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Music, 50 Cent is the last of the millionaire rappers

50 Cent is the last of the millionaire rappers

Rapper 50 Cent is a member of a privileged club. In a music industry characterized by crumbling strongholds, he admits that he's "almost the last one over the wall" when it comes to major labels making artists into millionaire superstars.…
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Music, On His New Record, Ne-Yo Saves Some R&B Hits for Himself

On His New Record, Ne-Yo Saves Some R&B Hits for Himself

You don't often find integrity in the music biz. So when R&B singer and songwriter Ne-Yo tells us it just wouldn't be right to hold onto a song he's promised to another artist, we're surprised and just a little skeptical.…
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Music, Janet takes control: Ms. Nasty is back in PVC chic

Janet takes control: Ms. Nasty is back in PVC chic

Sure, Madonna repeatedly toyed with BDSM in her videos, but she never publicly admitted to breast and genital piercings like Janet Jackson did. So, in case you weren't tipped off from the Velvet Rope tour onward, Jackson's innocuous Dream Street…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Tae Kwon Ho

Tae Kwon Ho

Every fighting game needs a hook to stand out: Mortal Kombat has gore, Soul Calibur has weapons, Def Jam has hip-hop stars. And Dead or Alive? It has boobies. The DOA series -- developed by Tecmo -- made its name…
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EPMD Back in Business (Def Jam) L.L. Cool J Phenomenon (Def Jam) Most rappers drop one good album before they either run out of ideas or get overwhelmed by their own success. So it's instructive and curious to see the…
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Negativland Sex Dirt (Seeland) The East Bay audio collagists of Negativland rev up their DAT machines and samplers once again, this time to, er, penetrate America's twin obsessions with sex and cleanliness. Product ads, old hygiene and sex-ed films, and…
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