Lil Dred From Liberty City: "We're Real Entrepreneurs, Rap Is a Gateway"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Lil Dred could be the Slick Rick of Liberty City.

His storytelling rhymes are movie-like. His raps are fire. And he's about to hit the avenue with 10,000 copies of his new Hosted by the Streets EP

He learned the hustle from his dad, Nate "The Great" Brooks, a three-time national champion football player with the University of Miami and an independent rapper who sold 50K out the trunk.

Here's what Lil Dred had to say about why he can't wife no shone, the family business, and the popular demand for his music.

See also: Ten Best Miami Rap Anthems Ever

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Mac's Club Deuce's Mac Klein Turns 100: "I've Got a Wife and Business That Keep Me Young"

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Photo by Laurie Charles
Happy 100th, Mac!

"Some people turn 100, some don't," says Mac Klein, the man who's been running Mac's Club Deuce for the past 50 years. "What's the big deal?"

Today, Klein will get to blow 100 candles in celebration of his birthday, but to the bar owner, it's just another day.

"I'm lucky," he humbly admits. "I've got a wife who keeps me young and a business that keeps me young. There really isn't much else to say."

See also: Mac Klein's Top 9 Moments at Mac's Club Deuce


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Phish Announces Four NYE Shows in Miami

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Photo by Ben Thacker

One does not simply like Phish.

Phish Heads are some of the most dedicated fans in the world. There's just something about this jam band that works white people into a frothy, goofy-dance mess. Even those who aren't that familiar with Trey Anastasio and crew have tales of losing themselves in the music, maaan.

So if you're a huge Phish fan and you live in Miami, do the "Meatstick" dance. Because just like in 2009, the Vermont-based cult band is coming to the American Airlines Arena to perform on New Year's Eve -- and then again for the next three days in a row.

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Nick Monaco Talks Mating Call: "Expect Peach Nectar Oozing From the Speakers"

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The last time we here at Crossfade spoke with Nick Monaco, the San Francisco DJ-producer was still a relative newcomer to the international dance music scene. He had just released his first panty-dropper of an EP on Soul Clap Records, and the buzz was definitely beginning to grow around his self-described sexual southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Fast-forward a year, and Monaco still calls the Soul Clap label home. But this time he's serving up his debut artist album, Mating Call, which spans 10 tracks boasting his signature piquant blend of disco, electro-boogie, and dub. Live instrumentation, experimental arrangements, and his own vocals make the album a definite standout among recent dance record releases.

Here's what he had to say about the new slab, ear porn, and overripe fruit.

See also: EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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Belle & Sebastian on the Next Album and "Accepting That We're a Twee Pop Band"

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Photo by Reuben Cox

The dashing Scots of Belle and Sebastian are nothing if not prolific.

Even these days, when they seem to prefer releasing proper albums only every four years or so, the charming and hard-working Glaswegians insist on staying forever busy with collections of B-sides, world tours, and the occasional feature-length film conceived by frontman Stuart Murdoch.

So it was by some minor miracle that we here at Crossfade recently managed to secure a conversation with Chris Geddes, keyboardist and founding member of this perpetual-motion machine of a band that's come to signify a whole genre. (Just don't call it twee.)

See also: Win Free Tickets for Belle & Sebastian at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Miami's Ten Best Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

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Photo by Monica McGivern
You don't have to be broke to party like these dudes.

It's no secret Miami loves to party.

Sometimes, though, you wanna go wild and grind the night away without breaking bank. Sure, it may be a challenge with all the flashy lights and gaudiness of the Magic City, but that's why you have us.

Just check out this weekend's ten best parties under $10.

See also: Six Best Club Parties in Miami This Week

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YesJulz on Miami Clubbin' and Instagram Fame: "Important It Be Used for the Greater Good"

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YesJulz is a Miami party girl with a heart of gold.

Whether she's at Story slinging bottles, throwing FDR Mondays at the Delano, or turning Best Day Ever into a roving international pool party, her number-one priority remains helping disadvantaged youth and rallying peers to take on charity work with her monthly Hashtag Lunchbag event.

Even riding in a cab on South Beach between business meetings, her mind is katana-sharp and ready for action. Here's what YesJulz had to say about Insta-fame, twerkathons, and making it cool to give back.

See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

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Cassette Store Day 2014 Comes to Miami: "Tapes Are Part of Our Music Culture Again"

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Photo by Michelle Grand

No one in the Magic City understands the magic of music on cassette like Patrick Garcia and Michelle Grand of Cheap Miami, the first audiotape-only record label in the 305 since the CD and MP3 takeover.

"I think I just wanted a really cool, affordable way to start releasing music," Garcia says. "Vinyl is so expensive. It costs ten times as much as a cassette to produce. Tapes are superaffordable and I like getting really creative with the packaging."

Now, going on their second year with Cheap Miami, Patrick and Michelle are joining forces with Sweat Records and Churchill's Pub to bring Cassette Store Day 2014 to Miami on Saturday, September 27.

See also: Cheap Miami and the Magic of Cassettes: "Fans Feel Part of Something Sacred, Underground"

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Shots Miami Launches Wynwood Live Weekly for Local Bands

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Photo by James Mann

When every club in town has a DJ, why not go back to basics.

Shots Miami, a friendly Wynwood hangout and shooter bar with the hood's most party-ready name, is expanding its repertoire and giving customers more than just drinks and pre-recorded jams.

"We're trying to get live music going on here in Wynwood," says co-owner Jason Machado. "I know a couple other venues have done smaller, one-time events or brought a few acts every month, but we're going to do it every week."

See also: The Five People You Meet in Wynwood

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High on Fire's Des Kensel Talks New Album: "We Always Want to Keep It Raw"

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High on Fire's Des Kensel, Matt Pike, and Jeff Matz.

When one contemplates about all that's great in heavy metal, High on Fire should be one of the first bands that comes to mind.

The group initially emerged from the ashes of post-Sabbath stoner metal luminaries Sleep. But faster, louder, and meaner than its forebear, High on Fire's always managed to keep one foot in metal's past while making its own distinct statements. This month, the band is pummeling its way through Florida for the first time in ages before embarking on Motörhead's Motörboat cruise.

So we here at Crossfade caught up with drummer and songwriter Des Kensel to chat about the new High on Fire album, what Lemmy may (or may not) wear on a cruise ship, and staying creative and classic when you're six full-lengths deep.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Death Angel and High on Fire at Grand Central Miami

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