I Ain’t Mad at Cha

Side by side the kings of New York stood like oil and water. Nas, the army-green-clad street poet, and Jay-Z, the pop hustler in all black. The 20,000-plus in attendance erupted at seeing the longtime rivals rally for the sake of hip-hop. “A lot of niggas makin’ money and still fuckin’ mad at the world,” said Nas. “We savin’ the East Coast.” Instead of declaring war like he alluded to on New York radio, Jigga, accompanied by some very famous friends, put on a concert that was more like a hip-hop version of Woodstock. The Def Jam prez opened the show ...

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They Don’t Know

It’s close to midnight when Sean Paul Joseph, the 26-year-old half of the Atlanta-based Youngbloodz, pulls his black BMW 760 up to the AMF American ...

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Say It Again

Wait a minute. Remy Ma’s supposed to be gangsta. And gangstas don’t dance. But here she is, in the rough cut of the video for ...

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Still Lives Through

September 20, 2005. Club Breakers, a Houston pool hall, is packed with folks enjoying a much-needed night out on the town. Partygoers bop through the ...

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December 2005

COVER STORY Still Lives through It’s been four years since XXL did a cover story with Juvenile, and a lot has changed for New Orleans’ golden child. ...

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That’s How Ya Feel

At the Hypnotize Minds headquarters in downtown Memphis, security ain’t quite as tight as it is across the street at 201 Poplar, the city’s fenced-off ...

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Love My Style

Miami’s a party town by nature; this much is no mystery. Sometimes, though, nature makes its feelings known about such things. On this particular weekend, ...

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