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Ice Cube
If You Ain’t Gangsta

Upstairs, in the studios that house New York radio station Hot 97, a small knot of people await this afternoon’s special guest. Downstairs, in the lobby of the building—also home to N.Y.C.’s carpenter union—the man they’re waiting for is wearing ...

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Pop U

“Stucheeo.” It’s called “stucheeo.” That may not be how it’s spelled, but that’s beside the point. In reality, it’s “studio,” and probably spelled “s-t-u-d-i-o.” But at some point, the owner decided to put on a faux French accent and said, ...

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Don’t Get Carried Away

On May 8, Time magazine published its annual “Time 100,” a list of the most influential people in the world. The tastemakers at the newsmagazine put Sean “Diddy” Combs on the list as a member of the “Builders & Titans” ...

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Show & Prove
Young Dro

“I’ve been serious all my life,” says 27-year-old Young Dro, just days before shooting the video for his hood smash “Shoulder Lean” in Atlanta. “But I find fun in my music.” Lacing his lead single with whimsical phrases like “lima ...

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Rappers vs. Internet thugs

Sometimes I wonder if the Internet is the worst thing to happen to rappers yet. Tipper Gore, Bill O'Reilly and the Hip-Hop Cops have nothing on the beast that is the Internet. I know, I know, MySpace is supposed to be ...

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Just a quick note since this site's been down all fuckin' day(A). Mr. Big Mouth broke his recent anti-press stance(B) and went to Sirius radio last night and taped an interview with the Latin cats who run I got ...

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Tin foil hat party #1

It's been like, I don't know, two weeks or a month since T.I.'s personal assistant Philant Johnson was shot and killed in Cincinatti. I've yet to hear anything about the police finding any suspects, or even pursuing any leads, so ...

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