Too $hort

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    October 20, 2014

    Russell Simmons: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

    If you're going to take advice from anyone, Russell Simmons isn't a bad mentor. He started a media empire out of his college dorm. He's easily responsible for more than half of the hip-hop classics you've enjoyed in your lifetime, not to mention tons of television and movies you've loved. Maybe you ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice on Getting Arrested "Just 'Cause the Album Was Deemed Obscene"

    Fresh Kid Ice is the only member of 2 Live Crew to appear on every 2 Live Crew album. He's one of three founding members who got together in a dorm room at an Air Force base in Riverside, California, started rocking shows in Miami, moved permanently to the 305, and took sexplicit bass music around ... More >>

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    August 28, 2014

    2 Live Crew's Brother Marquis on New Album, Turn Me On, and Three Decades of Dirty Rap

    Brother Marquis was 19 years old when he joined 2 Live Crew and started recording some of the most famous dirty raps that the world has ever known. He was born in New York, moved to L.A. at 14, and flew straight to Miami when the Crew needed an extra rapper. Nearly 30 years later, he's been to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Sir Michael Rocks Gets All "Respect Nature" and "Be Yourself" on Debut Solo Album Banco

    You can't buy an all-over Nascar t-shirt with a picture of Chief Keef talking into a fat stack of Benjamins like it's a cellphone, but you might see one on Sir Michael Rocks as he rolls through Kendall. The Chicago-bred rapper made the shirt himself, and he did actually sell a few through his appa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    De La Soul's Maseo Talks Classic Hip-Hop and Basel 2013

    "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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Alkaholiks on ODB, "Hip Hop Drunkies": "We Had the Biggest Bottle of Vodka on the Planet"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Too Short's Six Best Sex Songs

    Too $hort is an independent hip hop pioneer who made his first million on cassette tapes. The East Oakland pimp is famous for dirty sex raps, and has put out a new album almost every year since 1987. He's also a ghetto reality rapper in the style of Melle Mel from Grandmaster Flash, and has loads o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2013

    Six Pop Music Porn Stars, From Too Short to American Idol's Nathaniel Marshall

    The pop music industry is a lot like the porn industry. You've got throwaway faces with hot bodies ready to do almost anything for the fame and fortune. Honestly, a lot of the music videos coming out today might as well be porno clips. With the lines of decency so blurred, it's no surprise pop st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Best Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Rappers: From Rick Ross to Kanye West

    Each year 'round the holidays, Crossfade readies itself to receive an influx of letters from Miami-Dade County hip-hop heads asking the one question that plagues rap fans around the country: What should we stuff our favorite rapper's stocking with this year? Well, rather than replying to each let ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    XXXmas: Ten Sexiest Christmas Songs

    It's Christmas time! Yeah, we're all fucking excited. Or excited about fucking. We're not sure what it is about the holiday spirit, but all that humbuggery really gets our gifts ready for the ho-ing. We stockpiled our apartment with mistletoe, and we're not going to stop ordering takeout till we ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    DJ Khaled Christmas and Miami's Six Best Holiday 2012 Parties

    Only boring people spend the season singing silly songs in the company of loved ones while getting stuffed full of fruitcake, sucking back Manischewitz, and forging lovely lasting memories. So be cool like Crossfade. Go get so wasted that you forget it's Christmas! Uhntz-uhntz with the Matzo crowd! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Top Ten Raunchiest Rappers of All Time

    Earlier this week, Crossfade reported on Khia -- the rapping stripper from Tampa, Florida -- and the naked picture she Tweeted on Sunday. Khia's stated motivation for leaking her own nudes was to celebrate the ten year anniversary of "My Neck, My Back," the MCs super explicit, lone hit single devot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Celebrate Tupac's 40th Birthday in ATL With Afeni Shakur, Erykah Badu, and Mike Epps

    ​On June 16, 1971, a little thug by the name of Tupac Amaru Shakur came screaming into this world. He was the son of Black Panther Party members, a scrawny kid with a big mouth, who grew up in the streets during the crack epidemic, studied ballet and jazz at a fancy Baltimore arts school, and b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2011

