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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Image Courtesy of: C. StilesMiami 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 >>
Karu & Y's resident battle champ.
Gregg Gillis's cut-and-paste is the present and future of pop music.
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 >>
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 >>
The original members bounce back. And without Uncle Luke, thankyouverymuch.
The king of clubs, and official Miami Heat DJ, now boasts a namesake party weekend.
Love Hate's resident hip-hop hero.
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 >>
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 >>
Get off the Stage (Jive)
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 >>
Comeback kids, rhymin' Limeys, and songs about partying defined Hip-Hop Nation in 2006
Did a financial switcheroo help sink the Grove Playhouse?
Feuding neighbors, art objects, and combative cops
Author Tamara Palmer digs deep into the Dirty South's rap explosion
U Gotta Feel Me
U Gotta Feel Me: Screwed & Chopped (Columbia)
Can you feel the bass?
Robert "Wild Boar" Moore sticks it out in Miami
The power-pop life and times of Marshall Crenshaw