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Birdman And Lil Wayne’s Kiss Was Nothing Out Of The Ordinary

When a picture of Lil Wayne and Birdman exchanging a kiss surfaced in 2006, eyebrows were raised at the type of relationship the two had...

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Lil Wayne And Drake Are Going On A Summer Tour Together

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Here's the trailer for Drake vs Lil Wayne. Pretty cool visuals, the tour starts August 12 in Saratoga Springs, NY. watch above

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Lil Wayne and Drake are co-headlining a tour together...

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Lil Wayne Works On ‘Tha Carter V’ In Newest ‘Weezy Wednesday’

Lil Wayne has been hyping up Tha Carter V for the past few months and in this week's episode of "Weezy Wednesday," Wayne gives us tangible proof that he is working on the album...

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Lil Wayne Discusses The NBA Finals On ‘First Take’

Lil Wayne is no stranger to ESPN. The rapper made another appearance on the network’s First Take this morning to give his opinion on last night’s NBA Finals game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs...

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Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter III’ Recounted Through Oral History For 5th Anniversary

Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter III' Recounted Through Oral History

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Lil Wayne And Nicki Minaj Star In New Beats By Dre Commercial

Beats by Dre has had a pretty big year so far. After closing a $3.2 billion deal with Apple, the rapid growing company is readying the release of their latest headphones, SOLO2...

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Lil Wayne Travels To France In New ‘Weezy Wednesdays’ Episode

In the latest installment of "Weezy Wednesday's" Lil Wayne travels to Cannes, France. Hitting up the annual film festival, Wayne shows off the beautiful city and puts on a performance accompanied by Lil Twist, Mack Maine, and Euro...

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Five years ago today, the highly-anticipated third installment in Jay Z's Blueprint series finally became a reality, as Jay premiered the album's first official single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" on Hot 97. After T-Pain broke through to the mainstream in 2005, the rapper-turned-singer's auto-tuned style spawned countless imitators and adopters and ruled both the charts and the airwaves, simultaneously frustrating and delighting listeners, depending on which side of the fence you were on. When Kanye West dropped his desperately-anguished 808s And Heartbreak in November 2008, it marked a newfound acceptance for the form and a bold new direction for Kanye's career as he transitioned away from the sped-up-soul beats and tongue-in-cheek punchlines that he'd built his career on.

Six months later, Jamie Foxx and T-Pain's torturously-auto-tuned "Blame It" was wrapping up a 14-week run on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Jay Z had apparently seen enough. With lyrics like "This is anti-auto-tune/Death of the ringtone/This ain’t for iTunes/This ain’t for sing-alongs" and "My raps don’t have melodies/This should make niggas wanna go and commit felonies/Get your chain tooken/I may do it myself, I’m so Brooklyn," he made his point loud and clear. Many people responded—T-Pain and Lil Wayne among them—and others thought that the song was a pointed shot straight at Kanye (since the two embarked on Watch The Throne shortly after, it probably wasn't). But either way, the heir to The Notorious B.I.G.'s throne had spoken, and the matter may have been settled.

Except it wasn't. The track, and the wave of anti-auto-tune that followed, may have sent T-Pain into exile, but as 808s And Heartbreak became latently appreciated for its brutal honesty and bold sound, auto-tune persisted in the hip-hop world. And then came Future, the Dungeon Family-affiliated hook-master from Atlanta who unabashedly broke through to hip-hop stardom by mangling his vocals to such a degree that the phrase "unintelligible Future verse" was celebrated as something positive rather than cringe-worthy. It was Future, as well as the persistence of Kanye and Wayne, who pulled the effect back from the dead, paving the way for the Kirko Bangzes, Rich Homie Quans and Young Thugs—not to mention T-Pain's pseudo-comeback—that we have on our hands today.

Auto-Tune may have started out with a bad rap, but since Hov tried to kill it five years ago, hip-hop has seen plenty of great songs that lean on the effect. XXL has put together 30 of those to commemorate the anniversary of auto-tune's "death." Turn up. —Christopher Harris, Marvin Jules and XXL Staff

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30 Great Auto-Tuned Songs Since Jay Z’s “Death Of Auto-Tune”

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Young Money Still Has Justin Bieber’s Back After Second Racist Video

When video recently surfaced of a young Justin Bieber telling a racist joke stars like Floyd Mayweather and Soulja Boy came to the pop stars defense...

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Lil Wayne, Drake, Pharrell And More Will Perform At The 2014 BET Awards

After hitting the stage with Nicki Minaj at this year’s Summer Jam, Lil Wayne and Drake plan to rip it up at the 2014 BET Awards. The network recently announced its list of expected performers, which include the two as well as Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz and Pharrell Williams...

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