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2004 Stories by Andrew Friedman

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  • Cam'ron

    published December 22, 2004

    Cameron Giles' rise to rap stardom is a tale of perseverance. Although he received a push from Mase, Cam'ron struggled to move beyond... More >>

  • Nas

    published December 15, 2004

    For Nasir Jones, the stakes are always high. His 1994 debut, Illmatic, consistently appears on shortlists of the best rap albums ever,... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg

    published November 24, 2004

    "Drop It Like It's Hot," Rhythm and Gangsta's lead single, is a sublime slice of pop-rap. The Neptunes bring the cheesiest of '80s synth... More >>

  • Mos Def

    published November 3, 2004

    There is a problem among underground MCs, and it is a problem of timing. After years of paying dues with modest record sales -- when the world... More >>

  • A Tribe Called Quest

    published October 27, 2004

    Queens rap trio A Tribe Called Quest's career path looks strangely like a typical relationship. After being introduced by the Jungle... More >>

  • Mase

    published October 6, 2004

    It's easy -- really easy -- to hate Mase. Even after a five-year hiatus, it's hard to forgive a man who, next to Puff Daddy, pioneered insipid pop... More >>

  • Shyne

    published September 1, 2004

    A few years ago, Shyne was set to take the place of the late, great Biggie Smalls at the top of the Bad Boy roster. His self-titled debut... More >>

  • Terror Squad

    published August 25, 2004

    Want to make a bad album? Have a second-tier rapper record an album with his generally unimpressive crew in just a few days, so as to capitalize... More >>

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