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The rap music impresario Sean Combs has gone on a charm offensive to woo the world's biggest advertisers as he gears up for the launch of his new television channel, called Revolt TV, aimed at what he calls "millennials" – people in their teens and early twenties who were born just before the new millennium.

Arts: Now that's what they call music

What happens when you give 10 writers and cartoonists free rein to compile and illustrate their own CD? Something surprising, predictable, innovative and revelatory. Andy Gill spoke to Hunter S Thompson, Gilbert Shelton and Savage Pencil about their choices

Pop: So phar, so good

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Cypress Hill

One of the highlights of the year has been a resurgence of inventive hip-hop at the expense of gangsta rap. As well as the emergence of new names like Jurassic 5 and Company flow, the climate has changed enough for crews such as Latino LA rappers Cypress Hill (right) to command large audiences again. After three years, they also have a new album - Cypress Hill IV - to tour. Their own little niche in the hip-hop world is as the chief propagandists for the propensities of the fragrant weed, but their live shows have also always provided excitement with plenty of humour thrown in, too. This one-off gig should see them running through old favourites like "Light Another", "I Wanna Get High" and the signature "Insane in the Brain", as well as the newer material.

Arts & Books: Pop: It's fun, and it's even legal (almost)

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HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND VIOLENT FALL OF DEATH ROW RECORDS

Albums: Dust Junkys Done & Dusted (Polydor 557043 2)

Being lippy seems to go with the territory if you're from Manchester: Liam'n'Noel, Mark E. Smith, and now Nicky Lockett, feisty frontman of Dust Junkys, rarely out of your face on their Done & Dusted debut. Lockett used to be Manc rapper MC Tunes, and he's lost none of the essential charm that comes through regarding the world as a threat and money as your god.

Pop: Andy gill on albums

Propellerheads, "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll"

Books Fiction: One to whizz through

COCAINE by Phil Strongman Abacus pounds 9.99

Pop: Lil' Kim makes a BIG noise

The death of Notorious BIG hit hip-hopper Lil' Kim very hard. But now she's back, joining Puff Daddy at Wembley

`It's the sound of rap growing up, gaining wisdom without losing too much attitude'

ANDY GILL ON ALBUMS; Coolio My Soul Tommy Boy TBCD 1180

Golfa's paradise; interview: Coolio

From gangbanger, juvenile offender and crack addict to international rap star, these days the textbook ghetto-boy-made-good is more likely to be hanging out at the 19th hole than on the street

Basically, we're dealing with two opposed forms of ecstasy'

ANDY GILL ON ALBUMS

The Clansmen

Method Man, U-God, Ol' Dirty Bastard, InspektahDeck, Genius, Raekwon, RZA, Master Killer and Ghostface Killer are... Mad, bad - but awfully nice when you get to know them. Emma Forrest travels Europe with American rap stars the Wu-Tang Clan. Photographs by Steve Double

Ice-T/ Grandmaster Flash/ The Jungle Brothers/ Afrika Bambaataa Essential Festival, Brighton

On a blazing summer's day in Brighton, in a medium-sized tent, the history of hip-hop was revealed. Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, The Jungle Brothers and Ice-T on the same stage was almost too complete to be true. It was, of course, shadowed for some by the spectres of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, murdered men who have become dubious martyrs. Monday's bill could be viewed as the story of hip-hop's descent to that state, from the cold protesting fury of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" through The Jungle Brothers' Afrocentric oasis of calm to Ice-T's origination of gangsta-rap, which some blame directly for the stars lying cold in the ground.
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