Hip-Hop and Rap

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2014

    Underachievers on Clockwork Indigo With Flatbush Zombies: "This Is Never Going to Stop"

    It's a good time to be a hip-hop fan. All over the country, artists and MCs are coming together to produce some of the most ambitious and memorable rap music since the '90s. New York, in particular, is a hotbed of activity, and two of Brooklyn's most heavily hyped crews, Underachievers and Flatbush ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2014

    South Florida's Pretty Boy Gangsta: "I Was In Prison With T.I., Same Dorm"

    Going from dirty clothes to filthy rich isn't easy, but Fort Myers' Pretty Boy Gangsta has done it by traversing Alligator Alley to Miami for over a decade. The rapper whose brother built the label and studio that made Plies famous is about to star in his own MTV music video. Working with his own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Miami's Webbz on His Medicinal EP and Grinding on When "You Want to Quit"

    Since 2006 Miami's Webbz has worked with Rick Ross, Flo Rida, and Gunplay. And though he's always proud of his friends' triumphs, it can still get a little frustrating when everyone around you seems to be enjoying great success. Especially if you're still considered "an up-and-comer." But even i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Nas: A New Doc Looks Back on Illmatic and One of Hip-Hop's Finest Living Lyricists

    One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas's 1994 classic Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter to a friend in prison: "Congratulations, you know you got a son," Nas raps. "I heard he looks like ya, why don't your lady write ya?" Did you get that? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Rap's Five Best Lyrics About Miami

    It's no secret that rappers love to talk about Miami. 

 Even though we don't boast as many famous MCs as New York City or Los Angeles, the 305 is definitely on the list of hip-hop hot spots to throw into your raps. 
 Oftentimes, MIA shout-outs feel gimmicky. Too easy. Mentioning Miami for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice on Getting Arrested "Just 'Cause the Album Was Deemed Obscene"

    Fresh Kid Ice is the only member of 2 Live Crew to appear on every 2 Live Crew album. He's one of three founding members who got together in a dorm room at an Air Force base in Riverside, California, started rocking shows in Miami, moved permanently to the 305, and took sexplicit bass music around ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2014

    The Field: Miami Is a Must-See Look at Young Rappers

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 assesses the upcoming Hurricanes football season. WorldStarHipHop's The Field: Miami is a must-see video. The documentary is one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    The Lox's Sheek Louch on Rap Imitating Gang Life: "Like Pacino, He's Not Really Scarface"

    Notorious B.I.G. used to smoke blunts and drink liquor with The Lox. They met when Mary J. Blige delivered the group's Styles P, Sheek Louch, and Jadakiss from the streets of Yonkers to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy headquarters, where they helped make hits like "It's All About the Benjamins." Later, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul on Da Mafia 6ix, Working With ICP, and "Keeping It Grimy"

    Oceans of blood, purple syrup, and pounding bass pervade every monstrous track by Three Six Mafia, currently touring as Da Mafia 6ix. Straight outta Memphis and thuggin', DJ Paul's notorious crew of head smashers are a riotous force to be reckoned with. And like any great high-speed chase, you eith ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    2 Chainz, Pusha T, French Montana Coaching South Beach B-Ball Tournament

    Haters gonna hate. Ballers gonna ball. And rappers are going to claim to be (or at least claim to have been) really good at basketball at some point in their life. We all know rap and basketball are the two entertainment worlds with the thinnest common border. NBA players are always trying to rap, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 7, 2014
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    In Defense of Rick Ross

    It's hard being the Bawse. 

Just ask Rick Ross. Miami's most famous rapper is no stranger to controversy. Between his 18-month stint as a correctional officer at the South Florida Reception Center and those "U.O.E.N.O." lyrics about a molly sex assault, it's pretty easy to throw hate in Ross' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    Travis Scott on Why "This Trill Ain't Just Gold Grills and Sippin' Lean"

    He growls. He flashes gold grills with fangs. He's Travi$ Scott. Signed to the production wing of Kanye West's GOOD Music, with credits on Cruel Summer and Yeezus, many consider this 22-year-old Houston rapper and studio pro to be 'Ye's protégé and possible heir. Now, more than a year after the ... More >>

  • News

    July 24, 2014
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    July 22, 2014

    Today's Rappers Owe Everything to As Nasty As They Wanna Be

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 reminisces about the album that changed hip-hop. It's hard to believe 25 years have gone by since I put out 2 Live Crew's As Nas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Rap's Top Ten Weird-Awesome Fashion Icons

    Hip-hop and fashion have always gone together like suits and ties. Ironically, though, rappers who wear suits and ties belong to the most boring slice of rap's style spectrum, right next to dudes in baggy pants and plain white tees. It's about being flashy. It's not about being like everyone else. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Rap's Ten Best Songs About Big Butts

    What is every rapper's favorite body part? C'mon, that's an easy one. More MCs have put their mind to the big butt issue than there are scientists working on curing cancer. And obviously, in rap music, the bigger the booty, the better. Modern asses are reaching colossal proportions, but not all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Machine Gun Kelly on Rap Versus Rock: "There's Only a Divide If You're Ignorant"

