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American Gangster

  • Frank Lucas, 'American Gangster' Drug Kingpin, Dead at 88

    Harlem crime boss ran one of nation's biggest heroin empires and was immortalized by Denzel Washington in 2007 film

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  • T.I. Talks About "American Gangster," New Album, Jay-Z

    In American Gangster, Clifford "T.I." Harris plays Frank Lucas' nephew, who gives up dreams of being a baseball star after moving from North Carolina to New York to help build Lucas's drug empire. In real life, T.I. is stuck in Atlanta on house arrest for owning weapons (a violation of the terms of his probation), […]

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  • On the Charts: Jay-Z's "Gangster" Number One, Eagles Number Two

    The Big News: As predicted, Rolling Stone cover star Jay-Z's American Gangster stormed to the top of the Billboard albums chart, selling just forty-one copies shy of the 425,000 he was expected to sell. Jay-Z is now tied with Elvis Presley for having the second-most Number One albums with ten. Last week's chart-topper, the Eagles' […]

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  • Jay-Z Talks Street Life, "Kingdom Come" and Retirements

    As we reported earlier, Jay-Z invited us up to his Roc the Mike studio late last week to preview his forthcoming album, American Gangster. But once the Patron started flowing, the conversation took some surprising turns and the often tight-lipped MC opened up on a wide array of topics from Don Imus to his multiple […]

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  • Jay-Z Previews "American Gangster" LP: "I'm Better Than Al Capone"

    On Friday night, Jay-Z invited a handful of journalists up to Roc the Mike Studios in Manhattan to hear tracks from American Gangster, his new album that's due out November 6th. Hova recorded the disc in a fit of inspiration over two weeks, after seeing the forthcoming movie of the same name, which stars Denzel […]

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  • Jay-Z Returns to His Roots For "American Gangster"-Inspired New Album

    On November 6th, Jay-Z will release a new album inspired by the forthcoming Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe movie American Gangster, meaning he has now un-retired twice. The MC/label head, who declared he was quitting the game after releasing 2003's The Black Album, says he found inspiration to pen tracks after watching the film, which […]

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