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Future, Consequence, Masta Ace and More Inspire More Marvel Hip-Hop Variant Covers

Marvel continues their run of sick hip-hop variants.

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Blackalicious Reworks “Alphabet Aerobics” for “Sports Alphabet” Video

Blackalicious remakes their 1999 classic "Alphabet Aerobics" for Bleacher Report.

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Premiere: Stream Blackalicious’ First Album in 10 Years

Blackalicious speak about their first album in 10 years, Imani Vol. 1, their decade off from recording and how the rap game has changed.

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XXL Staff Remembers Back-to-School Hip-Hop Jams

As kids across the country head back to school, XXL's staff remembers some of the hip-hop songs that most remind us of those days.

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Blackalicious Will Be Dropping a New Album This Summer

Blackalicious is getting ready to drop their fourth studio album, Imani Vol. 1, on Aug. 14. It's been 10 years since the rap duo dropped The Craft, so a new LP is long overdue...

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Local Texas News Reporter Raps Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics” Before Going Live On Camera

You really have to admire the fervor and energy of some of today's reporters. With the popularity of hip-hop increasingly growing exponentially by the second, many people have embraced the culture openly...

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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

Drake makes it clear what's his feelings are about the apology that Macklemore sent to Kendrick Lamar the night he won in the bout for Best Rap Album. As blunt as it is, Drake thought “that sh*t was wack as f*ck.”
Drake makes it clear what's his feelings are about the apology that Macklemore sent to Kendrick Lamar the night he won in the bout for Best Rap Album. As blunt as it is, Drake thought “that sh*t was wack as f*ck.”
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Macklemore Credits Blackalicious For Bringing Him “Closer To God”

Macklemore is coming fresh off his four Grammy wins—for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best New Artist—and is riding high following more than a year of unparalleled success, but he hasn't forgotten the power of the music that spurred him to where he is now...

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Talib Kweli, Rakim, And KRS-One To Headline Summer Tours In “The Roundup”

See what artists are set to perform at Apple stores, the Paid Dues tour and Brooklyn's Hip-Hop Festival this summer...

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