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The 100 Best Selfies By XXL Freshmen

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Stream Slaughterhouse’s New Mixtape, ‘House Rules’

Slaughterhouse drops off their first release since their sophomore album, Welcome to: Our House .

The 10-track mixtape features the likes of AraabMuzik on production, which is perfect for the four-headed lyrical monster to do their thing...

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The 52 Best Albums By XXL Freshmen

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There’s a great deal of preparation that goes into choosing XXL Freshman. Research. Attending shows. Debates over whom are the hottest. However, sometimes the deciding factor is over who has the streets talking with their mixtapes.

Tapes are the best way to gauge how your music is doing. It’s a melting pot of your talents to showcase your progress, as well as who you align yourself with in the rap industry. A lot of the times, tapes that have an MC rapping over other people’s instrumentals catapulted them into the conversation of who’s next. Few of our Freshman picks like Jon Connor and Fashawn have made undeniable classics in the underground by jumping on beats rapped on by Jay Z and Nas.

There are plenty of tapes to choose from when highlighting the best mixtapes by XXL Freshman. Some rappers have year’s worth of mixtape before their debut albums, while others have made a dent in the rap game by having one extremely well received release. The formula for what a mixtape is these days keeps changing rapidly. To be clear though, Isaiah Rashad doesn’t have tape out, so he is excluded from this list. We still fuck with Cilvia Demo heavy.

So, with that said, from Lil Boosie to J. Cole, these are The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes.—Complied By Eric Diep, Dan Rys, Marvin Jules And Jeffrey Whaley

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The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes

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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
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36 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Magic Johnson

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Just Blaze Doesn’t Want Slaughterhouse To Try To Out-Rap Each Other On New Album

Just Blaze has been working for months as the executive producer Slaughterhouse's star-studded upcoming sophomore album Glasshouse, and he recently spoke with XXL about his vision for that project, and how things have come together...

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Has to be Players Ball.. I relate to that song because I grew up poor and Xmas wasn't nothing but another day to hustle. Seems like that was the underline message in that song. Even today I work during the holidays.. They destroyed that record!

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Has to be Players Ball.. I relate to that song because I grew up poor and Xmas wasn't nothing but another day to hustle. Seems like that was the underline message in that song. Even today I work during the holidays.. They destroyed that record!

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Crooked I Brings Beat Boxing Back In New Video

Crooked I drops off his latest visual "Sumthin From Nuthin." As the rapper pays special attention to beat boxing in the clip, he reminisces about the old days and how his hunger for hip-hop hasn't wavered...

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The Weigh In: 22 Rappers Give Their Super Bowl XLVIII Predictions

With Super Bowl XLVIII around the corner (Feb. 2), XXL went around and asked 20 rappers their predictions. Here's what they said.

As always, for the best football coverage on the web, hit our friends at TDdaily...

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Slaughterhouse Premieres Rap Battle Reality Web Series

Aptly titled "The Road to Total Slaughter," the unprecedented reality show allows a bevy of top-tier MCs to showcase their rap battling skills as they make their way through a tough bracket...

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Slaughterhouse “Party”

S on their chests. Shortly after announcing their Glasshouse Tour, Slaughterhouse drop a teaser to their forthcoming stops across the United States called “Party...

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