D-Mac aims to be the first rapper out of Miami's notorious Brown-Sub section of Liberty City to make a global impact in music. And the new video for his track "Mind State" off his Destiny mixtape makes it perfectly clear that he will settle for nothing less. He is the grandson William McKenzie, on ... More >>
Like Justin Bieber, producer and rapper Jermaine Dupri was pulled over by Miami Beach police after a night out partying recently. Unlike Justin Bieber, though, he walked free. Dupri doesn't think though that both stars' trouble with cops on the island were a coincidence. He told TMZ he thinks that ... More >>
Jermaine Dupri was cruising South Beach with his boys when cops noticed the black Lincoln Navigator's tint was so dark that they couldn't identify the race, sex, or number of passengers inside the SUV. Police pulled over the party to see who was headed north on Washington Avenue at 3:24 a.m. and wha ... More >>
Another year, another 365 ragers. In Miami, though, the New Year's Eve getdown doesn't last just one night. It's a weeklong bender of pachangas con Pitbull, tiki-tiki tunes with Tiësto, stripping and singing along with Robin Thicke and Pharrell, drankin' in the VIP with Lil Wayne, and chasing tha ... More >>
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 >>
Come summer, most Miamians will either practically live on the beach or find a way to escape the scorching heat. But with endless nights of debauchery and uhntz-uhntz from Calvin Harris, Arty, and other superstar DJs, you'll probably find yourself hitting up SoBe more than usual, with make-up melti ... More >>
DJ Irie (or Ian Grocher, as he's known to his family back in St. Croix, Virgin Islands) is possibly the hardest working man in the Miami music biz. Rarely seen anywhere but behind the decks, he has been the official DJ to the Miami Heat for 13 years. Off season, he can be seen spinning at famous fr ... More >>
It was about as unexpected as a Chinese sinkhole -- a hip-hop heavyweight and, well, a former heavyweight. Last night, Rick Ross and Mariah Carey, together in a Miami recording studio with Jermaine Dupri and DJ Khaled. "Rozay and MiMi," Ross tweeted at around 1 a.m. Attached to the late night me ... More >>
Photo by JipsySeize New Year's Eve!Wanna know the truth about New Year's Eve? Well, it ain't the kickoff to a fresh, 365-day fiesta full of fun and promise. Quite the opposite -- this end-of-year holiday is your absolute last chance to overspend and overindulge before suppressing your natural ur ... More >>
Get wasted at the Happy Stork.Sure, you could celebrate New Year's Eve and ring in 2012 by paying $100,000 to sit next to Rick Ross at Cameo. But there are plenty of cheaper places to get drunk near a fat guy in Miami.Here are the top five New Year's Eve 2012 parties in Miami that won't cost you ... More >>
Facebook, DJ Irie Perhaps it was the uncertainty looming around the 2011-2012 NBA season. Or maybe he just needed some extra cash for designer dress shirts. Whatever the case, the Miami Heat's resident disc jockey, DJ Irie, figured that becoming BankAtlantic's Brand Ambassador was a good career m ... More >>
These days, former Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Green is the Liberace of hip-pop. He wears sequined jumpsuits with effortless flair. He can't be without his baby grand for more than 24 hours. And he totally loves South Beach. But while the King of Bling (as Wladziu Valentino Liberace was nicknamed) ... More >>
These days it's not enough to have just one job. In this economy, you have to be a hustler to get by. If you're lucky, maybe you'll even be successful.Celebrities are no different; they like to have their hands in the cookie jar too. It's easy to criticize stars -- say they're sellouts. We say th ... More >>
Here are a few preview snippets to count down some more time until the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors broadcast tonight. Though the program debuts this evening, it was already taped this past week. (That's somewhat disappointing -- can you imagine the possible shenanigans if it were a live broadcast?) Our favor ... More >>
Uncle 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 prepares to be honored by VH1 and explains why Miami-Dade County is the birthplace of Southern hip-hop. I'm feeling g ... More >>
Photo by Sayre BermanClick here to view a slideshow of photos from the show.Jay-ZWith Trey Songz and Young JeezyBankAtlantic Center, SunriseSaturday, February 20, 2010Better Than: Listening to the AutoTuned train-wreck on "We Are the World 25 for Haiti." The Review:Jay-Z's last two appearances ... More >>
via Flickr user WentbackwardIt wasn't too long ago that Mariah Carey was America's favorite train-wreck. Nine years ago, Mariah was riding high as one of the best selling and most adored singers of a generation. Her albums consistently sold tens of millions of records, she was on MTV every few mi ... More >>
Yesterday at Culture Kings, Chester French played a free acoustic set for a crowd of cool kids and industry types. Chris O, owner of the high end clothes, sneaker shop, and artist collective said "The label contacted us and set it up." Ed Agudello, the Digital Account Director South East for Univers ... More >>
The Williams sisters' pop isn't the first to use celebu-dad status to score a young babe.
Wikimedia CommonsThe Sony Ericsson Open begins tomorrow on Key Biscayne, and that means the tennis world's most notorious one-man circus is coming to town. Forget the athletes; we're following Richard Williams, dad of the top-seeded sisters and Palm Beach Gardens residents Serena and Venus. Richard' ... More >>
From South Side to South Beach.
Rihanna's new boss? Now that Jay-Z has stepped down from the Def Jam presidency, the label might need a new president, but could that position end up going to Chuck D? It's hard to say. If the label ends up hiring a new figurehead, it'll probably be Jermaine Dupri or some such asshole. Jay is basic ... More >>
A rap veteran at age 20, Bow Wow dispenses advice to the next generation.
Learn how to succeed in hip-hop from the professionals.
Jay-Z American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella) American Gangster is one hell of a comeback album. For Diddy. Alongside his production team, The Hitmen, Sean Combs produces the album’s hottest tracks, “Pray,” and “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is),” outshining hit makers like the Neptunes and Jermaine D ... More >>
It's the peanutiest electro revival on the planet
But Khia's got no love for the word ho
Soul singer Anthony Hamilton speaks freely of his faith and his record company woes
"Lean wit It, Rock wit It" (Virgin)
"Control Myself" (Def Jam)
From high-minded to hype-crazed, book fairs have a rich tradition of coaxing out reclusive authors. New Times was fortunate to get a rare audience with the person redefining writing, M.M. Pascal-Paul.
Jermaine Dupri Presents . . . Young, Fly & Flashy, Vol. 1 So So Def/Virgin
Wanted Sony Urban Music/Columbia
Pitbull may be down with Lil' Jon, but don't let the crunk-pop aftertaste fool ya
The VIPs are at it again
Who's got it in for hotshot photographer Seth Browarnik? Only South Beach's nightlife kingpins know for sure.
Secret Society's brain trust doesn't mess around
Miami Beach and urban hip-hop make up for last year
Clothes don't make the MIA
March 26-April 1, 1998