The brothers behind the hushed, soulful music of Los Angeles' Inc., singer/guitarist Andrew Aged and bassist/vocalist Daniel Aged, took up their respective instruments in the late '90s. At the time, Andrew was 12 and Daniel 11. Playing music together, they say, actually helped them open up to each ... More >>
From jamming with funk forefathers to helping break New Jack Swing and cofounding legendary '90s R&B label LaFace Records with partner Antonio "L.A." Reid, the man known as Babyface has spent three decades creating and shaping pop music. Now 53, Kenneth Edmonds is working on a new album by Are ... More >>
Oh, Trina ... Da Baddest Bitch has done it again. And by it, we here at Crossfade mean she accepted a bunch of money and then allegedly bailed on a job. Clearly, Trina is just a bossy chick who's allotment of fucks ran out a good while ago. Now she and her management team have been slapped with a ... More >>
In the summer of 2010, Nicki Minaj told Interview Magazine that, from the beginning, she was thinking like a role model. "I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness," she said. "I want people -- especially young girls -- to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex ap ... More >>
When did June become Miami's hottest month? And no, we're not talking about the weather. The arrival of summer has brought electronic dance music's biggest names to the Magic City. From Avicii's tour stop at the American Airlines Arena to Tiësto's Club Life party at LIV, this month has proven to ... 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 >>
Back in the day (circa 1998), an underground rap slab hit the streets and it was called Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. The duo behind this record -- Black Star, consisting obviously enough of Brooklyn MCs Mos Def and Talib Kweli -- took its core concepts (and its name) from Marcus Ga ... More >>
Wyclef Jean is a true renaissance man. His career started with The Fugees. Just think about that fact -- one of the most original, distinct collective voices in hip-hop was only the beginning for this Haitian rapper, producer, and politician. After the trio's second and final album The ... More >>
We all know hip-hop was better back in the day (namely the mid '90s) before MCs and beatmakers-for-hire became obsessed with their cellphones and started writing ringtones instead of blratt-blratt rap tracks. Thankfully, the Rock the Bells Festival Series is hustling hard to preserve the days - ... More >>
Jeffrey Martin/photosbyjeffrey.com10K Islands' Will Suter.The man behind Miami-based record label 10K Islands, Will Suter, is a full-time business man. He's also a part-time jetsetter. "I technically live in Washington, D.C.," he explains. "But I also stay in New York and Miami." And while it se ... More >>
We've featured Anjuli Stars a couple of times leading up to the release of this very mixtape Starvation Volume One, which we've adorned as this week's "Mixtape Of The Week". The first time many heard of Anjuli Stars was back in 2006 on Pitbull's El Mariel album on an acoustic guitar laced track c ... More >>
In exactly what world are we living when the breakup of a hip-hop group leads to drama in a presidential election? Wyclef Jean is running for president of Haiti (which seems like a tough job considering he can barely run his charity, career, or personal finances), and now his former Fugees bandma ... More >>
adanbouzoua via flickrStrumming his way to the presidency?His heart seems to be in the right place, but Wyclef Jean's political aptitude is tone deaf. Don't get us wrong, welcoming President Jean to office would be pretty cool, but he might not exactly know how to help a nation that lost 22 ... More >>
Photo by Sebastian MlynarskiHolly MirandaVocally, Detroit-born, Brooklyn-based neo-pop folk songstress Holly Miranda might bring to mind Chann Marshall. But mood-wise she's got much more in common with, say, American dream pop duo Azure Ray. Both find solace in sleep, and the things that go bump in ... More >>
I just got word yesterday that R&B's newest sensation, Jazmine Sullivan is going to be in Pembroke Pines on December 21st. She'll be at Cafe Iguana (who seem to be booking a lot better shows lately) performing songs off of her solid debut album, Fearless. Most people only know Sullivan because o ... More >>
Wait a minute, whoa were totally feeling Estelles style.
Our guide to the 15th annual Caribbean Festival.
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The Marleys carry on their father's mission -- as they see it
Watcha gonna do, Inner Circle, make one of the hottest recording studios in the nation?
From the issue of July 26, 2001
Santana and Macy Gray combine fusion with platinum
Femi Kuti: The next generation of Afro-beat
Regina Carter reclaims the violin for jazz
Japan is the new capital of disposable tunes
Bob Marley tribute, Mark Lanegan
Les Nubians embrace the feminist mystique
February 11 - 17, 1999
March 26-April 1, 1998
Sweet Micky's provocative music moves Haitians with an infectious beat and political overtones