02
Apr

Snoop Dogg

Snoop DoggWhether it’s due to his music or some of the other aspects of Snoop Dogg’s life, you won’t go too long without hearing his name mentioned somewhere on the wide media spectrum. Recently, Snoop may be trying to change the public’s perception of him through talk show appearances, endorsements, and most prominently through his new reality show, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, which premiered on the E! cable channel last December.

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28
Mar

Soulja Boy

Soulja BoyIt’s one thing for a song to be catchy, but it’s a totally different story for it to become an anthem (and have its very own dance). While many songs get stuck in our heads only to be replaced by the next catchy hook, Soulja Boy Tell’em’s hit single, “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” not only lingers in your head hours after you’ve heard it, but it became fall 2007’s hip-hop “anthem,” with everybody rapping “Superman that hoe.”

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20
Mar

Keak Da Sneak

Keak Da SneakA young Charles Kunta Kinte Bowens Williams was an active kid. So active that his mother would often tell him he was hyperactive. Rather than describing himself has “hyper,” Charles would call it “hyphy.” Little did he know, his new word would later define a movement in hip-hop culture.

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16
Mar

Common

CommonIn an age where music is run by “suits” and measured by how many ringtone downloads a song or artist gets, it’s hard to have faith in an industry that cares more about the dollars it generates rather than the art it produces. However, there are some artists out there staying true to the craft, such as the talented lyricist Common.

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06
Mar

DJ Vlad

DJ VladDJ Vlad (aka “The Butcher”) has been butchering beats for years now. He acquired such a brutal nickname because of his of impeccable producing and mixing skills that kills the mixtape competition. “I came from a production background, so I know how to blend and mix my tapes really well,” he boasted.

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22
Feb

Chris Brown

chris brownA lot has changed since Chris Brown graced the pages of DUB Issue 39. He’s now 18 and legally considered an adult, got his license, grew some facial hair, got a few tattoos and is promoting his sophomore album, Exclusive (Jive Records, 2007). Less than two years ago, Chris was an average 16-year-old teenager from the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia (population 2,000) with a whole lot of talent and a mind full of big dreams, fueled by artists he grew up listening and looking up to, such as Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Michael Jackson and Usher. “I always imagined that I could be what I wanted to be; I just hoped that I could do it,” he says. “I never knew how fast this would take off, so I’m thankful for it.”

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21
Feb

50 Cent

50cent_opener.jpgPeople cluster and whisper excitedly because they’ve heard the news—50 Cent is on his way. They scan the south end of the large Las Vegas Convention Center, waiting eagerly as others join the throng of curious onlookers on the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) convention floor. The crowd parts way for Curtis Jackson. The multi-platinum rapper, actor, entrepreneur and mogul moves with a cool swagger, relaxed and self-assured, despite the commotion.

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17
Dec

Keyshia Cole

Written by Tito "TRu Ink" Ruiz | Photos By Kevin Ou.

Keyshia ColeNot long ago, R&B singer Keyshia Cole was scrambling around New York City and other parts of the country with her manager, Manny Halley, performing at any available venue. Even with the November 2005 release of her debut album, The Way It Is (Geffen Records, 2005), Keyshia often found herself singing her heart out to crowds of less than a few dozen. Still, the Oakland, California native (who celebrated her 26th birthday on October 15) worked the microphone as if she was singing for a sold out crowd at Radio City Music Hall.

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13
Dec

Will.i.am

will_i_am_opener.jpgStraight out of a comic book, vintage sci-fi flick and an idealistic imagination, the electric car has long been anticipated as the next step in the evolution of the automobile. However, attempts to do so have yielded unconvincing results.

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28
Nov

Omarion

Omarion“At 4 o’clock I’m driving home,” Omarion sings into the phone, easily switching into performance mode as he hums notes and vibrato tones in his song voice. “Midnight,” a song from his second album, 21 (Sony, 2006), contains a verse about driving that pops into his head “It’s pretty bad; I’m at this woman’s house and I should have been home at 4 o’clock,” Omarion explains sheepishly. “It’s about a man doing wrong.”

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