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Fabolous
Home Improvement

At a time when hip-hop’s birthplace is comatose creatively, it’s up to NY’s finest word slingers to put the five boroughs back on the rap radar. After releasing 2004’s street smash, “Breathe,” arguably the best song of his career, F-A-B-O ...

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Blame hip-hop

When the New York Times ran its story last week on the crisis currently facing young black men, hip-hop's preeminent spam blogger Jay Smooth wondered aloud who would be the first black pundit to blame hip-hop. He always has had ...

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May 2006

Cover Stories IT HAS BEEN SAID Tightly under wraps in a federal pen in Philly, the first female MC to do a bid sits in a cell biding her time until her 366-day sentence is up. After seven months locked behind ...

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Editorial:
Stand Up Guy

Your boy YN is just about to put another issue to bed, and I’m patiently waiting for Jay-Z to call me. I mean, President Carter. You see, we’re not on the same page right now. He, LA Reid and some ...

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Shyne:
You Know What It Is

I ain’t no tattle teller, but I got a confession to make: The person seated in front of me in the cramped visiting room at upstate New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility doesn’t look much like the one in the pictures ...

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Ghostface
Sincerely Yours

With all due respect to the homie Paul Wall, on the reals, Ghostface has always been, and continues to be, the people’s champ. For 13 years, Wu-Tang’s masked avenger, born Dennis Coles in 1970, has been tickling the fancy of ...

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360:
Hold On

On February 1, a Philadelphia judge granted a stay of execution to Christopher “Cool C” Roney. The 36-year-old MC had been scheduled to die by lethal injection on March 9 after being convicted in the January 1996 killing of Philadelphia ...

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