    Kool Keith at Eve, April 2

    ​Kool KeithWith Otto von Schirach, Juan Basshead, and othersEveSaturday, April 2, 2011Better Than: Staying home and crying over the demise of LCD SoundsystemThe downtown/midtown Miami corridor found itself in a pleasant hip-hop time-warp last night, with Too $hort playing an unexpected set at Bard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2010

    305 Live: Local Hip-Hop News from Luke, Ghostwridah, Brianna and more

    Image Courtesy of: C. Stiles​Miami New Times columnist and Miami bass legend Luther "Luke" Campbell will be honored at this year's rendition of the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors, along with the group he made history with: the 2 Live Crew. The awards show will be taped on June 3rd, and then will air on June ... More >>

  • Music

    May 7, 2009

    Head Spins: DJ NVS Styles

    Karu & Y's resident battle champ.

  • Music

    March 5, 2009

    Girl Talk Plays the Culture Room

    Gregg Gillis's cut-and-paste is the present and future of pop music.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Throwback Tuesdays--VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Edition

    So if anybody watched VH1's heralded Hip-Hop Honors program last night, I'm curious to know what people thought. I'm not personally a fan of comedian Tracy Morgan hosting the show (his jokes are funny 60% of the time at best) but everything else associated with this year's Hip-Hop Honors was good. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2008

    The Roots, Gym Class Heroes, and Estelle Play the Fillmore Oct. 8th

    Oh wow. It looks like hip-hop fans are going to be broke after the first ten days of October. Common and N.E.R.D. are already scheduled to perform at the Fillmore Miami Beach on October 10th which definitely sounds like a show that shouldn't be missed. And as of yesterday, it was announced that the ... More >>

  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    2 Live Crew Returns

    The original members bounce back. And without Uncle Luke, thankyouverymuch.

  • Music

    June 26, 2008

    Head Spins: DJ Irie

    The king of clubs, and official Miami Heat DJ, now boasts a namesake party weekend.

  • Music

    June 19, 2008

    Head Spins: Drop.D

    Love Hate's resident hip-hop hero.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    Basketball Players Shouldn't Get on Jay-Z's Bad Side

    Washington Wizard forward DeShawn Stevenson is finding that out the hard way. In what seems like a feud that was on it's way toward being a nonstory, Stevenson's war of words with LeBron James just went to an unexpected level. Over the weekend, Jay-Z recorded a (rather funny) diss track about Steven ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Throwback Tuesdays: MC Lyte "Cappucino"

    MC Lyte will probably always remain one of the most underrated MC's of all time. Of any gender--not just because she's female but rather hip-hop enthusiasts tend to forget about her too easily. But what a lot of critics and award shows never acknowledged was that during the '80's and early '90's, Ly ... More >>

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    February 19, 2008
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    January 17, 2008

    Too $hort

    Get off the Stage (Jive)

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2007

    Rapper Pimp C Found Dead

    According to this TMZ report, Pimp C of legendary Texas-based hip-hop group, UGK was found dead in his bed in a Sunset Strip hotel room this morning. There's a brief posting about it at MTV as well, that says his death has been confirmed by Jive Records. The rapper, born Chad Butler, had just perfo ... More >>

  • Music

    December 21, 2006

    Snap to It

    Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys, and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006

  • News

    April 27, 2006

    Now You See It ...

    Did a financial switcheroo help sink the Grove Playhouse?

  • News

    June 30, 2005

    Letters from the Issue of June 30, 2005

    Feuding neighbors, art objects, and combative cops

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Literary Crunk

    Author Tamara Palmer digs deep into the Dirty South's rap explosion

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Lil' Flip

    U Gotta Feel Me

    U Gotta Feel Me: Screwed & Chopped (Columbia)

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    The Natives Are Restless

    Can you feel the bass?

  • Music

    March 1, 2001

    Teacher's Blues

    Robert "Wild Boar" Moore sticks it out in Miami

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Three-Minute Hero

    The power-pop life and times of Marshall Crenshaw

  • Culture

    October 14, 1999

    Dixie Chick

    Pretty Fire

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    February 29, 1996
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    November 23, 1995
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    July 8, 1992
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    June 17, 1992