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This Isn’t About Kanye West

Let’s get right to the awkward introduction: Hi, my name is Thomas Golianopoulos and I’m the new features editor at XXL. Over the past decade, I’ve written for tons of great magazines, some dreadful ones and, unfortunately, a few that ...

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Table of Contents March 2010

FEATURES 36 U-N-I-T-Y Over their nearly 20-year career, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony have gone through a gauntlet of legal troubles and inner turmoil, which makes their new reunion album all the more special. It’s history in the making. 40 New Money In a decade ...

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Table of Contents April 2010

FEATURES 58 Strength in Numbers U-N-I-T-Y in rap ain’t dead. Just ask these duos/groups: Pac Div, Paper Route Gangstaz, Embassy Music Board, Mullage and Hollyweerd. 62 Sing for the Moment R&B’s next generation—Kevin Cossom, Ester Dean, Mike Posner, Shanell and Jarvis—comes well-equipped with dynamite soul. 64 Sound ...

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Whip my fez

That Jay Electronica-Willow Smith collabo I've been hoping for just got one step closer to fruition: It was announced at some point in between the last time I was on the Internets - when I published that hilarious ...

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Table of Contents May 2010

FEATURES 44 Return of the Real A lot can happen in a decade—just ask Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek. Ten years after cleansing ears with their insightful debut, Train of Thought, the duo, collectively known as Reflection Eternal, recount their long road to its ...

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Table of Contents June 2010

FEATURES 44 REAL TALK For Plies, success in the rap game has bred some contempt. The Florida spitter’s credibility continues to elicit skepticism, no thanks to accusations of a fictionalized past. But is the man himself fazed? Think again. 58 ’BOUT IT, ’BOUT IT Diddy’s return ...

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