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50 Great Albums From Rappers With Poetic Flows

Hip-hop has birthed some of the greatest poets of our time. From Biggie to Common to KRS-One and more, here are 50 Great Albums From Rappers With Poetic Flows.

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18 Hip-Hop Artists Predict Which Team Will Win Super Bowl 50

XXL reached out to 18 rappers, producers and execs to get hip-hop's take on who will win Super Bowl 50. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos face off for the title.

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9th Wonder’s Five Favorite Beats He Wishes He Produced

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Hi-Tek Featuring Bow Wow, Krayzie Bone And Bootsy Collins “Ohio Players”

It's been a while since we've heard from Hi-Tek. The Ohio producer was last seen on Reflect Eternal's Revolutions Per Minute in 2010. Now, he's back with "Ohio Players," which features Bow Wow, Krayzie Bone and Bootsy Collins...

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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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20 Of The Best One-Producer Albums In Hip-Hop History

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Hi-Tek Answers The Question “Where U Been”

The last we heard from Ohio producer Hi-Tek he was 50 percent done with his long-awaited forthcoming album, Hi-Teknology: Ohio Player with plans to put the LP out in 2013...

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Rappers Who Have Sampled Marvin Gaye

"I have aspirations to be Marvin Gaye in the back of my head." Drake said those words in an interview with MTV back in September, once again establishing that his musical ambitions can't be contained to the rap world

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Rap Veterans Who Are Bothered By Today’s Hip-Hop

Houston hip-hop legend Scarface told XXL last week that hip-hop has lost its soul, claiming that in this day and age, lyrics are being dumbed down because everyone is so focused on turning up...

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