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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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¡MursDay! “Tabletops”

Strange Music’s newest signee Murs is already taking advantage of the resources of his label. Collaborating with the Miami group ¡Mayday...

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MURS And ¡Mayday!’s Joint Album Is Coming Out In June

MURS and ¡Mayday! are collaborating on the album, ¡MursDay!, which is scheduled for a June 10 release on Strange Music. Fans who pre-order ¡MursDay...

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Murs Has A New Project Coming Out

Just a few days from after launching his new Hip Hop Trivia app, Murs unveils the title to his upcoming Strange Music debut. Mursday will be dropping sometime this Summer...

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Murs Has A New Hip Hop Trivia App

Murs is the newest signee to Tech N9ne's music label Strange Music. But the news doesn't stop there. He has a new app called Hip Hop Trivia: Starring Murs that went live today...

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Tech N9ne, Murs & Krizz Kaliko Freestyle On Sway In The Morning

Members of Tech N9ne's uber popular indie imprint Strange Music recently made an appearance on Sway In The Morning. Tech, along with Krizz Kaliko and recent signee Murs each got a chance to bust a flow...

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Murs Signs With Tech N9ne’s Strange Music

Tech N9ne's Strange Music label added another MC today, signing Murs to a deal with the Kansas City-based crew. The LA-rapper joins a roster that includes Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, ¡Mayday...

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Terrace Martin Featuring Problem, MURS & ILL Camille “Something Else (Remix)”

Terrace Martin is giving fans a remix edition of 3ChordFold on December 17. Remixing his track “Something Else” with Problem, Terrace adds on new verses by MURS and Ill Camille...

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14 Rappers We Know Are Fans Of Breaking Bad

No television show in recent memory has captured pop culture quite like AMC's Breaking Bad. The tale of Walter White as he transfrom from meek high school science teacher to criminal kingpin of the New Mexican (blue) meth game has been one of the most riveting and tragic stories told in modern times...

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Murs & Fashawn Talk 'This Generation,' Changing Perception in Hip-Hop & Upcoming Projects
Murs & Fashawn Talk 'This Generation,' Changing Perception in Hip-Hop & Upcoming Projects
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Murs Details Growing Up In Los Angeles, His Love For Vans

West Coast rapper Murs recently caught up with Off The Wall TV and spoke about growing up in Los Angeles, his early troubles making it out of an all-Crip neighborhood, his artistic aspirations and the importance of a great pair of shoes...

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