, Jay Z, Usher, Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani, Will Smith and Ricky Martin just to name a few. Flo Rida was there recording last night, and Timbaland's producers were busy mixing his track.

    Joss Stone and Damian Marley had just left.

    "Puff really gave us that push," said Lewis, as Flo Rida emerged from outside the cabana.

    "What's up y'all?" Flo asked, then gave daps before disappearing again.

    "I'm really happy for that brother's success. He's really doing his thing right now," Lewis boasted, before heading inside the studio where Timbaland's producers were calling for "some of that Jamaican flavor" on Flo Rida's track.