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That’s Right, He Bad

50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) Born and raised in Jamaica, Queens. Mother killed when he was 8. Drug dealer by 12. Shot nine times in 2000. Almost any hip-hop fan can rattle off the pertinent details of 50 Cent’s life story. Originally these factoids dribbled out as gossipy supplements to the acclaim […]

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Words Fail Him

Jay-Z The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse (Roc-a-Fella) Commercial hip-hop’s near total immersion in the cliches of guns ‘n’ girls ‘n’ cash is a given–complaining about it has become almost the biggest cliche of all. And perhaps no rapper has cashed in on those materialist commonplaces quite as spectacularly as Jay-Z. The Brooklyn […]