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January 14, 2010 The underground mixtape has long been a staple in hip-hop, with blended DJ selections being all the rage throughout the '90s. But this decade saw the format mutate: Rappers began to take matters into their own hands, linking directly with DJs to create artist-specific tapes of original material. Andrew Noz, of the blog Cocaine Blunts, looks back on a decade of important hip-hop mixes.
November 12, 2009 "In Da Club" was a ubiquitous presence on seemingly every commercial radio station, at every hour of the day. The song made 50 Cent out to be a loveable, huggable roughneck the likes of which the ladies hadn't seen since Method Man. "I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love," he drawls, adding, "So come give me a hug."
September 15, 2007 This past Tuesday, two rival rappers released new CDs on the same day. Kanye West and 50 Cent both rank among the most popular artists making hip-hop today. But the so-called feud between the two stands apart from others in the history of the genre.
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September 13, 2007 Music labels are hoping for better sales this year. Two highly anticipated albums have arrived, stoking a much-hyped rivalry between performers 50 Cent and Kanye West. It's a heavyweight battle for sales.
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September 11, 2007 Hip-hop star 50 Cent and rival Kanye West are releasing albums Tuesday. 50 Cent promised to stop recording solo albums if West's album Graduation sells more than his Curtis. Their rivalry can be traced to the roots of rap music.
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September 10, 2007 When 50 Cent's new album debuts Tuesday, he hopes to get a sales boost with the help of a virtual version of himself. The hip-hop artist is allowing fans to dress his avatar in virtual merchandise, including caps and other gear.
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January 2, 2006 From music to film, clothing to video games, hip-hop continued to dominate popular culture in 2005. However, as rap music moves further in from the margins and takes over more of America's economic and cultural center, reviewer Oliver Wang wonders whether its grandiose fantasies have lost touch with reality.
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March 10, 2005 Hip-hop didn't always have a violent reputation. In fact, for many in the African-American community it was a revolution and a redemption. Author Jeff Chang chronicles the history of rap in his book Can't Stop, Won't Stop and how it continues to transform the world of popular music.
July 23, 2003 Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses trends in gangsta rap from its origins to the present, and how the record industry sells the myth of black male violence in hip-hop music.
February 21, 2003 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Interscope Records), the new CD from rapper 50 Cent.
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