The ForePLAY has ended. So has the "hottest hip-hop Friday in the world." Yep, Club Play has closed. Taking over its place is SoBe's newest part spot, Ivy Nightclub. Since its grand opening last month, Ivy's already hosted some of the biggest names in the biz, including the world's richest, shade ... More >>
He's gone wild with Steve-O, shared paint with the Cavs, and sparked up with Juicy J and (likely) Wiz Khalifa. He was signed by Diddy. He covered XXL magazine. And his track, "Invincible," has been used as theme song by both the NFL and the WWE. Born in Houston but raised all over the world, he fo ... More >>
Everyone knows summertime in Miami is hot, sweaty, and steamy. While the blazing sun and scorching weather may have something to do with it, our hardcore party rep, endless nights, and flawless looks are actually most to blame. Just check out the six best club parties going down this week. See a ... More >>
Is it just us, or do Miami women spend more time shopping than anywhere else in the world? Ladies in the 305 do more than just embrace the "women be shopping" stereotype -- they abuse the crap out of it. And why not? Whether it's a slammin' party that Diddy, Cavalli, or Usher is throwing, a Sunday F ... More >>
Believing a rapper who says "I'm a motherfuckin' billionaire" is just as ridiculous as believing a politician who says "I will be honest, accountable, and faithful to my wife." Still, in pursuit of some LOLs, Bloomberg Businessweek (a publication that's owned, coincidentally, by billionaire and pol ... More >>
The rap game is tough. Some might say it's no place for a lady. But those people would be chauvinistic douche popsicles. The truth is it takes a tough lady to top the charts. At the top, it doesn't matter if you're sexy. You're judged by the content of your lyrics and the freak of your flow. Only ... More >>
Being a famous rapper is awesome. You get all the fancy cars, expensive champagne, and bad bitches your icy heart desires. It's all part of the job description. And for once in your life, you're doing it wrong if you don't brag about it to everyone! So what happens when shit gets real and a hip-hop ... More >>
Scan the first few rows at a Miami Heat home game and you're sure to find a few celebrities. Birdman, for example, got plenty of TV time during Wednesday's win against the Boston Celtics. Oh, and Rick Ross, Diddy, Gloria Estefan ... They're all regulars at the AAA. On the other hand, celebrities a ... More >>
It's gonna be Nicki, you, and free pink drinks till you puke.Way back in the beginning of 2010, you harbored this strange delusion of spending a pleasure-filled night with the best (lady?) rapper alive, Nicki Minaj. You imagined romping through a semi-private, electric-pink wonderland of gooey ... More >>
When he saw the footage, Fezito said: "I look like Will Smith."I love Miami because it is filled with a billion talented artists. In the next few weeks, I will take you inside their studios. But this is not about me. This is about a young man that interns at Sweat Records. His name is Fezito Chancy ... More >>
Washington, D.C.'s Grammy Award-winning production duo Deep Dish enjoyed unparalleled international success during their late-'90s and early-'00s heyday. Much of the pair's universal appeal could be attributed to the healthy stylistic balance between Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia's edgier experim ... More >>
photo by Lex HernandezInduce (right) rocking Grand Central's stage with Kid Sister this past Saturday.After causing quite a comment stir with his unique sense of humor on this post last week, Induce is out to prove to the nonbelievers that he, indeed, has some musical prowess of his own to showca ... More >>
Here are a few preview snippets to count down some more time until the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors broadcast tonight. Though the program debuts this evening, it was already taped this past week. (That's somewhat disappointing -- can you imagine the possible shenanigans if it were a live broadcast?) Our favor ... More >>
According to our tireless reviewer Esther Park, this year's Best of the Best concert was even more intense than the last. With so many big-name artists scheduled to perform every year, there are always unexpected changes, pleasant surprises, and, it seems, a crazy sprint through the final leg of the ... More >>
