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11 West Coast Rappers Weigh In On The Best L.A. Hip-Hop Album Ever

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27 Rappers’ Favorite TV Show Of All Time

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22 Rappers Name Their Favorite Movie Of All Time

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Nipsey Hu$$le And Kobe Bryant Speak At Trayvon Martin Memoriam

It’s been nearly two years since the tragic shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. His death sent a shockwave through communities across the country shining light on both racial profiling and the legal system...

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75 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop LeBron James

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The 25 Most Anticipated Albums For The Rest Of 2014

We've reached the halfway mark of the year, and only six of our 25 Most Anticipated Albums of 2014 from January have been released. YG, ScHoolboy Q, Rick Ross, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, Future and Asher Roth all came through and delivered on their promises with big time albums that helped to define how we will remember 2014...

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Nipsey Hu$$le Was On ‘Larry King Now’ Discussing The N-Word

For years, many athletes have dealt with the adversity of dealing with derogatory slurs. With the NFL now having a gay player in Michael Sam, questions surround the league on how to tackle slurs if players use it excessively...

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The XXL Freshmen photo shoot is done all in one long, exhausting, grueling day, where each of the Freshmen delivers their freestyles and cyphers, conducts multiple interviews, and does their individual photo shoots before everyone comes together for the final cover shot. And for our 62 former Freshmen—as well as our 12 new artists on the cover this year—it can be the longest, yet most rewarding, day of their career to that point. Last week XXL asked 22 former Freshmen for advice that they could give to the current XXL Freshmen, and today we've asked 27 of our former cover stars to share the best moments of their experience at the cover shoot and as a Freshman overall. —As Told To Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys

27 Former XXL Freshmen Name The Best Moments From Their Freshmen Experience

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2014 marks the seventh year in a row that XXL has rolled out its annual Freshman Class, acknowledging the top up-and-coming rappers in the game that particular year. With 62 Freshmen having graced the cover since 2008, there have been plenty of rappers who have gone on to superstardom, selling millions of records and grabbing Grammys and VMAs alongside the top names in the business, and others who haven't quite been able to capitalize on the momentum they'd built before becoming a Freshman.

This year, 12 more artists join the ranks of XXL's Freshmen alums, and they've got a big year ahead of themselves breaking into the mainstream and becoming household names in their own right. But the cover itself won't guarantee success; it's the hard work that goes into building on its momentum that can make or break a star. With that in mind, we asked 22 former XXL Freshmen to share any advice they have for this year's crop of talent. Keep it movin'. —Eric Diep, Miranda Johnson, Emmanuel C.M. and Dan Rys

22 Former XXL Freshmen Have Advice For The 2014 Class

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It's Thursday, which means it's practically already the 4th of July. Whatever plans you've got going on, the next three days officially mark the start of the best part of summer. That means backyard hangouts, weekend block parties and all other wild antics that crop up when the weather gets warm will feature some of your favorite dishes. On the flip side, if you are hosting any one of those public gatherings, let’s hope you have all the necessary tunes to create the perfect playlist. For some suggestions, we asked 14 rappers to give us their favorite songs to play at a BBQ. From known classics like "Summertime" to newer joints like "Move That Dope," here are 21 tracks from 14 rappers that are ideal for an outdoor party. Time to sit back and unwind. —XXL Staff

14 Rappers Name Their Favorite Summer BBQ Songs

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