Rap's Five Best Lyrics About Miami

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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

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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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Ten Reasons the Sax Doesn't Suck

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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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Rick Ross' #RossFit Program: How to Lose 100 Pounds Like the Bawse

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We used to lovingly refer to Rick Ross as the "Fat Boy," but it must have been getting under his skin.

He's embarked on a tireless mission to get back in shape, and he's made the effort public by using the hashtag #RossFit, snapping pics along the way, and even including his exercise regimen in his latest music video, "Drug Dealer's Dream."

Big homie may be the Bawse of Wing Stop, but he's taking his health seriously. The rapper's already lost a reported 100 pounds, and that's just the beginning. So how can you get #RossFit? Just check this guide and get to steppin'. (But never on your keys, of course.)

See also: In Defense of Rick Ross

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Miami's Ten Best Punk Guitarists of All Time

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The man, the punk, the legend -- Charlie Pickett.

Who shreds best?

We here at Crossfade have witnessed oh so many of Miami's punk guitarists. And today's list focuses on those ax-wielding individuals who've moved us the most with their fret-working powers.

Soon, we'll post another list in honor of the best lead/rhythm combos that the 305 has ever bred. And trust us, some old names will be repeated alongside some new ones.

But for now, here are the ten punkers who did/are doing some of the MIA's better twanging.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

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Downtown Miami's Five Best Bars

Categories: Lists, Nightlife

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It's finally Friday, and that means we are thirstier than a motherfucker for this workweek to be over.

Of course, the only thing that can quell our craving is a cold, delicious brewksie enjoyed in a dark setting, maybe with some music and food too.

But where do we head when the final minute is up? Try one of these downtown Miami hangouts. We certainly enjoy them. Possibly a little too much.

See also: Wynwood's Five Best Bars

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13 Richest DJs of 2014

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It's been a few years since EDM became big business. But the bubble hasn't burst. And those folks who wear bulky headsets and press play (i.e. celebrity DJs) are still laughing all the way to the bank.

The giddiest jock is once again Calvin Harris. The scruffy-faced Scotsman topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid DJs of 2013 with a total of $46 million. One year later, Harris is raking in a staggering $66 million. But the second highest-earner collected a mere $30 million. And Avicii only made $28 million. Pshhh, pocket change.

Check the cut for the 13 richest DJs of 2014.

See also: EDM's Five Biggest Hacks

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Music's Five Dumbest Marketing Trends

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You gimmicky schmucks.

Yes, you. The multi-platinum artist reigning over the Billboard charts, farting out hits like your shit doesn't stink. Actually, it smells like your soul died and rotted.

It's so hard to hear any good music over all these wack-ass jumble jams. Your keywords are rich, but your imagination is filing for bankruptcy. It's a bad look even if you are too big to fail.

Here are music's five dumbest marketing trends.

See also: EDM's Five Biggest Hacks

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Five Signs It's Time for Party Rehab

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Calling all club rats! It's time for a lifestyle upgrade.

Excessive clubbing is fun at first, but no one wants to turn into an episode of the Real World. Long-term excessive clubbing can have adverse effects on your wallet, your sanity, and the sanity of those around you, especially in a city attached to South Beach.

When there's always something happening, it can be hard to know when to say "when." Here at Crossfade, we've seen what excessive clubbing can do first hand. If you suffer from more than half of these symptoms, you may want to consider a sober staycation.

See also: The Six People You Meet on South Beach

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Miami's Top Ten Jazz Musicians

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We've been having some fun lately with these "Best of All Time" lists. But today, we will refrain from saying these jazz musicians were/are the best of all time. No, they are jazz musicians of note who made Miami their home. A best-of-all-time list would be way too long, and to explain that, I will quote myself from 11 years ago:

"For those who think that jazz was a phenomenon restricted to Chicago or New York City, here's a heads up. From the late Sixties through the mid-Eighties, South Florida was the kind of place that awoke goggle-eyed from stiff drinks and glorious, honest performances. Miami had it, and for the players, the money was there. A musician could make a living gigging here three to five nights a week. Of course, a few parameters existed that allowed for such circumstances: crowds, venues, and talent."

South Florida used to be a jazz mecca. These musicians helped ensure that distinction.

See also: Miami's 16 Best Latin Rock Bands of All Time

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