    He's gone wild with Steve-O, shared paint with the Cavs, and sparked up with Juicy J and (likely) Wiz Khalifa. He was signed by Diddy. He covered XXL magazine. And his track, "Invincible," has been used as theme song by both the NFL and the WWE. Born in Houston but raised all over the world, he fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    Lisa Leone's Here I Am Captures 25 Years of Hip-Hop Through Photography

    Ever since she was a teenager growing up in New York City, Lisa Leone has always had a camera in her hands. "I started working in high school as an assistant to photographers," she recalls. "Now it's like second nature, like a part of my body." Throughout her 25 year love affair with the lens, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    Deeno, John Lewis the Fifth Rep West Kendall: "Just Like the Inner City, Drugs and Violence"

    You've got to strive to survive on Kendall Drive to stay alive. More people live in the massive area known as Kendall than anywhere else in Miami-Dade County. And ever since the founding of Crazy Hood Productions over 20 years ago, it has been a home for real hip-hop. Now two young artists, Deen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2014

    The Neighbours, New Weekly Party at Electric Pickle: "Summer Vibes and Feel-Good Songs"

    Miami's Champion Sound and Soul Amazing are here to remind us that the 305 moves to more than SoBe's commercial EDM beats. Our city's scenesters bump it to alternative hip-hop, leftfield disco, and future bass too. And what better place for a local sonic smorgasbord than Wynwood underground dance mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Ten Softest Rappers in the Game

    The mainstream rap game is servin' up so many soft rappers, we should stop calling them MCs and start calling them TCBYs. Have you listened to the hot 100 hip-hop charts lately? It's like a damn 16-year-old girl's mix tape in this mess. Someone must have let the dogs out, because all we see in the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Fat Joe Talks J-Lo, Notorious B.I.G., Big Pun, Living in Miami, and Baseball

    Fat Joe. He used to be fat. Never as big as Big Pun. But still, a few hundred pounds. Times have changed, though. Now he's fit. He's got a sports talk show on MTV2. And these days, the NYC native lives in Miami, and he's headlining the Miami Marlins Summer Concert Series. Here's what Joe has to sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    DJ Drastic X Talks Phish vs. Hip Hop

    It wasn't long ago that DJ Drastic X turned his "It's All Gravy" show on FIU's WRGP Radiate FM into the vehicle by which artists like Pitbull, Rick Ross, Flo Rida, and DJ Khaled saw some of their first college radio airplay. And today, he continues to break new ground with Phish vs. Hip Hop (Phish- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    How Miami's Bizerk Went From Locker Drums to iTunes No. 1 With Shaggy

    Bizerk was a 13-year-old kid when he started fetching water for rappers at Circle House, the North Miami studio where artists from Pitbull to Rick Ross have laid down some of their first major verses. At the time, Trick Daddy was smashing the world with hit after hit, iTunes didn't exist yet, and C ... More >>

  • Music

    May 22, 2014
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    May 19, 2014

    Miami's Memorial Day Weekend 2014: Ten Best Parties

    Time to grind in the 305. It's Memorial Day weekend, AKA Urban Beach Week. As usual, South Beach and the mainland will be offering a great variety of new and old, ratchet and refined, as well as some straight gangsta lineups. So start practicing your twerk, get your 26-inch chrome rims installed, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Rap and R&B's Worst '90s Ripoffs

    The '90s are back! The fashions, the music, the attitude. There are more people Rollerblading by the beach than we've seen in about 25 years. (Wow, it's been too long!) Now, we couldn't be more excited about the return of the most bleakly apathetic decade in pop culture. But along with the return o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    DJ Khaled's "They Don't Love You No More": Why It Actually Doesn't Suck

    Remember when DJ Khaled was just some loud motherfucker on Miami's 99 Jamz, restarting every track about five times, and yelling at us to "Listennn!" even though the greatest impediment to actually paying attention was his own obnoxious cries? He used to just be our disruptive big boy. But ever sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    White People in Rap Music: A Five-Part History

    Miami's rap scene is making headlines once again, this time for a music video showing an 18-year-old unsigned hellion waving AKs and pounds of cocaine in the air. Stitches, named for his sewn-up Glasgow Smile tattoo, has garnered more than 8 million views for "Brick in Yo Face" on WorldStarHipHop si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Ten Reasons Urban Outfitters Is Bad for Music

    We all know it, but it's time to show it. Urban Outfitters is a shortsighted cul-de-sac of trends bent for capital gain -- one large, unthinking slab of cultural masturbation. But like creepers to a drug deal, we lurch in, grab what we want, and dart out. (Some of their basic clothing isn't half bad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Peanut Butter Wolf on '90s vs. 2010s Hip-Hop: "The Commercial Music's Worse Now"

    Peanut Butter Wolf, founder of the legendary Stones Throw Records, has presided over some of the most important releases and moments in modern hip-hop history. Recently, a Kickstarter-funded documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, was released about his iconic mecca of underground hip-hop beats. It h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Five Richest Rappers of 2014

