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7 Of The Most Embarrassing Instagrams Posted By Rappers

With the massive attention 50 Cent has garnered from the recent Instagram video calling out Floyd Mayweather's reading disability, XXL couldn't help but think of other times that rappers have embarrassed others or themselves via the social network...

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Watch Rek’s New Video With N.O.R.E. And Saigon

Rek's drops the visual for "Garvey" featuring Saigon and N.O.R.E. Setting the scene in Brooklyn, the rappers televise the revolution all the while spreading a hardy message...

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REKS drops a new jam with Noreaga and Saigon for "Garvey."
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REKS Featuring Noreaga And Saigon “Garvey”

REKS got some new work coming up. Eyes Watching God, a collaborative album with Hazardis Sounds, is a concept project featuring a good and evil contrast...

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26 Rappers Who Called Their Projects Classics

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Saigon Has Had It With Reality Shows

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Lifelong music fans always know that there are certain songs you hear as a kid that just stick with you, no matter the genre or artist. And hip-hop heads know that without rap's history, both in its early days and the artists who came before the genre was established, much of the foundation of the culture can be lost. But while there are plenty of deep conversations to have about where different elements of hip-hop came from and how listening habits affect generations, sometimes it's easier just to take a trip down memory lane and worry about what it all means. With that in mind, XXL spoke to 17 different rappers to find out what was on each artist's playlist as a child, from N.W.A and Jay Z to Marvin Gaye and Dana Dane. Think back. —XXL Staff
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17 Rappers Unveil Their Childhood Playlists

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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
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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
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22 Former XXL Freshmen Have Advice For The 2014 Class

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The 100 Best Selfies By XXL Freshmen

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The 52 Best Albums By XXL Freshmen

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