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Next Up: Pt. 2

WANTED: The T.I. of tomorrow. The Kanye on the cusp. The Weezy-in-waiting. XXL looks into the crystal ball and calls the 10 best bets for future rap superstardom. Label chiefs and A&R execs talk about looking for that elusive element of ...

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Next Up: Young Dro

BEST THANGS POPPIN’ Coming up as a part of a successful rapper’s crew is not necessarily a guarantee of success. (Just ask the St. Lunatics. Or Flipmode Squad.) Djuan “Young Dro” Hart, though, is making the most of the who-you-know ...

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Next Up: Papoose

STATE OF THE ART Even before DJ Kay Slay and Busta Rhymes agreed in early 2006 to co–executive produce his debut album, The Nacirema Dream, Papoose was hailed as the savior of true New York hip-hop. The two-time Justo Mixtape ...

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Next Up: Crooked I

COMING OUT WEEKLY, POWERFULLY Three years ago, Dominick “Crooked I” Wickliffe came to a crossroads. His career was stagnant. He was signed to Death Row Records, but his debut album, Say Hi to the Bad Guy, was on indefinite ...

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