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J. Cole, Ice Cube, Big Sean and Atmosphere Will Perform at Soundset 2015

Festival season is creepin on the come up as February turns to March and Soundset has unveiled its lineup for the 2015 edition of the festival


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Atmosphere Collect Random Gifts From Fans In “Fortunate” Video

Atmosphere broke through nationally nearly 15 years ago with Lucy Ford; since then, the Minneapolis duo has released six retail albums and at least twice as many side projects...

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35 Hip-Hop Songs About Independence

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Hip-hop has come a long way since its beginnings 40 years ago, and its influence has spread out on a global level. Now, another generation of rappers and producers is emerging to take hip-hop further into the next decade, and they've taken the influences of those that walked in the same shoes in the past 20 years and modernized it for what's coming next. But for each of these artists, there has been one song or album that changed their lives and made them want to have a career in hip-hop. With that in mind, XXL asked 23 rappers and producers to pinpoint the one song or album that changed their lives in a way that pushed them to think differently, to relate to their music or to enter hip-hop at all in the first place. —XXL Staff

23 Rappers And Producers On The Music That Changed Their Lives

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XXL: How has the response been to Southsiders compared to some of your previous albums?
Slug: Some people love it. Some people hate it. And I think that's how the response should be. People who prefer a particular record—when you look at the period in time we made that record—maybe that period in our [lives] speaks to where they are in their [lives] now. You shouldn't expect to have fans that stick with you through everything you make. It should be an evolving door, instead of a revolving door. I've had fans who've come and then left and then come back and then left again. I think, technically, if you always continue to make everybody happy all the time, you're probably not doing it right. But if you're continuing to piss everybody off all the time then you're probably not doing it right there, either. It should be a complicated relationship.

But it seems like a lot of fans that were rocking with you from day one have stuck around all along. Do you think the younger fans are more fickle? 
Why would a 17-year-old care about what a 41-year-old is rapping about? Why should any 17-year-old care about what I got to say or what Jay Z or KRS-One has to say? We're all old. So in that regard, when they do care about what you have to say, it's kind of a beautiful thing [to see] that some statements transcend age. And in that regard, I wouldn't expect every fan of When Life Gives You Lemons to like Southsiders, or I wouldn't expect every fan of God Loves Ugly to like Southsiders. 'Cause if you're 23 right now, then maybe you should listen to God Loves Ugly, because that experience that I was writing about might just be closer to the experience that person was having, whereas the experience that I'm writing about right now is coming from a 41-year-old. So I never went into an album expecting, like, "Oh, this is the one that everybody's gonna love."

Here Are Atmosphere’s ‘North Of Hell’ Tour Dates

Fresh off their solid Southsiders album, Slug and Ant are taking their show on the road for the United States leg of their "North Of Hell" tour that will last through the summer...

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With the exception of Prince and Bob Dylan, Minnesota is seldom mentioned as a hotbed of musical talent. But quietly, the land of 10,000 lakes has boasted one of the most venerable duos in hip-hop in recent memory. Since the release of their first official album, Overcast!, in 1997, MC Sean "Slug" Daley and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis have built one of the most loyal followings in a genre where even the most skilled artists are not guaranteed lasting relevance.

Now, with their eight official full-length studio album, Southsiders dropping earlier this month, the Rhymesayers originators celebrated more than two decades of making music together. And while they will probably never be pop icons, the fact that they can sell out a show at The Palladium in Hollywood in less than a day is a true testament to the type of success every MC should strive for.

With their album making waves in the indie community, XXL spoke with Slug about longevity in the game, their single "Kanye West" and why he fears for his son wanting to be a musician. —Jake Rohn

Atmosphere’s Slug On The Heartbreaking Life Of A Musician


Atmosphere Adds Another Revealing Effort To Their Catalog With ‘Southsiders’

Welcome back to the world of Atmosphere, the carefully-crafted, snug world that Slug and his producer-in-crime Ant have cultivated over 20 years in the game...

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Atmosphere Connect With Their Fans At Album Release Show In NYC

It's been seventeen years since Minneapolis duo Atmosphere dropped their first full-length album, but even after all this time, Slug and Ant have been able to remix their tried and true formula for their latest album, Southsiders, which dropped this week on their Rhymesayers label...

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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


Minneapolis And Seattle Really Love Hip-Hop Music

According to data collected by the Movoto Blog, Minneapolis and Seattle have seriously strong hip-hop following. Appearing alongside the expected cities of New York, LA, and Miami; seems Macklemore and  Atmosphere  are really rubbing off on their cities...

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