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The Sun Gods of the LBC: The Last Days of Sublime and the Birth of Their Self-Titled Masterpiece

The full story of the SoCal band’s breakout third album, tragic ending, and enduring status as ska-punk-reggae legends

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How Freddie Gibbs Beat the Odds to Reach the Mountaintop

After a turbulent decade, the Gary, Indiana, native has cemented himself as one of the greatest rappers of his—or any—generation. And on Sunday, he’s up for a Grammy award.

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The Ruler’s Back: Drakeo the Ruler Is Finally Free—and Ready to Talk

Two weeks ago, Drakeo the Ruler was staring down the possibility of 25 to life despite being previously acquitted of murder charges related to a 2016 killing. Today, he’s a free man. In his first interview since his release, the South L.A. rapper discusses his case, how prosecutors weaponized his lyrics against him, and his plans for music.

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The Rise and Fall of Vanilla Ice, As Told by Vanilla Ice

Thirty years after "Ice Ice Baby," Robert Van Winkle is ready to talk about it all—how he became the biggest star in music and then its biggest pariah, and what happened on the infamous night on the balcony. It may just change how you feel about him.

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How Eminem Made a Million Others Just Like Him With ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’

Slim Shady’s second major-label album was many things: a masterclass in rapping, an occasionally uncomfortable listen, a vessel for many tortured by angst, and, briefly, a national crisis

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The Creation and Planetary Impact of ‘Oops! ... I Did It Again’ 

Twenty years ago, Britney Spears released the last classic album of the teen-pop era and a sendoff for the record industry’s gilded age

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The Freestyle Brilliance of J.B. Smoove, the Secret Weapon of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’

Most people know Smoove as Leon Black, his most famous creation. But there’s a lot to his story, which includes 30 years in standup, proximity to hip-hop greatness, and playing defense against Ray Allen.