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9 Rappers Who Got Hung Up On

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Supreme To Collaborate With KRS-One For Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

KRS-One is a pioneer in the hip hop genre, and clothing brand Supreme will honor the "The Teacher" with a special T-Shirt collection for Fall/Winter 2014...

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21 Hip-Hop Songs That Shout Out Robin Williams And His Movies

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22 Rappers Who Sampled James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”

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KRS-One Has Some Harsh Words For Hot 97

First Chuck D vented about  Summer Jam. Now, another veteran is taking stabs at the New York radio station Hot 97. He held nothing back, targeting FunkMaster Flex and Angie Martinez during his onslaught towards the station in a video posted by IndieHipHop...

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Today in Hip-Hop: Boogie Down Productions Drop ‘By All Means Necessary’

Boogie Down in the building still.

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3. The Roots ft. Common "Act Too... The Love of My Life," Things Fall Apart (1999)
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The Roots’ New Album Title Was Inspired By KRS-One

The Roots have been on a press run as of late promoting their new album, And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. With such a provocative title, many questioned the inspiration and idea behind it...

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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

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KRS-One “True School”

Golden age hip-hop back. French DJ Jean Maron is preparing to release a project called True School, due out on Apr. 29. For the first release, KRS takes on the title track and brings his old school flavor to the beat...

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50 Rappers Snubbed By the Grammys
50 Rappers Snubbed By the Grammys
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50 Rappers Snubbed By The Grammys

XXL lists 50 rappers who were cheated by the prestigious award ceremony...

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