ArtsBeat: 50 Cent Says He’s Not as Rich as He Seems

The rapper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, and now says that his public projections of extreme wealth are little more than a fantasy.









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Eminem Collaborates on the Album for the Film ‘Southpaw’

He exists on a separate plane of rap celebrity: rarely photographed, and without a personal online presence.









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How Hip-Hop Is Becoming the Oldies

Part demographic inevitability, part data-driven corporate genius.









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A Hip-Hop Mogul, and an Unapologetic Activist

Mr. Simmons held a news conference, where he criticized the mayor’s unfulfilled campaign promise to ban horse-drawn carriages, and called him “very, very weak” on police reform.









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Critic’s Notebook: Fetty Wap’s Tweaked Sound Yields Hit in ‘Trap Queen’

A tender hip-hop love song about loyalty and cooking drugs, “Trap Queen” is propelling a Paterson, N.J., rapper to fame.









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ArtsBeat: Popcast: Hip-Hop’s Silent Majority

Hip-hop’s mainstream can often be confused with prosperity gospel, so it’s striking that in 2015, at least a couple of the genre’s biggest selling stars want nothing to do with such narratives.









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Encounters: 50 Cent, Renaissance Man

Rapper. Entrepreneur. Investor. Producer. Actor. Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, is a restless soul intent on conquering one business after the next.









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Critic’s Notebook: Meek Mill Is Loudly Reflective on His Second Album, ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’

On much of his latest album, Meek Mill, the shoutiest rapper since Ludacris, sounds as if he urgently needs to tell you something.









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