Danny Brown on Rap: "People Get Celebrated for the Bad Shit, Moreso Than the Good Shit"

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These days, iconically quirky Detroit-born rapper Danny Brown rhymes about sadness, drugs, cats, Cool Ranch Doritos-smelling poonanny, and other such stuff.

You'll get the chance to join in on the fun during this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, as part of Fool's Gold Day Off.

Danny will be taking the stage with A-Trak and DJ Mustard, among others. And we here at Crossfade were able to catch up with Danny in preparation for this momentous occasion.

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Marco Carola Talks Music On Miami: "Taking Music Seriously but Having Fun With It"

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Marco Carola's clubland reputation most certainly precedes him. Over the course of a career spanning two decades, the Italian-born DJ/producer and label magnate has become a global dance institution.

His driving, groove-laden signature sets have made Carola one of the most in-demand selectors on the international scene, particularly in the dance tourism mecca of Ibiza.

And now in its third year, his Music On Ibiza residency at legendary club Amnesia puts Carola at the epicenter of techno with a finger firmly on the pulse of its ever-evolving sounds.

"I wanted to create something special," Carola tells Crossfade about the Music On concept. "With my partners, we created Music On around my vision -- to take music seriously but have fun with it."

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Party hard, no breaks, with Crossfade's concert guide.

We don't need a giant turkey to remind us of how lucky we are to be living in the Magic City. All we need is some good music.

Just check out the five best concerts going down in the 305 this Thanksgiving week, from Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew at LIV to Tegan & Sara at the Fontainebleau.

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James Blake Talks New Album, Possible Kanye West Collaboration

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Upon first listen, many people assume that James Blake is black. And when they do set eyes on the 26-year-old white Englishman singing, they're taken aback.

"He's like a white Erykah Badu," one smitten YouTube user commented on a video clip of Blake's 2013 live performance on the Late Show With David Letterman. "I'm a kid all over again, and it's all because of a white boy with a black voice."

Racial stereotypes aside, it's not often that the pop music world finds a male voice with Blake's pristine, shimmering tone and voluptuously soulful expression, redolent of the great black gospel singers.

"I think if anyone wants to sing pop music, and they want to leave out the black contributions to popular music, they may find themselves wanting as a singer," Blake tells Crossfade.

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Anja Schneider on Ten Years of Mobilee Records: "We Have to Have Good Music"

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Mobilee Records will be celebrating its first ten-year run soon, and so far, it has been a formidable one indeed.

Cofounded by Berlin DJ-producer and longstanding radio show host Anja Schneider in 2005, the label has managed to position itself at the helm of the international underground house and techno scene during this past decade, thanks to standout chart-topping releases by artists like And.Id, Rodriguez Jr., Sebo K, and Schneider herself.

On launching the label, Schneider tells Crossfade: "My primary reason was to give a platform for all the artists I was discovering and liking through my radio show, Dance Under the Blue Moon. A friend said, 'Why don't you have a record label and release them?'"

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Martin Buttrich's #9414 Tour Celebrates 20 Years of Dance Music

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If you're a real house head, you've probably got love for Loco Dice. You're more than likely to have a few Timo Maas records in your collection. And you just may harbor a serious music crush on Martin Buttrich.

Not only is he a decorated electronic producer in his own right, with an illustrious original and remix catalog, boasting a Grammy nomination for his work on Tori Amos' "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas," Buttrich is also the man behind the curtain on a lot of house music's most seminal albums.

Through the years, he's watched as dance music grew from a purely underground phenomenon to highly profitable mainstream trend, and he's currently marking 20 years in the biz with a very special worldwide tour, #9414, featuring cameos from some of the scene's most beloved DJs.

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Diego El Cigala Talks Flamenco and the Greats: "There Will Never Be Another Paco de Lucia"

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Modern-day flamenco master Diego El Cigala.

Flamenco is the historic folk music of the Andalusia region in southern Spain. It is known for its use of the guitar, cajón, castanets, and clapping. Its singing, el cante, is evocative, heartfelt, and profoundly infused with pasión. Originally introduced to a wider audience in the late 1700s, flamenco did not explode unto the modern era till musicians like Paco de Lucía, Camarón de la Isla, and Tomatito brought it to international ears during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.

Nicknamed the "Norway Lobster" for his slimness as a youth, Diego "El Cigala" Ramón Jiménez Salazar is today's foremost flamenco interpreter and master. His singing has transcended the borders of Spain. And as a musical explorer, noted for his work with Argentine musicians incorporating tango and his Afro-Cuban experiments with jazz legend Bebo Valdés, he has reached a global community of fans that continues to grow.

Now in his mid '40s, El Cigala still seems a young man, filled with ambition and bonhomie, as he continues to explore the nuanced facets of flamenco and the many other forms of music that fascinate him. We here at Crossfade recently had the chance to speak with Señor Jiménez Salazar about pain, pasión, and "the greats."

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Underachievers on Clockwork Indigo With Flatbush Zombies: "This Is Never Going to Stop"

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Brooklyn's Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies have joined forces to become Clockwork Indigo.

It's a good time to be a hip-hop fan. All over the country, artists and MCs are coming together to produce some of the most ambitious and memorable rap music since the '90s.

New York, in particular, is a hotbed of activity, and two of Brooklyn's most heavily hyped crews, Underachievers and Flatbush Zombies, have recently joined forces. They've chosen the name Clockwork Indigo and they've just dropped a self-titled, five-song EP.

To celebrate this new slab, the group's hit the road for its debut tour, the Electric Koolade Experience, set to bumrush downtown Miami's Grand Central this week. So we caught up with Underachievers' Issa Gold to talk about psychedelics, literature, life, Stitches, and the new hip-hop renaissance.

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Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew Reuniting for "One Night Only" at LIV Miami

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Get ready to pull out your "Me So Horny," "Pop That Coochie," and "We Want Some Pussy" dance moves, because the 2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis, and Uncle Luke are reuniting for "one night only" this Thanksgiving's Eve at LIV Miami.

The crew has not performed with the four members that made those songs famous since November 1991 in Houston, Texas, where they played with the Geto Boys.

Stanley Cobble, former Luke Records Southwest region record promoter, was there for that show, and he knows just how powerful they are when all their forces are aligned. Here's what he had to say about Miami Bass, records and tapes, and the dancers.

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Grand Funk Railroad Talks 45 Years of Partyin' Down: "We're Still Going Strong"

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Scorned by the critics but worshipped by the masses, Grand Funk Railroad never second-guessed its own heavy-handed brand of blues rock. And soon, the Flint, Michigan-bred band became staples of the 1970s FM underground, as their primal, prototypical heavy metal showed itself to be a perfect fit for late-night deejays and the stoner set.

Although they seemed unlikely candidates for mainstream success, the Grand Funk guys surprised practically everyone when they managed to plough their way up the charts with the Todd Rundgren-produced single "We're an American Band," the radio favorite "I'm Your Captain," the exuberant "Some Kind of Wonderful," and their unlikely cover of the Carole King classic "The Loco-Motion."

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