SpaceGhostPurpp's Website Got Hacked by an 11-Year-Old Rapper Named Lil Shark

Categories: Local Music, News

Photo by Stian Roenning
Yes, SGP is beefin' with a preteen.

Here at Crossfade, we have mad love for SpaceGhostPurrp, but not everyone shares our feelings.

In fact, some offhand remarks about bad rap music have got 11-year-old rapper Lil Shark feelin' more than just some type of way. The whitest kid in hip-hop not only put out a less-than-scathing diss track freestyle, he hacked SGP's website.

These darn kids and their computers, amirite?

See also: Ten Softest Rappers in the Game

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Ultra Confirms 18-and-Over Policy: "The First Step to Having Fun Is Feeling Safe"

Photo by George Martinez
Throwing up the universal sign for Ultra Music Festival.

It's official, ravers.

Over the weekend, we here at Crossfade, like the rest of the EDM world, were surprised by the sudden revelation that Ultra Music Festival seemed to be adopting a strict 18-and-over policy for its 2015 edition.

The rumor began to spread after a flyer (which read "you must be 18 years of age or older to attend this event") was handed out to fest attendees at this past weekend's Electric Zoo in New York.

At the time, there was some dispute about the authenticity of this alleged Ultra handbill with the "18+" disclaimer. But now UMF organizers have confirmed "we ultimately believe that Ultra Music Festival is a premium event geared towards adults."

Check the cut for Ultra's full statement.

See also: In Defense of Ultra Music Festival

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

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice, waving hello.

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 the world.

Now 2 Live Crew is back with a new album, Turn Me On, that features cameos by Trick Daddy, Trina, E-40, Too Short, Insane Clown Posse, and production from Pretty Tony and Mannie Fresh.

Here's what Fresh Kid Ice had to say about booty bass, performing on top of speakers, and getting arrested for making music.

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

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Rap's Five Best Lyrics About Miami

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Photo by Sergio Monsalve

It's no secret that rappers love to talk about Miami. 

Even though we don't boast as many famous MCs as New York City or Los Angeles, the 305 is definitely on the list of hip-hop hot spots to throw into your raps.

Oftentimes, MIA shout-outs feel gimmicky. Too easy. Mentioning Miami for the sake of being trendy. But sometimes, lines can hit close to home. And rappers actually manage to capture the spirit of the Magic City in their rhymes. 

Here are the five best rap lyrics about Miami.

See also: Ten Best Miami Rap Anthems Ever

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Ten Best Salsa Acts in the World, According to Melina Almodovar

Categories: Interviews, Lists

via Melina ALmodovar on Facebook
La Muñeca De La Salsa

Salsa is the sultry, hot, and heavy beat of life on the dance floor. It is the joy and the pain, the intimacy and lust, the freedom of spontaneous invention, and the emotional turmoil of love, loss, and all that's great in being human.

Melina Almodovar
aka La Muñeca De La Salsa is a Miami recording artist and entertainer who has dedicated her life to it. She was born in San Juan Puerto Rico, her mom was a flamenco dancer, her dad sang boleros, and her grandpa had his own radio show.

She has recorded with Ruben Blades, performed with Gilberto Santa Rosa, and she has her own orquesta too. And these are her top 10 salsa bands in the world today.

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Erasure's Andy Bell Talks Drag Queens and Being "a Little Old for EDM"

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Erasure's Andy Bell and Vince Clarke.

Listeners of a certain vintage will already know there was indeed such a thing as dance-based electronica between the eras of disco and EDM.

In fact, not only was there exciting music to be heard between those fabled eras, but much of the most thrilling sounds were made by duos. Throughout the '80s and '90s, dominating both airwaves and dance floors, there were the likes of Bronski Beat, Blancmange, Soft Cell, Eurythmics, The Associates, Yello, and, of course, Erasure.

A product of musician-producer Vince Clarke (co-founder of Depeche Mode and, with Yaz, unleasher of Alison Moyet) and singer Andy Bell (who'd answered an ad in Melody Maker), Erasure was akin to a candy-coated stroll through the deep dark nights of one's soulful abandon.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Erasure's Violet Flame 2014 World Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week


Rise and shine ... It's Labor Day!

That means it's a short week for (most of) us working-class citizens.

In honor of the American labor movement, here are the five best concerts going down in SoFla this week, from the rap bromance of Drake and Lil Wayne to Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull to bachata royalty Prince Royce.

See also: Miami's Labor Day 2014 Party Guide

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Ultra Music Festival 2015 Will Be an 18-and-Over Event

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Ultra 2015 will be an adults-only affair.
Some may complain; others may cheer. It seems like Ultra Music Festival organizers have finally put an age restriction for the event. is reporting that Ultra 2015 will be a 18-and-over affair. This is according to flyers handed out at this weekend's Electric Zoo in New York City.

UPDATE Ultra confirms 18-and-Over policy: "The first step to having fun is feeling safe."

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Lily Allen on Sheezus and Kanye West: "What I Love Is He's Not a Careerist; He's an Artist"

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Google Lily Allen's name and the first news clippings that pop up are British tabloids discussing her weight and "erratic" behavior. The headlines read "Lily Allen flashes a hint of toned stomach" and "Lily Allen's behaviour 'worries pals.'"

When she launched her music career in 2006 with debut album, Still Alright, the 24-hour gossip cycle of celebrity-centric blogs and social media was still in its infancy. But now, on the heels of her latest release, the cleverly titled and perhaps opportunistically so, Sheezus, Allen finds her every move (and every pound gained or lost) monitored and often misreported by nearly every media outlet in the wired world.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Lily Allen at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Ten Reasons the Sax Doesn't Suck

Categories: Interviews, Lists

Courtesy of Steve Reason
The saxophone is badass. And so is Mr. Steve "Let's Have Sax" Reason.

There comes a crucial moment in every musician's life when he must decide what instrument to play.

The obvious choice is usually guitar, because everybody wants to be a sweaty rock god. But some people go with drums or bass or even piano. However, not a lot of kids dream of learning how to play the saxophone, a lame band-geek instrument.

But who wouldn't want to blow that brass like John Coltrane and Kenny G? There is plenty of badassery related to the sax. And that's why Crossfade linked up with professional saxophonist Steve Reason (also the headliner of this weekend's Let's Have Sax) to learn the ten best things about this particular wind instrument.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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