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Managers play a pivotal role in an artist’s career. As a manager, you are responsible for the business side of things, but it also means finding talent in unlikely places and believing in an artist's success through the tough times when things aren't quite working out and believing in their talent and work ethic. There’s a certain level of staying on top of things that comes with the job description, which often leads to bigger opportunities and notoriety in the future. In the case of the managers of our XXL Freshmen 2014 Class, each of these individuals has overseen the careers of their artists and watched them grow into promising hip-hop stars. We caught up with 10 of the 12 managers who have been by their side since the beginning, to get an idea of what it is like to fight for a spot on the cover. Salute the hustlers behind the scenes, too. —Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys
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18 Fun Facts From The XXL 2014 Freshmen Photo Shoot

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Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q And More Will Perform At The Pitchfork Music Festival

The Pitchfork Music Festival has released its schedule. The weekend event in Chicago known for showcasing indie talent has a strong line-up this year that even includes TDE's 2011 XXL Freshman Kendrick Lamar, 2013 XXL Freshman ScHoolboy Q, 2014 XXL Freshman Isaiah Rashad and SZA...

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XXL’s Best Songs Of The Week

There’s plenty of new music to sift through. How do you know what is good or bad? Well, that’s where we come in.

Aside from a busy week of interesting news, there's always a plethora of dope music that drops...

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