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9th Wonder’s Five Favorite Beats He Wishes He Produced

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Pete Rock’s Five Favorite Beats Of All Time

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Diamond D, Pete Rock “Only Way 2 Go”

Diamond D teams up with Pete Rock for “Only Way 2 Go,” which is a cut off Diam Piece. D.I.T.C. veteran is preparing to release his seventh solo LP pretty soon...

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Pete Rock Is On Kendrick Lamar’s Next Album

Anticipation for the release of Kendrick Lamar's sophomore album is high. After his critically acclaimed debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, hip-hop fans have been anxious to get any information on his next LP...

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De La Soul Will Record Their Pete Rock/DJ Premier Mixtape Next Month

Earlier this year, both De La Soul and Pete Rock confirmed that a new project, set to be called Premiem Soul On The Rockswas in the works which would be entirely produced by both Rock and DJ Premier...

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Pete Rock Makes A Tribute Mixtape For James Brown

With massive promotion for James Brown's biopic Get On Up helping the his name remain relevant, legendary producer, Pete Rock decided to pay homage to one of the greatest entertainers to ever do it...

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DJ Premier’s Five Favorite Beats Of All Time

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Wale’s ‘Album About Nothing’ Will Feature Production From DJ Premier, Pete Rock

Wale recently revealed some more details about his upcoming project, Album About Nothing, tweeting that veteran producers DJ Premier and Pete Rock have placements on the album...

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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

[Ed. Note: This was originally released on 4/8/2014 and updated on 4/30/14]

Today, the collaborative album between Game and UK singer Ed Sheeran was announced. This is the third big-name collaboration project in the last month following electronic mashup kingpin Girl Talk and former Roc-A-Fella soldier Freeway, Broken Ankles,  Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's Piñata March 18. But these producer/rapper combos aren't the only ones gearing up to hit the studio together; rappers such as Cam'ron, Young Thug, Action Bronson and Mac Miller are linking with other artists and producers for a number of collaborations and mixtapes that are rumored to be in the works or on the way. 

From long-awaited collaborations—Nas/DJ Premier, J. Cole/Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T./Yelawolf—to some of the newest guys on the scene—Young Thug/Rich Homie Quan, Chance The Rapper/James Blake—XXL has pulled together all the information you need to know about 19 of the most anticipated collaborative projects on the horizon. Whether it be a full-length album or a mixtape, a long time coming or a last-second idea, we've got you covered. Stand together. —Dan Rys and Eric Diep
[Ed. Note: This was originally released on 4/8/2014 and updated on 4/30/14]

Today, the collaborative album between Game and UK singer Ed Sheeran was announced. This is the third big-name collaboration project in the last month following electronic mashup kingpin Girl Talk and former Roc-A-Fella soldier Freeway, Broken Ankles,  Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's Piñata March 18. But these producer/rapper combos aren't the only ones gearing up to hit the studio together; rappers such as Cam'ron, Young Thug, Action Bronson and Mac Miller are linking with other artists and producers for a number of collaborations and mixtapes that are rumored to be in the works or on the way.

From long-awaited collaborations—Nas/DJ Premier, J. Cole/Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T./Yelawolf—to some of the newest guys on the scene—Young Thug/Rich Homie Quan, Chance The Rapper/James Blake—XXL has pulled together all the information you need to know about 19 of the most anticipated collaborative projects on the horizon. Whether it be a full-length album or a mixtape, a long time coming or a last-second idea, we've got you covered. Stand together. Dan Rys and Eric Diep
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The 18 Biggest Collaborative Projects Rumored To Drop This Year

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