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Drake Brings Out Lauryn Hill, 50 Cent, Trey Songz, Usher And More For OVO Fest 2014

This guy Aubrey knows how to throw a party.

In its fifth year OVO Fest has become a celebration of music and a display of how strong the contacts in Drake's BlackBerry really are...

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Lauryn Hill Shuts Down The Brooklyn Bowl

Last week news broke that Lauryn Hill had a fit at the House Of Blues in Chicago when a fan was disgruntled with the R&B singer showing up late to the show. La...

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Fan Gives Lauryn Hill The Middle Finger, She Kicks Him Out Of Show

Lauryn Hill has become notorious for showing up late to concerts and giving a subpar performance. Hill, who has been performing on festival stages across the country this summer, lived up to that reputation last week at the House Of Blues in Chicago...

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Ma$e Wants To Work With Lauryn Hill And Seal For His New Album

Ma$e is on the right track to putting together a very cohesive album. After providing his assistance on records like, Troy Ave's "Your Style" and Eric Bellinger's "I Don't Want Her"(Remix), it seems as if the man with the Goldie sound, is back in full effect...

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Meet The Cast Of T.I.’s New Show ‘Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop’

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There Are A Lot Of Geminis In Hip-Hop

From hip-hop legends like Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G to game changing newbies like Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore , it's crazy how many of hip-hop's greats happen to be Geminis...

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19 Rappers’ Kids with Unique Names

Check out a gallery of rapper's kids with unique names.

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11 Rappers That Failed To Pay Their Taxes

Well it was reported earlier that Busta Rhymes owes the IRS north of three quarters of a million dollars in unpaid federal taxes. According to documents they have obtained Bussa Bus has been hit with tax liens of $611K for 2008 and additional $178K in 2012...

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From Diddy's "I Need A Girl" to Kanye's "White Dress," hip-hop has plenty of love songs written for specific significant others. Whether rappers are not-so-secretly reflecting on past marriages or yearning for a fling that finished all too quickly, if known or not, many top hits in hip-hop have an underlying reason as to why they happen to connect with listeners so well—fans can identify with both sides.

More recent examples of the semi-concealed affection cuts are Big Sean's "Ashley," a love song from his Hall Of Fame album he penned for his high school sweetheart after they parted ways last year, and even Jhene Aiko's "The Worst," which is rumored to be about a brief relationship the singer held with Drake. Nas is a relatively prolific member of this list as well, having written songs—"Getting Married" and "Bye Baby" being the two most obvious—about the many developments in his relationship with Kelis. And, of course, there's Kanye West, who dedicated an entire album to heartbreak and has always been on the more emotional side of things, lyrically.

XXL has compiled 20 hip-hop songs written about the specific relationships in each rapper's lives, from Lauryn Hill's many shots at Wyclef Jean to Papoose's dedication to his locked up wife Remy Ma. —Miranda Johnson, Layne Weiss and Dan Rys
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20 Hip-Hop Songs About Specific Relationships

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Since its beginnings, hip-hop has been a Boys Club, with female MCs often ignored or pushed to the side, boxed into the background or assuming the "eye candy" role in music videos. However, talent simply can’t—nor should—be overlooked, and artists such as Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah have risen to international stardom in spite of hip-hop's often male-centric attitudes, producing undeniable classics along the way. While there may have been a glass ceiling that couldn’t be broken before, women have shattered most limitations these days. Having taken charge of the rap game, it’s never surprising now to see a name like Nicki Minaj killing the Billboard charts.

Today provides another example of ladies running the show. After releasing her debut album last week, Iggy Azalea’s full-length The New Classic lands at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 copies sold, less than a thousand fewer than perennial chart-topper Future debuted with his sophomore effort Honest. Supported by singles such as “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX and “Work,” the album marks another milestone in the perennial quest of a non-gendered rap world, with The New Classic becoming the highest-charting female hip-hop artist on the Billboard 200 since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded hit the top of the chart in 2012. But those are just current facts; throughout history women have been able to prove themselves.

There are many different ways of assessing success, of course—sales, chart positions, influence, milestones, and legacy all come in to play when assessing who might be better than another. With all this in consideration (and with all due respect), XXL gathered the 20 best female rappers of all time, honoring those that have, or are still, breaking down the stereotypes that have slowed the way. Keep in mind that we have omitted groups—just to let all the Salt-N-Pepa and JJ Fad fans know—and stuck strictly to solo artists who have put out an album (and left things unranked). These are female MCs who have made significant strides that we felt needed to be honored. Click through to find out that made the cut. Who run this mutha? —Kiki Ayers, Kellan Miller and XXL Staff
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The 20 Best Female Rappers Of All Time

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