No Days Off: Five Rappers Who Will Keep Working on Labor Day

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    No Days Off
    Who doesn't look forward to Labor Day? The yearly occurrence is a United States holiday created to celebrate the many workers across the country. It rolls around on the first Monday of September and is both a marker of the summer nearing a close and a much deserved day off for the majority of America's workforce. Most embrace Labor Day as a chance to relax, see friends and family, and maybe fit in one final barbecue before fall's cooler days. Some, though, don't get the day off—say, restaurant workers or TV news anchors. Others may be so focused on their grind that they <em>choose</em> to keep working—namely a handful of rappers. In honor of Labor Day, <em>XXL</em> lists some of the most relentless rappers and takes a look back at what they've added to their résumé since last Labor Day. No days off!—<em>Adam Fleischer</em>
  • Wiz Khalifa gallery
    <strong>Wiz Khalifa</strong><ul><li>Dropped <em>Cabin Fever</em> mixtape unexpectedly in February.</li> <li>“Black and Yellow” peaked at No. 1 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 in February.</li> <li>Released Atlantic debut, gold-selling <em>Rolling Papers in March.</em></li> <li>Won Best New Artist at the BET Awards in June.</li></ul><li>Spent more than a quarter of the year on tour (95 dates total) and appeared at a number of spot dates, including Hot 97's Summer Jam in New Jersey this past June.</li>
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    <strong>Lil Wayne</strong><ul> <li>Got out of jail in November 2010.</li> <li>Released 64 songs, including two full projects (mixtape <em>Sorry 4 The Wait</em> and album <em>Tha Carter IV</em>).</li> <li>Featured on the cover of <em>XXL</em>'s July/August issue.</li><li>Embarked on I Am Music II tour for 41 dates in July.</li> <li>Appeared on 16 <em>Billboard</em>-charting songs: “I'm On One,” “She Will,” “How to Love,” “John,” “Look at Me Now,” “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “9 Piece,” “Ballin,” “Red Nation,” “Motivation,” “Hit the Lights,” “I'm Into You,” “Dirty Dancer,” “Bow Chicka Wow Wow,” “Welcome to My Hood,” and “Fire Flame”</li> <li>Closed out the 2011 MTV VMAs</li> <li><em>Tha Carter IV</em> broke the digital sales record for most record sold in one week in four days.</li></ul>
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    <strong>Lil B</strong><ul> <li>Dropped 33 official music videos and 66 total uploads on YouTube page</li> <li>Featured on 2011 <em>XXL</em> Freshman cover</li> <li>Appeared on Lil Wayne's <em>Sorry 4 Tha Wait</em> mixtape</li> <li>Released three albums (<em>Angels Exodus</em>, <em>Illusions of Grandeur</em>, <em>I'm Gay</em>) and a slew of mixtapes, including <em>I Forgive You</em> late last month</li> <li>Dropped <em>Free Music: The Complete Myspace Collection</em>, a collection of 646 songs, in February</li></ul>Swag!
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    <strong>Rick Ross and Maybach Music Group (Wale, Meek Mill and Pill)</strong><ul> <li>Each member has released a mixtape: Rick Ross (<em>Ashes to Ashes</em>), Wale (<em>The Eleven One Eleven Theory</em>), Meek Mill (<em>Dreamchasers</em>) and Pill (<em>The Diagnosis</em>)</li> <li>Signed an imprint deal with Warner Bros.</li> <li>Dropped a group album, <em>Self Made, Vol. 1 in May</em></li> <li>Collectively appeared on six hits “I'm On One,” “I'ma Boss,” “Tupac Back,” “That Way,” “John,” “9 Piece”</li> <li>Released frequent music videos and flooded the Internet with behind the scenes footage like “Rick Ross MTV VMA 2011 Weekend”</li> <li>Meek Mill featured on 2011 <em>XXL</em> Freshman cover</li></ul>
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    <strong>Curren$y</strong><ul> <li>Has released three albums (<em>Pilot Talk II</em>, <em>Covert Coup</em>, <em>Weekend at Burnie's</em>) and two mixtapes (<em>Return to the Winner's Circle</em> and <em>Verde Terrace</em>)</li> <li>Prepping <em>Pilot Talk III</em> and <em>Muscle Car Chronicles</em></li> <li>Reportedly working on a mixtape with Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean</li> <li>Signed with Warner Bros.</li> <li>Toured extensively with Smoker's Club, Rock the Bells and more</li></ul>
  • tim

    curren$y broke his ankle so he most likely aint doin shit but smokin and playing xbox today

  • Wizney

    What about Tech n9ne???

