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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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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

15 Of The Greatest Rapper-Producer Duos Of All Time


Today In Hip-Hop: Mobb Deep Releases “The Infamous”

On this day, April 25, in hip-hop history...

1995: Mobb Deep releases its seminal sophomore album The Infamous. Prior to the album's release, Mobb Deep was signed to 4th & B'way Records, through which they released their debut album Juvenile Hell. De...

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50 Cent’s New Video Features Styles P, Prodigy, And Kidd Kidd

50 Cent taps Prodigy, Styles P, and Kidd Kidd for his latest release, "Chase The Paper." With the visual entailing much street racing and 4 dope MCs, don't hesitate to press play...

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Vado Featuring Chinx & Prodigy “Zoo Muzik”

Don't feed the animals. Vado follows up his first official single on We The Best, "My Bae," with something a little more fit to ride through the concrete jungle to...

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Mobb Deep Offers Their Trademark Sound On ‘The Infamous Mobb Deep’

Hip-Hop’s landscape has undergone a great deal of change since Mobb Deep released their critically acclaimed breakthrough album, The Infamous, in 1995...

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

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18 Post-Prison Comeback Tracks

Earlier today, Lauryn Hill was released from prison after serving three months for tax fraud. On the eve of her leave, Hill released a brutal track called “Consumerism...

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Prodigy & Alchemist “Murder Goes Down”

Prodigy and The Alchemist are set to follow-up their highly regarded Albert Einstein with a deluxe edition featuring new cuts. Today, Albert Einstein: P=mc2 is available on iTunes...

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