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Next Up: Rich Boy

HELP IS ON THE WAY. For somebody who never aspired to a career as a rap star, 24-year-old Rich Boy has settled into the role quite comfortably. After leaving Tuskegee University’s mechanical engineering program to pursue the beatmaking skills he’d learned ...

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Next Up: Lupe Fiasco

TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT It was the leak heard round the hip-hop world. When Lupe Fiasco’s 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records debut, Food & Liquor, hit the Web two and a half months before its intended June 2006 release date, ...

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Next Up: Lil’ Boosie

GOT A TOWEL? Folks love Lil Boosie ’cause he wears his heart on his sleeve. Gloating and emoting over Louisiana bounce beats, the 23-year-old Baton Rougian has earned what is surely many rap fans’ highest compliment: a comparison to 2Pac. “It’s ...

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Next Up: Part 1

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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