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2006 Stories by Andrew Friedman

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  • Young Jeezy

    published December 20, 2006

    The lyrics of last year's platinum Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 introduced Jeezy as a ruthless villain whose work ethic, confidence... More >>

  • Jay-Z

    published December 6, 2006

    It could be his age, his largely disappointing run as the head of Def Jam or just the ceaseless motion of the industry, but the rap world Jay-Z... More >>

  • CunningLynguists

    published November 15, 2006

    CunningLynguists' first two albums were among the best to drop during underground rap's post-millennial explosion. With Kno's fierce loops... More >>

  • Diddy

    published November 15, 2006

    The Bad Boy roster closed the millennium spitting lyrics over inane '80s classics — a movement that screamed "selling out." Still, No Way... More >>

  • Ludacris

    published October 25, 2006

    Although the single "Money Maker" earned heavy radio play, Ludacris received more attention recently for "War with God," a fierce diss track that... More >>

  • Jurassic 5/X-Clan

    published August 23, 2006

    After becoming known for staunchly conservative, throwback hip-hop, the Jurassic 5 have finally taken some steps into this rap millennium.... More >>

  • Busta Rhymes

    published July 19, 2006

    Since Jay-Z left to lead a roster of Southern rappers to stardom as the head of Island/Def Jam, nobody in New York has stepped up to take the rap... More >>

  • Mr. Lif

    published July 12, 2006

    Mr. Lif's 2002 album, I Phantom, impressively cultivated an urgent, paranoid feel, but its slow plot and heavy-handed messages made it... More >>

  • T.I.

    published April 26, 2006

    Although he crowned himself "king of the South" a few years back, T.I. has actually taken the throne only with his new... More >>

  • The Streets

    published April 26, 2006

    Ever since the launch of VH1's Behind the Music officially deadened the era of rock excess, there's been a debauchery vacuum in America.... More >>

  • E-40

    published April 5, 2006

    The Bay Area rap scene has always struggled with mainstream success. In fact, the word-inventing, slick-tongued E-40 (now the "ambassador of the... More >>

  • Dem Franchize Boyz

    published March 1, 2006

    You may have heard D4L's hit song "Laffy Taffy." The extended sex/candy metaphor is pretty terrible, distinguishing itself only through its... More >>

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