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Godspeed you black emperor!

September 1999: He is Napoleon in Pumas. In LA, he brokers peace for Biggie and Tupac. In London, he buys champagne for 700 friends. In Paris, he parties with George Lucas. And back in New York, there are the Spanish and rock markets to conquer… Has Puff Daddy come to save hip-hop, or to bury it?

Cock of the North

November 1996: You are Ewan McGregor. In Trainspotting you play Britain's most famous heroin addict. You're fêted at Cannes, then signed by Hollywood. What do you do next? Star in a film in which you mostly appear naked, with words painted on your penis. Of course.

A Dogg’s Tale

February 1994: Snoop Doggy Dogg is currently America’s top rap star. He’s also due to be tried later this year as an accessory to murder. In his first interview with the British press, he tells us whether the gangsta life celebrated on his records has now become reality.

The emperor strikes back

December 2000: Joaquin Phoenix has demons. The myth surrounding his late brother River. His “hippy” family. The six “wilderness” years he took off from acting. That “moodiness”. But this year, with formidable performances in Gladiator and now The Yards, he’s finally headed into the light.

Straight Outta Hollywood

May 1991: In homage to the late John Singleton, director of ‘90s cult classic Boyz N The Hood, The Face unearths an archive feature on the rise of “Black Hollywood”.

Kelis & André 3000

May, 2004: From bun-shakin’ Kelis to André 3000 twistin’ in jockey silks, flamboyance and fun have taken over.

Perfect Diva

May, 2003: Beyoncé brings passion. She sings it like she means it… eyes shut, sweat pouring, body rocking.

The Magnificent David Beckham

July, 2001: The Divine David Beckham: casting a godspell over Britain. But does the King of England really want to be Emperor of Europe?

UK Garage

June, 2000: UK Garage is the sound of summer.

Why are you buying this drink?

October, 1998: It’s orange. It’s mainly sugar and water. It outsells Coke in supermarkets. Sunny Delight is the marketing success of the decade. Haven’t tried it yet? Don’t worry. You will.

Sole Asylum

February, 1997: The most important clothing brand of the century is now set to make the running in the next. What makes Nike tick?

Tribal Gathering

August, 1996: Court cases, conflict and controversy made this year’s Tribal Gathering the cause célèbre of British dance culture.

Grrr! Nirvana

September, 1993: Chasing down Kurt, the greatest anti-rock star of the day.

Whose Smiley Now?

August, 1989: There were stories of people dancing to police sirens, traffic noises, anything to stretch the Summer Of Love out a little longer, but never before have they danced to a generator.

Visions of Dystopia

April, 1988: Exploring the Ballard landscape: a devolution of the future present, the contemporary world eaten away.

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