If it ain't broken, don't fix it. Unless you're a millionaire musician with a megasuccessful career. And then fuck it, change your name completely.
We're pretty sure that's how the old adage goes, and that's what you'd be led to believe by Crossfade's little list of moniker madness.
When an artist ... More >>
Stalley falls somewhere between the consciousness-oriented backpack rap of the late '90s and the hardcore-hustler-turned-decadent-don narratives of contemporary hip-hop.
Though those two approaches may seem to come from completely separate ends of the MC spectrum, the Massilon, Ohio rapper has m ... More >>
Black Star's Mos Def and Talib Kweli
With Jay Rock, Black Bobby, and DJ D-Up
Presented by Rock the Bells
Fillmore Miami Beach
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Better Than: Most Tuesdays on God's great spaceship, Earth.
Time travel can be a really good time. Especially when you're talking about takin ... More >>
He's a rapper. He's a scholar. He's the next candidate for the President of Hip-Hop.
In just a couple of hours, Miami-via-D.C. rap mastermind, Square Biz label boss, and Harvard grad Larry Harris Jr., known on the streets and in the studios as Black Bobby, will be holding down the early slot at ... 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 >>
Black Star's Mos Def and Talib Kweli.Yeah, we livin' in the era of ringtone rap.
But a few days ago, we here at Crossfade got word that the Rock the Bells Festival Series will be bringing Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Mobb Deep to Miami Beach. So we started getting all nostalgic about that "Go ... More >>
Photo by Liana Lozada On Wednesday, February 9, FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus got a little taste of Chicago rapper and actor Common. The speaking engagement was titled "The Effects of Hip-Hop on Modern Society." But it took the form of a motivational speech on achieving individual greatness.
Common ... More >>
When you think of DJ Ideal, you'll probably remember him best for his wide takeover in the mixtape scene a couple of years ago. His Lil Jon tinged "Bottom Bitch" sound byte was just about as show stopping as Don Canon's "Canon" sample. From about 2003-2007, DJ Ideal made incredible strides toward ... More >>
Photo by JipsyTo read past installments of Diary of a Flasher, click here. How great is it when you find yourself at a party or show that you didn't expect, with BYOB policy and good music? Score! This past Saturday, while the hot ticket was Mos Def at the Adrienne Arsht Center, we opted for some ... More >>
With three storms whirling around us, it reminds us that we are the midst of hurricane season. So from here on out we need to remember a storm-free weekend is a blessing. Let's hope this upcoming weekend remains quiet.Anyway, here is what happened during over the (storm-free) weekend:Woodstock 40th ... More >>
The weatherfolk predict isolated thunderstorms (versus social ones, with tons of homies), a Kardashian is knocked up, and some woman took the term fire sale way too literally -- so get into some shit this weekend. If watching grown men kick balls with skill and precision sounds like a dope time ... More >>
OMG! You're so, so ecstatic. It's crazy that you're actually gonna be there for Mos Def's brainy hip-hop throwdown this Saturday at the Arsht. The anticipation is enormous. It's like pretty, little butterflies dropping happy bombs in your belly every hour on the hour. And, to be honest, you've be ... More >>
Actor/Hip Hop artist extraordinaire Mos Def has announced an August 15 stop at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Mos Def, a.k.a. Dante Terrell Smith, is taking off from his busy acting schedule and touring in support of his latest album The Ecstatic, which hit in June. Jay Electr ... More >>
Moving Units is a weekly column on Crossfade tracking the best-selling albums at South Florida independent record stores. Click here to view past top-sellers.Best-Sellers for the week of July 20-24:via myspace.com/themarsvoltaThe Mars Volta released its 8th album entitled "Octahedron" on June ... More >>
Yellowmanwith Spred the DubRespectable Street Cafe, West Palm BeachSaturday, June 27, 2009Better Than: Discovering sticky hydroponically grown sensimilla in your backyard.The Review:Deep rub-a-dubbing reggae in legendary West Palm Beach rock haunt Respectable Street? Why not? After all, "King" Yello ... More >>
Moving Units is a new column on Crossfade tracking the best-selling music at South Florida independent record stores. Click here to see past top sellers.Top Sellers for the week of June 15-19Courtesy of Deathcabforcutie.comDeath Cab's "Open Door EP" made Sweat's top 5 this weekUncle Sam's Music, Sou ... More >>
Sonic Youth's latest topped the lists at Sweat and Radio-Active.Moving Units is a new column on Crossfade tracking the best-selling
music at South Florida independent record stores. Click here to see
past top sellers. Top Sellers for the Week of June 8-12:Uncle Sam's Music, South Beach
1. Behind th ... More >>