DJ EFN on His New Album, Another Time

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Miami hip-hop unite!

Crazy Hood's DJ EFN has a new album, Another Time, that matches the best underground talent in America with some of the godfathers of the genre to make an indelible classic on wax, tape, CD, and digital.

With two decades of mixtape mastery, artist management, marketing, promotions, and now tv and moviemaking under his belt, DJ EFN has cemented his place in hip hop history.

The album features the likes of Trick Daddy, Dead Prez, Sizzla, Denzel Curry, Gunplay, Talib Kweli, and 66 rappers in total on all original hand picked beats by 9 producers sharper than a stepping razor. Here's what DJ EFN had to say about rap music, why he did this, and what drives him to keep creating.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hip-Hop DJs of All Time

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Meet the Miami Acts: New Times Music Showcase at Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2015

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Everyone's going Grovin'... Even your buddies Mr. Stud and Cow Guy.

With 52 years of experience, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival need hardly prove itself as a credible destination for artists, patrons, crafters, or appreciators. Tradition shows it's a great place for families and friends to congregate and glimpse the colorful works and offerings of Miami's many creatives.

But what about the music scene? Do the party people know they can hit up the CGAF to get their fix?

This year especially, the arts fair will show off its Miami pride by putting more than ten fantastic local bands onstage and under the spotlight in the New Times Music Showcase at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Here's a primer to get you better acquainted with the sounds in store.

See also: New Times Music Showcase's Lineup for Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2015

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Ice Cream Thursdays: Free Drinks, Free Ice Cream, and "Fun Music for Awesome People"

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Ice Cream Thursdays: A tasty treat everyone loves.

Free drinks, free ice cream, and hot beats. What's not to love about Sidebar's new ladies' night, Ice Cream Thursdays?

It's everything you've come to expect from the Chocolate Sundays and Peachfuzz Fridays crews. But now they're double-swirling their talents and topping it off with plenty of sprinkles.

"Wherever you go to in Miami, I feel like, is the same," says IAmYourVillain's Joel Meinholtz, one of the promoters behind the Thursday party. "What we've always tried to offer people is a unique experience that you'll walk away from like, 'Wow, that was cool.'"

See also: The 10 People Who Won't Make It in Miami

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Pitbull Sues Oakley Over "Pit Bull" Sunglasses

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Armando Christian Pérez is serious about his sunglasses, papo.

Pitbull always bites back.

Especially when you try to snatch his shades.

Case in point: The Miami rapper (born Armando Christian Pérez) has filed a lawsuit in Florida federal court claiming that Oakley, the sports apparel company owned by Luxottica Group S.p.A., is infringing on his "federally-registered Pitbull trademark" by producing a line of Pit Bull sunglasses.

In 2009, as noted in the suit, Pit's Rebelution tour was indeed sponsored by Oakley. So he "regularly wore Oakley-branded sunglasses while performing on stage and in media interviews." But they ain't down like that no more.

See also: Pitbull Day Declared in Florida by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Gov. Rick Scott

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LIV and Story Miami Still Among Top Ten Clubs in America, Still Make $25 to $45 Million UPDATED

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Have you been to LIV or Story recently? They are making sooo much money off the uhntz-uhntz.

Once again, SoBe's most illustrious megaclubs make the bank and the cut, placing among the top ten in Nightclub & Bar Media Group's 2015 list of the 100 Highest-Grossing Nightclubs, Bars, and Lounges in the U.S.

Meanwhile, downtown Miami party palace E11even, much as we predicted last year, also made an appearance on the list with an honorable mention.

See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

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Carol City Rapper N3ll Raps About "the Life of a Kid From a City That Doesn't Understand Him"

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If you follow internet rap, then chances are you've heard something from Miami's latest underground phonk rapper, N3ll. Though he's been making music since 2008, word has only started getting out about the young MC these past few years.

His 2014 mixtape, Boyz N the Hood, was a SoundCloud sensation, with featured songs by Miami's current golden boy, Denzel Curry. Last week, he dropped his newest mixtape, The Screw Tape, a hazy, '90s mashup with features by Amber London and Twelve'len.

Crossfade got a chance to interview the burgeoning artist about his musical origins and future plans. Who is N3ll? we wondered. Where did he come from? How did he get into into rap, and where is he going with it? Read the interview to find out.

See also: Raider Klan's Denzel Curry, Lil Champ FWAY, N3ll, and Pouya on Black Raves Versus White Raves and Hoes Versus Bitches

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Mutant Beat Supper Club Brings Weird Back to South Beach

Categories: Miami Music

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Once upon a time, the Hotel Astor was a hotbed of activity amid a thriving alternative South Beach scene. Fast-forward a couple decades, and the glamorous spot has fallen off the map as well as SoBe's "alternative" reputation.

But culture, just like fashion, moves in circles.

"Wherever there's lack, there's opportunity," says Patrick Walsh, local DJ and party promoter behind the Astor's spankin' new Mutant Beat Supper Club Thursdays. "I know a lot of people who live on the beach who would love a place to go to that's more their speed, that isn't this commercial, super-club thing. I felt there was a market hidden."


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Bounce Returns as Dance Department, a Bass-Heavy Thursday-Night Party at Steam

Categories: Miami Music

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Remember when Steam was Vagabond and Bounce Thursdays was serving up the heavy bass on a weekly basis? That was the ish, nah? It sucks those days had to come to an end.

Syke! The old Bounce crew is getting the party back together, but it's not going to be the same. Steam Thursdays now belong to Dance Department, and the bass will be hard and villainous.

Toward the bigger and better trend, Dance Department will feature a headlining national act every week, with bookings in place now through April, including upcoming sets from DJ Sliink and Astronomar.


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Henry Stone's TK Disco, Alston Records Ink Deal for Worldwide Vinyl of Entire Catalogs

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Party in Henry Stone's office! With Betty Wright, KC of the Sunshine Band, Willie Clarke, and Benny Latimore.

Vinyl is mothafunkin' back, baby!

And soon, the Miami sounds of soul, funk, and disco, as globalized by the late great Henry Stone, will be coming to a store near you.

Joe Stone has just inked a deal with U.K.-based Above Board Distribution to manufacture and distribute the entire TK Disco and Alston Records catalogs all around the world on vinyl in collectible packages with extensive liner notes and original artwork.

Here's what Above Board's Dan Hill had to say about dinked-out singles, global distribution, and our history of music.

See also: RIP Henry Stone, King of Independent Records, Dead at 93

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Lil TerRio's Run TerRio Run Video Game:
"The Goal Is to Outrun Miami Cops"

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"Oooh Kill Em! Who's excited for the new TerRio game!?"

That's the tease for Run TerRio Run, a still-in-development iPhone and Android app starring Lil TerRio, the chubby 7-year-old kid who became internet famous after his "Oooh Kill Em" dance got millions of online views.

The founder, Rehan Hussain, of the company, Jeneyus.com, that's creating the game tells New Times that "it is going to be an addicting 3-D runner" about playing pranks on old white-guy neighbors and fleeing the police. And it's "taking place in Miami!"

Street date? "The game should be launched," Hussain says, "by mid- to late February."

See also: The 10 People Who Won't Make It in Miami

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