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Celebs Get Buff With Steroids

By: Ben Preiss - Published:   Updated: May 25 2011 • References: time & nytimes
Some hip-hop fans were shocked when Wyclef Jean, 50 Cent, Timbaland and other stars (including Mary J. Blige), were implicated in a steroids investigation. In an over-the-top industry where using other types of illegal drugs is a given and getting shot is likely, any surprise seems more than a bit naïve. Maybe they thought 50 Cent got that body by lifting all that bling?

Implications - Since a lot of people look up to celebrities, it can be a big let-down when they have been found doing something illegal. Jeff Chang, who is the author of the hip-hop history book Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, says that "there's always the battle aesthetic at work, this idea that you’re going to go up there and show that you’re badder than everybody else. It’s part of the swagger that hip-hop carries."

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