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Yesterday, Beats Electronics' $3 billion sale to Apple was confirmed after weeks of speculation—and maybe a little premature celebration—making Dr. Dre hip-hop's wealthiest artist, if not quite a billionaire. But another part of the deal which came to light yesterday was that Dre and his Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine—himself the co-founder of Interscope Records 25 years ago and until yesterday the chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M for more than a decade—would take executive positions at Apple. That means Iovine, the producer-turned-label chief who Billboard called the most successful major label industry head of the past quarter century, was to leave the label which became the longtime home to artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, Dre and Kendrick Lamar.

With such an extensive history in the music industry—especially in the hip-hop world, with affiliations with Death Row, Aftermath, Bad Boy, TDE, Shady Records, G-Unit, Star Trak and more—it's no surprise that Iovine is probably the most-referenced executive in hip-hop. As he leaves Interscope for the green pastures of the tech world, XXL has pulled together 33 hip-hop songs that name check the former Interscope chief. —Dan Rys

Jimmy Iovine And Dr. Dre Get Funny New Job Titles At Apple

After the huge Beats Electronics/Apple deal for $3 billon was confirmed, Dr. Dre and former Interscope Records executive Jimmy Iovine are joining Apple...

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These days it’s hard to think of a product a rapper isn’t selling. From clothing brands to headphones, rappers look for a way to get money by any means, even branching out to the world of selling and marketing liquor brands, but one of the most shocking products to be sold by hip hop artists and R&B crooners would have to be fragrances. Although smelling good is probably the last thing to come to mind when thinking of the genre, XXL has highlighted the top fragrances created by hip hop and R&B artists.

The Top Fragrances From Your Favorite Artists

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Black Star

Hometown: Brooklyn
Years Active/Status: 1997-Present/Active
Biggest Project: Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star
Why They Are Dope: Few rap acts have left fans clamoring for more like Black Star. Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (better known as Mos Def) linked up after they’d both found themselves signed to the late, great Rawkus Records. What resulted was one of the best one-off efforts the genre has ever seen. They collaborated on projects beyond this debut album, and went on to more commercial success as solo acts before teasing us with new material in 2011. Still, none of us can be blamed for hearing one and wishing he was followed or preceded by the other, even now. Should the two Brooklyn natives ever decide to give us another full-length album, we’ll be here.


Talib Kweli Doesn’t Believe Mos Def Was Banned From The U.S.

Its still unclear if Yasiin Bey (formerly Known as Mos Def) is having trouble getting back into the states, but what is clear is he hasn’t spoke to fellow Black Star member Talib Kweli...

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