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Chinx

How old were you when you heard Illmatic?
Shit, I had to be in the fourth, fifth grade or some shit.

How did it affect you?
That was the first hip-hop album that I ever heard that made me actually want to rap. 'Cause I'm from Queens and one of my uncles left his Walkman at my house in the projects one day and I picked it up, listened to it and I felt that was the first time I listened to hip-hop with curses in it. N.W.A was later, but Illmatic was definitely the one for me that made me want to get involved with music.
I could relate. It just so happens that the first album that made me want to do hip-hop was from somebody that was from my borough. He was from Queensbridge projects, I was from Edgemere Projects but it was still the same thing in a sense. The same struggle, so I started to mimic his style until I found my own.
What's your favorite song from Illmatic?
Specifically it was that one line, "The brutalizer, crew de-sizer, accelerator / The type of nigga who be pissin' in your elevator" [from "Represent"]. I pissed in the elevator every other day. [Laughs] And I understood right then—not right then, but later on—the familiarness of what Nas was saying. I'm from the projects somewhat similar to where he's from, so it was like, man, I could relate to this stuff. It sounds cliche, but the type of stuff I'm saying is real.

Chinx

How old were you when you heard Illmatic?
Shit, I had to be in the fourth, fifth grade or some shit.

How did it affect you?
That was the first hip-hop album that I ever heard that made me actually want to rap. 'Cause I'm from Queens and one of my uncles left his Walkman at my house in the projects one day and I picked it up, listened to it and I felt that was the first time I listened to hip-hop with curses in it. N.W.A was later, but Illmatic was definitely the one for me that made me want to get involved with music.

I could relate. It just so happens that the first album that made me want to do hip-hop was from somebody that was from my borough. He was from Queensbridge projects, I was from Edgemere Projects but it was still the same thing in a sense. The same struggle, so I started to mimic his style until I found my own.

What's your favorite song from Illmatic?
Specifically it was that one line, "The brutalizer, crew de-sizer, accelerator / The type of nigga who be pissin' in your elevator" [from "Represent"]. I pissed in the elevator every other day. [Laughs] And I understood right then—not right then, but later on—the familiarness of what Nas was saying. I'm from the projects somewhat similar to where he's from, so it was like, man, I could relate to this stuff. It sounds cliche, but the type of stuff I'm saying is real.

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Now that the Freshman Class of 2014 has been revealed, it’s time to get familiar with some of the producers that will be sure to make much of the music the Freshman MCs will rhyme over. When it comes to beats, the good folks over at iStandard Producers are our go-to guys. iStandard has partnered with the SAE Institute in Atlanta this year for their Beat Camp, a songwriting and producing conference in ATL intended to help up and coming producers on decisions from branding to marketing to mixing and sampling, all taught by some of the best beatmakers in the game. This year's conference takes place from June 6-8 in Atlanta.

We hit up the company’s founders, J. Hatch and Don Di Napoli, and asked them to weigh in on which producers were making the most noise behind the boards, and which beatmakers were primed to break out into the big time over the next 12 months. Check out the 2014 XXL Freshman Producers class, and peep J. Hatch (JH) and Don (DD)’s commentary on each. Let the beat build.
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It's been a hell of a week for Dr. Dre. The progenitor of G-Funk sold his stake in Beats Electronics, the company he co-founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine, to Apple for $3.2 billion last week, and his sudden ascension to the richest man in hip-hop—with wealth estimated just shy of a full billion—has come with its share of perks. One of those is reported to be the Key to the City of Compton, his LA hometown and the setting for such classics as "California Love" with Tupac from the mid-1990s.

But Dre's not the only rapper to receive a key to the city—Mac Miller received the Key to Pittsburgh late last year, while Tyler, The Creator wanted the Key to Boulder, Colorado so much that he staged his own ceremony, giving himself a fake honorary key. Impressively creative as always, Tyler. From Diddy to Pitbull, Baby Jay to Busdriver, here are 19 times when a member of the hip-hop community has received a Key to The City. Keys open doors. —Dan Rys
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23 Rappers And Hip-Hop Executives With A Key To The City

Kendrick Lamar:

After a banner 2015 dropping To Pimp A Butterfly and helping the community of Compton, Kendrick Lamar was awarded the key to the city in February 2016...

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Jay Z Is No Longer Pursuing The $20 Million Case Against Former Roc-A-Fella Engineer

Caught up in all the Jay Z-Solange hoopla was the extortion case Hov was pursuing against former Roc-A-Fella engineer, Chauncey Mahan. To give you a brief refresher, Mahan claimed that he had the master recordings of Jay Z records that were recorded between 1998-2002 and thought to be lost forever...

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