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All 22 Song References On Ab-Soul’s ‘These Days…’

After a few setbacks, Ab-Soul’s new album These Days... has arrived. On the 15-track effort, Soulo says the concept behind the LP is self-explanatory, attempting to capture and describe everything that's happening in hip-hop today...

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Rating The Eight Hip-Hop Tracks On Jennifer Lopez’s ‘AKA’

After a three-year break, Jennifer Lopez has returned with a new album, A.K.A. Although her hiatus was relatively brief (she has released 10 albums in 15 years, after all), a fair amount has changed...

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So much about having longevity in hip-hop depends on rappers being able to exist within the times and re-invent themselves if needed. Some rappers have taken that re-invention more literally than others. Here are 59 rappers who chose, for one reason or another, to taken on new rap names as their careers have gone on. What's in a name?

62 Rappers Who Changed Their Rap Names

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The Game Has Gotten Into a Lot of Beefs Lately

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8 People 50 Cent Could Also Squash Beef With

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The 14 Best Moments Of Summer Jam 2014

Months before Summer Jam arrives, rap fans are already mulling over the possible instances that are bound to happen. Yesterday marked the 21st annual concert hosted by Hot 97 and had plenty of great moments to offer...

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27 Times Rappers Have Been Banned Around The World

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Yesterday, Beats Electronics' $3 billion sale to Apple was confirmed after weeks of speculation—and maybe a little premature celebration—making Dr. Dre hip-hop's wealthiest artist, if not quite a billionaire. But another part of the deal which came to light yesterday was that Dre and his Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine—himself the co-founder of Interscope Records 25 years ago and until yesterday the chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M for more than a decade—would take executive positions at Apple. That means Iovine, the producer-turned-label chief who Billboard called the most successful major label industry head of the past quarter century, was to leave the label which became the longtime home to artists like Eminem, 50 Cent, Dre and Kendrick Lamar.

With such an extensive history in the music industry—especially in the hip-hop world, with affiliations with Death Row, Aftermath, Bad Boy, TDE, Shady Records, G-Unit, Star Trak and more—it's no surprise that Iovine is probably the most-referenced executive in hip-hop. As he leaves Interscope for the green pastures of the tech world, XXL has pulled together 33 hip-hop songs that name check the former Interscope chief. —Dan Rys

33 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Jimmy Iovine

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This morning, the world learned of the sad news of the passing of the great Dr. Maya Angelou, a legendary author and poet who was easily one of the best and brightest voices of her generation. As influential as she was lauded, Angelou won countless awards throughout her career, and stood tall as a voice for women and the African-American community. With such a wide reach, it's no surprise that her name has popped up in its fair share of hip-hop lyrics, particularly among the Common's, Wale's and Lupe Fiasco's of the rap world—those who strive to make a change through their art, much like Angelou did through hers. XXL compiled 15 hip-hop songs that reference Angelou. RIP to one of the all-time greats.

15 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Maya Angelou

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17 Of Floyd Mayweather’s Biggest Hip-Hop Moments

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