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In The Cut: Azealia Banks And Curren$y Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week


Yes, we know. Jay-Z over everything and J. Cole is the new God. We know, we know. What we also know is that you’ve most likely been listening to a very limited number of songs in these past few weeks, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves as curators of this hip-hop culture to make sure you’re not missing out on the new tunes you might’ve overlooked in your hunt for the Yeezy Red Octobers MCHG.

Before we get to that, let’s take a look at the news. As is typical with high-profile weeks like this one, a lot has gone on… Freddie Gibbs released his refreshing new project ESGN (dude likes sports); Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose announced that they’d obtained a marriage license, with plans to marry this Fall; derailed Compton rapper Guerilla Black pled guilty to multiple fraud charges, likely landing him in prison for a long, long time; and Southern legend Master P became the first rapper inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame (Congrats Percy!). And in the off chance you’re still fiending for more Magna Carta coverage, XXL pulled together some of the producers who worked on the album for a behind-the-scenes look at crafting the project.

In our weekly column called In The Cut, the diversely opinionated XXL staff celebrates another lively week in hip-hop and picks some of their favorite releases from the past week. Until next week—keep it regal, rap fans.

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