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Lil B Releases New ‘Hoop Life’ Mixtape

Ball above all. Lil B returns with his latest B-ball themed mixtape, Hoop Life, coincidentally dropping the project the day following nemesis Kevin Durant's final loss of the 2014 NBA Playoffs...

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The 100 Best Selfies By XXL Freshmen

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The 52 Best Albums By XXL Freshmen

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There’s a great deal of preparation that goes into choosing XXL Freshman. Research. Attending shows. Debates over whom are the hottest. However, sometimes the deciding factor is over who has the streets talking with their mixtapes.

Tapes are the best way to gauge how your music is doing. It’s a melting pot of your talents to showcase your progress, as well as who you align yourself with in the rap industry. A lot of the times, tapes that have an MC rapping over other people’s instrumentals catapulted them into the conversation of who’s next. Few of our Freshman picks like Jon Connor and Fashawn have made undeniable classics in the underground by jumping on beats rapped on by Jay Z and Nas.

There are plenty of tapes to choose from when highlighting the best mixtapes by XXL Freshman. Some rappers have year’s worth of mixtape before their debut albums, while others have made a dent in the rap game by having one extremely well received release. The formula for what a mixtape is these days keeps changing rapidly. To be clear though, Isaiah Rashad doesn’t have tape out, so he is excluded from this list. We still fuck with Cilvia Demo heavy.

So, with that said, from Lil Boosie to J. Cole, these are The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes.—Complied By Eric Diep, Dan Rys, Marvin Jules And Jeffrey Whaley

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The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes

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Last night, Magic Johnson was interviewed by CNN regarding the claims made against him by the Los Angeles Clippers' disgraced owner Donald Sterling. While the reaction to Sterling's remarks—wherein he said Johnson should be "ashamed" for having AIDS, which he does not have—was vitriolic, it's far from the first time the Los Angeles Lakers legend has been in the headlines. As one of the greatest NBA players of all time—and an ambassador for a disease, HIV, that has had the entire world on edge for decades—he's gotten name-checked in a multitude of hip-hop tracks. With that in mind, XXL has compiled 36 hip-hop songs that reference Magic Johnson. —Dan Rys
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36 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Magic Johnson

Eminem, “Careful What You Wish For”
Producer: Eminem
Album: Relapse
Lyric: “The Marshall Mathers was a classic, The Eminem Show was fantastic/But Encore just didn't have the caliber to match it/I guess enough time just ain't passed yet/A couple more years that shit'll be Illmatic”
Why It’s Dope: Eminem is talking about how his albums are rated by critics. He knows that his previous albums have been rated high, but critics weren’t as generous with his Encore album. What Eminem is saying here, though, is that after some time, when critics go back to re-rate it, they will rate it on the same level as Illmatic, which is synonymous of a classic. It’s safe to say though, even after a few years since rapping that line, Encore isn’t in the same stratosphere as Illmatic.

Eminem, “Careful What You Wish For”

Producer: Eminem
Album: Relapse
Lyric: “The Marshall Mathers was a classic, The Eminem Show was fantastic/But Encore just didn't have the caliber to match it/I guess enough time just ain't passed yet/A couple more years that shit'll be Illmatic
Why It’s Dope: Eminem is talking about how his albums are rated by critics. He knows that his previous albums have been rated high, but critics weren’t as generous with his Encore album. What Eminem is saying here, though, is that after some time, when critics go back to re-rate it, they will rate it on the same level as Illmatic, which is synonymous of a classic. It’s safe to say though, even after a few years since rapping that line, Encore isn’t in the same stratosphere as Illmatic.

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Eminem, Three 6 Mafia, And Lil B Have The Most Drug References In Their Lyrics In Hip-Hop

A recent study done by Project Know - an organization set out to promote "the understanding of addiction" made several charts in reference to the  "Number of Rap Songs Mentioning Drugs...

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It may have taken 40 years, but hip-hop may have its first billionaire—Dr. Dre. Following the sale of Beats Electronics to Apple last week for $3.2 billion—and the subsequent hilarious video uploaded by Tyrese—Dre is very nearly—though maybe not quite—the first billionaire in hip-hop's ever-expanding realm. Many may have thought it'd be Jay Z or Diddy—and they may have thought that, too—but the West Coast O.G. beat them all to the punch, and he'll be laying in a bed of money for a long time to come.

Even before Dre's potential billion, hip-hop's luxurious lifestyle has been reaching towards the stratosphere for two decades now, dating back to the days of Biggie and Puff reppin' Bad Boy and Coogi in the 1990s. With all this in mind, XXL compiled a list of 63 hip-hop songs where rappers are reppin' their billions—or at least their ambitions to achieve them along the way. It'll still be Dre Day until the money dries up. —Dan Rys
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63 Hip-Hop Songs About Rappers Making Billions

“Oakland Tech”
Artist: Lil B
Producer: N/A
Release Year: 2012
Song Sampled: “Let's Get It On”
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: A sped-up version of the Marvin Gaye song plays on the entire backing track.
Why The Song Is Dope: A very #rare meeting of minds between Marvin and the Based God, this is Lil B in straightforward lyrical mode, rhyming in the cadence he gets when his based freestyles are at their most structured and rap-focused. It's by no means an essential part of the Lil B opus, but it's a great showcase of his talents and his soul-baring worldview, particularly with the early salvo of “Talking to you I'ma tell you what I feel inside / A whole lot of pain and bitch a whole lot of pride.” —KK

“Oakland Tech”

Artist: Lil B
Producer: N/A
Release Year: 2012
Song Sampled: “Let's Get It On”
Sample Release Year: 1973
Sample Effect: A sped-up version of the Marvin Gaye song plays on the entire backing track.
Why The Song Is Dope: A very #rare meeting of minds between Marvin and the Based God, this is Lil B in straightforward lyrical mode, rhyming in the cadence he gets when his based freestyles are at their most structured and rap-focused. It's by no means an essential part of the Lil B opus, but it's a great showcase of his talents and his soul-baring worldview, particularly with the early salvo of “Talking to you I'ma tell you what I feel inside / A whole lot of pain and bitch a whole lot of pride.” —KK

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The Complete Guide To Lil B’s 111 Name Drops In Song Titles

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12 Best Rapper Fights Caught On Camera

Here's a list of rappers getting caught throwing hands on camera.

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Katy Perry Loves Lil B’s New Video That’s Named After Her

Looks like Katy Perry is loving Lil B's new video "Katy Perry." The songstress went to twitter yesterday to unveil her feelings towards B's effort and not only was she feeling the visual, but she also asked the Based God to prom...

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