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Blow Your Whistle

I was born and raised in Queens. You know what that makes me, the big homie? A native New Yorker. And as such, you root for the Knicks. The Knickerbockers. That’s the rule! Doesn’t matter who’s on the team or ...

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The Learning (Burn)

50 Cent clearly the biggest rapper at the time was the guest editor of XXL’s 50th issue. Might not have been my most ethical move but I thought it was genius. 50 Cent—50th issue. First cover of him by himself ...

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Do You Remember?

“Learn the words, you might sing this.”—Chuck D Ok it’s Jadakiss time. The jaded worker. Damn dude almost got a pass but I’m only a third of the way through with my mission and I gotta touch on things that are ...

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Don’t Take It Personal

Dear Bow Wow, Let me preface this by saying, I actually like you and even some of your music. I also predict that when it’s all said and done you’re gonna have an LL/Will Smith-like career. You seem in it for ...

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Three The Wrong Way

A triumvirate of dudes that the rap world wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire. Rick Ross “Hustlin’” is a classic. Undisputed. The production on Port of Miami was powerful. But dude is destined for a sophomore jinx and no one ...

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Sippin’ on Some Syrup

So we all know Lil Wayne’s only real relationship is with his white Styrofoam cup (Sorry LL—Lauren London). But what if all that alleged sizzurp use catches up to Cash Money’s meal ticket. And God forbid, like the great DJ ...

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The Moment I Feared

Besides the time I let the Aziatic One know that Pieces of a Man was a piece of crap, here are a few times I remember when an artist and his entourage were angry enough to want to bruise my ...

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Turn The Lights Off

The other day in one of XXL’s creative meetings, the homie Brian “B. Dot” Miller smh-d in shame when talk of DMX came up in the conference room. No the news of him signing to Booga Records was no cause ...

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