If you're going to take advice from anyone, Russell Simmons isn't a bad mentor. He started a media empire out of his college dorm. He's easily responsible for more than half of the hip-hop classics you've enjoyed in your lifetime, not to mention tons of television and movies you've loved. Maybe you ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
TenDJiz is a Russian-born producer and engineer in Miami on an Extraordinary Ability in the Arts visa. He owns a studio on Miami Beach, and he's the mastermind behind an awesome mixtape series that mashes Soviet jazz instrumentals with American hip-hop. The first two releases were De La Soulviet, ... 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 explains why a 2 Live Crew reunion tour will prove booty music desegregated hip-hop.After 2 Live Crew and I performed at the ... More >>
Salt, Pepa, and Spinderella say: "Push it!"If you can believe it, there was a time, commonly called back in the day, when a female with a microphone could be cute, dirty, sexy, funny, and smart. This was before Lil Kim and the boom of the MC slut. And back then, the undisputed rap scene queens ... More >>
Shep the Selector doing work.If he wasn't a graphically ingenious (albeit conceptually vacant) international art star, would anyone give a shit about Shepard Fairey's DJ sets? Nope. Not unless they were drunk and dying for a dose of radio-ready epicness. But he's the dude who invented OBEY and O ... More >>
As long as we're talkin' bout Maggotron, we might as well do the right thing and put some of his sounds in your earholes. Get ready for robot voices, vocoder effects, screw type vocals, movie quotes, scratch noises, more cowbell, and the drum patterns that now define old school.
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