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10 Business Tips From EPMD’s Lyrics

EPMD have always been about the business. Here are 10 essential tips for navigating the workplace taken from their lyrics.

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Today in Hip-Hop: EPMD Drop ‘Business Never Personal’

EPMD been about their business.

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Rick Ross, DMX, 2 Chainz And More Celebrate Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary

Def Jam Records, the influential label that cultivated hip-hop’s brightest stars, held their 30-year celebration at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last night...

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20 Videos Of Rappers Before The Fame

Hip-hop is undeniably deep in some sort of nostalgia phase; you only have to look at the sheer number of reunions and celebrated anniversaries that have cropped up in the past two years to see that...

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DJ Premier’s Five Favorite Beats Of All Time

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Two heads are often better than one, no matter what realm you're talking about; Michael Jordan might have grabbed only a couple of his six rings without Scottie Pippen; Kobe Bryant would probably have a pair less, too, were it not for Shaq. And with one of the all-time great rapping duos ever making their triumphant return at Coachella last weekend—and making a second pass at it this weekend, too—XXL got to thinking about the greatest duos of all time. But we wanted to make sure everyone was competing on a level playing field, so we focused on duos that were from the two-rapper setup, rather than the rapper-producer combo. This excludes many of our favorites—Eric B. and Rakim, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Madvillain, even newcomers like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis—but we'll get to them later (and before anyone says anything, Public Enemy was more than just Chuck D and Flavor Flav). Without further ado, here are XXL's ten best rapper duos of all time. Let the debates begin. XXL Staff with Jordan Lebeau
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The 10 Greatest Rap 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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Today in Hip-Hop: EPMD Drop ‘Business As Usual’ Album

On this day, Dec. 15, in hip-hop history...

1990: After back to back successful albums with Strictly Business (1988) and Unfinished Business (1989), Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith bring their talents over to Def Jam as the results of being signed over from Fresh Record...

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"Forbidden Fruit"

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Hip-Hop’s Biggest Reunions

Drake's motto of "no new friends" has grown quite popular over the past year, but what happens if you lose your original friends? This is a pretty common occurrence in hip-hop; we've seen a number of celebrated groups, from N...

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The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time

The Top 50 Summer Releases Of All Time

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