Niko Javan's #Yoppin Wednesdays Party:
A Video and Photo Recap

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Niko Javan, the boss of #Yoppin.

"It's kind of like Jim Morrison if he had a laptop," says Niko Javan.

The Miami music producer and member of rap duo O'Grime is talking about #Yoppin Wednesdays, a new party that he launched at South Beach spot Haven last week.

Named after his "Yop = Your own path" saying, Javan's third day of the week is a synesthetic wonderland. Club music. Ambient soundscapes. Trippy visuals. And friendly strangers. All blurred together.

We went. It was bonkers.

See also: #Yoppin Wednesdays: Niko Javan and 18 Projectors "Turn Club Into a Giant Hamburger"

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Andre 3000's Basel 2014 Art Talks: Video

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André 3000 wearing one of his "i feel ya" jumpsuits during Outkast's 2014 reunion tour.

"I felt like a sell-out."

That's what André 3000 recently told The Fader magazine about Outkast's 2014 reunion tour.

At least, though, he seems to have enjoyed designing the jumpsuits. Emblazoned with slogans like "art or fart?" and "i've never had f@cebook, twitt@r, or inst@gram" and "make love like war," Mr. 3000 wore a different outfit each night, occasionally accessorized with a big "Sold Out" price tag.

"It became a theme where I was more excited about this than the actual show," he said. "This is fun, running out in these."

See also: Andre 3000 Talks "I Feel Ya" Art: "Some Are Lyrics to Songs You Haven't Heard Yet"

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Rick Ross Makes a Workout Video

Categories: Local Music, 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."

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

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DJ Craze's "New Slaves Routine" Video Proves Real DJs Aren't "Professional iPod Controllers"

Categories: Local Music, Video

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Photo by Jason 'Ohdagyo' Fenmore

Don't you just hate it when dumb TV funnymen joke about DJs being nothing but "professional iPod controllers"?

Just because a few lazy douchebags get paid millions to fist-pump, mix overplayed tracks, and strike Christ poses ... It doesn't mean that "DJing is easy,"

And the 305's own DJ Craze, a three-time solo world DMC champ and Slow Roast Records boss, is here to show that #RealDJing is dope as shit.

See also: DJ Craze's Five Best Battle DJs of All Time

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The Dancers of Mansion Nightclub: A Video Interview

Dangling from the ceiling in diamond-studded pasties, flirting their way through the drunken crowd with snazzy props, and dancing atop the DJ booth with neon lights wrapped around their waists... these ladies are the dancers and aerialists of Mansion Nightclub.

More than pretty faces, the women behind the flashy costumes are trained performers who've been plying their trade for most of their lives.

"I've been a dancer since I was 13 and have been dancing at clubs for about five years," says Karli Manson, 27.

See also: The Six People You Meet on South Beach

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Meet Miami's Plastic Pinks: A Video Interview

There's always tons of talk about III Points' dance music acts, but the annual fest pays serious tribute to Miami's rock scene too.

It's important to give a boost to our local bands, and we here at Crossfade were stoked to catch up with groovy garage rockers Plastic Pinks, whom you may have seen tear the house down at Wynwood's Butcher Shop, alongside the Grey 8s and Shanghai Meow.

We love their hyper energy. It's catchy enough to get stuck in your head, but still raw enough to skin your knees. They call it "rad city sticky pop," and it's something like if the Beatles and Sonic Youth had a long-haired baby.

See also: Meet the XYZA Collective, Miami's 12-Member Electronic Music Crew

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Duke Dumont at III Points 2014: A Video Interview

Serious props to III Points.

The fest has done an impeccable job of booking world-class musicians and DJs alongside local favorites. But no doubt, one of the biggest names to grace the Mainframe stage this past weekend at Soho Studios was London house hero Duke Dumont.

He's a Grammy-nominated producer who just wrapped a residency in Ibiza, but he's not too big to sit down for a silly chat with us. And yes, we caught the whole thing on video.

See also: Duke Dumont: "A Song Doesn't Have to Sell a Million Copies to Be a Good Song"

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Jesse Perez Talks "Still Slangin' That D" Video: All About Porn Stars and Pastelitos

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Still from the video "Still Slangin' That D," directed by Matthew Hoyos

Porn stars, tiny motel rooms, pastelitos, and booty bass.

Hell yeah, Jesse Perez is "Still Slangin' That D," and he gives you an up-close-and-personal look at the life of a booty gangster in his first-ever music video for the single off Kama Sucia: The Art of Slangin' D.

Filmed in the wee hours of the morning by his buddy Matthew Hoyos, starring Bang Bros. faves Luna Star and Alby Rydes, it's pretty much the most Miami thing you'll see all week.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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What We Learned About DJ Khaled from the "Hold U Down" Video

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Still from DJ Khaled's new video "Hold You Down"
DJ Khaled is going to give this girl a bunch of money, even though she looks totally creeped out by him.
It may be Monday, but it's never too early in the work week for a sex anthem.

DJ Khaled is holdin' u down till the weekend with the premiere of his latest video, "Hold U Down," featuring Chris Brown, Jeremih, Future, and August Alsina -- four of the silkiest voices in the modern R&B scene.

The visual is pretty standard in that it's an over-sexed advertisement for Khaled's copious commercial endorsements, but in case you didn't see his ground-breaking mini-movie for "No New Friends," Khaled is kind of a film entrepreneur. He lets us in to another level of his personal life with this six-minute doozy, and while watching, we learned some strange things that can never be unlearned.


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Watch James Brown Play a UFO Cult Leader in This Bizarre Episode of Miami Vice

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James Brown stars in your strangest acid trip on Miami Vice episode.
Hit me!

The new James Brown biopic Get On Up is gettin' on up them screens today, and any soul-addict should hit the theaters, at least sneak in, to see Chadwick Boseman sweat his ass off while doing right by the Hardest Working Man in Show Business.

All the great music and personal intrigue aside, there's even more reason why we as Miamians should support the film. Back in the day, James Brown had mad love for our city, and we have a special, if not somewhat embarrassing, connection with the multi-talented soul man.

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