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April 2006

Cover Story DRIVE SLOW If the crown fits, he’ll wear it. He called himself King, and the hip-hop nation bowed before him. Now T.I. is playing it cool to extend his rule—he’s making it be about more than just music. Features THIS IS ME We ...

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Three 6 Mafia Wins Oscar

Memphis’ Three 6 Mafia made history on Sunday night, becoming the first hip-hop group to ever perform live at the Academy Awards. In the film, lead actor Terrance Howard performs the song, but during the live broadcast Juicy J, DJ ...

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Cassidy Released From Prison

On Thursday (March 2nd), Philadelphia rapper Cassidy was released from the city’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility after serving out eight months of an 11 to 23 month sentence. After providing the guns that were used to murder 22-year-old Desmond Hawkins and ...

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T.I.:
Drive Slow

It could start here. With a purpose. “What’s the purpose?” he asks. “To inspire, educate and entertain.” Maybe he’s said this before. He speaks with lessons learned from the receiving end of Miranda rights, a lifetime of knowing that anything ...

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Killer Mike:
Beautiful Struggle

Last summer, Killer Mike was poised to drop Ghetto Extraordinary, his second album and his debut on Big Boi’s new Purple Ribbon label. XXL even reviewed it and gave it an XL (and we hadn’t even heard his fiery additions). ...

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The Bay Area:
California Love

Name: Keak Da Sneak Affiliation: All N Da Doe Records Hometown: East Oakland Claim to fame: Keak, one-third of ’90s group 3X Krazy, has found solo success with his trademark gravelly flow and creation of the word “hyphy,” sparking the third-generation high-energy movement ...

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Ghostface
Fishscale

Despite rarely being mentioned amid “best rappers alive” rumblings, Ghostface has yet to release anything but acclaimed hip-hop since his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. Even when Wu-Tang releases started failing to find an audience, Ghost put the Clan on his ...

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360:
Do It Again

1. “It’s a Healthy Album (Intro)” (feat. Voletta Wallace) 2. “My Buddy” (feat. Diddy) Produced by Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie 3. “Black and White” (feat. Eminem) Produced by Dr. Dre 4. “We Don’t Sound Alike” (feat. Shyne) Produced by Swizz Beatz 5. “Treat Me Right” ...

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Show & Prove:
Mistah F.A.B.

When Mistah F.A.B. (Faeva Afta Bread) dropped his independent debut, Nig-Latin, in 2002, he was considered just another freestyle rapper who couldn’t make complete songs. Four years later, the self-proclaimed Prince of the O has three tracks, “Super Sic Wit’ ...

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