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

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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.

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

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Via instagram.com/YesJulz

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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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."

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Llamabeats' George Spits: "Everybody Dies, But This Music Doesn't Have To"

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Llamabeats' Master Fader, The What's Good, and George Spits.

In Miami's over-saturated megaclub market, it's difficult for homegrown bands to stand out.

But the Llamabeats dudes drew local hype from the moment that they burst onto the 305 music scene. And by the time their debut album, Como Se Llama, was released, George Spits, The What's Good, and MF Jose had cemented their place on South Florida's groove circuit.

Recently, Spits dropped a solo effort, Hoodlum, which is also being billed as a Llamabeats product. So we here at Crossfade caught up with him to talk about the new album, getting the fuck out of Miami, and the future of Llamabeats.

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Shake 108 FM: New Non-Profit, Local Radio Station Launches in Miami

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Courtesy of Peter Stebbins
Shake 108 FM's Peter Stebbins. Say gracias to him for a radio station that isn't trash.

If you're scanning the FM dial and miraculously land on a song that doesn't suck, chances are you've found Miami's newest low-power radio station, 107.9, AKA Shake 108. For that, you can thank Miami native Peter Stebbins.

The 44-year-old first thought to start his own station years ago, after returning from a brief stint living in Atlanta and realizing how bad South Florida radio is. "When I first looked into opening my own station, I found that it's pretty much impossible," Stebbins remembers. "You need about $20 million to start a Y100. I didn't have $20 million."

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Ice Billion Berg Slams 99 Jamz' Pay-for-Plays: "They Don't Support Local Music at All"

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With no label and no overground radio backing him, Miami's Ice Billion Berg has rallied the support of close to 100,000 dedicated fans, mostly in the Gunshine State alone.

Thanks to high-caliber wordplay, slamming Magic City beats, a new studio, and a dedication to the grind, his latest mixtape, Damage Is Done, is smashing speakers from Florida City to Tallahassee.

Here's what Billion had to say about his Live House Life, smokin' loud, and putting his baby's mother on a track.

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Nicole Salgar Launches the Louis Salgar Fund: "It's Something I Know He Would've Wanted"

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"He was superfunny. He was full of conviction. He was so talented."

Three months ago, on the afternoon of Monday, June 23, 2014, Nicole Salgar lost her 29-year-old brother, Louis, a well-known Miami punk musician and bartender, when he was fatally shot in his own home by an intruder who'd randomly decided to rob 8551 NE Eighth Court in search of money for food and drugs.

But instead of cash, the burglar found a gun. And tragically, Louis returned to his residence before the thief had left. There was a confrontation. Salgar was wounded. And he died. Two and a half weeks later, a 51-year-old convicted felon named Raul Reinosa was arrested for the murder.

See also: Louis Salgar Murder: Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Miami Musician and Bartender

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Miami's Minimax Events: "We're Trying to Do Things to Set Us Apart"

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As director of Minimax Events, Matthew Ohashi has helped book more than 200 international acts to play major Miami clubs, from Mansion to the Delano, Electric Pickle to Treehouse.

It's a thrill to bring high-quality dance music entertainment to discerning Miami crowds. But if Ohashi's being honest, the same old nightlife song and dance can get a little boring. That's why he and the Minimax crew have begun working on a new type of nightlife experience, focusing on fun and interesting concepts, then programming the music to fit the vibe.

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Miami's Five Best Dance Promoters

Categories: Lists, Local Music

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Just look at how much fun these darn kids are having.

You may take for granted that Miami is a great dance music mecca, but there's a lot of work that goes into it. Big-name DJs don't just decide to come to town. They've got to be invited, and then provided for and paid and all that backstage business shit. Same with the underground acts, and in that case, you've really got to know your shit, and know your audience.

It's hard to make it in the Magic City, and it's often a thankless game. It's about time we took a moment to celebrate those promotional groups keeping the 305 in the list of must-see dance hubs. Thanks for all the good times, bruhs.

See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

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Bizerk on Working With RedLyte and Sound Movement: "We Should Call It The Stoner Tour"

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Sound Movement rapper Bizerk.

Florida is America's reggae music capital.

More island-music talent resides in the Sunshine State than anywhere besides Jamaica.

From the Panhandle to the gumbo pot of Miami, local riddim rockers Sound Movement prove it with every easy-skankin' riff. Here is what the band's rapper Bizerk has to say about working with RedLyte, crowds in Coco Beach, and hitting Cali.

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