Pretty Tony Talks Freestyle, Bass, and His New Track With Uncle Luke, "Do It for the Vine"

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Doin' it for the Vine is goin from the cell phone to the strip club.

That's thanks to a new club track by Uncle Luke and Pretty Tony, whose work out of a Liberty City studio called Music Specialists Incorporated in the 1980s and '90s took the sounds of Miami around the world.

Now, the popular phrase drawn from showing off in six-second, looping video clips has its own modern bass soundtrack, "Do It for the Vine," which signals the reemergence of good-time MIA dance music from one of the region's most prolific and creative duos. Here's what the track's producer, Pretty Tony, has to say about it.

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Lovers Key Talks Here Today Gone Tomorrow and "Just Trying to Write Timeless Pop"

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Though many of the Florida's struggling artists lament the difficulty of gaining national traction from the southernmost state, Pompano Beach's Postmarks and its lush, cinematic pop enjoyed quite a bit of success a few years back.

The Postmarks even managed to pique the interest of America's most widely read music periodicals, earning positive reviews in Rolling Stone and Spin. Soon, the group was making cameos on major stages all around the world, including a performance at the 2007 edition of Lollapalooza and an appearance on Yo Gabba Gabba! to sing about balloons.

Christopher Moll was the mastermind behind the Postmarks' sound. And while that band is currently on an indefinite hiatus, he has returned with the Lovers Key.

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Travis Scott on Why "This Trill Ain't Just Gold Grills and Sippin' Lean"

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He growls. He flashes gold grills with fangs. He's Travi$ Scott.

Signed to the production wing of Kanye West's GOOD Music, with credits on Cruel Summer and Yeezus, many consider this 22-year-old Houston rapper and studio pro to be 'Ye's protégé and possible heir.

Now, more than a year after the release of his debut mixtape, Owl Pharaoh, Scott is preparing the release of his first full-length album, Rodeo. And before he hits downtown Miami's Grand Central tomorrow night, we here at Crossfade got the chance to ask him about the forthcoming slab, the nature of trill, and his worst nightmares.

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Slow Hands on the "Constant Journey to Find Something New in Ourselves Musically"


Pitch down dance music's tempo from the manic 140 beats per minute favored by candy ravers -- pitch it way down -- and you begin to approximate the languid, sensual, baby-making rhythms of Slow Hands, AKA Ryan Cavanagh.

Of course these days, tempo is less a concern for Slow Hands than the musician's craft itself. And as a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer, weaned on jazz, blues, and soul, he's bringing a lush, baroquely melodic quality to his production sound.

Ahead of this weekend's highly anticipated performance at the Electric Pickle, Crossfade caught up with Ryan Cavanagh to chat about his eclectic music influences, creative process, and new EP.

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J. Balvin Talks "Killin' It" at Premios Juventud, Pitbull, and LeBron James

Party till "6 AM" with J. Balvin at Premios Juventud.

J. Balvin may be an up-and-coming superstar, but el Colombiano's already living that reggaetonero life -- topping Billboard charts, going Platinum with his debut album, La Familia, and partying with mamis till "6 AM."

Yesterday, though, José Álvaro Osorio Balvín was all "Tranquil[o]" at the Biltmore Hotel in anticipation of his first international TV performance and awards ceremony at the BankUnited Center for Premios Juventud.

After almost two hours, el músico finally made his way to the lobby to chat with Crossfade about his hit single "6 AM" with fellow reggaetonero Farruko, his "dream come true" in touring with Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias this fall, and LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat.

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Raheem DeVaughn on R&B in 2014: "It's Up to Us to Keep It Alive and Fresh"


When Raheem Devaughn sings, panties get wet.

That's probably why he's been featured on songs by everyone from Ghostface Killah to The Roots.

The Grammy-nominated artist has also cracked the pop charts with his own albums and singles, including "Guess Who Loves You More," "Woman," and "Customer." He's an R&B vocalist in the great tradition of Sam Cooke, and he's coming to the Overtown Music & Arts Festival to perform for the community for free. Here's what he had to say about business, pleasure, and giving back.

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Machine Gun Kelly on Rap Versus Rock: "There's Only a Divide If You're Ignorant"

He's gone wild with Steve-O, shared paint with the Cavs, and sparked up with Juicy J and (likely) Wiz Khalifa. He was signed by Diddy. He covered XXL magazine. And his track, "Invincible," has been used as theme song by both the NFL and the WWE.

Born in Houston but raised all over the world, he found a home in Cleveland, not the first city to spring to mind for those who've gone global. His name is Machine Gun Kelly and you can ride along with him at downtown Miami's Grand Central this week.

Here's what MGK had to say about his Cleveland Cavaliers, professional wrestling, King James' free agency, rap versus rock, and getting high with hip-hop legends.

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Ray LaMontagne Talks Supernova: "I Can Trust My Gut at This Point"

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Hushed, earthy, soul-soaked.

Those are the ways in which observers and critics have often spoken of Ray LaMontagne's songwriting -- ever since his recorded debut, Trouble, introduced him to the world's music fans as a bearded Northeastern mountain man with an acoustic guitar.

Not many would've described LaMontagne or his songs as trippy. But now, with his fifth studio record, Supernova, produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, the singer-songwriter has proven that he's also got a flair for psych-tinged pop 'n' roll.

"I thought people might not like it," he recently admitted to Crossfade. But after "writing songs now for fifteen years," LaMontagne says, "I think I can trust my gut at this point."

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Y Diz: "Miami's Scene Is Popping Right Now"

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If you've been to a recent local show in the 305, then chances are you've run into Y Diz.

Whether performing or just hanging out in the crowd, he can be seen around Miami's clubs, rocking his signature long hair and viking-like beard.

Having worked with artists like Afrobeta, Cornerstoners, and Galactic Effect, he has certainly earned his stripes on Miami's music scene. But his main focus remains leading the team of intergalactic superheroes known as Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions.

We caught up with Y Diz before he left on a three-week musical journey across America's Atlantic Coast with Telekinetic Walrus. The topics of conversation included his kooky name, music and mathematics, and his plans for the future.

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Lil Boosie Talks Jail, Staying Sober, and the Movie That He's Making About Himself


Lil Boosie, the purported inventor of ratchet, recently got out of prison after serving four years of an eight-year drug sentence. And he has emerged a humbled man.

These days, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper spends most of his time in the studio or with his Boosie family. He also lives a newly intoxicant-free, fairly non-ratchet lifestyle.

Surprisingly or not, the reformed, self-described Bad Azz is bigger than ever. And he's just embarked on a summer tour to hype upcoming release, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, which he has boasted is the best double album since Tupac's All Eyez on Me.

The other day, we here at Crossfade caught up with Boosie to discuss jail, staying sober, and the movie that he's making about himself.

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