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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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Dr Dre billionaire
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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Lil B’s ‘Hoop Life’ Project Is On The Way

Lil B loves everyone. Everyone that is but NBA star Kevin Durant apparently. The rapper hasn’t included KD on his friends list since 2011 when they started trading barbs via Twitter...

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Lil B Is Outside In His New “Don’t Go Outside” Video

Lil B drops off the visual for "Don't Go Outside." Ironically setting the scene in an outside parking lot, Lil B hangs outside of a car serving up a dose of his unforgettable antics...

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Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. —Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
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75 Of The Best Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Marvin Gaye

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13 Rappers Who Are Covered With Tattoos

Although many rappers have a tattoo or two, these rappers are nearly covered from head to toe with crazy ink. So if you're looking for some tat inspiration, check out XXL's "13 Rappers Who Are Covered With Tattoos...

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Lil B Continues To Call Out Kevin Durant In NBA Promo

This can't be life. First, Lil B rehashed an old beef with NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant with the diss track "F#ck KD." Then he followed up his boast by telling SB Nation he would put the glove on the 6' 9" Thunder forward who possesses a Aquafina jump shot...

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