The Blueprint 2, The Gift & The Curse: Where Are They Now?

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  • Faith Evans
  • Just Blaze
  • Rakim
  • Dr. Dre
  • Scott Storch
  • Truth Hurts
  • Beyoncé
  • Sean Paul
  • LaToiya Williams
  • Big Boi
  • Killer Mike
  • Sleepy Brown
  • Twista
  • The Neptunes
  • No I.D.
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Heavy D
  • M.O.P.
  • Beanie Sigel
  • Scarface
  • Charlemagne
  • Memphis Bleek
  • Freeway
  • Young Gunz
  • Peedi Peedi
  • Omillio Sparks
  • Rell
  • Jimi Kendrix
  • Charles "Big Chuck" Stanton
  • Darrell "Digga" Branch
  • Ron Feemster
  • Young Guru
  • Kanye West
  • Jay-Z
  • The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse: Where Are They Now?
  • Notorious B.I.G.


Rakim—who was signed to Dre's Aftermath at the time—followed up on his sick verse on "Addictive," the Dr. Dre–produced 2002 hit single by Truth Hurts, by collaborating with them again on "The Watcher 2." Unfortunately, Rakim's resurrected career stalled under Dre's watch, and the two parted ways soon after. In the years since, Rakim's toured globally and released a handful of albums independently. In 2012, after releasing a 25-year anniversary edition of his classic debut with Eric B, Paid in Full, he's working on a new album, which will reportedly include production from Pharrell Williams. 

(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET)

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