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Jay Z, “Takeover”
Producer: Kanye West
Album: The Blueprint
Lyric: “You said you've been in this 10, I've been in it 5/Smarten up, Nas/Four albums in 10 years, nigga? I could divide/That's one every, let's say 2/Two of them shits was doo/One was "nah," the other was Illmatic/That's a one hot album every 10 year average"
Why It’s Dope: You didn’t think we were going to leave this off the list, did you? Perhaps the most notorious reference to Nas’ classic on this list, this line is particularly wild because it is a part of one of the greatest diss tracks in the history of hip-hop, and perhaps the greatest unintended show of respect in hip-hop history. If a dude you’re beefing with acknowledges that the album is hot, it must be hot.

Jay Z, “Takeover”

Producer: Kanye West
Album: The Blueprint
Lyric: “You said you've been in this 10, I've been in it 5/Smarten up, Nas/Four albums in 10 years, nigga? I could divide/That's one every, let's say 2/Two of them shits was doo/One was "nah," the other was Illmatic/That's a one hot album every 10 year average"
Why It’s Dope: You didn’t think we were going to leave this off the list, did you? Perhaps the most notorious reference to Nas’ classic on this list, this line is particularly wild because it is a part of one of the greatest diss tracks in the history of hip-hop, and perhaps the greatest unintended show of respect in hip-hop history. If a dude you’re beefing with acknowledges that the album is hot, it must be hot.

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10 Things Jay Z Did That Could Piss Drake Off

Drake and Jay Z's competition continues. The two rappers have been sending slight shots back and forth over the last couple of months with Hov taking to task to a remark Drake made during a Rolling Stone interview and addressing it on the “We Made It (Remix)...

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longest hip-hop prison bids turk

Turk

Incarcerated: April 1, 2004
Released: October 12, 2012
Amount Of Time: 3116 days
Charge: Second degree attempted murder
What Happened: The Hot Boys didn't have the best track record when it came to staying out of prison. Cash Money's stable of young talent was busted up again when Turk was arrested for his involvement in the shooting of a Memphis police officer. He was eventually arrested on weapons charges and other violations, but it was the attempted murder rap that got him his 14 years, of which he served almost nine.
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Turk On Drake: “Drake Knew Big Tymers Can’t Be Duplicated”

In a recent interview with VladTV, Turk, an original member of the Hot Boys, discussed the recent rumors of a Big Tymers reunion featuring Drake and gave props to those in the music industry that still show support towards those who’ve paved the way for them in the business...

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XXL: You've got the number one record in the country, you're performing at the Oscars, you just won Record Of The Year at the Grammys, and you got your first album in eight years coming out on Monday. How do you feel right now?
Pharrell: Unbelievable. It's an unbelievable feeling. Especially when you consider the fact that it's the fans that have taken it to this place. And by the way, I'm just telling you right now, this might come off as generic, but it's the truth, and I don't really have anything else to say. But dude, it's the fans. They're the ones who have pushed that song to No. 1. They voted for it, they've been requesting it, they're downloading it, in certain cases they've been uploading it.

It's just perpetuated this whole entire scenario to new heights that I never dreamt of. Especially as an artist. I was used to being the frontman of N.E.R.D., and in terms of production, I was always the guy in the video standing next to the guy. I didn't see this coming at all. But it's the fans, man, they jumped behind the songs and it's been pretty amazing.
XXL: You've got the number one record in the country, you're performing at the Oscars, you just won Record Of The Year at the Grammys, and you got your first album in eight years coming out on Monday. How do you feel right now?
Pharrell: Unbelievable. It's an unbelievable feeling. Especially when you consider the fact that it's the fans that have taken it to this place. And by the way, I'm just telling you right now, this might come off as generic, but it's the truth, and I don't really have anything else to say. But dude, it's the fans. They're the ones who have pushed that song to No. 1. They voted for it, they've been requesting it, they're downloading it, in certain cases they've been uploading it.

It's just perpetuated this whole entire scenario to new heights that I never dreamt of. Especially as an artist. I was used to being the frontman of N.E.R.D., and in terms of production, I was always the guy in the video standing next to the guy. I didn't see this coming at all. But it's the fans, man, they jumped behind the songs and it's been pretty amazing.

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Watch Pharrell’s “Happy” As A Vine Symphony

Pharrell was brought to tears during an interview special with Oprah Winfrey after she showed him a video compilation of fans creating their own renditions of his infamous “Happy” video...

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