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XXL: How has the response been to Southsiders compared to some of your previous albums?
Slug: Some people love it. Some people hate it. And I think that's how the response should be. People who prefer a particular record—when you look at the period in time we made that record—maybe that period in our [lives] speaks to where they are in their [lives] now. You shouldn't expect to have fans that stick with you through everything you make. It should be an evolving door, instead of a revolving door. I've had fans who've come and then left and then come back and then left again. I think, technically, if you always continue to make everybody happy all the time, you're probably not doing it right. But if you're continuing to piss everybody off all the time then you're probably not doing it right there, either. It should be a complicated relationship.

But it seems like a lot of fans that were rocking with you from day one have stuck around all along. Do you think the younger fans are more fickle? 
Why would a 17-year-old care about what a 41-year-old is rapping about? Why should any 17-year-old care about what I got to say or what Jay Z or KRS-One has to say? We're all old. So in that regard, when they do care about what you have to say, it's kind of a beautiful thing [to see] that some statements transcend age. And in that regard, I wouldn't expect every fan of When Life Gives You Lemons to like Southsiders, or I wouldn't expect every fan of God Loves Ugly to like Southsiders. 'Cause if you're 23 right now, then maybe you should listen to God Loves Ugly, because that experience that I was writing about might just be closer to the experience that person was having, whereas the experience that I'm writing about right now is coming from a 41-year-old. So I never went into an album expecting, like, "Oh, this is the one that everybody's gonna love."

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Lifelong music fans always know that there are certain songs you hear as a kid that just stick with you, no matter the genre or artist. And hip-hop heads know that without rap's history, both in its early days and the artists who came before the genre was established, much of the foundation of the culture can be lost. But while there are plenty of deep conversations to have about where different elements of hip-hop came from and how listening habits affect generations, sometimes it's easier just to take a trip down memory lane and worry about what it all means. With that in mind, XXL spoke to 17 different rappers to find out what was on each artist's playlist as a child, from N.W.A and Jay Z to Marvin Gaye and Dana Dane. Think back. —XXL Staff

17 Rappers Unveil Their Childhood Playlists

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