If you're ever in Amsterdam, cop a slab of paper-flat hash, palm the sheet, and breathe hot air on it. Once the sheet becomes pliable, load it up with OG Kush, roll it like a blunt, and smoke up till society melts. That's what Cypress Hill's B-Real calls "the giggle stick."
Obviously, he and his S ... More >>
It only took about 400 days, but Lil Wayne's $20-million "Lollipop" legal drama has finally been settled.
Last year, producer Darius "Deezle" Harrison filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records for unpaid royalties from sales of Weezy's 2008 Gramm ... More >>
Usher Has Got a Message For Lil Wayne.Usher. Just about every woman in the world wants to be his wife. And there Prunk TV was, standing next to him, as we both leaned against a wall on the rooftop of Red Steakhouse in Miami Beach.
The party had just begun. Lord Usher was wearing dark expensive ... More >>
photo by Anthony MendoliaDespite forecasts of economic and music industry gloom and doom, for the talented and lucky the good times still roll. So it went that last night's launch for songwriter/producer Rico Love's new label, Division 1, was a relaxed but still definitely upscale affair. ... More >>
Ben Baker/Redux For Forbes via forbes.comJay-Z and Warren Buffett share a delicious money milkshake.When you've conquered the world of music, vodka, nightlife, fashion, and then been named as the heir apparent to the Forbes 400 (i.e. you've got more than $100 billion to your name), we can only as ... More >>
photo via Fox FuseBefore Lil Wayne went away, as they say, he was the omnipresent rapper. Lil Wayne was on everything, to the point that when our sister paper the OC Weekly ran this (what seemed obviously) satirical story saying he would collaborate on a High School Musical soundtrack, peopl ... More >>
Fat Joe's new, 10th studio album, Darkside, Vol. 1, dropped just two days ago, but is already expected to debut in the Billboard 200. Why all the sales fuss over Jose's latest? Well, it's a return to his old, street-level form -- a 180 from the continued attempts at pop crossover that marked his ... More >>
Photo by David "Dro" RosarioIn another test of Pitbull's continued impact on the music scene, he's been nominated for the "Best Rap Artist" at this year's Teens Choice Awards. He faces some stiff competition as Jay-Z, Ludacris, Drake and Eminem are also up for the award. Fans will be able to go t ... More >>
Coral Springs native and hip-hop producer Jim Jonsin is suing Lil Wayne's Miami rap collective for $500,000 in allegedly unpaid royalties for the smash hit "Lollipop". According to the suit, filed this week in New York federal court, Young Money Entertainment "failed to provide any accountings or ... More >>
The Miami-based, 26-year-old Rico Love is quietly becoming one of the industry's most sought-after R&B and pop arrangers and songwriters. Starting out in his early 20s as a rapper in Atlanta, he got his real boost when, as a performer, Usher signed him to his J Records imprint. And while working ... More >>
via pitbullmusic.comPitbull to Kanye: Ai-yai-yai!It's high time we gave some link love to the other local music blogs out there. Look out for a weekly roundup here on Wednesdays. Know of another site we should add to our blog roll? (It's on the right, scroll down). E-mail me and let me know. Here ... More >>
via myspace.com/xplicitmiamiMiami rapper Xplicit's biggest in-roads in the industry so far have been as a songwriter. His biggest score so far has been a co-writing credit and appearance on the hook of Diddy's new single "Diddy Bop," and he's worked with most of the local heavyweights. (Here's an ... More >>
If you haven't read this week's music feature on Jim Jonsin written by Jason Handelsman you're missing out. But here's something that never made it into the article. Jim Jonsin producing a beat from scratch for the camera and then shopping it to Baby Bash on his iPhone. Jonsin created the beat in u ... More >>
photo by Aaron BristolJim JonsinThis week's New Times includes a feature on Jim Jonsin, the Coral Springs resident who's quickly become a super-producer and is blowing up the hip-hop and pop charts. (You've doubtless heard one of his recent hits, any number of synth-driven tracks like Soulja Boy's " ... More >>
Mad Skrews is a Miami-bred, internationally renowned producer and musical entrepreneur who uses the Internet to spread his productions, make money, and make a name for himself. He has produced for local bad bitch Trina and true founder of crunk, Pastor Troy. I caught up with him by e-mail. Here's w ... More >>
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Jorge Marquez a.k.a. Pluck from Ink Music Group is in the middle of brokering the deal between Diddy and Xplicit for his role in the song Diddy Bop, produced by Isaac Opus. I asked him some questions about what he and his company do.This interview is an excellent r ... More >>
xplicit from Miami New Times on Vimeo.Diddy's new song "Diddy Bop" is produced by Miami/Lauderdale's Isaac Opus and features Xplicit on the hook. Xplicit also co-wrote the song. Above is a video of Xplicit writing hooks in the studio with Jim Jonsin. I had to pull the video out of the cave-like dar ... More >>
Jacob KatelLast night Jim Jonsin, the producer behind T.I.'s "Whatever You Like," Lil Wayne's "Lollipop," Trick Daddy's "Let's Go," and songs by other top artists in the game, was in the studio with Alabama artists Rich Boy and Yelawolf. You may know certified gold recording artist Rich Boy from his ... More >>
Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten single ... More >>
Yesterday I was hanging in the studio with Jim Jonsin, the local producer extraordinaire who produced two of the biggest hip-hop tracks of the year, Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" and T.I.'s "Whatever You Like."
We were basically chopping it up about music, the industry, his
upcoming five Grammy nominatio ... More >>