Pharrell Williams

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Mayer Hawthorne: "Every Song Is Based on Real Life, Otherwise People Won't Connect to It"

    Mayer Hawthorne (real name Andrew Mayer Cohen) is a chill dude. Backstage at Miami's Soho Studios, prepping for last night's Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour gig, his band, manager, and crew crowd around him, listening to every word that comes out of his mouth. With such a successful career, he could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    Miami's Guitars Over Guns: Teaching Kids Music and Keeping Them Off the Street

    Cutting music and arts programs from public schools is a sign of the decline of western civilization. But have no fear, professional musicians are here, and they're putting the instrumentation back into education. Guitars Over Guns is Miami's answer to the need for leadership training in the form ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    22 Richest Pop Stars of 2014

    Pop stars. They're so rich it makes our brain hurt. The rest of us toil day in and day out for a yearly salary that these pretty-faced bastards would spend on shoes. Still, we all want to watch these guys live the lives that we never will, which in turn funds the whole spectacle. Oh well. Things ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Coachella 2014's Best Moments, Weekend Two

    Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements Early in The Replacement's Friday night set, Paul Westerberg welcomed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as their honorary member. Armstrong, matching the rest of the band in plaid suits, seemed beyond giddy to be onstage with his idols, joking "Dreams real ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 13, 2014
  • Music

    January 23, 2014
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Miami's Ten Most Hated Songs of 2013

    It was the first weekend of 2014. Dudes in handlebar mustaches and bushy beards and ladies in beanies, combat boots, and plaid skirts crowded the back patio of Gramps. With a glass of Penicillin on one hand and a cigarette on the other, the (mainly) hipster crew in the Wynwood bar reminisced on al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Must-See Sets

    Holy Ship!!! is right around the corner. Are you prepared? Whether you're a first-time shipper or a seasoned mate, navigating the lineup is tricky business. With so many established and emerging artists, spread out among so many stages, it's easy to miss something totally life-changing. Because w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2013

    Miami's New Year's Eve 2014 Party Guide

    Another year, another 365 ragers. In Miami, though, the New Year's Eve getdown doesn't last just one night. It's a weeklong bender of pachangas con Pitbull, tiki-tiki tunes with Tiësto, stripping and singing along with Robin Thicke and Pharrell, drankin' in the VIP with Lil Wayne, and chasing tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Basel 2013: Wednesday Party Guide

    Whoa, guys. Basel hasn't even officially begun. And we here at Crossfade are already hungover. Even though the actual art fair opens tomorrow, the cruising and boozing and schmoozing's been in full effect since Monday afternoon, when the early-bird, invite-only charity fundraisers starting serving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2013

    Five Sexiest Songs of Summer 2013, According to Miami Party People

    Sure, you may have had some steamy flings this summer, but the one thing that scored more points on the sex-o-meter was the music -- those pop hits that played during the half-naked pool parties and intense make out seshs with the invasion of European tourists. And if there was one thing the laid-b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Ten Acts That Could Save EDM

    Listen up, people. If you still think EDM is exciting and fresh, that's a sign you're a newb. The rest of us have been at this party way past our bedtimes, and we keep checking our watches like, "Are you done yet?" But just when we were about to pay our tabs and head home for good, all these great ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Gaslamp Killer Murdered Bardot Miami, Joined On Decks by DJ Craze

    Over the weekend at Bardot, the Gaslamp Killer honored America's fallen soldiers with what has to have been one of the best performances the loungey hangout has ever seen. It was heart-pumping, body-shaking insanity from start to finish. The loud and proud no-shits-given artist wasn't holding anyt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Kastle and Austin Paul Brought the Real Sexy Back at Bardot Miami, May 2

    Mainstream pop music's become so overly sexualized. Entertainers like Rihanna, Trey Songz, and Chris Brown present sex in a really cartoonish way, at times verging on pornographic. Meanwhile, the underground seems to be maturing, bringing the real sexy back. Last night at Bardot, Kastle and Austin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2013

    Coachella 2013: The 10 Worst Moments of Weekend Two

    Native American Headdresses These have still not gone away. In fact, one particularly irritating woman (not pictured) wore a towering feather mohawk weave, a sartorial statement that combined racism with rave gaudiness. On Friday, she pushed her way in front of us, obstructing our and everyone else' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

