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Biggie Smalls Was the Illest – “It Was All a Dream” Book Review

There are different kinds of biographies.

Some attempt to tell the subject’s story objectively, recounting what happened and placing it in context, but without editorializing or offering opinion. Others are planned as hit pieces, hatchet jobs with a clear intent to damage the person. Still others come from a place of admiration, presenting the individual in a glowing light at every turn.

It’s difficult to tell what It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World that Made Him by Justin Tinsley was originally aiming to be, but the final product certainly falls into that last category.

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Hip-Hop

In Defense Of…Jay-Z’s ‘American Gangster’

 

It’s the 20th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt  the best album from an all-time great year in hip-hop — and since everyone else is weighing in with their Jay-Z takes, I thought I’d join the fun.

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America Life Longreads

Confessions of a Gentrifier

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The beer garden at Memphis Taproom, my favorite spot in Philly (photo via The New York Times)

I was a 21st Century gentrifier years before it became a front page story or a topic of debate.