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Cheo H. Coker

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  • Me Against The World

    Most of the songs on 'Me Against the World,' 2Pac's third and best album, demonstrate that underneath his hardened postures is a method

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  • Mr. Smith

    Bold and vainglorious, 16-year-old James Todd Smith was a one-man Run-DMC when he exploded onto the scene as LL Cool J in 1985. He was a cartoon character with ironclad lyrical muscles, venomous enough in spirit to please the gangsters of his Queens, N.Y., hometown but with enough velvet in his voice to make the […]

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  • KRS-One

    The Wu-Tang clan and their offshoots have returned an elevating spirit to the New York hip-hop scene in a way that hasn't been experienced there since the mid-'80s, when rivals KRS-One and MC Shan traded lyrical barbs with "Kill That Noise" and "The Bridge Is Over." New albums by KRS-One, Mobb Deep and Fat Joe […]

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  • Brown Sugar

    D'Angelo is cut from a heavier cloth than the majority of his New Jack brethren: He's a singer/songwriter with a mellifluous, sturdy voice that can coo and growl with equal conviction. He's no trailblazer — Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Prince have all walked down the same musical paths where D'Angelo meanders. Yet he manages […]

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