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  • The Eminem Show

    With The Eminem Show, Eminem just may have made the best rap-rock album in history. And that's not only because he reworks Aerosmith's "Dream On," on "Sing for the Moment." The Eminem Show is a hybrid theory of Jay-Z's hyperconfident The Blueprint, Staind's pained Dysfunction and Tupac's anti-hero masterpiece All Eyez On Me. The Eminem […]

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  • AOI: Bionix

    Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo are so far AHEAD of the hip-hop herd that if their pioneering 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, were released today, it would revolutionize hip-hop all over again. They're so far ahead of the curve that no one — from the thugs to the backpack intelligentsia and everyone in between […]

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  • Q&A: Ja Rule

    The rapper discusses his album, Ecstasy and religion

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  • The W

    Taught y'all Niggas how to rap/Reimburse me," chastises Ghostface Killah on the Wu-Tang Clan's third group effort, the dizzying W. He has a right to be cocky: The W completes a comeback that began when Ghost dropped his second solo effort, Supreme Clientele, at the top of this year. Coming after non-orgasmic releases by Method […]

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  • Like Water For Chocolate

    Chicago-born rapper common has a passion for creating conceptual suites of art rather than collections for commerce. With his fourth album, Like Water for Chocolate, he seems no closer to gaining platinum discs on his wall, but the listener might be all the better for it. Make no mistake: Dance jams like "The Light" and […]

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  • Vol. 3 Life And Times of S. Carter

    Ok, he's reloaded. And on his fourth album, Vol. 3 . . . Life and Times of S. Carter, he's a sweet contradiction. Lyrically, Jay is less introspective than he was on 1996's Reasonable Doubt; he's more misogynous and paranoid than ever. But even as he shies away from past vulnerable moments like "Regrets," "Lucky […]

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  • I Am...The Autobiography

    I'm at the Gambling spot/My hands on a knot/New York Yankees cap cover my eyes/Stand in one spot/ I take a nigga's dough/Send him home to his shoe box/You lost that, nigga/I'll put your dollar in a jukebox, Nas raps on "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II." Since his much-heralded arrival, in 1994, Nasir Jones […]

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