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Rick Ross
Port of Miami

Cocaine cowboys. Police corruption. Shoot-outs on speedboats. Miami-Dade County’s dirty little secrets have always made sensational entertainment and front-page news. But M.I.A.’s notorious crime stories have been curiously absent in Southern street rap’s recent resurgence. While the city’s free-spirited bass ...

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Lloyd Banks
Rotten Apple

Even after his celebrated mixtape grind and platinum debut, The Hunger for More, Lloyd Banks is still an underdog. With Tony Yayo’s and Mobb Deep’s G-Unit debuts both failing to reach the million-sold mark, the Queens, N.Y., native is left ...

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Method Man
4:21…The Day After

Perhaps Method Man jumped the gun back in 1998 when he named his sophomore set Tical 2000: Judgment Day. The Iron Lung’s moment of reckoning seems to actually be now. After the backlash from 2004’s Harve Pierre–heavy debacle Tical 0: ...

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Killer Mike
I Pledge Allegiance

Just when you thought he was heading into obscurity with OutKast’s other former protégé Slimm Calhoun, Killer Kill From Adamsville is back with a batch of work that’s harder than ever. His two-disc street album, I Pledge Allegiance, proves that, ...

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Daz
So So Gangsta

As a member of Death Row’s Tha Dogg Pound, Daz Dillinger found himself embroiled in the rap wars of the mid-’90s. That was followed by an intense legal battle with Suge Knight and a brief beef with his partner Kurupt. ...

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Loon
No Friends

As one of Diddy’s numerous wingmen and ghostwriters, Chauncey “Loon” Hawkins was supposed to be a Bad Boy for life. However, when Loon’s self-titled 2003 debut flopped, he decided to part ways with Puff to take a stab at being ...

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CL Smooth
American Me

The comeback trail can be a slippery slope to climb, even for the most revered rap veteran. So when a largely underappreciated lyricist such as CL Smooth attempts a full-fledged return with his first solo effort, American Me, the chances ...

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Gettin’ some AIDS

Does anyone else find it ironic that Cassie's "Me & U" is reaching the peak of its popularity at a time when some pretty nasty statistics are coming out with regard to AIDS in the black community, especially among black ...

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