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Hip-Hop Veterans React To The XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover

It wasn't just the rookies reacting to the XXL Freshmen 2014 Cover, hip-hop vets gave their two cents on the 2014 Freshmen List. You can view it below...

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Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week 4/27-5/3

From everyone anxiously waiting for Tha Carter V to all the Donald Sterling madness that went down this week, Twitter was indeed the place to be...

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Last week, XXL brought you the 10 greatest rapping duos of all time, our unranked list of the ten one-two punches that we've seen work off each other lyrically and effortlessly. The Clipse, Mobb Deep, Jay and 'Ye—they're all in there, trading bars and swapping metaphors at the genre's highest level. We made the distinction of keeping that list strictly to rappers so we could follow it up today with the best rapper/producer combinations the game has ever seen. From Eric B. and Rakim to Prodigy and Alchemist, these one-two punches offer a different variety, one in which a single rapper has developed such a chemistry with a producer that they became, in a way, synonymous with each other.

For the most part, this means that the duo has worked together for more than one album; we've made exceptions to include dynamic twosomes such as Marley Marl and Big Daddy Kane, who laid the groundwork for Kane's fantastic solo career, as well as KRS-One and Scott LaRock, who were the minds behind Boogie Down Productions before LaRock's untimely death robbed them of further collaboration. But when it comes to this list, we made one major distinction: the two must have, at one point in their careers, been synonymous with each other. 9th Wonder may be more well-known from his work with Jay Z and Little Brother, but his five albums with Murs can't be ignored, either. Timbaland and Missy Elliott may have gone their separate ways, but without Timbo's beats we would never have had Missy's flair; Snoop and Dr. Dre, for all their collaborations on The Chronic and Doggystyle, always identified as individuals first, rather than partners.

With that in mind, here are XXL's 15 greatest rapper/producer duos in hip-hop history, left unranked for our readers to decide the order. Once again, let the debates begin. —XXL Staff with Layne Weiss
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15 Of The Greatest Rapper-Producer Duos Of All Time

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Watch 9th Wonder Bring Hip-Hop To Harvard In New Documentary Trailer

Super producer 9th Wonder shows off his teaching skills in the upcoming film The Hip-Hop Fellow.

During the 2012-2013 academic school year, 9th Wonder served as a "Harvard Fellow" where he educated students on art of hip-hop and sampling...

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20 Of The Best One-Producer Albums In Hip-Hop History

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LRG Names 9th Wonder Director Of Creative OutReach and Business Development

 
Lifted Research Group, affectionately known as LRG, announces 9th Wonder as the new Director of Creative OutReach and Business Development. Bei...

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A New Film Documents 9th Wonder As A Hip-Hop Fellow

Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder took to Twitter this morning to announce the launch of the trailer and site for The Hip-Hop Fellow...

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Talib Kweli And 9th Wonder Are Working On A Joint Album

In a recent interview with Big Von from 106 KMEL, Talib Kweli revealed that he’s working on a collaboration album with 9th Wonder. The crew is tentatively titled B...

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9th Wonder And Co. Bring Laid-Back Soundscapes On ‘Jamla Is The Squad’

It’s usually tough to dominate an album if you don’t utter a word, but 9th Wonder managed to do just that. His production takes top billing on almost every one of the 25-tracks on 9th Wonder Presents: Jamla Is The Squad...

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Win Two Tickets To See 9th Wonder And Rapsody In New York City On Jan. 27!

XXL is giving away two tickets to see 9th Wonder, Rapsody and Jamla Records at SOBs in New York City next week Monday night (Jan. 27)!

You can win two tickets by telling us what your favorite Rapsody  song is and emailing us at xxl@xxlmag...

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