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XXL’s Songs Of The Week

There’s plenty of new music to sift through. How do you know what is good or bad? Well, that’s where we come in.

Aside from a busy week of interesting news, there’s always a plethora of dope music that drops...

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Gunplay Featuring Cormega “Savages”

Gunplay's MMG debut Living Legend has been stalled for quite a while, but his single output has been consistent. On "Savages," the Hazardis Soundz-produced track carries an NY feel with a piano line on loop...

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Cormega Sticks To Hip-Hop’s Roots On ‘Mega Philosophy’

Ever since Nas declared "Hip-Hop Is Dead" on his eighth studio LP, a growing number of rappers have added their voices to the art form’s eulogy...

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Cormega delivers gems in "Industry" video.

Cormega Drops Some Knowledge On “Industry”

Listen up, kids. Queensbridge great Cormega has some wisdom to spread.

After releasing "Industry" back in May, Cormega follows up with a pretty on-the-nose video directed by Chris Krook...

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Cormega And Large Professor Want To Champion The Essence Of Hip-Hop

New York-born and bred MC Cormega is pacing around backstage of the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn anxiously staring at his phone. On Monday night (July 21), he’s here to perform his new album, Mega Philosophy, in its entirety, and he’s expecting a lot of longtime friends, family members and fellow MCs to show up in support...

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Cormega Would Be Cool With The Firm Reuniting

In an interview with AllHipHop, Cormega conveyed his excitement to be working on his joint project with Large Professor. In addition to working with Large Professor, Cormega revealed that he would be open to working with anyone, he would even consider an a reunion with The Firm...

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Cormega gets Large Professor on the track for "Rap Basquiat."

Cormega “Rap Basquiat”

This is a '90s Queens rap fan's dream duo. Legends Cormega and producer Large Professor connect on "Rap Basquiat," and they both sound very fluid on this cut...

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Last night, Magic Johnson was interviewed by CNN regarding the claims made against him by the Los Angeles Clippers' disgraced owner Donald Sterling. While the reaction to Sterling's remarks—wherein he said Johnson should be "ashamed" for having AIDS, which he does not have—was vitriolic, it's far from the first time the Los Angeles Lakers legend has been in the headlines. As one of the greatest NBA players of all time—and an ambassador for a disease, HIV, that has had the entire world on edge for decades—he's gotten name-checked in a multitude of hip-hop tracks. With that in mind, XXL has compiled 36 hip-hop songs that reference Magic Johnson. —Dan Rys

36 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Magic Johnson

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“NY State Of Mind”

Producer: DJ Premier
Lyric: “Straight out the fuckin' dungeons of rap/Where fake niggas don’t make it back/I don’t know how to start this shit, yo”
Why It’s Dope: I would be completely remiss to compile a list of the best lyrics from Illmatic without including this gem from the intro to the first full track on the album. You don’t know how to start this shit, Nas? Yes, you do, because you just did and you killed it.


20 Hip-Hop Songs That Reference Nas’ ‘Illmatic’


Sean Price’s Most Killer Verses

Brownsville bred rapper Sean Price is a man of many aliases; "Sean P", "Kimbo Price", "Sean Mandela"... the list goes on. Even if you're not exactly sure what to call him, you can be sure of one thing: The man can rap...

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