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2002 Man of the Year

Nelly made naysayers eat their words in 2002. With his patty-cake beats and jump-rope melodies, with those jocky Band-Aids on his cheek and that Midwestern drawl and all the attention he got from high-school girls, St. Louis’ first rap star ...

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2001 Man of the Year

Jay-Z is tough. Always has been. He’s a challenging interview, careful with words, and grants access sparingly. It’s savvy. He knows his value. Since our premier issue dropped 10 years ago this month, with him, the God MC, splitting face ...

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