Nino Brown on Jesus Christ: "He Got a Little Gangsta in Him"

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Before Cash Money Records, there were the Cash Money Brothers, a group of fictional New York City drug dealers whose criminal ascension during the '80s crack epidemic was masterminded by their leader, Nino Brown.

The New Jack City character, played by Wesley Snipes, has become an iconic rags-to-riches story in hip-hop culture, much like that of Al Pacino's Tony Montana.

More than 20 years later and over 1,000 miles from New York, DJ Khaled's We the Best have found their own Nino Brown.

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Ron Morelli on L.I.E.S. and Greg Beato: "Expect the Unexpected"

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Ron Morelli's music is not for everyone. But that's how it usually goes with artists that make few compromises in their work. Ostensibly a techno producer, his records can be arrhythmic, atonal, and murkily atmospheric -- caustic machine noise experiments more akin to the power electronics subgenre of industrial music.

Clearly, Morelli has no interest in conforming to dance floor conventions, let alone pandering to mainstream EDM tastes. Browse through the catalog of his celebrated Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.) imprint and you'll find that his A&R pickings can be just as subversive.

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Dead Milkmen: "We're Not Much More Politically Correct Than We Used to Be"

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To hear Dead Milkmen guitarist/vocalist Joe Genaro tell the story about the rise, breakup, and reunion of his Philly-based pop-punk crew, the basis of a successful band is not an interest for fame and fortune, but friendship.

It was friendship that drove Joe and the Dead Milkmen's creativity, including their often twisted sense of humor, which only close friends truly understood. It was also a devotion to their camaraderie that broke the band up. And finally, as tragedy struck with the suicide of a former bandmate, it was friendship that brought them back together.

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Allman Brothers on Final Tour: "We Don't Want to Turn Into a Nostalgia Act"

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Now in its 45th year, the Allman Brothers Band is gearing up for its final performance at Wanee -- a three-day annual music festival that the group's so proudly organized for the fans over the past decade.

The band's current roster includes founding members Gregg Allman on the organ, piano, and vocals, Butch Trucks on drums and tympani, and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson on drums and percussion. Over the years, the original group has welcomed members Warren Haynes on guitar and slide guitar, Marc Quiñones on drums and percussion, Oteil Burbridge on bass, and Derek Trucks on guitar and slide guitar.

Although Allman, Trucks, Johanson, and crew have taken several breaks from the performing spotlight in the past, 2014 could very well be their last hoorah as The Allman Brothers Band.

See also: Wanee 2014: Allman Brothers, Mushrooms, and Moonshine, a Recap From Juke's Eric Garcia

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Telekinetic Walrus: "It Can't Be All About LIV and Mansion, There's a Local Music Scene Too"

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In a galaxy not so far away, Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions is captivating audiences with a fusion of electronic booty-bouncing hip-hop and fantastic folk.

After a two-year hiatus spent recording music and building the Walrus Cave, this team of intergalactic superheroes returned to the Miami music scene in December 2013 with the release of its fourth musical installment, The Believers of The Flying Squirrel.

Now Telekinetic Walrus is back with another new record, The Instrumental Adventures of Faun 5000, King of Faunzellia. So we here at Crossfade took a trip to the Cave for a conversation about the band's hiatus, blueberry pancakes and Miami's ever-expanding music scene.

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Afrobeta on Miami Crowds: "Rude as F@#% ... But Nobody Dances Better"

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Two years after the release of their last mixtape, Wig Party, Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio of Miami indie-dance sensation Afobeta are eager to unleash some new music on the world. But even though they've been recently performing new material at shows, an official EP or full-length release appears unlikely for the time being.

To help put pressure on our favorite electro-pop duo, we here at Crossfade caught up with Cuci and Tony to chat about upcoming projects, the Miami music scene, and the future of Afrobeta.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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Bloodshot Bill Tells True Dead Body Stories, Talks Being Banned From the United States

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Murder, blood, naked girls, weed, food, and beer ... These are the staples of life on the road for Bloodshot Bill.

The greasy-haired, foot-stomping, guitar-strangling Canadian wailer has been banned from the United States. He's rock 'n' rolled a naked dance party. He's even taken a bath in a tub once full of body parts.

Coming to Miami for a gig at Wynwood's Gramps, he's looking forward to a cold brew and some good grub. Here's what he had to say about it all.

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Idle Hands Productions: "Never Wanted to Grow Up, And That Turned Into a Business"

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If you don't choose a path in life, the devil chooses for you.

Nayra Serrano is a Miami girl who started Idle Hands Productions to promote punk rock, new wave, hardcore, garage, and indie-dance parties all over the county.

Over the past three years, she's brought scores of national acts to Churchill's Pub and she's not stopping anytime soon. Here's what she has to say about it.

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Mephiskapheles on Dealing With the Devil, Gwar's Dave Brockie, and Flying Bottles

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Way back in 1991, the men of Mephiskapheles made a deal with the devil to be the most famous band in the world.

But Satan haggled with them, and in the end, they sold their souls just to be famous in the world of ska. "We took it," says longtime trombonist Gregory Robinson. "We didn't have anything better to do."

It's been over 20 years since that fateful pact was sealed in blood. And even after a 12-year-hiatus, Mephiskapheles is bigger than ever -- which goes to show that, for all his faults, at least the devil is honest.

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Flux Pavilion Talks Trap and Dubstep: "Music, Since the Beginning of Time, Always Had Bass"

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Feel that rumble.

Every humanoid creature who's ever lived, from the caveman to the dubstepper and runner of traps, has felt a rush of adrenaline whenever their bones get rattled by a low-frequency boom. That's called bass. And as Flux Pavilion says: "We all respond to it."

The other day, we here at Crossfade spoke with this English DJ-producer who's been "successfully ruining silence since 1989." And the topics of conversation included trap, dubstep, Flux's love of making cocktails, why Miley Cyrus needs to release some "real music," and the art of the album.

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