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22 Hip-Hop Reunions In The Past Two Years

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Stream DJ Jazzy Jeff And MICK’s ‘Summertime Mixtape Vol 5′

Yesterday, officially marked the first day of summer and to help you get in the grilling, chilling, partying and dancing mood, DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK provide you with the fifth annual version of their Summertime Mixtape...

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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

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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DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Vinyl Destination” Continues In North Carolina

Season 2 (Episode 1) of "Vinyl Destination" premiered this afternoon as DJ Jazzy Jeff and his crew return to spread the music across the globe...

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15 Rap Songs For Your Back To School Playlist

It's that time of year again when kids are headed back to school. Here are 15 hip-hop songs to help ease the transition.

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The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time

The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time

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Terry Urban, Jazzy Jeff x MICK Drop Summertime Mixtapes

In case all the new music from Kanye, Jay, Wale and Cole wasn't enough to hold you over, over the weekend we were lucky enough to get two new mixtapes from two of the best DJs doing it...

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RZA, Earl Sweatshirt, ScHoolboy Q, More To Headline Bonnaroo Superjam

The RZA, Earl Sweatshirt, Schoolboy Q, Solange, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes are taking part in Bonnaroo's Friday night Superjam this year, the festival confirmed today...

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Today in Hip-Hop: DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince Drop ‘He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper’

DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jeffrey Townes) and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith) breaking barriers back in '88.

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