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Russell Simmons And LL Cool J Visit A New York City Jail

Hip-hop legends Russell Simmons and LL Cool J are making a point to give back to the community after finding so much success in the game. On Thursday, the two visited New York City's Rikers Island jail to mark the launch of a national anti-violence program


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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

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T.I. And LL Cool J Performed A Rap Song With Hugh Jackman At The Tonys

Rappers T.I. and LL Cool J added a different flavor to Tony Awards last night when they hit the stage with host Hugh Jackman. In height of Tupac’s Holla If Ya Hear Me hitting Broadway, it seemed only fitting to add some rap...

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OutKast, LL Cool J And Z-Trip Perform At BottleRock Napa Valley

The second-ever BottleRock Napa Valley happened over the weekend, bringing out the crowds for three days of food, wine and music in California...

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The Most Unforgettable Summer Jam Moments Of All Time

From Jay Z bringing out Michael Jackson in 2001 to The LOX bringing out LL Cool J in 2008, over the years Summer Jam has created countless unforgettable moments that we will never see again...

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13 Rapper Baby Pics You Haven’t Seen

Everyone loves a good baby pic, so we gathered up quite a few. Check out, "13 Rapper Baby Pics You Haven't Seen."

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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

20 Hip-Hop Songs About Specific Relationships

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The 10 Best Books Written By Rappers Of All-Time


More rappers than ever are turning to books to scratch their creative itch. A list of the 10 best ever

Words: Adam Fleischer, Jesse Gissen, Mark Lelinwalla, Jayson Rodriguez
Images: Socrates Gomez

These days, when rappers pull out a pen and a pad, or even get on the computer or their smart phones, it’s not certain they do so with the intent of writing a rhyme. Mo...

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LL Cool J Receives Honorary Doctorate From Northeastern University

Who said school wasn't cool? Despite dropping out of high school, LL Cool J made an grand entrance at Northeastern University to not only celebrate his daughter's receiving her honors degree, but also his own...

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