    Lots of really stellar talent is hitting stages all across Miami this week. No matter what you fancy -- hip-hop, dreamwave, math rock, experimental, country, or just plain pop -- you can find it right here in your hometown. Representing the freshest talent from all corners of the country, here ar ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Rakim Announces Concert With a Live Band at The Stage Miami During Art Basel Miami Beach

    Backed by DJ Eric B's expertly sampled soul-funk-R&B ejaculations, late '80s rapper Rakim was a true hip-hop innovator who broke from the first wave's Mother Goose rhyme schemes and party-shout vocal delivery. The duo is regarded as one of the all-time greats. Rakim sans Eric B? That's a slight ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 1, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Pharrell Williams And Chad Oppenheim Want To Redevelop Overtown Into "Ice Cream City"

    A hip-hop icon with a knack for post-skater attire and a Magic City architect have unveiled a very imaginative master plan to transform Overtown into a vibrant urban destination for skateboarders, artists, and fashionistas. But turning that dream into a reality is going to require a monumental effor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    The 20 Richest Rappers: From Pitbull to Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Kanye, Jay-Z, and Dre Day

    As the country sits waiting for the release of a certain Welsh cake eater's tax returns, other high-profilers are happy to let the whole world know how swole their pockets were this year. Forbes released its latest list of haha-they-have-more-money-than-you musicians. And this time, we're talkin' t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Who Wants Free Tickets for Cris Cab's "Good Girls" Party at Grand Central in Miami?

    Are you a fine female who's a lil' confused about your place on the nice/naughty spectrum? Just take Miami pop-hop guy Cris Cab's "Good Girls" quiz! Of course, a real chick is never all nice or naughty, good or bad, sweet or slutty. But no doubt, kind and decent ladies are rare. Or as Cris says o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Rick Ross Releasing Rich Forever Mixtape at 3:05 p.m Today!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Art Basel Music: Basel Castle With Pharrell Williams and Yelawolf, December 3

    Photo by Ian WitlenPharrell dropped by Basel Castle to hang with The Overthrow.​See the full 38-photo Basel Castle 2011 at Overthrow Castle slideshow. Basel Castle With Pharrell Williams, Yelawolf, Penguin Prison, Caligula, Heroes x Villains, Tamara Sky, and a million others The Castle Saturday, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Art Basel Miami Beach: Ten Places to Spot a Celeb Listening to Music

    ​Art Basel Miami Beach is a horrible, crippling beast. It stands, hovering over the first week of December, forcing free drinks down your throat, making you listen to terrible music and look at bad art. Sometimes, though, every once in a while, it takes a step back and shows you the light, somet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Santana, Pharrell, and Lil John: Celebrities With Liquor Brands

    ​These days it's not enough to have just one job. In this economy, you have to be a hustler to get by. If you're lucky, maybe you'll even be successful.Celebrities are no different; they like to have their hands in the cookie jar too. It's easy to criticize stars -- say they're sellouts. We say th ... More >>

  • Film

    August 4, 2011
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    February 10, 2011

    Disco Rick Explains How One Million Bucks Rained Inside King Of Diamonds

    ​On yesterday's Dan LeBatard show on 790 The Ticket, sometime New Times strip club expert Disco Rick provided intimate details about Rick Ross' infamous birthday party earlier this month at King Of Diamonds. Using the tenacious reporting chops that helped him break the University of Miami Pell gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Jimmy Buffett to Headline Fundraiser for Alex Sink

    ​Florida celebs seem to have no problem getting involved with national politics. Gloria Estefan held a found raiser at her house with President Obama. Alonzo Mourning is set to do the same on Monday. Part time resident Pharrell Williams partied with Bill Clinton at LIV for another fundraiser. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Lupe Fiasco Goes From Rap to Rock with New Band Japanese Cartoon, Paying Tribute to Joy Division

    The cover art for Japanese Cartoon's In the Jaws of the Lords of Death​You probably know Wasalu Jaco best for all of his hip-hop collaborations. With Lupe Fiasco as his stage name, he's worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Neptunes, and Pharrell Williams, Justice, and Rihanna. But now h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Juan Basshead Named Top U.S. Dubstep Artist By Major U.K. Newspaper

