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 of the city’s oldest pubs, McSorley’s Old Ale House (est. 1854), and no one knows quite what to make of him. A gang of drunken blue-collar barflies are belting out old Irish drinking songs, oblivious to the nearly famous MC. Dressed in an oversized black T-shirt, creased blue jeans and flawless white Reeboks, the husky 24-year-old could easily pass for one of the beer hole’s regulars. But as soon as he opens his mouth and ...

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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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And Then What

The Media Circus March 17, 2005 At 5 p.m., a mass of paparazzi and TV journalists choke the front entrance of the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse at ...

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What I Gotta Do

It’s one of those April days, the kind that spring often promises but New York City rarely delivers. Warm enough to melt away memories of ...

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July 2005

COVER STORY what i gotta do He’s the ultimate come-home-from-jail success story. Now all Tony Yayo has to do is prove to 50 Cent that he’s his ...

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So Much More

It’s a scene right out of any classic mob flick. Except today, seated in the barber’s chair with a cape draped under his chin while ...

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