Everyone's 'bout to get long-weekend wild. It's almost Memorial Day in Miami. There are way too many megaclub and nudie bar parties. But "yeah, yeah, uh," we're still gonna attend 'em all. As Mr. Trinidad says: "Got new shoes, got new clothes ... We got bad bitches and a ton of brew." It's work ... More >>
Pop the Dom. Buss that wallet open. Hit the ATM. Repeat. If you've never done Memorial Day in Miami, here is a warning: It's going to get expensive. The bottles aren't cheap. And neither are the hookups. But if you wanna party (or you know, remember the men and women who died while serving in the U ... More >>
Only boring people spend the season singing silly songs in the company of loved ones while getting stuffed full of fruitcake, sucking back Manischewitz, and forging lovely lasting memories. So be cool like Crossfade. Go get so wasted that you forget it's Christmas! Uhntz-uhntz with the Matzo crowd! ... More >>
Labor Day is a magical day. It's a day for us, the common working-class people, to sit back, relax, and be celebrated. And what do we, the common folk, like to do on our days off? We like to blow all our hard-earned cash on expensive baller parties. That's why we work in the first place, right? ... More >>
See also the full 32-photo slideshow from Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't Release Party at King of Diamonds. Question: On a scale from Rick to Ross, just how ridiculously baller was the God Forgives, I Don't album release party at King of Diamonds last night? Answer: Rick Ross.
See the full 51-photo slideshow from Best of the Best 2012. Best of the Best 2012 With Fabolous, Meek Mill, French Montana, Fat Joe, 2 Chainz, Ace Hood, and others Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, Miami Sunday, May 28, 2012 Better Than: If you know what this was better than, "MAKE SOME NOIII ... More >>
See also "Memorial Day 2012: Six Best Electronic Music Parties Around Miami." The Beach is about to get flooded, son. At this very moment, there are 250,000 rappers, DJs, celebs, porn stars, strippers, and regular people packing the Hummer full of champagne, cash money, and 12 changes of clothes. ... More >>
See also "Best of the Best 2012: A Five-Part Guide" -- plus "Memorial Day 2012: Fifteen Best Rap Parties in Miami and South Beach." He's socially conscious, believes Mitt Romney doesn't stand a chance against Barack Obama in the general election, and would totally buy Facebook stock despite its sl ... More >>
Photo by Sayre BermanLil Wayne ain't no sucker.Admittedly, we here at Crossfade have gotten into the habit of hatin' on Lil Wayne. We ragged on "How to Love" for months. We insisted on enumerating the top five signs that the Young Money maniac's finally gone soft. We called Tha Carter IV crap. W ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreUncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke doesn't like how Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled use Miami but don't give back to the Magic City. I've got a m ... More >>
Photo courtesy of NLPGimages.comAce Hood and his mentor DJ Khaled.Broward County hustler and We The Best prospect Ace Hood never stops, sleeps, or surrenders. The game is ruthless. And a real player's gotta stay hard. Just like Hood spits on "King of the Streets": "It's blood, sweat, and tears ... More >>
Throw it back and ball wit' the Diamond Princess.Yesterday, Crossfade hooked up a guide to the first day of the Best of the Best fest. We got the mob. We got the grub. And we got the booze. But most of all, there's that block party music with rappers like the Boss Rick Ross and Travis Porter, di ... More >>
Get crazy with Chris Brown at Best of the Best 2011.Who's ready to wild out with compulsive window-smasher and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Brown? How about shaking some ass with the Magic City's Diamond Princess? Or popping the top off a bottle of Hennessy Black with DJ Khaled and ... More >>
Watching bare booties jiggle can be quite a cathartic activity. But is it worth getting shot in the head? Such is the quandary at the heart of North Miami's Take One Cocktail Lounge. Take One is a tiny one-room club frequented by hip-hop stars like Rick Ross and DJ Khaled and packed nightly wit ... More >>
Will Castro and Unique Autosports are both brands in themselves. Unique, once based in New York and now Miami, encompasses a car customization business as well as cable TV titles for the Speed Network and Spike TV. Boasting celebrity clients like Diddy, the cast of the Jersey Shore, 50 Cent, and ... 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 >>
DJ EFX has been heavy on the South Florida mixtape scene and definitely left a mark on creating highly demanded instrumental mixtapes - as well as "Best Of" mixtapes. And more recently over the past couple years, EFX has been driven in the "Music Video DVDs" market that not a lot of people dive ... More >>
Photo by David "Dro" Rosario -- While Rick Ross' album Teflon Don has definitely built up an insane amount of buzz over the past few months, the album was finally released this past Tuesday amidst a couple local festivities to help bring in Ross' fourth major label effort. Even though the music ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Spiff TV-Hip-hop fans can officially relax now that Rick Ross and company have released the Kanye West collabo track from Teflon Don titled "Live Fast, Die Young". The track features Kanye on the second verse as well as on the production side.Recorded in Hawaii not too long ago, ... More >>
We love music awards season this year, largely thanks to Twitter -- the real-time discussion and dissection of the county's pop-stars makes for an entertaining way to spend a few hours "working." (Plus, some of you all on our Twitter feed, at @Crossfade_SFL, are hilarious).Anyways, we glued ourselve ... More >>
photo by David "Dro" RosarioIt's officially music awards season, so in the hip-hop arena, expect plenty of news of accolades for this year's big names from Miami. After the recent VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, the next big event at which the 305 hopes to grab some laurels is the 2010 edition of the annual ... More >>
Photo by David "Dro" Rosario-- The Rick Ross vs. Rick Ross saga continues. (Click here if you need to catch up on the background). But things are going to get a little more ugly. Former drugpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross is now trying to stop the release of Rick Ross the rapper's Teflon Don album, whic ... More >>
While he tried to grow up and become just Cham, he'll perhaps forever be known to fans as "Baby Cham." It's a sign of affection, though, because even though his studio albums are few and far between, Cham remains a popular live performer. He also makes his bones as a frequent crossover guest star on ... More >>
This thirtysomething singer holds it down for Trinidad on this bill, one of the few artists here to represent soca. Still, if anyone has a shot at bringing the Caribbean style over into the mainstream, it's Machel Montano. While he's been recording and releasing albums since his teen years, in recen ... More >>
DJ Khaled says, "Liiiisten." He says "We the best." And he says, "We global."E-Class from Poe Boy Records says he's right and together with some of the best artists the streets have to offer they're proving it's true.Live From the 305 is a compilation album they've created that is backed by the p ... More >>
Mecca aka Grimo is an American of Haitian descent who raps in English and Kreyol for Wyclef's Sak Pase Records label. Listen above for his interview with Cheryl Mizell on WEDR 99 Jamz's Community Voices show from 6 - 7 am on Saturday.Did you know that Haitians fought in the Siege of Savannah in 17 ... More >>
image via derickg.comAkon "So Paid" Video Shoot image via DerickG.com"For the most part I just get hired to shoot." Here are excerpts from a recent email interview with local hip hop photographer Derick G."I started in the music industries by getting on music video sets. The ball really started roll ... More >>
Power to the people.
Last night, South Florida's fastest rising rap star, Ace Hood, had a CD signing at the Best Buy in Pembroke Pines. The event was well attended and a lot of people came out to support the young rapper as he continues to climb the ladder of fame. There weren't a lot of celebrities on hand, but DJ Kh ... More >>
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