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 40 Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. When their mark emerges, there’s a flurry of shouting and flash bulbs as she is sucked into a vortex of cameras, boom microphones and tape recorders. Her handlers fight off the journalists and the hordes of fans—young gay men, mostly, passionate and vocal in their unwavering support. Armed U.S. Marshals clear a path. “If you love Lil’ Kim,” her publicist implores, “Do not speak to the media!” Moments earlier, in ...

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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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All Or Nothing

There is a certain quiet euphoria artists exude when they know they’ve delivered that club banger, that classic album, that piece of work that will ...

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Switch

Put your hands in the air. On each hand, align your fingers so there’s no space between them. Then stretch your thumbs as far away ...

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Shots Fired

On March 9, 2005, NYC residents were glued to their radios. Anticipation was building in the Big Apple. DJ Funkmaster Flex was at his cocky ...

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June 2005

cover story switch His homie may have played him dirty, but if you think he’s gonna throw in the towel, you’re dumb. Dame Dash ain’t done. features all or ...

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