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T-Pain Sings The ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Theme

T-Pain Sings The SpongeBob Squarepants Theme
The title really says it all. We could try and search for deeper meaning here, but here are the cold hard facts: T-Pain came into the XXL office, we played Jenga for 20 mins, and when asked what his favorite TV show was, he said SpongeBob SquarePants with little to no hesitation...

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Revisiting The Fat Boys’ Iconic Debut Album 30 Years Later

Whenever folks start talking about the dope talent of rap’s first “Golden Age,” The Fat Boys are often written out of the history. Granted, the trio of big Brooklyn boys, who went by the monikers Prince Markie Dee (Mark Morales), Kool Rock-Ski (Damon Wimbley) and the show-stealing Buff, a...

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Bump J

Incarcerated: November 13, 2008
Released: Still Ongoing
Amount Of Time: 2087 Days
Charge: Bank Robbery and weapons charges
What Happened: Bump and another man walked into a Chicago bank and emptied it of $100,000 in 2007, before going out on the run. Bump would eventually get arrested during a traffic stop after more than a year and cop a plea deal, taking seven years for the heist.
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Bump J Says He “Supports All Chicago Movements” From Prison

Bump J was in line to be one of the next artists from Chicago to break into the mainstream before he was sentenced to a ten year prison sentence for a bank robbery he allegedly committed in 2007...

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Troy Ave

Manager: Hovain Hylton
Company: BSB Records
The Road To The XXL 2014 Freshmen Cover: We was up for consideration last year. We were saying, this year we're gonna make it so we can’t get left off next year. Put out these tapes. We hit the road. We put out quality videos. We had a strong one on radio. So we made sure we didn’t leave it to chance. We didn’t want to take anything for granted. We had a song on radio and we were still going hard with the CDs. We were actually physically in the streets with CDs. We weren’t just leaving it to the Internet. The strategy was to leave no stone unturned. Really, just to go hard.

When Vanessa called us up to the office—it was me and Troy in the office. He was supposed to be there for his pitch and they was talking to him about why they should make it. He was like, "Man, I am not doing that. I am not pitching why I should make it. I’m hottest in New York, I should make it." He gon' make it, he gon' make it. If he not, fuck it, we don’t care. She was like, "Oh, I’m joking! He made it."

It wasn’t really a pitch, it was just saying why he should make it. Facts. "I should make it because of this. If not, fuck it. I don’t care. I am going to be a millionaire anyway." It was the truth. It was like watching somebody. You like watching a movie, and you agreeing. "That’s right. You should have made it last year." But whatever, we didn’t make it last year. When we started talking this year, it was just like watching someone tell the truth.

It was validation. People try to act like XXL Freshmen ain’t shit. That shit is a fucking benchmark. It’s a standard. This is something that they can never take away from you. XXL Freshman Troy Ave. It’s like you won an Oscar. Like, Oscar-Winner. These are the things that you want to have along the way to a successful career. Being in the NBA, I want the Rookie Of The Year. Then I am gonna get the MVP. Then I'ma get a championship. Now, I’m one of the Freshman. I'ma do this deal and make some hits. We always remember being a Freshman. That’s something you want. You are not being honest with yourself if you are a rapper and you say you don’t care. You don’t care? You do care, but you just don’t think you are gonna make it. —As told to Eric Diep
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Troy Ave Salutes New York DJs

Troy Ave returned to Power 105 to talk with The Breakfast Club and he had his Brick Star Boyz with him. The 2014 XXL Freshman talked about his time at the shoot for the XXL cover, his relationship with 50 Cent along with his work with Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo...

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