Miami's Palo! Talks Latin Grammy Nomination: "Whatever Happens, We Feel We Already Won"

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"Whatever happens, we feel we already won," says Palo! pianist Steve Roitstein from Las Vegas as he waits to find out whether his Miami Afro-Cuban funk five-piece's record Palo! Live will win the 2014 Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Tropical Album.

"Submitting the album was daunting. Not the process, which the Latin Grammys made easy, but knowing that hundreds of artists from 25, 26 countries are entering their work for only five nominations."

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Anthony Bourdain and Iggy Pop Hang in Miami: "Two Old Dudes on a Beach"


The duke of food porn meets the godfather of punk.

As Miami New Times food blog Short Order reports, Anthony Bourdain has been spotted lurking about our subtropical shores shooting a likely Miami episode of his enormously popular CNN show, Parts Unknown.

So far, Bourdain's scarfed a medianoche sandwich. He's deftly deployed the #Miami hashtag. He's gotten his ass beat by MMA master Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu.

And yes, he's apparently even squeezed in some beach time with Miami resident and rock 'n' roll legend Iggy Pop.

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Rick Ross Makes a Workout Video

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Eat lemon-pepper wings and drop body mass like a Bawse!

"Rozay, how you lose all that weight?"

He once tipped the scales at 160 kilos. (Or 350 pounds for those hustlers not "in the distribution.") But big homie's recently shed the equivalent of a modest midweek cocaine shipment.

And in a new workout video for Funny or Die, Rick Ross, "hood billionaire and fitness guru," provides the answers and secrets behind his Bawsely slim down.

"I follow a strict daily workout routine," he barks. "And now you can too, right here with #RossFit."

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Marley Family Launches Bob Marley Natural, "World's First Global Cannabis Brand"

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As Bob Marley once said: "Herbs are good for every-ting."

Indeed, mon. And now Momma Marley and many of Bob's children have actually gotten into the ganja-selling game.

The family just launched Marley Natural, "the world's first global cannabis brand," set to start peddling product to potheads and Rastas in "late 2015."

There will be "heirloom cannabis strains, including some of Bob's Jamaican favorites," as well as "cannabis- and hemp-infused lotions and balms" and all kinds of weedy trinkets.

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


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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Rick Ross Bets Miami Heat Will Beat LeBron and the Cavs: "I'll Put a 100 Grand on That"


#HeatNation... The Bawse got your back.

Even though he admits LeBron is "one of the greatest, if not the greatest ever," it ain't gonna stop big homie from plotting the demise of King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In fact, during a recent interview with Funkmaster Flex on NYC's Hot 97, the rapper Rick Ross boasted that he'd drop a hundred stacks on the Miami Heat beating 'Bron-'Bron and his steamers in the 2014 NBA season.

"We most definitely finishing better than the Cavaliers," Rozay say. "I'll put a 100 grand on that."

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DJ Bre on Dormtainment and Miami Hip-Hop

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The life of the party is in the hands of the DJ. They play the cuts that keep the people dancing, moving, and shouting along.

They are also in charge of bringing the newest sounds of the streets into the clubs and onto the radio.

DJ Bre is an up-and-coming selector who is committed to the life of the DJ on all counts. You can catch him in the club, two nights a week, live in the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Or even crisscrossing the world with comedy crew Dormtainment.

Here's what he had to say about Wynwood, local flavor, and controlling the show.

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Ben Wash Drops Debut Album, Snob Rock: "Rebellious Punk Geared Toward a Dance Club"

Miami producer and King's Head Records boss Ben Wash.

Ben Wash couldn't be anything further from a snob.

Talking with him, he's affable and surprisingly energetic, especially considering we're calling him in the midst of a busy visit to California, where he's promoting his debut full-length album, Snob Rock.

"It's something I kind of throw around," Wash says when asked about the album's title. "It's more of a rebellious, punk sound geared toward a dance club."

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South Florida's PBG, Pretty Boy Gangsta from Loaf Of Bread Records

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PBG is stuck on go, with his foot on the gas.

Going from dirty clothes to filthy rich isn't easy, but Fort Myers' Pretty Boy Gangsta has done it by traversing Alligator Alley to Miami for more than a decade.

The rapper whose brother built the label and studio that made Plies famous is about to star in his own MTV music video.

Working with his own Loaf of Bread Records, local superproducers Cool N Dre, PBG has set the stage for a new era in representing South Florida in mainstream gangsta rap. Here's what he had to say about unity in the community, expensive trees, and being locked up with T.I.

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Haochi Waves Releases Peggy: "She Lives Inside of All of Us"

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The gals and guy of Haochi Waves.

Haochi Waves has been living up to the second part of its name for some time now.

From the ashes of Pretty Please, husband-and-wife creators Juan Oña and Ana Farina Mackliff reemerged, joined again by Didi Aragon. And now they're poised to release their latest band's first full-length album, Peggy.

In anticipation of this debut slab, we here at Crossfade spoke with drummer Juan Oña about the band, legal ordeals, and what's in the future.

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