    Juan Basshead​Yesterday, the major U.K. newspaper The Sun ran a music trend piece whose thesis more or less deserves a resounding "Duh" from anyone around here. The headline: "Dubstep making leaps in the U.S." Well, yeah. Anyone into electronic music in the States -- like the thousa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Vampire Weekend Teams Up with Kid Cudi, Best Coast for a New Converse Collaboration

    You'll probably recognize Vampire Weekend's keyboardist/guitarist and backup vocalist Rostam Batmanglij in the video above, where he talks to Converse about his musical beginnings. You can catch him along with the rest of the band on October 13 with Beach House. But if you can't wait that long, Batm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Local Filmmaker Fro Rojas Directs N.E.R.D "Hot N' Fun" Promos

    With Pharrell Williams spending a lot of time in Miami for the past few years, he is basically become a local act. But if you need an even stronger local angle, FriendsWithYou-decorated cars aside, you only have to look at the promos circulating around the interwebs for N.E.R.D's new single "Hot N' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Clinton's Global Initiative: No Security Is Good Security

    Photo by Karina ChavarriaFormer President Bill Clinton at the Global Initiative Univeristy at BankUnited Center.At an event where a former U.S. president is present, you'd expect to be patted down, have your bags ripped open, and then maybe be carted away by the Secret Service because you forgot to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    New Uffie EP, MC's Can Kiss, Drops February 1

    ​Paris-via-South Florida singer Uffie has been quiet for the last few years. However, late this year she finally released a video for her track "Pop The Glock" -- almost 4 years after it was released. Ed Banger head honcho Pedro Winter, a.k.a. Busy P, explained that the odd move was to reintroduce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Photos: N.E.R.D's Performances at W South Beach, Awarehouse

    Photo via Billionaire Boys Club​It wasn't too long ago that N.E.R.D performed like at the somewhat dysfunctional Future Classic Festival. But that didn't stop them from giving Miami a weekend full of alt hip-hop (arguably N.E.R.D are the original hipster-hoppers).But this past weekend's performanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Chester French at Culture Kings - Event Pictures

    Yesterday at Culture Kings, Chester French played a free acoustic set for a crowd of cool kids and industry types. Chris O, owner of the high end clothes, sneaker shop, and artist collective said "The label contacted us and set it up." Ed Agudello, the Digital Account Director South East for Univers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Chester French to Perform Free In-Store at Culture Kings Tomorrow Afternoon

    Yes, Winter Music Conference and March madness have ended, but Culture Kings gives you another reason to skip out of work early this Tuesday afternoon with an acoustic in-store performance by Chester French. Think catchy Boston-bred guitar licks with a Beatles/ N.E.R.D. falsetto fitted with Bapes an ... More >>

  • Music

    March 5, 2009

    Head Spins: DJ A-Train

    From Stone Groove to Back Door Bamby and all points beyond.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Rakontur Teams Up With Pharrell For Adult Swim Show

    2009 is looking to be a huge year for the Rakontur Films. Not only will they be teaming up with super-producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer to turn their Cocaine Cowboys documentary into an HBO series, but they've also announced on their blog they're developing a half-hour series for Adult Swi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Miss Face Mixtape Download

    So there's a new mixtape DJ on the prowl in Broward County and she (that's right, I said she) has a deft ear for good music. Her name is Miss Face, and she just released a red-hot digital download called "Face Smusher" which, when you hear these beats drop, will have your face contorting for sure. ... More >>

  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    They Won't Go Quietly

    Not even death can stop Foghat's slow ride.

  • News

    June 5, 2008

    Shack Attack

    Grovites decry kiosks as empty vessels.

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    March 21, 2007
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    August 17, 2006

    DJ Sire Esq.

    Fuggetaboutit Vol. 2 (Say Uncle Productions)

  • Music

    April 20, 2006

    LL Cool J

    Todd Smith (Def Jam/Island)

  • Music

    March 3, 2005
  • Year End

    December 23, 2004

    On the Down-Low

    Shovel away all that Usher, Prince and Lil Jon you've been jamming and dig this year's buried black-music treasures.

  • Music

    October 21, 2004
  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    Last Night an Art Show Saved My Life

    Forget about the clubs, the real scene is hanging at the galleries

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