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dr dre compton key to the city
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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Dr. Dre Is Introduced By Apple During Worldwide Developers Conference

After his monumental deal with Apple went final last month, Dr. Dre's stock rose astronomically. The man who is now worth $790 million, made his first public debut appearance with Apple during the Worldwide Developers Conference, according to Appleinsider, today...

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“Love Is...”
Artist: Common
Producer: J Dilla
Release Year: 2005
Song Sampled: “God Is Love”
Sample Release Year: 1970
Sample Effect: J Dilla and Common use a lesser-known message song from Marvin for their own message song about the importance of love and faith. This definitely works in a subtler fashion than using something more famous like “What’s Going On?”
Why The Song Is Dope: Common is at the peak of his powers on this track, blending socially conscious rap with smooth soul samples for an ambience that perfectly fits the tone of his progressive lyrics. —MC

“Love Is...”

Artist: Common
Producer: J Dilla
Release Year: 2005
Song Sampled: “God Is Love”
Sample Release Year: 1970
Sample Effect: J Dilla and Common use a lesser-known message song from Marvin for their own message song about the importance of love and faith. This definitely works in a subtler fashion than using something more famous like “What’s Going On?”
Why The Song Is Dope: Common is at the peak of his powers on this track, blending socially conscious rap with smooth soul samples for an ambience that perfectly fits the tone of his progressive lyrics. —MC

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Common Writes Tribute Letter In Honor Of Maya Angelou

Last week, Maya Angelou's death rocked the world. The exemplary author influenced a lot of poets, leaders, and also artists, especially in the form of Common...

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xxl freshmen best experiences
The XXL Freshmen photo shoot is done all in one long, exhausting, grueling day, where each of the Freshmen delivers their freestyles and cyphers, conducts multiple interviews, and does their individual photo shoots before everyone comes together for the final cover shot. And for our 62 former Freshmen—as well as our 12 new artists on the cover this year—it can be the longest, yet most rewarding, day of their career to that point. Last week XXL asked 22 former Freshmen for advice that they could give to the current XXL Freshmen, and today we've asked 27 of our former cover stars to share the best moments of their experience at the cover shoot and as a Freshman overall. —As Told To Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys
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27 Former XXL Freshmen Name The Best Moments From Their Freshmen Experience

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