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Happy Birthday, Marley Marl!

Today, Sept. 30, is the birthday of New York DJ and hip-hop innovator Marley Marl.

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DJ Premier’s Five Favorite Beats Of All Time

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Hip-Hop Heads Over 50 That Are Still In The Game

Believe it or not, but there's a host of hip-hop heads still in the game who are 50 years old and some even older. Check out a gallery of the few guys who have surpassed time and still manage to thrive in thing called hip-hop...

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Last week, XXL brought you the 10 greatest rapping duos of all time, our unranked list of the ten one-two punches that we've seen work off each other lyrically and effortlessly. The Clipse, Mobb Deep, Jay and 'Ye—they're all in there, trading bars and swapping metaphors at the genre's highest level. We made the distinction of keeping that list strictly to rappers so we could follow it up today with the best rapper/producer combinations the game has ever seen. From Eric B. and Rakim to Prodigy and Alchemist, these one-two punches offer a different variety, one in which a single rapper has developed such a chemistry with a producer that they became, in a way, synonymous with each other.

For the most part, this means that the duo has worked together for more than one album; we've made exceptions to include dynamic twosomes such as Marley Marl and Big Daddy Kane, who laid the groundwork for Kane's fantastic solo career, as well as KRS-One and Scott LaRock, who were the minds behind Boogie Down Productions before LaRock's untimely death robbed them of further collaboration. But when it comes to this list, we made one major distinction: the two must have, at one point in their careers, been synonymous with each other. 9th Wonder may be more well-known from his work with Jay Z and Little Brother, but his five albums with Murs can't be ignored, either. Timbaland and Missy Elliott may have gone their separate ways, but without Timbo's beats we would never have had Missy's flair; Snoop and Dr. Dre, for all their collaborations on The Chronic and Doggystyle, always identified as individuals first, rather than partners.

With that in mind, here are XXL's 15 greatest rapper/producer duos in hip-hop history, left unranked for our readers to decide the order. Once again, let the debates begin. —XXL Staff with Layne Weiss
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15 Of The Greatest Rapper-Producer Duos Of All Time

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DJ Kool Herc, Marley Marl And Others Join Forces For A Month Long Event In Queens

Hip-hop pioneers DJ Kool Herc, Marley Marl and The Zulu Nation along with others are banning together for a month-long event called the 31 Days of Non Stop Hip-Hop...

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20 Of The Best One-Producer Albums In Hip-Hop History

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Marley Marl Says Global Spin Awards Open The Doors For DJs

Last night, the 2nd Annual Global Spin Awards was underway at the NY Times Center. The awards show serve as a platform to honor all the DJs and their contributions in the game...

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Today in Hip-Hop: Big Daddy Kane Drops ‘Long Live The Kane’

One of the most important albums of hip-hop's golden era.

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21 Rappers Who Need To Pen Their Autobiographies

Over the past few years, autobiographies have become a staple in hip-hop side-hustles. Everyone from J-Zone to Jay-Z have penned memoirs, many of which went on to earn acclaim from critics and fans alike...

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R.I.P. Scott La Rock – Remembering the BDP Legend 23 Years Later

From the XXL archives, a detailed account of the BDP legend's life and death...

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