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Raekwon
Blow Your Mind

Interview: Noah Callahan-Bever Street rap is the new jock that has everyone itching for a scratch, right? Well, my young friends, believe it or not, long before Young Jeezy, Clipse or even 50 Cent, there was a stout rapper out of ...

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June 2006

Cover Story "FACE UP" 2006 has already been a tumultuous year for Busta Rhymes. A hit single led to a video shoot, where an on-set shoot-out occurred that cost the life of his friend and bodyguard. Now the cops are on Bussa ...

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Editorial:
It’s My Thang

I can’t complain. That’s my new refrain. Ask YN how he’s doing, and there’s your answer. Have I locked down that Jay-Z and Nas cover yet? Nah, but I can’t complain. Is The Game or 50 Cent droppin’ an album ...

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Busta Rhymes
Face Up

By many accounts, Busta Rhymes shouldn’t be here. Not here in suburban Los Angeles, in a spacious recording studio, running through selections from his new album, The Big Bang. His first offering since splitting from Clive Davis’ J Records for ...

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Hip-Hop Cop
Way I Be Leanin’

Interview: Keith Murphy Images: Steven Brahms "You can’t see it with all this scaffolding, but this is where it all took place." On an unseasonably warm February evening, former police detective Derrick Parker points to a construction site on 43rd Street in ...

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Snitching
Reality Check

Words: David E. Thigpen Illustration: Dubelyoo Lil’ Kim lies to a grand jury, gets a perjury conviction, and winds up getting a year behind bars, all for refusing to give up two members of her Junior M.A.F.I.A. crew caught in the infamous ...

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360:
I Love My Chick

Images: Paul Hawthorne / Gettyimages.com On March 31, Russell Simmons announced that he and his wife of seven years, Kimora Lee Simmons, were splitting up. Say what you will about the couple—and there’s quite a lot to say, apparently, off the ...

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