Miami's rap scene is making headlines once again, this time for a music video showing an 18-year-old unsigned hellion waving AKs and pounds of cocaine in the air. Stitches, named for his sewn-up Glasgow Smile tattoo, has garnered more than 8 million views for "Brick in Yo Face" on WorldStarHipHop si ... 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 >>
"It was 1988, I was 18 years old, trying to graduate high school." That's how Vincent Mason, otherwise known as Maseo of golden-era hip-hop trio De La Soul, remembers the days, weeks, and months leading up to the life-changing release of 3 Feet High and Rising, a golden-era hip-hop masterpiece so d ... More >>
Gucci Mane has been going berserk lately. He spewed a bunch of hate speech about Brick Squad and how he banged Nicki Minaj via Twitter, and then his own friend called the cops and had him arrested for erratic behavior (getting an ice-cream cone tatted on his face wasn't a first clue?) -- but it seem ... More >>
Problem Kids are Miami Cubans with a message for Jay-Z about his trip to Cuba. Their response to his "Open Letter" is a new track called "Useful Idiot." "He looks like he's praising the Castro regime, and we wanna give him a history lesson," say MCs Mario Obregon and Christian Martinez of the local ... More >>
Much like phony-baloney award shows or boring-as-shit overpriced music festivals, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is -- generally speaking -- a big bunch of bullshit. Or as the Sex Pistols would say, "a piss stain." Look, we're totally stoked that Kraftwerk, N.W.A., and Public Enemy might finally go ... More >>
The gay mafia is after Jack Hakimian. The head of North Miami's Impact Miami church has made a name for himself by fighting a proposed strip club in the neighborhood -- a fight that found him allied with PBS affiliate WPBT. That alliance got WPBT in trouble with North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin, ... More >>
FacebookThere are very few bald men as gnarly as Richard Melville Hall, especially in the record business. Better known as Moby, the 46-year-old DJ, producer, and songwriter is an electronic music pioneer who's broken cross-genre stereotypes with countless collaborations and massive commercial su ... More >>
Crossfade is sick and tired of Ice-T and Coco's overly pampered pooch.The only thing more annoying than pop stars and their lavish lifestyles ... The lavish lifestyles of their freaking pets. Yeah, while plebs like us spend our downtime shuffling kitty litter that sears our nostrils and looking ... More >>
Yesterday, Top 40 hip-hop megastar and occasional actor Ja Rule was sentenced to two years in prison for failing to file his taxes. Remember the good old days when rappers were taking each other out on their records and in real life? Or they wrote verses about crackhouses from inside crackhouses ... More >>
Rob Van Winkle is no Chuck D.All great imitation, even when it's parody, respects the original source. The covers that disappoint fail to do this. Notably missing from Crossfade's list are the pain-inducing covers that have been discussed to death. Examples: Celine Dion's cover of AC/DC's "You S ... More >>
For any fan true fan of hip-hop music, you have a handful of people to thank for your favorite genre: Run DMC, 2 Live Crew, Public Enemy, and of course A Tribe Called Quest. During its heyday, this quintessential rap collective released eight albums, earned serious Billboard success, and infused ... More >>
There's hardly anyone who was around in 2003 and didn't get caught up in the pure unadulterated pleasure -- guilty, or otherwise -- of Benny Benassi's mega-hit "Satisfaction". Praised by the likes of Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez and Darren Emerson and played ad nauseum by big-room DJs and radio statio ... More >>
Artists we'd like to see run for office.
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Russell Simmons has knowledge to spare
DVD releases for the week of May 22, 2007
In the profound Jarhead, a soldier can be his own worst enemy
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Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
The Gospel Comes to New Guinea
Just Like Everybody Part Two "Ronin"
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The Roots get experimental
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