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 is a realist. Lounging around a plush orange pool table in the common room of a grand, neo-classical mansion, he’s resigned to the reality of the music industry—for better or for worse, this is the profession he’s chosen. “We’re accustomed to shit like this,” he continues. “From the very beginning, we could tell you all sorts of stories about how it was almost this and all of a sudden it just turned to shit. You ...

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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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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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