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Common Feels Like It’s His Duty To Help The Youth In Chicago

Common is putting his words into action when it comes to helping out the youth. Yesterday, he hit the airwaves of CNN to speak about his appearance on a recent episode of CNN’s documentary series “Chicagoland” and his commitment to help Chicago’s youth...

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14 Hip-Hop Heads Who Are Down For A Cause

With recent news of Ryan Lewis launching his 30/30 Project, an HIV awareness foundation, XXL couldn't help but think of all the other hip-hop heads that are down for a cause...

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They say 40 is the new 30, just ask hip-hop vets like Jay Z and Nasir Jones, who after 20 plus years in the game continue to influence the culture with their music and stylistic ways. For rappers over 40, it could be challenging to stay up to par with todays youthful-trends, but theres a selected few from the 40-and-above club that stay true to who they are by being a part of the current trends in a tasteful manner.  We rounded up the 10 best dressed rappers over 40 to show you that even after the big 4-0 some rappers have more swag than these younger rappers.
They say 40 is the new 30, just ask hip-hop vets like Jay Z and Nasir Jones, who after 20 plus years in the game continue to influence the culture with their music and stylistic ways. For rappers over 40, it could be challenging to stay up to par with todays youthful-trends, but theres a selected few from the 40-and-above club that stay true to who they are by being a part of the current trends in a tasteful manner. We rounded up the 10 best dressed rappers over 40 to show you that even after the big 4-0 some rappers have more swag than these younger rappers.
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The 10 Most Stylish Rappers Over 40

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Kanye West And Common Are Looking To Create 20,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth

Artists giving back to the cities that raised them is almost an unspoken rule in Hip Hop culture, which is why Chicago natives Common and Kanye West have joined forces to help provide 20,000 jobs for the young people of Chi-Town...

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You guys loved our One-Producer Albums feature so much, that we decided to flip things on their heads and dive into some of the best albums of all time that only feature one rapper. Turns out, this one was a lot trickier; not only do most rappers feature at least one rapper as a guest—Biggie's Ready To Die only incorporated Method Man for "The What," while Nas' Illmatic grabbed AZ to help out on "Life's A Bitch"—but the remaining well skewed so deeply toward the earliest hip-hop albums that we had to modify our criteria to include albums that had some guests, as long as they weren't rapping alongside the primary artist.  What we found was, typically, skewed toward the early side of hip-hop—the Bridge Wars projects, early installments from Rakim and Scarface—but there has been a bit of a resurgence in the past few years of rappers aiming to tackle entire projects completely on their own, with Skyzoo, Brother Ali and Childish Gambino all jumping on board. We've also carried over one other piece of the criteria from our One-Producer Albums list—only one album per rapper could make the list.  So, without further ado, XXL presents 20 of the greatest albums of all time that feature one—and only one—rapper throughout the entire project. Let the words begin to fly. —Dan Rys and Layne Weiss
You guys loved our One-Producer Albums feature so much, that we decided to flip things on their heads and dive into some of the best albums of all time that only feature one rapper. Turns out, this one was a lot trickier; not only do most rappers feature at least one rapper as a guest—Biggie's Ready To Die only incorporated Method Man for "The What," while Nas' Illmatic grabbed AZ to help out on "Life's A Bitch"—but the remaining well skewed so deeply toward the earliest hip-hop albums that we had to modify our criteria to include albums that had some guests, as long as they weren't rapping alongside the primary artist.

What we found was, typically, skewed toward the early side of hip-hop—the Bridge Wars projects, early installments from Rakim and Scarface—but there has been a bit of a resurgence in the past few years of rappers aiming to tackle entire projects completely on their own, with Skyzoo, Brother Ali and Childish Gambino all jumping on board. We've also carried over one other piece of the criteria from our One-Producer Albums list—only one album per rapper could make the list.

So, without further ado, XXL presents 20 of the greatest albums of all time that feature one—and only one—rapper throughout the entire project. Let the words begin to fly. Dan Rys and Layne Weiss
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20 Of The Best One-Rapper Albums In Hip-Hop History

Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. —Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
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75 Of The Best Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Marvin Gaye

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Wale Featuring Rick Ross And Common “Sunshine (Remix)”

As promised, Rick Ross premieres Wale's remix to "Sunshine" featuring him and Common. The song appeared on Wale's The Gifted. Check out the track above...

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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

Want to know what wen down on Instagram today? Scroll through.

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

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HBO Hired Rappers To Make A Mixtape For ‘Game of Thrones’

HBO hired 10 hip-hop and latin-music artists to rap about the popular TV series Game of Thrones. With the increase popularity of Hip-Hop and it's huge influence on pop culture, the network believes that these artists will increase their popularity and encourage more rap fans to watch the show...

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