As the folks at Johnson & Wales University celebrate their centennial, their distinguished visiting chef series continued over the weekend with Richard Ingraham serving as executive chef for a four-course feast prepared and served by the school's culinary students. If you haven't eaten Ingraham's f ... More >>
Need a dose of that old-school vibe for your rap track? Well, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton provides a fine, cost-effective alternative to pricey soul samples. "A lot of people want that old sound, that old grit." he says, speaking by phone from his North Carolina home. "So they say, 'Let's get Ant ... More >>
Monday morning misery is among us. Right now, you're probably scrolling through thousands of unread emails flooding your inbox and prepping for those back-to-back meetings. Yeah, life pretty much sucks right now, but when you have music from indie pop stars Tegan and Sara, rock legends Paul Simon ... More >>
JIG gonna knock you out. Huhhh. Last month, the annual Jazz in the Gardens announced its jazzin', slow jammin', bumpin' 'n' grindin' preliminary lineup, headlined by R&B sex machine Trey Songz and ex-Destiny's Child diva Kelly Rowland, not to mention a certified King of Comedy, funnyman host D.L. H ... More >>
Who's down for some jazzin', slow jammin', bumpin' 'n' grindin' in the Gardens? From March 14 to 16, the parking lot at Sun Life Stadium will be swarmed by 60,000 mature 'n' sexy folks for two whole nights of R&B, pop-dance, soul, and other kinds of suave, seductive stuff. That's called doin' Jazz ... More >>
Mad Skrews is a Miami Beach producer with more metal in his face than Kanye West, hence the name. And in the four years since Crossfade last caught up with him, he has continued landing placements on albums from the likes of Funkmaster Flex, Trina, and Ky-Mani Marley. Now the Colombian studio wiza ... More >>
It may not be the weekend. But who says you have to wait until Friday to party like a rock star? We're in Miami. And that means we could party like rock stars every single day of the week if we wanted. Here are Crossfade's six best parties on South Beach this week. Rock on. See also: -Five Best ... More >>
He's known as Mr. 305, Mr. Worldwide, and Dat Lil Chico ... But a diva, he is not. However, Pitbull is teaming up with VH1 Divas to help raise money for the network's Save the Music Foundation, as well as pay tribute to two of music's biggest deceased divas, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. The ... More >>
Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: mainstream country. With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the nation's first bla ... More >>
Ultra Music Festival's MC introduced David Guetta as "the man that means more to electric dance music than anyone in the United States." Hmm, of all time? Definitely not. At the moment? You could make a strong argument for that. Is he the DJ currently making the most money off of it in the US? ... More >>
We're not totally aware of who British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos is, but she experienced possibly the most embarrassing incident yesterday while checking her bags at Miami International Airport. Her vibrator began buzzing inside her suitcase, and a friendly airport worker offered to turn it of ... More >>
A few years ago, David Guetta was just another house music DJ who was huge in Europe and not nearly as well known here in the United States. Then came 2009, the year that the Parisian (one of France's top DJs since at least the late '80s) released his fourth album, One Love, and produced "I ... More >>
Laura CandeauDwyane Wade celebrates with cake and a car.Dwyane Wade turns 30 today, and the Heat guard celebrated over the weekend with a red-hot party at the Setai in South Beach. The event included hundreds of his closest friends, such as Gabrielle Union, Kelly Rowland, and Rick Ross.Also on ha ... More >>
UPDATE: Download Rick Ross's new mixtape and get Rich Forever right now! We're only six days deep into 2012 and Rap Radar is already declaring Rick Ross's latest digital slab -- entitled, appropriately enough, Rich Forever -- to be one of "the most anticipated mixtapes of the the year." As hype ... More >>
Miami Beach is home to plenty of A-listers: Lil Wayne, Missy Elliot, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Rowland and oh, so many more. But unluckily -- at least for residents of the 33139 area code -- the beach just got another celebrity neighbor. Ready the South Beach welcome wagon. It's time to say hello to M ... More >>
To close out the year, Crossfade is picking its favorite albums by 305 artists. Check out the full list of Miami's Best Albums of 2011. Pitbull Planet Pit (Sony) If you grew up in Miami, it's absolutely impossible not to like Pitbull.
