As a species, there are few of us that have been blessed with the special genetic cocktail that seems to stem the tide of aging over our bodies. If you are one of those few that hit the genetic lottery, you seem to forever seem as if you are twenty-two years old. Lucky bastards...

In hip-hop, few get a chance to have extended careers. You don't often get the chance to grow gracefully in rap music because sometimes after the first single you drop at 18, you disappear forever into the ether. XXL wants to salute those artists that have aged gracefully over hip-hop's 40 year existence. Here are the 14 rappers that are the envy of us all and never seem to age.