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Lil Durk Joins French Montana’s Coke Boys Imprint

One of Chicago's most anticipated up-and-comers has joined forces with French Montana's Coke Boys imprint.

Recent Executive Vice President of Def Jam Shawn "Pecas" Costner took to Twitter today to announce that Lil Durk has joined French's Coke Boys imprint...

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French Montana, Gucci Mane Celebrate New Album Releases

This week finds one of XXL's Freshman Class of 2012 releasing his debut album, while three tried-and-true acts drop anticipated projects...

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Jay-Z’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack Snags No. 2 On Billboard

This week found two new hip-hop albums debuting in the top 50 spots of the Billboard 200 chart. The original soundtrack to the film The Great Gatsby - which was executive produced and features Jay-Z - took the number two spot on the chart with over 135,000 copies sold, while Talib Kweli's latest effort Prisoner of Conscious topped at the 47th position...

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Shawn “Pecas” Costner Is Named Executive Vice President At Def Jam Records

Def Jam Records are shifting around their team a lot in 2013.

Coming off the departure of Joie Manda and Senior Vice President of A&R Sha Money XL, Shawn “Pecas” Costner has been promoted to Executive Vice President...

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Exclusive: Sha Money XL Speaks On Moving To Epic Records

Yesterday (May 13), it was announced that Michael Clervoix—better known as Sha Money XL—officially left his post as SVP of A&R for Island Def Jam to now become EVP of Urban A&R for Epic Records. Speaki...

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Sha Money XL Named EVP Of Urban A&R For Epic Records

Michael Clervoix—better known as Sha Money XL—has left his position as SVP of A&R for Island Def Jam and been named EVP of Urban A&R for Epic Records.

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“ If I can make Victoria Beckham cool then hip-hop can make anyone cool.” —Dame Dash, King Magazine (2004)
“ If I can make Victoria Beckham cool then hip-hop can make anyone cool.” —Dame Dash, King Magazine (2004)
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Dame Dash Is Drowning In Debt, May Lose His Home

Former hip-hop mogul Dame Dash's finances are in shambles and the Roc-A-Fella co-founder may be close to losing his home in Carmel, New York...

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Rittz Makes Top 50 Debut, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Reclaim Top Ten On Sales Chart

This sales week proved rather tumultuous for the hip-hop genre, as most artists saw a dip in their sales. While mainstays like Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar have continued to hover around their respective spot, others like Tyga and will...

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New Album Releases: LL Cool J, Grand Hustle & More

In a new weekly segment, XXL will be documenting the latest hip-hop albums dropping every Tuesday. This week finds releases from a number of time-tested MCs and a few highly anticipated collaborative projects hitting stores...

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Kid Cudi, Justin Timberlake Stay In The Top Ten On Sales Charts

This week found hip-hop more or less absent from the top ten spots on the Billboard Top 100 chart - however, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience and Kid Cudi's Indicud held steady at #3 and #7, respectively...

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