Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t know who Xzibit is? Whether you grew up in Los Angeles and heard of him during his early years or you live in some yurt in the craggy wastelands of Kyrgyzstan and saw him on MTV, Xzibit is universally recognized.
Dancehall phenom Sean Paul is riding around town proud these days. Forget his groundbreaking success, or his reign in the game, and never mind the platinum plaques and the Grammy, or the new Escalade ESV and CLS 500 he’s pushing. No, this Caribbean sensation is content knowing he’s fully representing his beloved Jamaica.
“Yeah... we gon’ send this one out to everybody that put mo’ into they cars than they do they relationship. Let’s ride.”
That’s how Ludacris kicks off his hit song “Two Miles an Hour,” with words that prompt a guilty smile.
World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar John Cena is without peer. Not only has he been the Champion of the most dominant professional wrestling circuit in the world, he’s also a bonafide rap artist whose freestyle disses before fights have earned him the respect and adulation of millions of fans. To top it all off, his first album, You Can’t See Me (Sony, 2005), debuted No. 15 on the Billboard charts, and continues to earn the admiration of anybody who thinks that the Italian American’s rapping is just a gimmick.
On the single, “got ur self a…” from 2001’s stillmatic lp (sony, 2001), nas explained a dilemma that continues to plague scores of would-be superstar rappers; should first-time youngsters feature a slew of “famous guest appearances”— or, like nas, refrain from doing so in order to be “crowned the best lyricist?”
Some cars aren’t meant to be driven. Take the blue Mercedes-Benz S500 Jermaine Dupri keeps parked at his recording studio. “It’s there for me to listen in the car at the studio,” he explains of the four-wheeled mobile studio with $50,000 worth of sound modules buried inside. It’s fit for a super producer and artist of Dupri’s caliber. “The system in the car is up to speed the way it needs to be; it’s the most intricate system ... If I listen in the car and it sounds right in that car, it tells me exactly what’s going on.”
Being in the presence of Earvin “Magic” Johnson and hearing him laugh is like sitting near a warm fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. As a matter of fact, there’s a lot of warmth that comes from the man, who is bigger in person than you can ever imagine... his heart, his kindness, and his great accomplishments precede him. Nevertheless, in the end, it’s always the smile that gets you.
It’s only been a year since The Documentary (Aftermath, 2005) dropped, and it seems like we’ve known The Game for an eternity. Call him “cocky,” call him “brash,” but the truth is that The Game (born Jayceon Taylor) is one of the catalysts behind the resurgence of hip-hop on the West Coast. The Documentary debuted at Number One on the Billboard music charts and spawned hit singles such as “How We Do,” “Hate It or Love It” and “Dreams.”