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December 2010/January 2011

Dr.Dre: Is making his return to rap’s spotlight, the legendary producer dishes on his long awaited LP, Detox. Swizz Beatz: Discusses his growth as an artist during the past 12 years. Nicki Minaj: After a year dominating the charts, now it’s ...

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November 2010

XXL talks with 50 Cent and Soulja Boy and discovers the tie that binds them together. Soulja Boy: Amid constant criticism and rumors of a coke habit, 20-year-old Soulja Boy maintains his composure. 50 Cent: Making moves with his independent film company, ...

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October 2010

Kanye West: After a very public incident that made him entertainments most hated celebrity, Kanye West is back to clear up the controversy. Big Sean: G.O.O.D. Music rookie extraordinaire Big Sean shows off his powerful style. Nicki B: Kanye doesn’t co-sign anymore.  ...

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September 2010

Shyne: He’s home!  And XXL has the exclusive interview. Young Jeezy: Insists that the trap-rap crown is still his. Kat Stacks: Hip-hop’s new public enemy allows XXL to examine her past. What happened to all the beef in hip-hop? The Streets: XXL gathers 12 ...

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July/August 2010

T.I: He has plenty to be thankful for - a new album, a Hollywood action flick and most importantly, freedom. Rick Ross: Rick Ross is no stranger to resiliency, and is now pushing a dope new album filled with Diddy-backed confidence. Big ...

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June 2010

Diddy: He’s been in the game for years and it made him a mogul.  Now all Diddy has to do is maintain his spot in hip-hop history. Diddy-Dirty Money: Diddy’s return to music is not a one man show. Riding shotgun ...

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May 2010

Nicki Minaj: With Lil Wayne’s support, Nicki Minaj has become a rap phenomenon reinvigorating an entire gender. Drake: Young Money’s Drake has emerged as the most revered new MC in years. Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek recount their long road to their follow-up ...

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April 2010

10 Freshmen: Meet XXL’s 10 Freshmen for ’10, a new class of MCs rising to the challenge including Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, Big Sean, OJ Da Juiceman, Donnis, Big Sean, Nipsey Hu$$le, Pill, Jay Rock and Fashawn. Hip-Hop Legends: XXL assembled ...

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