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  • After Life Sentence, an Uncertain Fate for Vybz Kartel

    After Life Sentence, an Uncertain Fate for Vybz Kartel | ARTICLE

    Vybz Kartel has been dancehall music’s most popular and hated personality for much of the last decade, inspiring equal levels of adulation and revulsion in Jamaica with his provocative lyrics and controversial antics. A shameless self-promoter who...

    April 5, 2014 10:55 AM ET
  • Diplo, Skrillex Unite as Jack U at Ultra Music Festival

    Diplo, Skrillex Unite as Jack U at Ultra Music Festival | ARTICLE

    Diplo and Rolling Stone cover subject Skrillex brought their collaborative project Jack U to Ultra Music Festival in Miami Sunday, debuting new tracks amidst a raucous, tag-team set.

    March 31, 2014 6:30 PM ET
  • Reggae Pioneer Wayne Smith Dead at 48

    Reggae Pioneer Wayne Smith Dead at 48 | ARTICLE

    Wayne Smith, the reggae vocalist whose 1985 single "Under Mi Sleng Teng" reshaped Jamaican music by popularizing digital production in the genre, died in Kingston Monday at the age of 48. Smith was admitted to Kingston...

    February 20, 2014 9:25 AM ET
  • Dancehall Legend Super Cat Is Quietly Making a Comeback

    Dancehall Legend Super Cat Is Quietly Making a Comeback | ARTICLE

    Super Cat helped bring Jamaican dancehall to global light in the Nineties with hardcore "gunman" tunes and crossover collaborations with the likes of Kris Kross, Sugar Ray and the Notorious B.I.G., but the "Don Dada" as...

    January 2, 2014 2:35 PM ET
  • Kanye West: 'My Next Album Is Going to Be Eight Songs'

    Kanye West: 'My Next Album Is Going to Be Eight Songs' | ARTICLE

    Kanye West has made great effort to position himself as an artbiter of art and design recently, highlighting the influence of Swiss architect Le Corbusier on Yeezus and comparing himself to performance artist Marina...

    December 5, 2013 12:10 PM ET
  • Nile Rodgers: Daft Punk Collaboration 'Felt Unbelievably Natural'

    Nile Rodgers: Daft Punk Collaboration 'Felt Unbelievably Natural' | ARTICLE

    Daft Punk, Avicii, Tensnake and Chase & Status are a few of the acts from the EDM world that have recently hit the studio with disco legend Nile Rodgers. At Miami's Winter...

    March 23, 2013 1:07 PM ET
  • Rapper Gunplay Leaves House Arrest, Releases 'Cops and Robbers' Mixtape

    Rapper Gunplay Leaves House Arrest, Releases 'Cops and Robbers' Mixtape | ARTICLE

    Rick Ross associate Gunplay had a breakout year in 2012, signing with Def Jam Records after a string of provocative mixtapes and attention-grabbing guest appearances. However, the campaign ended with the rapper restricted to...

    January 18, 2013 4:25 PM ET
  • Beres Hammond Strikes Reggae Gold at 57

    Beres Hammond Strikes Reggae Gold at 57 | ARTICLE

    Beres Hammond has never been one of reggae’s most recognizable artists internationally but, in the singer’s native Jamaica, he enjoys an iconic status just a few notches below that of Bob Marley. A specialist in intimate love...

    December 22, 2012 11:05 AM ET
  • Trinidad James Achieves Instant Success With 'All Gold Everything'

    Trinidad James Achieves Instant Success With 'All Gold Everything' | ARTICLE

    Asked about the highlights of his last week, rapper Trinidad James lists live appearances at Santo's Party House in New York, Art Basel and Liv in Miami, and interviews with MTV and the morning shows of New...

    December 14, 2012 11:25 AM ET
  • Surreal Kurt Cobain Tribute Staged at Art Basel

    Surreal Kurt Cobain Tribute Staged at Art Basel | ARTICLE

    Countless tributes to Kurt Cobain have been staged since the Nirvana deity's death 18 years ago. But few have likely been as unusual as "Kurt," a multimedia show held at Miami's Gusman Center for the Arts...

    December 7, 2012 1:55 PM ET
  • Danny Brown Kicks Off Art Basel With Shepard Fairey

    Danny Brown Kicks Off Art Basel With Shepard Fairey | ARTICLE

    As the annual orgy of parties surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach – North America's largest annual art fair and currently the most popular excuse to spend a December week in South Florida – got into full swing...

    December 6, 2012 3:45 PM ET
  • Best of the Best Puts a Spotlight on Dancehall

    Best of the Best Puts a Spotlight on Dancehall | ARTICLE

    Miami’s Best of the Best concert is one of the most prominent annual showcases for dancehall reggae in the U.S., attracting upwards of 10,000 spectators to the city’s downtown on the Sunday before Memorial Day. While the...

    May 28, 2012 4:35 PM ET
  • Beach House Unveil New Material in Miami

    Beach House Unveil New Material in Miami | ARTICLE

    It was cool, gloomy and quiet on South Beach Tuesday night, hardly anyone's idea of Miami in the spring. Appropriate weather, though, for the arrival of Beach House, the Baltimore duo whose slow-simmering, melancholic indie pop is...

    May 9, 2012 12:25 PM ET
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