1. Oral History: Tupac, Fist Fights and the Making of 'Juice.'
Imagine the urban drama as a comedy starring Malcolm Jamal Warner. That story plus other behind the scenes tales from the film's principals, including director Ernest Dickerson, actor Omar Epps, music exec Hank Shocklee, and more. By Keith Murphy.
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2. 5-10-15-20: E-40.
Vallejo vet on the music of his life, from Stevie Wonder to Pat Benatar to his own massive back catalog. By Jayson Greene.
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3. Kool G Rap Breaks Down His 25 Most Essential Songs.
From hearing "It's a Demo" for the first time on the radio to rhyme cyphers with Kane and LL, Corona's own relives some of his most vivid music memories.
By Dharmic X.
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4. Rap Lyrics on Trial.
Should rap lyrics be used in court as evidence of a crime? The Supreme Court of New Jersey will soon hear a case that could help decide just that. (Crimes against lyricism plead no contest.) By Erik Nielson & Charis E. Kubrin
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5. Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine.
Exploring the history and nuances of the drum machine with Eric Sadler of the Bomb Squad, Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession author Joe Mansfield and Dante Carfagna. By Oliver Wang.
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