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 naÃ¯ve. 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 Canâ€™t Stop Wonâ€™t Stop, says that "there's always the battle aesthetic at work, this idea that youâ€™re going to go up there and show that youâ€™re badder than everybody else. Itâ€™s part of the swagger that hip-hop carries."
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