Like the Democratic party, New York hip-hop is suffering from a lack of a unified front. Superstars like 50 Cent and P. Diddy move units, but their celebrity status elevates them both beyond New York. Street favorites like Jadakiss and Cam'ron have trouble extending their popularity beyond the five boroughs. Meanwhile, Southern rap rules the charts. As the battle rages, Fat Joe stays in contention year after year. He ruled last summer with the enormous single "Lean Back" (with his crew, Terror Squad) and stayed on the mainstream radar by getting dissed by 50 Cent. But Joe's chances at the crown are marred by a series of... More >>>