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04 November 2006



"Azerbaijan ain't like the USA..."

Where are Willie D, Melle Mel, DJ Yella now? The latest issue of Rolling Stone (Nov. 16) contains what they call "The Hip-Hop Report 2006." Sadly, it mostly consists of predictable features on Sean "Diddy" Combs, Nas, Young Jeezy, Lady Sovereign and 2Pac's legacy. In other words, exactly what you'd expect from a mainstream music magazine like Rolling Stone. But nestled between the standard fare is a collection of tasty appetizers titled "Life After Hip-hop." In this section, the mag visits a number of MCs that have exited the spotlight and finds out what they're up to.

The results are surprisingly interesting. The most unlikely story might that of the Geto Boys' Willie D (pictured). While his exploits in the boxing ring have been featured in The 411 Online a couple of times, we had no idea he was living overseas in Azerbaijan making real-estate investments. "Azerbaijan ain't like the USA," Willie D said of the country located between Russia and Iran. "It took some time getting used to. You're going to have some problems going to the bathroom when you start eating that food, and you'll get your ass killed if you talk about the government..."


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