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Listen to Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson, ‘Warlord Leather’ (Prod. by Alchemist)

Earl Sweatshirt and Action Bronson team up for "Warlord Leather," a bonus track to commemorate the release of Action Bronson's Mr. Wonderful and Earl Sweatshirt's I Don't Like Shit , I Don't go Outside...

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Listen to Gangrene Feat. Samuel T. Herring and Earl Sweatshirt, ‘Play It Cool’

Here's something to get excited about; The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos. Coming this spring, a new album inspired by the popular video game Grand Theft Auto V and put together by the gentlemen better known as Gangrene will be available to the masses


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Mobb Deep Confirms New Album Produced by Alchemist

It looks like not only will we have a new Mobb Deep album in the next few months, but that said album will be produced entirely by the Alchemist...

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Danny Brown Has A New Album And Children’s Book In The Works

Though nearly a year and a half has passed since its release, Danny Brown's stunning 2013 record, Old, is still rattling around trunks and frat houses...

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El-P And Killer Mike To Begin Work On ‘Meow The Jewels’

Men lie, women lie, year-end lists are generally pretty good. With their second collaborative record in two years, Run The Jewels 2, dominating every fan poll and critics' list, Killer Mike and El-P have a new lease on life (and maybe on a couple of cars as well)...

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Stream Fashawn & Alchemist’s ‘FASH-ionably Late’ EP

The West Coast connects as Fashawn and Alchemist unleash their joint EP, FASH-ionably Late. Fans have been hoping the two would reconnect after the two joined forces for The Antidote back in 2009...

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Mobb Deep “Biology” (Prod. By Alchemist)

It's hard to find a rapper/producer combo with better chemistry than Mobb Deep and Alchemist. The beat maker recently uploaded an unreleased track from the Queens duo titled, "Biology" that goes pretty hard...

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22 Rappers Who Sampled James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”

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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

15 Of The Greatest Rapper-Producer Duos Of All Time


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