Pharrell Williams:
This Is Me

In any major city in the world, there are certain hotels where the cool kids stay. The hip set, young actors, musicians, artists. But one look at the lobby of the Four Seasons in Midtown Manhattan, and it becomes clear that this isn’t one of those hotels. It’s a nice place to stay, sure—obsequious concierge, famously expensive rooms—but it’s a different kind of nice. It’s Botox and inheritance nice. Vague European accent and air-kisses nice. “Hey, that’s the wife on Everybody Loves Raymond!” nice. Hold up, though. Wait a minute. Because the other kind of nice just stepped out from the ...

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Living In Pain

Everyone. Workers. Patrons. The older lady with the braids. The coed snowflakes with ponytails. The guy from the kitchen with blood on his shirt. The ...

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Money On My Mind

Saturday, October 22, 2005. Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood is packed with party people celebrating Howard University’s illustrious Homecoming weekend. A couple hours past midnight, at ...

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Feel Me

With Eminem on an indefinite hiatus, Bubba Sparxxx trying to rebuild his career and the Beastie Boys growing into grandfathers, the people’s champ with the ...

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Shottas

“Damn, we was having a good time tonight, Minneapolis,” said Houston rapper Lil’ Flip from the stage, as the crowd began starting fights that wouldn’t ...

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March 2006

Cover Stories LIVING IN PAIN It’s been a huge year for rap’s most motivated thug. Not only has he had a platinum solo debut and a smash ...

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