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This morning, the world learned of the sad news of the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou, a legendary author and poet who was easily one of the best and brightest voices of her generation. As influential as she was lauded, Angelou won countless awards throughout her career, and stood tall as a voice for women and the African-American community. With such a wide reach, it's no surprise that her name has popped up in its fair share of hip-hop lyrics, particularly among the Common's, Wale's and Lupe Fiasco's of the rap world—those who strive to make a change through their art, much like Angelou did through hers. XXL compiled 15 hip-hop songs that reference Angelou. RIP to one of the all-time greats.
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15 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Maya Angelou

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J-Zone Returns To Rap As Sharp As Ever On ‘Peter Pan Syndrome’

Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise; turning 30 is the worst. Jay Z might have spent the last decade attempting to make good credit score rap the modern embodiment of nouveau riche cool but ask any 22 year-old with rock-hard abs and a nuclear-strength Krebs cycle about the prospect of getting old and Jay’s “30 Is the new 20” sloganeering will elicit sarcastic guffaws...

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30 Rap Songs You Might’ve Missed This Summer

30 Rap Songs You Might've Missed This Summer

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J-Zone Plans New Album For September

 

In July, retired Queens rapper/producer, J-Zone, announced his plans to release his first new album in almost a decade. Entitled  Peter Pan Syndrome, J-Zone is returning to rap after becoming a celebrated writer after releasing his critically acclaimed autobiography, Root For The Villain: Rap, Bullshit & A Celebration Of Failure, in 2011. The boo...

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New Film Catches Up With Aging Rappers – Exclusive Outtakes, Part 3

Paul Iannacchino knows rap. The self-proclaimed writer/director/creative guy used to be a producer signed to EL-P’s Def Jux label (as one-third of Hangar 18) but left the world of indie hip-hop behind when he realized that it wasn’t for him...

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Six Rappers Who Worked Unexpected Odd Jobs

A few weeks ago, XXL broke down a list of six rappers with unusual side-hustles, including Kanye West's Fatburger chain and Lil Kim's beauty salons...

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New Film Catches Up With Aging Rappers – Exclusive Outtakes, Part 2

Paul Iannacchino knows rap. The self-proclaimed writer/director/creative guy used to be a producer signed to EL-P’s Def Jux label (as one-third of Hangar 18), but left the world of indie hip-hop behind when he realized that it wasn’t for him...

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Beastie Boys Sign Book Deal To Pen Memoir

From Jay-Z to J-Zone, autobiographies have became a staple of veteran hip-hop artists. Now, the Beastie Boys are the latest act to join the memoir trend...

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J-Zone’s Top 5 Must-Read Rap Books

The indie rapper/producer turned author tells XXL his favorite hip-hop books of all time...

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Who Will Be Roc Nation’s Next Signee?

Which J, Jae or Jay will be the newest addition to the roster...

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