As 305 maestro Pitbull boasts on "Welcome to Miami" (Dat Lil Chico's edition of Jermaine Dupri's infectious ATL anthem): "Y'all got Uncle Sam, we got Uncle Luke." Mr. Worldwide is damn right. Ever since the early days of Luke's booty bass, The Magic City has been an X-rated paradise full of fast be ... More >>
Snoop Dogg, for getting high on stage at Ultra Music Festival, tossing blunts into the crowd, and almost maxing out the capacity of Klipsch Amphitheater, I salute you. For bringing your crew, running through the hits, testing new material, and throwing in a couple of covers, I salute you. For rockin ... More >>
Just three days after the United States turns the big 2-3-6, BlackPlanet Radio, the U.S. Army, and other sponsors are throwing a post-Independence Day bash in Miami-Dade County featuring performances by some of America's biggest rappers. It's called the Radio One Fest and it'll be going down Satur ... More >>
It feels like only yesterday that we were shaking our hips with Gloria Estefan in a record-breaking 119,969-person conga line at Calle Ocho. But that was March of 1988, Reagan was in still office, and Miami New Times was only a fortnightly newspaper, not the massive multimedia empire that it is ... More >>
Photo by Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.comMs. Lauryn Hill and Nas serenading the James.After two kids, a decade-long courtship, and zero NBA championships, LeBron James has finally asked high-school sweetheart Savannah Brinson for her hand in marriage. Having turned 27 years old approximately 24 ho ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkThe view is fantastic -- until the feds show up.You've got a steamrolling Ponzi scheme churning out cash so fast that you can't spend it all. You've already leased the $4,700-per-month Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG with rims fatter than Fat Joe and dropped $1.5 million on a Riviera ya ... More >>
Photo by Ian WitlenSee the full Lil Wayne Welcome Home Party slideshow. It had been eight months since Weezy'd seen the streets. So he wasn't gonna waste his first weekend of freedom. On Friday, the Young Money Cash Money prince made a straight shot for New Orleans to see the Hornets vs. King ... More >>
Photo via myspace.com/ygoftherocYoung ChrisLast week we re-introduced you to Rico Love, the next big hitmaker climbing up the hip-hop / pop industry ranks based here in Miami. In a time when major labels aren't exactly quick to take gambles, it seems Universal Motown sees Rico as a sure bet. Las ... More >>
MQ ImagesFor the last few years, Simply Jess (AKA Jessica Fajardo) has been a promotions and marketing power player on the Miami Beach nightlife scene. She, her partner J. Little, and the 400 Club have been responsible for some of Miami's hottest parties in recent memory, hosting weekly throwdow ... More >>
Photo courtesy of FLFM/ Club PlayDj Stevie J with DiddyDJ Stevie J first got his start with legendary Miami-based promoters Headliner Market Group, and he's still rolling along with them five years later. He's been at the the forefront of many of Miami's hottest parties over the past couple of ye ... 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 >>
This week, New Times slogged knee-deep into the messy world of Scott Storch-- the coke, the family he ditched, the fortune he blew in spectacular fashion, it's all in there in unprecedented detail. But before he was a prime candidate for the best VH1: Behind the Music ever, Storch was a massive ... 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 >>
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