  • mick

    shame they all suck

  • Kid Cashier

    lol lol lol…. oh fuck lil b gets it in lololololol.
    i tried to be open minded to the dude but 90% of his music lacks quality and substance….weak as fuck!!! swag!

    i hate the fact that now days if u make a shit ton of music people just assume your great. whatver happened to quality over quantity? that goes for a few other artist besides him too.

    and lil b verse on carter 4 was so garbage i lost respect for wayne even having the dude on the tape…

  • Kid Cashier

    646 songs and 595 of them sound the exact same over a different beat…. i hope xxl burns down… this was the first time i visited the site in like 3 months because i got sick of the dumb shit that gets put up on it.

    • JugularKill

      I know the feeling, dumb ass website but as there’s no decent hip hop website out there we end up re-visiting this crap for dumb artiles like “this rapper said fuck this many times in an album” gay ass bull shit.

  • lilbisgarbage

    no tech n9ne??? wtf are u serious how about anyone in strange music..how bout e 40? yukmouth? juicy j? raekwon?
    and seriously xxl what is wrong with you? the obsession with lil b is getting out of hand. he is pure trash and does nothing positive for hip hop whatsoever!!!!!! DISGRACE…..im truly ashamed

  • ethan

    wheres tech n9ne?

  • jimmyjam33

    u people are so fucking stupid. this is a list of rappers who are known to work hard, based on their workload from this year. techs released one album, why the fuck should he be on the list. people are acting like its a list of best rappers or some shit. honestly u peopl eare moron, u just say shit for no other reason than to bitch.

    • dizzle

      In the last year Tech’s released one album, headlined a tour consisting of 83 shows in 85 days, touring for a month long in a few weeks, prepping the release of an EP called Klusterf*ck, prepping the next Tech N9ne Collabos for November. As co-owner of Strange he’s has overseen in some manner the release of three labelmate’s EP’s (Kaliko, Kutt, Scoob), labelmates albums (Brotha Lynch, Scoob, Jay Rock and Young Bleed) AND added Stevie Stone, Mayday! and Young Bleed to the Strange roster.

      Sit down, nigga.

      • nina

        In the last year Tech’s released one album, headlined a tour consisting of 83 shows in 85 days, touring for a month long in a few weeks, prepping the release of an EP called Klusterf*ck, prepping the next Tech N9ne Collabos for November. As co-owner of Strange he’s has overseen in some manner the release of three labelmate’s EP’s (Kaliko, Kutt, Scoob), labelmates albums (Brotha Lynch, Scoob, Jay Rock and Young Bleed) AND added Stevie Stone, Mayday! and Young Bleed to the Strange roster.

        Sit down, nigga……………

        couldnt agree with this more! nobody works harder than tech n9ne

        • jimmyjam33

          still not as much as any of the shit the guys on this list done, so no he shouldnt be on the list. its not some giant conspiracy aginst him as u probably believed. they give the dude plenty of shine.

      • King Richard Aka Da God Of Rap

        @dizzle i get wat u sayin but he still only dropped 1 album & no mixtapes i eva heard of but his work ethic is impeccable but most of these artist r mo commercial so daz y xxl prolly did dat plus he jus gettin real known 2 a broader audience,hell i jus heard of’em n 2009

  • dizzle

    yeah…Tech N9ne was the first person that came to mind here too…

  • its ya boy

    Man, how can they forget about wale. The guy drops “no days off” so many of his songs. Wale is the man.

  • beast mode

    @itsyaboy hey dumb ass reread the article

  • Twitter.com/The187Worm

    Fuck XXL ..for one .. these muthufuckas were gettin fucked up and partyin..and Two XXL rides dick hard… this magazine is garbage ..HipHopdx better then these muthufuckas.. fire everyone! all’emcan eat a dick.. first they gotta finish off Wayne first