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Former Freshmen Share Advice For the 2015 XXL Freshman Class

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Common Shares Advice For the 2015 XXL Freshman Class

A few weeks back, XXL chopped it up with the legendary Common on the 10th anniversary of his classic album Be. During our interview with the Grammy and Oscar Award winner, we asked the Chicago MC to provide us with some advice for our 2015 XXL Freshman Class and the younger artists who are trying to break into the industry...

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Here Is Gucci Mane’s New Advice Column: ‘Ask Gucci’

Today, XXL is launching a brand new advice column with Gucci Mane, which we're calling Ask Gucci. The column will be running weekly and will focus on life advice coming directly from Big Guwop himself...

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2014 marks the seventh year in a row that XXL has rolled out its annual Freshman Class, acknowledging the top up-and-coming rappers in the game that particular year. With 62 Freshmen having graced the cover since 2008, there have been plenty of rappers who have gone on to superstardom, selling millions of records and grabbing Grammys and VMAs alongside the top names in the business, and others who haven't quite been able to capitalize on the momentum they'd built before becoming a Freshman.

This year, 12 more artists join the ranks of XXL's Freshmen alums, and they've got a big year ahead of themselves breaking into the mainstream and becoming household names in their own right. But the cover itself won't guarantee success; it's the hard work that goes into building on its momentum that can make or break a star. With that in mind, we asked 22 former XXL Freshmen to share any advice they have for this year's crop of talent. Keep it movin'. —Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys
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22 Former XXL Freshmen Have Advice For The 2014 Class

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Pharrell Shares Advice For Freshmen Producers

Pharrell Williams' influence on the past two decades of music almost goes without saying, but we'll re-state it here—if you're looking for a hit, Skateboard P is a one-stop shop to find the tools to get you to the top of the charts...

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Nas Shares Advice For The XXL Freshmen 2014 Class

When Nas released his debut album Illmatic 20 years ago on April 19, 1994, he knew he had something great on his hands. What he didn't know was that Illmatic would go on to be considered one of the single greatest bodies of work in hip-hop history, and one of the best debut albums in music, period...

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Mike Tyson Has Words Of Advice For Chris Brown

Mike Tyson is no stranger to many of the things facing Chris Brown right now: resentment, assault charges, and probation hanging over his head...

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