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May/June 2009
In this issue

Jay-Z • May/June 2009

In the new issue, Shawn Carter, best known as hip-hop megastar Jay-Z, talks about how almost a decade on the streets of Brooklyn dealing drugs helped him to become a successful musician and entrepreneur at the age of 26.In addition, we pick the experts' brains on sports, poker, blackjack and golf wagering to find out how, with a little planning, the average gambler can maybe make a few bucks. Other features include an articles about the roaring success of golf's Phoenix Open, a former FBI investigator who now makes his living recovering stolen art, and how the craft brewing business in America has grown in the last 30 years.

Features

The Music Mogul

The Music Mogul

Shawn Carter—best known to the world at large as Jay-Z, rap megastar and reigning monarch of hip-hop—extracts a Zino Platinum Crown Series Rocket from its sci-fi-sleek metal tube. …

The PGA Tour's Party Central

The PGA Tour's Party Central

As players enter the portal that leads them to the 16th tee of the TPC Scottsdale, they take a deep breath, steeling themselves for what lies ahead. It's a 50-foot walk …

Shortcut to Gambling Nirvana

Shortcut to Gambling Nirvana

Spend enough time reading this magazine and you will encounter stories about incredibly bright men with astonishing skills. Some of them seem like sleight-of-hand artists or mind …

Choice Brews

Choice Brews

When the extreme-beer pioneer Sam Calagione and the Philadelphia sommelier Marnie Old debuted their book He Said Beer, She Said Wine , a debate in print on which of the two …

Cigars

A Smoker's Guide to New York City

A Smoker's Guide to New York City

Despite not one but two smoking bans, you can still smoke in Manhattan—if you know where to go.

Business Isn't Always Business

Business Isn't Always Business

Sitting in Havana, smoking a cigar and watching the world go by can quickly make you forget that there's a lot of business involved in the handful of leaves rolled up as the …

An Interview with Ruben Ysidron

An Interview with Ruben Ysidron

Ysidron created the first branded cigar for Savinelli 15 years ago, and the standards have been high ever since.

Ratings from this Issue

95
points

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series "A"

Issue Date: June 1, 2009
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series "A"
93
points

Partagas Salomon

Issue Date: June 1, 2009
Partagas Salomon
92
points

Cohiba Esplendido

Issue Date: June 1, 2009
Cohiba Esplendido
91
points

601 Box Press Maduro Toro

Issue Date: June 1, 2009
601 Box Press Maduro Toro

Up Front

Getting Through

Getting Through

How many times in the last six months have you heard this phrase: "I've never seen anything like this in my life." There is no other way to look at this time in our history. If …

Out of the Humidor

Out of the Humidor

Dear Marvin, I have been a reader of your magazine since the beginning. In fact, I believe I have every single issue. I compliment you on your accomplishments and fine …

The Good Life

TaylorMade R9 Driver

TaylorMade R9 Driver

It was a marketer's dream come true. When Pat Perez won the 50th Bob Hope Classic in late January with a score of 33-under par, he hit 75 percent of his fairways, with a driving …

Flavored Vodkas

Flavored Vodkas

Whoever defined vodka as tasteless, odorless and colorless apparently forgot a widening mélange of the flavored kind. We've picked a selection of unusual tastes that take you …

Go to Barbecue School

Go to Barbecue School

Never trust a skinny barbecue guy," says Myron Mixon, eight-time national BBQ champion. He's poking fun at Chris Lilly, 10-time world champion, who is notably more slender than …

Palm Pre

Palm Pre

The iPhone may be the hottest phone on the planet, but it does have flaws that keep holdouts like myself still searching for something better. Our wait may soon be over thanks to …

Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort

Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort

So here's the thing. There's this floating green and they say it's the only one in the world. If you don't play golf, you might not see the big deal. But a big deal it is at the …

Clambake

Clambake

Not in any way to demean the experience of dining in a fine seafood restaurant, but if you have friendly weather, a place to do it and the makings, nothing quite matches the …

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren

Design and fashion mogul Ralph Lauren tells it straight: "I have always had a sensibility to the consumer, because I am the consumer." Of course, he is speaking about all things …

Making a Case for Cigars

Making a Case for Cigars

It is not at all uncommon for a young man to inherit his grandfather's or even great-grandfather's charmingly distressed cigar case, seeing how finely crafted leather goods can …

Bow Ties

Bow Ties

The man who tied the best bow-tie knots I ever saw was someone who rarely wore a tie of any kind. My brother Bill fit none of the most enduring stereotypes of the bow-tie wearer. …

Honda Fury

Honda Fury

By delivering 95 percent of the outlaw biker experience but without most of the compromises, the 2010 Honda Fury makes entry into the chopper bike realm easier than ever. No …