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In The Cut: Earl Sweatshirt & Chief Keef Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week


What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about Kendrick Lamar and his epic, industry-inspiring and headline-terrorizing verse on Big Sean’s “Control”? For five days, Kendrick—who has no project or tour to promote—has singlehandedly inspired just about all of the stories posted on hip-hop websites, including XXL‘s. It’d be easy to write this off as a slow news week, but really, things like this just don’t happen very often in hip-hop. So, as Joey Bada$$ continues to ponder his response to Kendrick and New York rappers record their verses about why they’re the actual #KONY, let’s take a look at what else is going on in hip-hop.

With his new album dropping in just over a month, Drake announced some of the appearances on his NWTS project; street wear label Stüssy celebrated Yo! MTV Raps‘ 25-year anniversary with a collection of tees and sweaters and a two-part documentary; Chief Keef finally released his Bang Pt. 2 mixtape; and Childish Gambino put out his highly anticipated short film, Clapping For The Wrong Reasons.

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—stay in control, rap fans.

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