What's that boom-bap? Just the thump of golden-era rap legends De La Soul, Wu-Tang mic mangler Ghostface Killah, and fiddle-wielding hip-hop duo Black Violin rolling up to The Stage Miami for three straight days of real beats and even realer rhymes, all in honor of Art Basel Miami Beach week. Now, ... More >>
Who's ready to arty party? Oh yes, you beautiful and brainy bastards, we're about to begin another edition of Art Basel Miami Beach week. But as we all know, four whole days spent wandering through exhibition after exhibition of world-class cultural artifacts just ain't enough. We also need four wh ... More >>
"It was 1988, I was 18 years old, trying to graduate high school." That's how Vincent Mason, otherwise known as Maseo of golden-era hip-hop trio De La Soul, remembers the days, weeks, and months leading up to the life-changing release of 3 Feet High and Rising, a golden-era hip-hop masterpiece so d ... More >>
Art Basel Miami Beach week isn't just about paint on a canvas, graffiti on a wall, or a sculpture in the park. It's also about the drop of the boom-bap beat from the most significant art form of the last half-century, hip-hop. In the late 1980s, Wu Tang's Ghostface Killah and De La Soul helped tu ... More >>
These days, Dirtybird Records is almost as famous for its grilled meats as its ass-clapping beats. Blame a successful ten-year run of the San Francisco crew's infamous renegade Golden Gate BBQ parties, not to mention last year's inaugural WMC installment which broke the party concept to Dirtybird's ... More >>
The mashup is a decadent, triumphant symbol of the digital age's too-deep pool of influences. Before the internet, you had to save your pennies and hunt down sounds (and information about them) like a bounty hunter. Before electricity, you straight up had to wait until someone with an instrume ... More >>
Does the Godfather of Heavy Metal get crunk? You bet he does. It seems like enough time has passed since the sweaty-armpit era of mainstream rock (otherwise known as the Nu-Metal Dark Ages) that we can finally, maybe, approach the subject of fusing hip-hop with rock and roll. It wasn't always Fr ... More >>
Shep the Selector doing work.If he wasn't a graphically ingenious (albeit conceptually vacant) international art star, would anyone give a shit about Shepard Fairey's DJ sets? Nope. Not unless they were drunk and dying for a dose of radio-ready epicness. But he's the dude who invented OBEY and O ... More >>
Brand Nubian's eyeing you.Ahh, the glory days of the boom-bap era. Remember backpacks, shell tops, and real MCs who actually rapped. Those dudes would have laughed in the face of auto-tune. Well, relive your high school days when classic '90s hip-hop crew Brand Nubian drops a rare performance thi ... More >>
via myspace.com/soulflower777Soulflower, the evening's hostessOfficial Listening Party for Soulflower's Electric Mothership Saturday, May 30, 2009 The Tikki Beach Boat, Miami BeachBetter Than: Whatever was going on across the street at the Eden Roc.The Review:It's officially summer, as Miami's sc ... More >>
So if anybody watched VH1's heralded Hip-Hop Honors program last night, I'm curious to know what people thought. I'm not personally a fan of comedian Tracy Morgan hosting the show (his jokes are funny 60% of the time at best) but everything else associated with this year's Hip-Hop Honors was good. ... More >>
The smooth MC celebrates his album-release party.
Justin Namon Nas performs at Rock the Bells at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Click here to view the full slide show. Last Night: Rock the Bells 2008 featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Method Man & Redman, Mos Def, etc. Saturday, August 2, 2008 Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami Better Than: Watch ... More >>
Contest closes tomorrow! Sign up now. With Rock The Bells only a few weeks away happening Saturday, we here at the New Times are feeling a bit generous. We are giving away a pair (read 'em, two) of tickets to the show at Bicentennial Park, Saturday, August 2. Scheduled to perform are A Tribe Called ... More >>
The definitive sounds of encroaching melanoma.
Were talking roller skates, ya big freak!
Street Skriptures (Badgramma)
"Work" (Bear Mountain)
Little Derwin has something to show you
Hip-Hop Gold Dust (Antidote Records)
Demon Days (Virgin)
Ice Palace Studios, Wednesday, March 23
Fear of a Black Tangent Mush
The Brass King
Fifteen years down the line, De La Soul is still shining, still grinding
Whether it's festivals, VIP-only events, or block parties, it's all about how you work it
Fire in the Hole Babygrande
The Man Who Lived Underground Music For Freaks
Here to There "BBE"
Empty pockets still don't ever make the grade
Art Official Intelligence: Bionix (Tommy Boy)
The Jungle Brothers look to drum and bass for inspiration