Since 2007, every third Saturday in April has been set aside for the observance of Record Store Day, when vinyl lovers and music fans show love and appreciation to the their local shops. In Miami, though brick-and-mortar music retailers like Spec's, Virgin Megastore, and F.Y.E. are certainly a thin ... More >>
Janelle Monáe With Roman GianArthur Fillmore Miami Beach Saturday, November 23, 2013 Better Than: James Brown reincarnated as a woman. Janelle Monáe's set began with four roadies dressed in matching white pants, lab coats, bowties, and glasses clustered in front of the stage, seeming to be in th ... More >>
Poor Big Boi. It seems the slickest, most Southernplayalistic half of Outkast still touring has injured himself while rockin' a stage. And now he has to sit out for at least six weeks. According to Billboard, the rapper was giving it his all at Summer Camp Fest in Chillicothe, Illinois, when he roc ... More >>
Hip-hop is the music of the people, and the sound of grumbling bellies sets the beat. In the game of life, it's eat or be eaten, and only the hungriest survive to tell their story. Songs about struggle are a cornerstone of the genre. Brooding tales of desperation often become heralded classics. Eve ... More >>
Grammy-tastic! Last night, amid goofy, sexually tense intergenerational banter between co-hosts LL Cool J and Taylor Swift, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States announced the nominees for its 54th Grammy Awards, airing Sunday, February 10, on CBS. Genre-bending ... More >>
Sex rules! And you know what's even better? Sex outside! That's 'cause the threat of being shamefully discovered tickles the universal voyeuristic/exhibitionist funny bone. All people (spanning every continent) either want to watch people have sex. Or have other people watch them have sex. And t ... More >>
It seems as though newly minted Rastafarian, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Doggy Dogg), has picked up more than a newfound appreciation for the work of Haile Selassie in service of Jah Rastafari. If the one-time West Coast gangsta's Twitter is any indication (not to mention his endorsement of Obama), ... More >>
In the lead up to the release of his autobiography, Neil Young sat down with the New York Times Magazine for a meaty, tell-all interview. Our favorite morsel? According to the rock 'n' roll legend, he's quit smoking marijuana once and for all! Neil isn't the first celebrity musician to give up the ... More >>
Being a famous rapper is awesome. You get all the fancy cars, expensive champagne, and bad bitches your icy heart desires. It's all part of the job description. And for once in your life, you're doing it wrong if you don't brag about it to everyone! So what happens when shit gets real and a hip-hop ... More >>
Last year, when Frank Ocean's Nostalgia, Ultra and The Weeknd's House of Balloons dropped within weeks of each other, critics and music fans celebrated the arrival of a fresh movement in R&B. Though the moods of those recordings differed considerably, they were both remarkably self-assured an ... More >>
Photo by Chesterfield JonesTheophilus London at Grand Central.Theophilus London With Steven A. Clark Grand Central Miami Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Better Than: The entertainment at Fashion Week parties. During the last New York City Fashion Week in September, Theophilus London was unavoidable. ... More >>
Via gibborgreen.comGibbor Green may be only 13 years old. But this little crooner knows what he's doing and where he's going. With 8,961 likes on Facebook, this eighth grader is not your typical middle-school kid. Green is more stylish than a tiny Andre 3000, he's got a sweet set of pipes, and he's ... More >>
Every Friday, Riptide brings you the most eye-catching mugshots taken the previous week in Miami-Dade County. Yes, there is some mockery of bad neck tattoos, but also adulation directed at perps who just plain look more badass than we ever will. This is the italicized intro to that series.
Ready to explode! Emo chubster Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.Remember Fall Out Boy, that quartet of silly midwestern emo dudes who shoved power chords down our throats in the early 2000s? Well, they're on an indefinite hiatus. (Blame it on Ashley "Yoko" Simpson.) But their longtime chubby front ... More >>
Photo by Liana Lozada On Wednesday, February 9, FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus got a little taste of Chicago rapper and actor Common. The speaking engagement was titled "The Effects of Hip-Hop on Modern Society." But it took the form of a motivational speech on achieving individual greatness. Common ... More >>
Big Boi in lights!The Trinumeral Festival With Big Boi, ¡Mayday!, ArtOfficial, Juan Basshead, Mochipet, and more Sunday, October 10, 2010 (10/10/10!!!) Grand Central Better Than: Probably the other two nights of the Trinumeral Festival. There's no doubt that 10/10/10 is a date that will make any ... More >>
Jonathan Mannion / Cash Money RecordsLil Wayne celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday at New York City's Rikers Island. And even though he's currently locked up (due back in a month or so), he and his Cash Money Records crew also used his birthday to release the digital version of Weezy's new alb ... More >>
Photo via DJ IdealLast week we posted DJ Ideal's Andre Benjamin Is mixtape here on Crossfade, and the internet has responded to its release with overall praise. Perfectly crafted and executed, the mixtape has seemingly made all the Andre 3000 and Outkast fans realize how much they really miss tha ... More >>
When you think of DJ Ideal, you'll probably remember him best for his wide takeover in the mixtape scene a couple of years ago. His Lil Jon tinged "Bottom Bitch" sound byte was just about as show stopping as Don Canon's "Canon" sample. From about 2003-2007, DJ Ideal made incredible strides toward ... More >>
From Stone Groove to Back Door Bamby and all points beyond.
He grew up on go-go.