    When you're in the rap biz, it's all about the Benjamins. No matter how many shiny awards are stacked somewhere in that multimillion-dollar mansion, you've only truly made it when you rank among Forbes' wealthiest hip-hop artists. More than just lyrical worth, the worth of these rap moguls was c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Ron Morelli on L.I.E.S. and Greg Beato: "Expect the Unexpected"

    Ron Morelli's music is not for everyone. But that's how it usually goes with artists that make few compromises in their work. Ostensibly a techno producer, his records can be arrhythmic, atonal, and murkily atmospheric -- caustic machine noise experiments more akin to the power electronics subgenre ... More >>

  • Music

    April 3, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Mobb Deep's Prodigy: "We've Seen Rappers Get Murdered, Locked Up ... We Still Here"

    It's been nearly two whole decades since Mobb Deep shook the rap world with the seminal album The Infamous. Yet despite feuds, jail sentences, '90s-era violence, and ever-changing trends, the Queens, New York City duo remains as strong and relevant as ever. Today, crew members Havoc and Prodigy ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Ultra 2014: Chance the Rapper, Pusha T, Dizzee Rascal, Riff Raff

    No lie, this Winter Music Conference was kind of a failure. WMC has always been the land where new records, artists, and genres are broken and made. If you're track catches fire at Ultra Music Festival, you're guaranteed to have the best year of your career so far. Play your cards right, and you'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar on Race: "Pitbull Is Cuban, Cuban Is Black, Macklemore's White"

    Lord Jamar is a Five-Percent Nation of Islam hip-hop originator who is not afraid to crack on Kanye for his skirt, rip on Macklemore for his skin, or tell off anybody who he feels is forsaking the sacred science of hip-hop. He's also got a problem with Rakontur's Tanning of America, and all the oth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    The Pyrvmids Talks Miami Rap and KYRO (Kill Young, Rest Old)

    Now better known as The Pyrvmids, 22-year-old producer Brandon Wilson has become one of the main sonic architects for Miami rappers and singers such as Denzel Curry, J. Nics, Bizzy Crook, and Sahri. Last year, the hype surrounding Wilson jumped up another few notches with the release of KYRO (Kill ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2014
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    February 10, 2014

    Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

    You don't need a significant other, heart-shaped chocolates, and roses to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside this Hallmark holiday dedicated for lovers Valentine's Day ... All you need is music and Mr./Mrs. Right Now. Just check out the five best concerts going down this week, from Wale's smo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Ma Dukes on J Dilla Day: "It's Global and It's Mind-Blowing"

    Ma Dukes is slang for anybody's mother. But when you talk to hip-hop heads, only one matters. J Dilla was a hip-hop producer from Detroit whose life was tragically cut short in 2006 by a rare blood disease, but his momma, the Ma Dukes, continues to travel the world in support of her youngest son's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2014

    Bamboo Miami Beach Closed for Renovations

    "We are not open." And that's the bottom line at Bamboo Miami Beach, the sixth best hip-hop club in the 305. Over the last year, the Washington Avenue club's become a mandatory stopover for rap's most famous jetsetters, from longtime MIA residents Rick Ross and Lil Wayne to out-of-towners like Snoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2014

    Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

    Feeling refreshed this breezy morning? Well you should be 'cause it's a short work week! And what's better than having to wake up at an ungodly hour just to sit through bumper-to-bumper traffic, as you head to your dark cubicle to respond to countless emails and deal with pesky co-workers only four ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Rappers Delight: "We're Not Sugarhill Gang!"

    Hip-hop will never die and neither will "Rappers Delight," the song made famous in part by rap pioneers Wonder Mike and Master Gee. As 2014 descends on Miami, The Stage will feature that pair, and their homie HenDogg, performing as Rappers Delight, alongside Suenalo, for a concert and party to brin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Rappers on the Come-Up

    Miami's rap scene is on the come-up. There is no stopping or denying it. Over the past couple of years, numerous local talents have taken to the mic and released quality material that warrant outsiders' ears. Our city's rappers aren't only about the keys picked up at the Port of Miami at 2 a.m. fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    LeBron James and the Six Best NBA Rappers

    Rappers live the life. But deep down, they want to prove they can ball out on the court. In turn, almost every NBA player fancies himself an MC. And though few have had any semblance of crossover success, some of them aren't half bad. From our own King James to Metta World Peace, here are Crossfa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Gucci Killed His Cell Mate for Trying Rape! Five Weirdest Hip-Hop Urban Myths of All Time

    Is hip-hop just a front to fill the private prison system? Can you have the keys to the bakery and the Church of Satan at the same time? Can a man with an ice-cream cone on his face kill another man with his bare hands? That's some wackadoodle scenario shit right there, but these are all healthy an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    At Long Last, I've Won an Achievement Award

    Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 talks about the lack of respect for his accomplishments It's humbling when your peers show appreciation for the work you've done ... More >>

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