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The Big Hurt: The week in beef (in brief)

A recessed economy means fewer chains to go around, so it's been a fine week for a-fussin'-and-a-feudin'.
Ross at a loss; Weezy throws hissy
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 24, 2009
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DJ Drama

The West Coast is conspicuously under-represented.
Gangsta Grillz: The Album | Atlantic
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  December 26, 2007
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Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007
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Pop goes a Neptune

Pharrell is a fascinating rapper when he lets himself go — so why does In My Mind blow so hard? Listen to the best of the Neptunes throughout the years
Pharrell Williams raps his way into a corner
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 24, 2006
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The street scene

Without getting into the history and the morality of mixtapes, it’s worth mentioning that Pharrell isn’t the first rapper who’s scored more artistic points with a mixtape than with a sanctioned label release. Pop goes a Neptune: Pharrell Williams raps
The magic of the mixtape
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  August 22, 2006
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ID Check: Glenn Troy

The pre-pre-release listening party for the lounge demo tracks of the Yukonn MC, a/k/a the Grizzly (“I never shave and I’m grimy”), is so exclusive, so “top secret,” that only two people are invited: the Yukonn and me.
Lounge swinger
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  April 07, 2006