Seventeen years after keyboardist Sarah Barthel and guitarist Josh Carter met in junior high in upstate New York the duo are still making music together as Phantogram. Barthel recently reminisced with Crossfade about her middle school musical tastes when her sister introduced her to Carter. "I w ... More >>
Fat Joe. He used to be fat. Never as big as Big Pun. But still, a few hundred pounds. Times have changed, though. Now he's fit. He's got a sports talk show on MTV2. And these days, the NYC native lives in Miami, and he's headlining the Miami Marlins Summer Concert Series. Here's what Joe has to sa ... More >>
King Tee is on the beach in California backed by a 12-foot wall of sound. His DJ, a squad of bikini girls, and some homies rally up for the music video to his song "Bass," an early Compton gangsta boogie track from 1987. Later, the Notorious B.I.G. would tell friends that King Tee was one of his g ... More >>
Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" was blasting from the outside speakers of Shots Miami as ladies in black shorts, sandals, and colorful low-high skirts wearing straw wajiro bonnets and afros, and guys in denim jeans, T-shirts, and sneakers rockin' Mexican sombreros and Santa Clause hats crowded the ... More >>
Say what you wanna say, but the '90s rocked! Hip-hop was at its prime, koosh balls were all the craze, and grunge was the way to go. Although we're waaay past the era of the Fresh Prince, Tamagotchi's, and Game Boys, that didn't stop us from partying like it was the 1990s. Nineties babies dressed ... More >>
Hip-hop is the music of the people, and the sound of grumbling bellies sets the beat. In the game of life, it's eat or be eaten, and only the hungriest survive to tell their story. Songs about struggle are a cornerstone of the genre. Brooding tales of desperation often become heralded classics. Eve ... More >>
Anything goes in the wild. Especially when there is beer involved. An unlimited supply of more than 100 domestic, international, and microbrew beers, to be exact. And live appearances by Miami's own booty pioneer, a Grammy-winning hip-hop group, and Mr. 305 Inc.'s newest addition. At least that i ... More >>
Has anyone seen the '90s? What about the '00s? Somehow, those two decades simply came and went, taking pagers, the newspaper industry, and record stores along with 'em. On the bright side, however, Father Time spared Naughty by Nature's enduring 1993 hit, "Hip Hop Hooray," which turned 20 years ... More >>
What do you get when you ask some of Miami's best bartenders to set their cocktails to music? One entertaining evening filled with rum, costumes, music, and more than a little mayhem. We're talking about the Appleton Estate Jamaica rum remixology bartender challenge, held at Blackbird Ordinary last ... More >>
At six feet, four inches and nearly 300 pounds, Suge Knight was once hip-hop's most respected feared label executive. The Death Row Records capo was often ruthless and his questionable business practices regularly involved physical violence. Rumors that he threatened to throw Vanilla Ice off a hot ... More >>
See LA Weekly's complete Coachella coverage -- the top moments from Friday, April 20, four highlights from Saturday, April 21, including Black Lips' Biggie Smalls "hologram, and the five best things from Sunday, April 22. It couldn't all be great performances, decent recreational drugs, and pleasan ... More >>
Ever since yesterday's announcement of a Tupac Shakur sex tape featuring the rapper broing down with Digital Underground bandmates, a blunt, and a blowjob, Crossfade has been going certifiably insane trying to figure out the identity of the anonymous source planning to comercially release this X- ... More >>
Atmosphere's MC Slug knows what to do when life hands you lemons.The sensitive MC has always been a rare figure in hip-hop. While the early 2000s did see a spike in "politically conscious" backpack rappers like Talib Kweli and Mos Def (both of whom took a page from Common's socio-empathetic rhy ... More >>
MTV Britney Madonna = BarfThe performances for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards have been announced. And Crossfade is not impressed. Last week, when we broke down why the upcoming VMAs is a steaming hot turd, we already knew Lil Wayne would be on board, and would likely be performing his wet ... More >>
Photo by Brock Fetch, via the Windish AgencyThe Death SetThe VagabondFriday, March 4, 2011 Better Than: Drinking to the usual indie-dance playlist going on in the other room of the club.The 50-odd people who managed to wander in to the Vagabond's main dance floor area last night for the D ... More >>
via reverbnation.com/arakaArakaLocal band six-piece Araka cribs its name from a piece of Spanish slang that means "Watch out!" With billing like that, the music had better be suitably in-your-face. Luckily, Araka delivers, although not the aggressive attitude the name might imply. Rather, the mul ... 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 debunks rumors spread on blogs and YouTube that Jay-Z is down with the Illuminati.People who depict Jay-Z as a devil-wors ... More >>
A couple of months ago, British electro-indie-art-rock-retro-pop guy Dan Black made his first trip to Miami to play Dirty Hairy at LIV. (Check out a video here.) That night, he sat down with the New Times to talk about emerging music genres, ex-bandmates, copyright squabbles with the bride of B.I ... More >>
ArtOfficial--Local hip-hop and jazz fusion group, ArtOfficial, released a new song from their new project, The Payback, which is set to release on April 23rd via free download. The song they released is actually the title track that is also called "The Payback" and features New York City's K. Spa ... More >>
Both appeal to red-staters, and both are unfairly maligned.
Dave Navarro & DJ Skribble December 22, 2007 Pawn Shop Lounge Better Than: A fistfight in front of a mirror. Contrary to unpopular opinion, kids still get riled about rock; when the rock comes dosed with bottom heavy rap, they get really riled. Make that: really, really riled. Witness Dave Navar ... More >>
Producer/DJ Djinji Brown traveled from hardcore to hip-hop to house, landing in Miami along the way
Talib Kweli talks about the state of hip-hop
The massive police presence might just add to the thrill of play-thuggin' on Miami Beach this Memorial Day
Tripping Tropicana (Cielo Music)
Can Ray "Benzino" Scott's new hip-hop club survive his reputation?
That well-publicized death threat? It's called marketing
Rev. Sharpton scolds urban marketers -- and they love it!
In our pure sales culture, the Latin Grammy protesters could learn a hip-hop lesson
Public art is thriving in urban Miami. And government bureaucrats have nothing to do with it.
Music, movies, TV -- everybody's following the bouncing ball