Ain’t Got Time For Gamez

Mike Jones is due to perform his new single “Flossin’” live before a nationwide audience in mere minutes, but right now he’s sitting slumped on the floor in the greenroom of a Los Angeles television studio with his head in his hands. Standing over him are three men in black, licking their lips, shifting from one foot to the other as they try to figure out how to ingratiate themselves to a 25-year-old rapper who’s done something they admire greatly—establish a brand identity worth millions. Yes, these MIBs—representatives from one of Hollywood’s most powerful talent agencies—all want a piece of Mike ...

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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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