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18 Political Moments In Hip-Hop From The Past Decade

A few weeks ago, XXL sat down with Freshmen Class of 2013 alum Trinidad Jame$ to discuss the impact of his music, during which he assessed that conscious hip-hop is no longer viable option in the music business. Although Jame$'s comments are geared towards his music's influence on rap's growing &quo…
26 Pictures Of Rappers Playing Basketball
Last night, the San Antonio Spurs put a swift end to the Memphis Grizzlies's NBA playoff dreams when the Spurs swept the Grizzlies in the fourth and final game of the Western Conference Finals. At the same time, the Indiana Pacers are looking to re-gain momentum against the dominant Miami Heat …
Elijah Blake “X.O.X.” Featuring Common
Common jumps on "X.O.X." and spits a verse for Elijah Blake's track. Torn between lovers, the songs depicts the all-to-often question: How do I tell the one I'm with that I'm still in love with my ex? A real emotional song, touching a hard choice that must be ma…
Bigger Than Hip-Hop: 22 Unexpected Celebrity Hip-Hop Heads
At one point in time, hip-hop music wasn't the major musical force that it is today; it was a fad relegated to the South Bronx, where DJs cut between drum breaks for a young crop of dancers to spin on their head to in the park. Flash forward 40 years, and hip-hop has become one of the most reco…
21 Pictures Of Rihanna With Rappers
Yesterday, the world of music was rocked when news broke that Rihanna and Chris Brown had finally called it quits. It was surely a tragic day for the dozens - and that's a generous estimate - of people out there that genuinely care. But the news got XXL's staff thinking - isn't t…
Who’s Got The Juice: 22 Rappers Who Can Actually Act
Rappers have a strange relationship with the cinematic arts. While a few truly talented MCs have parlayed their musical fame into successful and rewarding cinematic careers, a greater number of others have dived head-first into the world of film and royally bombed...
will’s Power: The 15 Best will.i.am Beats
Today, super-producer/fashion icon/sometimes-hologram will.i.am put out a new record, #willpower, a dance-pop supernova of an album that features Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, k-pop stars 2NE1, and a long list of other huge acts. The album is pretty much what you'd expect - a lot of rave beats an…
Listen to Common’s Remix for “Open Letter”
Common comes back with another freebie. After jumping on Big Sean’s “Switch Up” and appearing on Cocaine 80s “Congratulations,” he becomes the latest artist to remix “Open Letter.” Hov&CloseCurlyQuote…

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