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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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45 Rappers Snubbed by the Grammys

XXL highlights rappers who were cheated by the prestigious award ceremony.

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10 Rap Songs That Pay Tribute To ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’

"Once upon a time not long ago/When people wore pajamas and lived life slow," rapped Slick Rick on "Children's Story" off The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick, conjuring up one of hip-hop's most iconic and lasting images with 15 simple words...

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Today In Hip-Hop: VH1 Holds First-Ever Hip-Hop Honors Award Show

On this day, October 3, in hip-hop history…

2004: Hip-hop has often been neglected at mainstream award shows. Hip-hop categories had often been historically neglected during the televised show...

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Today in Hip-Hop: KRS-One Drops ‘The Return Of The Boom Bap’

From "Sound Of Da Police" to "Black Cop," this album is KRS-One's shining moment.

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KRS-One Will Sue Radio Stations If They Play His Music

In a recent interview with whomag.net, KRS-One explained why his music is never played on mainstream radio stations. Apparently, KRS-One will sue radio stations if they play his music...

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KRS-One And Son Drop Knowledge Supreme on NYC

Photos: Lauren Gesswein

KRS-One and his son, DJ Predator Prime, stormed through New York City’s S.O.B.’s last night (August 15) with an airtight performance billed as “One Night Only...

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18 Political Moments In Hip-Hop From The Past Decade

A few weeks ago, XXL sat down with Freshmen Class of 2013 alum Trinidad Jame$ to discuss the impact of his music, during which he assessed that conscious hip-hop is no longer viable option in the music business...

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