Illustration for article titled From N.W.A to Mos Def: Examining hip hop’s love/hate relationship with guns

Some of the biggest names in hip-hop go beyond the lyrics to bring you a raw and unfiltered look at gun violence in urban communities. The producers of Lil Wayne’s The Carter, Tupac’s Thug Angel, and the BEEF series present Number One with a Bullet.

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Ice Cube, Mos Def, and Fat Joe are among the hip-hop luminaries explaining how they used music as weapons to tell the stories of the violence they experienced growing up in the streets of L.A. and New York. For these artists, hip-hop isn't just music, it's a movement.

B-Real of Cypress Hill, Young Buck, Obie Trice, The Last Mr. Bigg, and 40 Glocc take you back to the scene of the crime where they were shot and almost lost their lives.

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Act I: How B-Real of Cypress Hill became the target of a gang’s bullet

Act II: Compton is everywhere: it's not east coast vs. west coast, rappers say gun violence is everywhere in America

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Act III: “Our lives are not a joke. That’s what hip-hop says."

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Act IV: What the lyrics don’t tell you: doctors and victims discuss the longterm effects of gun-related injuries

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Act V: “There’s nothing to glorify about being shot because there’s nothing good about it.” - Young Buck

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