XXL Salutes 10 Hip-Hop Vets

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    <em>XXL</em> Salutes 10 Hip-Hop Vets
    Happy Veteran's Day! As the rest of the country celebrates our courageous troops and war heroes, XXLMag.com would also like to honor 10 rappers who've been in the game for over two decades and still remain relevant today. From Jay-Z to Nas to Busta Rhymes, and more, <em>XXL</em> pays homage to the hip-hop OGs during this national holiday. Salute.—<em>Ralph Bristout</em> @ralphieblackmon
  • Pete Rock
    <strong>Pete Rock</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/FiOcVWQY2bc?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/FiOcVWQY2bc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>Pete’s never missed a step since first entering the scene with partner C.L. Smooth on 1991’s critically acclaimed <em>All Souled Out</em> EP. Since then, he’s released a slew of albums and recently landed a production placement on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s <em>Watch The Throne</em>.
  • DJ Premier
    <strong>DJ Premier</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kT4jQld_FiE?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kT4jQld_FiE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Premier is no doubt one of hip-hop’s most legendary producers. His name is listed alongside a number of hip-hop classics like Nas’ <em>Illmatic</em>, Jay-Z’s <em>Reasonable Doubt</em>, The Notorious B.I.G's <em>Ready to Die</em> and of course work with his own group, Gang Starr. And he continues to get called for work. Whether it be Mac Miller, Joell Ortiz or Drake, who apparently tried to get him for <em>Take Care</em>, there’s no stopping the Houston native.
  • Busta Rhymes
    <strong>Busta Rhymes</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/eleBnzDyoFo?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/eleBnzDyoFo?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>He bumrushed the game with his classic verse on A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” posse cut in 1991 and he hasn't stopped. Earlier this year the Dungeon Dragon wowed listeners with his phenomenal spot on Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now." Woo-Ha!
  • Dr. Dre
    <strong>Dr. Dre</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/MB4gUokmM3M?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/MB4gUokmM3M?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>Despite <em>The Chronic</em> and <em>2001</em> being the only studio albums of his solo career—while <em>Detox</em> remains in limbo—it’s Dre’s production catalog that pretty much speaks louder volumes. From anchoring Snoop Dogg’s classic <em>Doggystyle</em> to Eminem’s <em>Marshall Mathers LP</em>, 50 Cent's <em>Get Rich or Die Tryin'</em>, and not to mention his personal Beats By Dre headphone franchise, the Doc’s legacy reigns supreme.
  • Ice Cube
    <strong>Ice Cube</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YyQpWS3sNkw?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YyQpWS3sNkw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Bursting onto the scene with N.W.A. back in 1980s, Ice Cube remains a viable force in the game, especially in Hollywood. Yay-yah!
  • Nas
    Nas
    <object style="height: 390px; width: 620px"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/wo97R0ib1CE?version=3&feature=player_detailpage"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/wo97R0ib1CE?version=3&feature=player_detailpage" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="620" height="360"></embed></param></object>Nasir Jones warned listeners on 1991’s "Live At the BBQ," that he shoots slugs out of his brain just like a rifle. Two decades later and he’s still shootin’. There's no doubt that <em>XXL</em>’s Nov. 2011 cover boy is as "nasty" as he was ever was.
  • Jay-Z
    <strong>Jay-Z</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/emlDKySa8GE?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/emlDKySa8GE?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Ever since first appearing on friend-turned-foe, Jaz-O’s, “Hawaiian Sophie” music video, Jigga’s not only managed to remain relevant for two decades but, he’s also become one of hip-hop most influential figures along the way. He may be over 40, but Jigga man still has a chokehold on the charts and onstage.
  • Q-Tip
    <strong>Q-Tip</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/a-j-DCz_V3U?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/a-j-DCz_V3U?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Whether it’s A Tribe Called Quest, his own solo catalog, or production placements, there’s no denying Q-Tip’s contribution to the hip-hop forefront. And the Abstract Poetic is still at it, landing a spot on <em>Watch the Throne</em> ("That's My Bitch").
  • Too $hort
    <strong>Too $hort</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/T3TCGw4qKU4?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/T3TCGw4qKU4?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>The Oakland native has had one stellar since dropping <em>Don’t Stop Rappin’</em> landing guest features alongside 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Kid Rock and more. Just recently he landed placement on Wiz Khalifa’s Billboard Top 10 rap single, “On My Level." He also currently working on a joint album with E-40 called, <em>The History Channel</em>.
  • Ice T
    <strong>Ice-T</strong>
    <object width="620" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/izuMg1GGnMc?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/izuMg1GGnMc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>Ice has had one interesting career. Since having a hand in anchoring the gangsta rap genre with his debut,<em>Rhyme Pays</em>, in 1987, Iceberg has dropped an array of controversial albums as well as starred in many films and television ventures. You can still catch him on <em>Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit</em> or E! or VH1 narrating the latest rap doc.
  • doom

    Where’s MF DOOM?

  • seth

    no tech n9ne? really?

  • Wes0271

    @Doom “and still remain relevant today.”

    • fletch

      DOOM is about to release an album with Ghotface and if its vets that still relevant how is q-tip relevant today?

  • ether still burns

    every one gets a classic song or video then jay z pops up in the hawaian shirt hahaha shits funny .nas is the best rapper premier and dre is hard to call as best producer prolly lean towards dre cause hes been involved in so many classic albums

  • suga

    NO TECH N9NE ARE U KIDDING ME? wat about e40? krs one..rakim..dont make an article and include some but not all xxl…cmon son..

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    Where The F Is The Villian (MF DOOM)