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De La Soul Will Record Their Pete Rock/DJ Premier Mixtape Next Month

Earlier this year, both De La Soul and Pete Rock confirmed that a new project, set to be called Premiem Soul On The Rockswas in the works which would be entirely produced by both Rock and DJ Premier...

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DJ Premier Wouldn’t Have Gone Back to Cleveland If He Were LeBron James

It's 2010 in reverse. After LeBron spurned the city of Cleveland with his "Decision" to join the Miami Heat, he gave Pat Riley and Dwayne Wade a dose of their own medicine...

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Nas Has Been Added To Dave Chappelle’s Radio City Music Hall Line-Up

UPDATE: Dave Chappelle will add a ninth and final show at Radio City Music Hall featuring Nas will be accompanied by a full orchestra and will perform his iconic debut album Illmatic in full...

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DJ Premier Remembers Jeru The Damaja’s ‘The Sun Rises In The East’ 20 Years Later

Ed Note: The following is an essay and interview with DJ Premier remembering Jeru The Damaja's classic album The Sun Rises In The East, which celebrates its 20th anniversary tomorrow, May 24...

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Wale’s ‘Album About Nothing’ Will Feature Production From DJ Premier, Pete Rock

Wale recently revealed some more details about his upcoming project, Album About Nothing, tweeting that veteran producers DJ Premier and Pete Rock have placements on the album...

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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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Today In Hip-Hop: Mobb Deep Releases “The Infamous”

On this day, April 25, in hip-hop history...

1995: Mobb Deep releases its seminal sophomore album The Infamous. Prior to the album's release, Mobb Deep was signed to 4th & B'way Records, through which they released their debut album Juvenile Hell. De...

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