Get Ya Game Up

It’s hot. Eighty-eight degrees at 6 p.m. hot. Jim Jones—independent recording artist, Dip Set capo and all-around renaissance thug—is Uptown. Harlem. A barely furnished apartment on 140th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard to be exact. On the wall are framed, poster-size photos of Jim and Cam’ron, his life partner (no homo) in Diplomat Records and beyond. In one corner, there are at least a dozen empty bottles of liquor—Remy Martin, Moët, Hennessy, Veuve Clicquot and, of course, Jim’s own purple potion, Sizzurp. On the bed is Jim’s cousin. Still slizzered from the night before, said cousin is sprawled out ...

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Big Boy Game

It’s a sweltering June Sunday, and the world-renowned epicenter of sensory overload known as Times Square is characteristically abuzz with energy. “The Naked Cowboy,” a ...

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September 2005

COVER STORY big boy game He’s troublesome like 2Pac. Cocky as Jay-Z. Fiery as Eminem. And wants to be bigger than Biggie. 50 Cent’s new nemesis, ...

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Gotta Find a Way

“You can’t get in such a huge vehicle like this and just expect it to fucking work for you all the way through.” Gene “Malice” Thornton ...

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The Growth

New York, we have a problem. Up from Texas for an impromptu promotional run, Paul Wall, a.k.a. the People’s Champ, is currently seated inside one ...

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Look At Me Now

Having retired a year-and-a-half ago from his day job as the greatest rapper alive (you can imagine how boring that could get), Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter ...

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August 2005

COVER STORY the chain remains A lotta speculation on the monies they made and what really happened between Jay and Dame. Yup! The Dynasty is different, but ...

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Know I’m Saying

50 Cent’s eyes are bleary. His head is throbbing. He hasn’t slept in 28 hours. He arrived at Milk Studios, on Manhattan’s west side, straight ...

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Straight Path

To the delight of hip-hop’s opponents, and the consternation of its defenders, rap music has a long history with the penal system. The influence is ...

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