Born to be Bad
A two-year prison sentence could spell doom for an average rapper’s career. It’s a good thing, then, that Lil Boosie is one of a kind.
That’s My Attitude
After family tragedy and three years away from the music industry, New Orleans elder statesman Juvenile is back and full of optimism.
Can’t Stop Me
His once-promising partnership with T.I. wasn’t the rebirth he’d expected. Fortunately, B.G. is familiar with adversity. And, as always, he’s got the upper hand.
Boss of All Bosses
With Young Money under his wing and a new solo album to his name, Cash Money founder and artist Birdman’s executive résumé continues to outshine those of his peers. Bosses, take note.
- 86 Me ’n’ My
How do you follow up an abrasive XXL-rated album? If you’re Clipse, you lighten up, even in the face of never-ending label drama.
With the silver anniversary of Def Jam Recordings in minds and hearts, a select group of the label’s talent recalls some of their favorite Def Jam tales.
Coming of Age
Def Jam’s epic saga is outlined in this detailed time line.
Def Jam’s biggest boardroom players—Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles—sit together for the first time ever to reflect on their history. And Rick Rubin reflects on the label’s early days.
XXL assembles Def Jam’s entire rap discography.
Show & Prove
Triple C’s, Pill, Rich Kids, Mishon
Rosa breaks a sweat.
Nike’s latest line keeps it hood.
Clipse crack smiles, Ghostface slows it down, and Rakim has a master plan.
VS sets ’em straight.
Young Jeezy motivated most of y’all.
Kanye apologizes swiftly.