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JAY-Z’s amazing musical tribute to his mum rewrites the rules

IN 1999, I was given a dream commission and sent to New York for a week to write a story on Def Jam Records, the hip-hop goliath that constituted a good portion of my record collection and one which had changed the fabric of pop industry in its lifespan.

It was one of my favourite working weeks, ever. I met the label boss, Lyor Cohen, co-founder Russell Simmons and a bevvy of hungry young rappers. I looked at platinum discs for LL Cool J, Beastie Boys and EPMD lining the walls.

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About Attitude

This issue, the Attitude Awards special. Featuring exclusive shoots with Nyle DiMarco, Laverne Cox, Matt Lucas, Charli XCX, Greg Louganis and DeRay Mckesson. Plus, Amanda Holden, Erasure, Kylie, Princess Diana, and more.