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Khloe Kardashian Joins French Montana At The MTV Africa Awards

Khloe Kardashian’s presence is starting to become as prominent as the jewelry French Montana wears around his neck.

The rapper got a chance to spend time with his reality star girlfriend over the weekend when she flew out to Africa to support him at the MTV Africa Music Awards...

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Tichina Arnold Blasts French Montana Over Internet Jab

French Montana's attempt at a little Instragram humor recently backfired when the center of his jokes, actress Tichina Arnold, of Martin and Everybody Hates Chris fame, returned the favor...

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Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week

Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week 6/1-6/7

From Meek Mill going off on haters to Ja Rule having some words for 50 Cent, this week on Twitter was slightly combative. With Nicki Minaj also teasing her "Pills N Potions" video, check out XXL's "Best Hip-Hop Tweets Of The Week...

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Kris Jenner Supports Khloe Kardashian And French Montana’s Relationship

Kris Jenner is staying pretty quiet about daughter Khloé Kardashian’s relationship with French Montana. When asked by E! News’ Alicia Quarles what she thought of her daughter's budding romance with the "Ooh Baby" rapper, she simply commended Khloe's choices...

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Rick Ross and MMG deliver posse cut "Finals 2."

Rick Ross Featuring Gunplay, Wale, Rockie Fresh, Fat Trel, Tracy T And French Montana “Finals 2″

It isn't Finals season until Rick Ross comes through. MMG dropped "Finals 2," the sequel to the 2011 cut, a day after the NBA Finals began...

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Five years ago today, the highly-anticipated third installment in Jay Z's Blueprint series finally became a reality, as Jay premiered the album's first official single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" on Hot 97. After T-Pain broke through to the mainstream in 2005, the rapper-turned-singer's auto-tuned style spawned countless imitators and adopters and ruled both the charts and the airwaves, simultaneously frustrating and delighting listeners, depending on which side of the fence you were on. When Kanye West dropped his desperately-anguished 808s And Heartbreak in November 2008, it marked a newfound acceptance for the form and a bold new direction for Kanye's career as he transitioned away from the sped-up-soul beats and tongue-in-cheek punchlines that he'd built his career on.

Six months later, Jamie Foxx and T-Pain's torturously-auto-tuned "Blame It" was wrapping up a 14-week run on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Jay Z had apparently seen enough. With lyrics like "This is anti-auto-tune/Death of the ringtone/This ain’t for iTunes/This ain’t for sing-alongs" and "My raps don’t have melodies/This should make niggas wanna go and commit felonies/Get your chain tooken/I may do it myself, I’m so Brooklyn," he made his point loud and clear. Many people responded—T-Pain and Lil Wayne among them—and others thought that the song was a pointed shot straight at Kanye (since the two embarked on Watch The Throne shortly after, it probably wasn't). But either way, the heir to The Notorious B.I.G.'s throne had spoken, and the matter may have been settled.

Except it wasn't. The track, and the wave of anti-auto-tune that followed, may have sent T-Pain into exile, but as 808s And Heartbreak became latently appreciated for its brutal honesty and bold sound, auto-tune persisted in the hip-hop world. And then came Future, the Dungeon Family-affiliated hook-master from Atlanta who unabashedly broke through to hip-hop stardom by mangling his vocals to such a degree that the phrase "unintelligible Future verse" was celebrated as something positive rather than cringe-worthy. It was Future, as well as the persistence of Kanye and Wayne, who pulled the effect back from the dead, paving the way for the Kirko Bangzes, Rich Homie Quans and Young Thugs—not to mention T-Pain's pseudo-comeback—that we have on our hands today.

Auto-Tune may have started out with a bad rap, but since Hov tried to kill it five years ago, hip-hop has seen plenty of great songs that lean on the effect. XXL has put together 30 of those to commemorate the anniversary of auto-tune's "death." Turn up. —Christopher Harris, Marvin Jules and XXL Staff


30 Great Auto-Tuned Songs Since Jay Z’s “Death Of Auto-Tune”

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Fat Joe, Ja Rule And French Montana Join Jennifer Lopez For Homecoming Concert

Jennifer Lopez made her triumphant return to her hometown, the Bronx, last night for a homecoming concert. The crowd, an estimated 25,000, was treated to continuous string of her hits like "Love Don't Cost A Thing", "If You Had My Love" and "Waiting for Tonight"...

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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

Want to know what went down today on Instagram? Scroll through.

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Rihanna showed up fairly early on and could be seen backstage from time to time, and rumors that she would be performing with YG and DJ Mustard wound up to be untrue. There was one hilarious moment, however, right after Nicki Minaj's set: in the backstage area, as 30 people crowded around Nicki while she got into a golf cart and prepared to go back to the Young Money dressing room, Rihanna emerged walking through the crowd, with almost no one noticing her, and walked away without an entourage as the rest of the people there continued to yell Nicki's name.

Behind The Scenes At Summer Jam 2014

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Photo By: Lauren Gesswein

6 Of The Best Performances At Summer Jam 2014

Every year, Hot 97's Summer Jam becomes the headquarters for hip-hop, as some of the genre's biggest names come together for a night of all-star performances, crazy appearances, and surprise guest spots that keep fans and journalists alike on their toes...

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