Living In Pain

Everyone. Workers. Patrons. The older lady with the braids. The coed snowflakes with ponytails. The guy from the kitchen with blood on his shirt. The lightly frosted fitted caps at the bar. They know him here. In this semirustic “world famous” sports bar in Southside Atlanta that even the African cab driver notes has “the best seafood.” They’re not surprised to see him. Even after he’s sold over a million records. Emerged as the year’s new hip-hop artist of note. Created the biggest T-shirt craze since Bart Simpson. They talk to him. One after the other. Casually. Touch him. Familiar. He’s ...

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Money On My Mind

Saturday, October 22, 2005. Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood is packed with party people celebrating Howard University’s illustrious Homecoming weekend. A couple hours past midnight, at ...

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Feel Me

With Eminem on an indefinite hiatus, Bubba Sparxxx trying to rebuild his career and the Beastie Boys growing into grandfathers, the people’s champ with the ...

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Shottas

“Damn, we was having a good time tonight, Minneapolis,” said Houston rapper Lil’ Flip from the stage, as the crowd began starting fights that wouldn’t ...

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March 2006

Cover Stories LIVING IN PAIN It’s been a huge year for rap’s most motivated thug. Not only has he had a platinum solo debut and a smash ...

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And Then What

Lil Scrappy >> After first yelling “What!” when approached with the idea of sharing, or God forbid, losing his most promising artist, Lil Jon has ...

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Throw It Back

Tucked away on a leafy block off of New York City’s Madison Avenue, the Hotel Plaza Athenee is a decidedly inconspicuous place to stay. Favored ...

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