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2005 Stories by Dan LeRoy

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  • Various Artists

    published November 24, 2005

    This year has already featured its share of mediocre G-Unit-related product, so it was hard to expect the soundtrack to 50 Cent's rags-to-riches... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 10, 2005

    This pairing of several Wu-Tang Clan stars with a collection of underground hip-hop talent is a boon to both parties. The young rappers get to... More >>

  • Blackalicious

    published October 6, 2005

    When last seen as a duo in 2002, Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab had just dropped Blazing Arrow, one of the most accomplished hip-hop albums in... More >>

  • Ying Yang Twins

    published August 4, 2005

    Now that even Grandma gets Dave Chappelle's goof on Lil Jon, crunk faces the challenge of all overexposed genres: how to stay relevant. One way,... More >>

  • Missy Elliott

    published July 21, 2005

    After a decade of innovation that electrified urban music, Missy Elliott and Timbaland have mostly gone their separate ways on The... More >>

  • Guru

    published June 30, 2005

    Depending on how you look at it, Guru is either the rare hip-hop icon with the courage to follow his convictions beyond the commercial spotlight... More >>

  • Cowboy Troy

    published June 23, 2005

    The most impressive thing about Cowboy Troy's major-label debut is what it took to make a black country-rapper feasible. Hip-hop, the great... More >>

  • Quasimoto

    published June 16, 2005

    Of all hip-hop wünderkind Madlib's multiple identities, Quasimoto remains the most compelling -- a Munchkin-voiced dope fiend who'll say and... More >>

  • Mariah Carey

    published April 28, 2005

    Full (and damning) disclosure: This correspondent and Mariah's publicist were the only two people to publicly claim that the universally reviled... More >>

  • Ol' Dirty Bastard

    published January 20, 2005

    He was never going to be confused with Tupac while alive, but the late, great prankster Ol' Dirty Bastard is now shadowing him in the lucrative... More >>

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