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In The Cut: Songs You Need To Hear From February 2014

We can’t believe it’s already March. Last month was pretty busy. We saw the end of 50 Cent’s run with Interscope, as he is now signed to Caroline Records through an indie deal...

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In The Cut: Big Sean & Juicy J Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

As the world recovers from Kendrick-mania, nearly ten full days after the verse that stopped the world dropped, we're still catching up on new music...

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In The Cut: Earl Sweatshirt & Chief Keef Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

What is there to say that hasn't already been said about Kendrick Lamar and his epic, industry-inspiring and headline-terrorizing verse on Big Sean's "Control"...

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In The Cut: Drake & Rick Ross Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

There's no sense in fighting it any longer—Drake has, is and will continue to dominate rap, and we're going to have to openly accept it. And as he showed us earlier this week with his 2 Chainz- and Big Sean-assisted new single, his peers have accepted it too, as their verses on Drake's single got them more attention than anything they've put out as of late (no shots at "Feds Watching")...

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In The Cut: Nipsey Hussle & King Chip Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

As we put the finishing touches on our upcoming issue, the XXL staff is desperately trying to pick its collective head up and again immerse itself in whatever's happening in the outside world...

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In The Cut: Azealia Banks And Curren$y Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

Yes, we know. Jay-Z over everything and J. Cole is the new God. We know, we know. What we also know is that you've most likely been listening to a very limited number of songs in these past few weeks, so we've taken it upon ourselves as curators of this hip-hop culture to make sure you're not missing out on the new tunes you might've overlooked in your hunt for the Yeezy Red Octobers MCHG...

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In The Cut: Future And Big Sean Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

Now that the dust has settled on the frenzy of the June 18th face-off, and as we look ahead to the July 4th release of the God MC Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, we're trying to stay focused on celebrating the music that's going to be soundtracking our summer...

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In The Cut: Mac Miller And Juicy J Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

This week was an important one for hip-hop. On Tuesday, four mainstream albums (and a litany of mixtapes, singles and album announcements) dropped, marking June 18 as 2013's first major release date...

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In The Cut: Vic Mensa And J. Cole Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

As the hip-hop world continues its slow creep toward June 18th—a.k.a. Judgment Day a.k.a. the day Mac Miller, J. Cole and Kanye West drop new albums—we've been staying busily distracted by new music from emerging stars as well as teasers from recent XXL favorites...

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In The Cut: Travi$ Scott And Rick Ross Made XXL’s Top Songs Of The Week

It's been a busy week at the XXL offices. As we close out our upcoming issue and continue to gear up for more dates of the XXL Freshmen Live Tour—which recently stopped in New York City and saw performances from the entire Freshmen class alongside special guests like Fat Trel, Troy Ave and Riff Raff—we've also been working hard to stay up on all the new music and news that dropped this week...

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