The word's out! That bump you first saw on Beyoncé at the MTV Music Awards is the current home of an unborn baby girl. Bee's bigmouth Destiny's Child pal Kelly Rowland spilled the beans. She blabbed to Us Magazine that all she's getting the newborn is love, since her dad's going to spoil her al ... More >>
In 2009, a teenaged Chris Brown was arrested for beating the crap out of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. It was an ugly scene and everyone will always remember him as one of the most famous wife-beaters of all time. Certainly, though, Brown is not the only male musician with anger management pr ... More >>
Kelly Rowland and Jennifer Hudson were not holding a seminar on how to climb out of Beyoncé Knowles's shadow. While visiting Rowland's Miami Beach home, they were filming a segment for the British edition of Simon Cowell's X Factor, on which Rowland is now a judge. But the shoot w ... More >>
Dance music's gonna blow up! That's the kind of ecstatic chatter that's been endlessly parroted by pop commentators in 2011. However, this perception that electronic tuneage has been waiting idly on the sidelines just isn't true. Dance music crossed over a long time ago. In case you hadn't not ... More >>
Photo by Nabil ElderkinTurn on any Top 40 or urban radio station these days and it's clear there's been a massive sonic sea change. Gone from the biggest hits are the old trunk-rattling, snare-heavy, often Middle Eastern-inspired beats that dominated the mid 2000s. In their place is unabash ... More >>
via TwitterTrina is Da Baddest Bitch. And ever since we first heard her rhyming all brilliant with Trick Daddy, we knew the Miami-native was the strong feminine voice of our people, the 305 people. The platinum-selling artist is still putting out albums, making music with other big names like T- ... More >>
Courtesy of Made CommunicationsAs Crossfade has chronicled the career of twentysomething, Miami-based songwriter Rico Love, his star has continued to rise. Last year saw major Billboard Hot 100 success for three songs he penned for Usher's "There Goes My Baby," Nelly's "Just a Dream," and Diddy D ... More >>
via ultranate.comEarlier this week as she prepped for her Wednesday night appearance at the Clevelander's House You! party, Crossfade and fierce deep house diva Ultra Naté discussed Winter Music Conference and the ongoing evolution of house. And now she's back for another gig and another discuss ... More >>
Photo by Hannibal MatthewsRico Love's "on that Charlie Sheen"!There's nothing we could add to the Charlie Sheen internet chatter that hasn't already been said. However, it was only a matter of time before the first rap song dropped using the phrase "on that Charlie Sheen." So who was to answer ... 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 >>
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 >>
Of all the out of town head-spinners to hit South Beach, the one who would seem most perfectly suited for LIV has gotta be DJ Chachi. Yeah, we know. His primary residency is at New York's ultra-hip Ten June, which might boast a similar clientele, but it in no way resembles the Vegas-like feel of The ... More >>
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Today marks the end of the gayest squabble in TV history since the great Paul Lynde-Charles Nelson Reilly game-show feud of the '70s. The Weinstein Company and NBC Universal have finally settled their legal battle over Project Runway. The Result? ProjRun's sixth season will air as planned on ... More >>
Find all the best parties taking place March 25-29.
Find all the best parties taking place March 24-29.
As I was cruising the blogosphere over the weekend, I came across an interesting story that definitely caught me by surprise. MTV, home to all things exploitive and pop, just held their first annual African Music Awards in Abuja, Nigeria this past Saturday. It's a move that could bolster more visibi ... More >>
Trina speaks up about what still makes her the baddest.
With her new CD Glamorest Life, Miami rapper Trina continues to evolve
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