photo by Ian WitlenNicki Minaj, as always, signed female fans' chests.The annual Best of the Best concert has always been one of the crowning events of Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, and this year's edition, held yesterday at Bicentennial Park, kept the momentum going. While the lineup of course ... More >>
Masuimi Max, Belle of the Fetish BallWe're guessing most of you already know about the shower of hip-hop events hitting Miami this long weekend, but allow us to point out some other events worthy of your time and cash. There's a saucy Fetish party happening all weekend in Broward. If you're willi ... More >>
The state of this year's Best Of The Best Concert remains somewhat tentative still, due to Jamaica's ongoing declared state of emergency. Still, concert organizers have said the show is still set to go as planned, and it's undeniable that the bill features a veritable who's-who of Caribbean and u ... More >>
Since the mid-'80s, Lady Saw has represented for the females in the highly male-driven world of dancehall. And throughout her career, she's racked up a lot of firsts. She was the first female dancehall artist to headline major genre events outside of Jamaica, the first to win a Grammy, and the first ... More >>
Photo by David "Dro" Rosario-- DJ Khaled continues to ride the wave of success that his song "All I Do Is Win" has garnered. Since releasing the song, he's received tons of iTunes downloads for it. So I guess as a thank you of sorts, Khaled recruits pretty much all of the most relevant rappers of ... More >>
A few years ago, Karrine Steffans, AKA "Superhead," took the hip-hop gossip world by storm when she published a memoir dishing dirt on claimed former flings such as Dr. Dre, DMX, P. Diddy, Ja Rule, and Shaquille O'Neal. Now meet her heir apparent, Miami's own Kat Stacks -- a foulmouthed, bubble- ... More >>
Much like Akon's "I'm So Paid" clip, South Florida's "baddest bitch" Trina wants people to know that the current economic climate is not affecting her lavish lifestyle in her "Million Dollar Girl" video. In addition to the private jet, pink sportscars and stewardess outfits, there's a little bit of ... More >>
On the radical serenity/serene radicalism of Merriweather Post Pavilion.
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 >>
While the regular people were in the WMC trenches rolling ballz, Bad Boy artist/sometime pop kitten/maybe or maybe not Diddy's current jumpoff Cassie was at chic Collins shop The Webster's Femme Fatale DJ Series picking up some gear from Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga and YSL.
Jose D. DuranBelvedere IX left us black and pink.To say we get courted for promotion is an understatement. We got harassed by P.R. whores asking us to talk about their products. Psst! Let me let you in on a little secret: Best way into a New Times writer's heart is to offer free booze. With the econ ... More >>
Take a whiff. You might just be smelling a star.
Finally, the movie on Notorious B.I.G. hits theaters today and it seems that the anticipation for the film's release is running high. Notorious actors have been hitting the talk show circuit, Lil' Kim is up in arms about how she was portrayed, Diddy is being all dramatic on YouTube, and people are ... More >>
Notorious B.I.G., made B.L.A.N.D.
Anybody that was at the Q-Tip concert in Fort Lauderdale the night before Thanksgiving was treated to one hell of a show! The music was great, the openers were good, and even P. Diddy was in the building buggin' out having a good time. I can't complain about Q-Tip's set one bit. Well, I wish Phife D ... More >>
Chromeo, Crookers, and now Switch? Whoever is responsible for the string of bookings at Heathrow Lounge deserves a gold star because it's getting ridiculous. It almost seems like Heathrow is quickly becoming the Studio A replacement we hoped for -- except it's ill equipped to handle any kind of live ... More >>
What's up with the sudden chill? It ruined our plans to hangout poolside on Sunday with plenty of stiff drinks to go around. Well, the drinking still happened, but we were bundled up indoors. The biggest news this weekend, of course, was the reopening of the Fontainebleau Hotel. Plenty of celebriti ... More >>
So 2 Pac's name has been in the news a lot lately. The L.A. Times goofed up a story regarding his assault at the Quad Studios in 1994 and even had to issue a retraction. And Puffy or P. Diddy, or whatever the hell he calls himself is doing everything he can to detach himself from Pac's robbery/shoot ... More >>
We'll take a cup of kindness for some of this year's musical train wrecks.
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