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Five years ago today, the highly-anticipated third installment in Jay Z's Blueprint series finally became a reality, as Jay premiered the album's first official single, "D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" on Hot 97. After T-Pain broke through to the mainstream in 2005, the rapper-turned-singer's auto-tuned style spawned countless imitators and adopters and ruled both the charts and the airwaves, simultaneously frustrating and delighting listeners, depending on which side of the fence you were on. When Kanye West dropped his desperately-anguished 808s And Heartbreak in November 2008, it marked a newfound acceptance for the form and a bold new direction for Kanye's career as he transitioned away from the sped-up-soul beats and tongue-in-cheek punchlines that he'd built his career on.

Six months later, Jamie Foxx and T-Pain's torturously-auto-tuned "Blame It" was wrapping up a 14-week run on top of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Jay Z had apparently seen enough. With lyrics like "This is anti-auto-tune/Death of the ringtone/This ain’t for iTunes/This ain’t for sing-alongs" and "My raps don’t have melodies/This should make niggas wanna go and commit felonies/Get your chain tooken/I may do it myself, I’m so Brooklyn," he made his point loud and clear. Many people responded—T-Pain and Lil Wayne among them—and others thought that the song was a pointed shot straight at Kanye (since the two embarked on Watch The Throne shortly after, it probably wasn't). But either way, the heir to The Notorious B.I.G.'s throne had spoken, and the matter may have been settled.

Except it wasn't. The track, and the wave of anti-auto-tune that followed, may have sent T-Pain into exile, but as 808s And Heartbreak became latently appreciated for its brutal honesty and bold sound, auto-tune persisted in the hip-hop world. And then came Future, the Dungeon Family-affiliated hook-master from Atlanta who unabashedly broke through to hip-hop stardom by mangling his vocals to such a degree that the phrase "unintelligible Future verse" was celebrated as something positive rather than cringe-worthy. It was Future, as well as the persistence of Kanye and Wayne, who pulled the effect back from the dead, paving the way for the Kirko Bangzes, Rich Homie Quans and Young Thugs—not to mention T-Pain's pseudo-comeback—that we have on our hands today.

Auto-Tune may have started out with a bad rap, but since Hov tried to kill it five years ago, hip-hop has seen plenty of great songs that lean on the effect. XXL has put together 30 of those to commemorate the anniversary of auto-tune's "death." Turn up. —Christopher Harris, Marvin Jules and XXL Staff

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30 Great Auto-Tuned Songs Since Jay Z’s “Death Of Auto-Tune”

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47 Rappers Who Have The Same Birthdays

One would be surprised by the number of rappers that actually share the same birthdays.

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Soulja Boy Has “Shooters” On Deck

Bang. Bang. Soulja Boy is ready for whatever in his latest visual for the track "Shooters" where the Atlanta rapper proclaims he keeps shooters in close proximity at all times...

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Soulja Boy Featuring Rich The Kid “Get Rich”

Soulja Boy is one of the rare hip-hop acts of weaving in and out of the game whenever he pleases and still win. Don't agree? Watch his surprise assist during Nicki Minaj's set at Powerhouse 2014...

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Now that Dr. Dre is flirting with becoming the very first billionaire hip-hop has ever produced, it's time for rappers to turn their minds to the next goal—that's right, trillions. And as rappers are known for being ahead of the curve when talking about their money, we've already got a good collection of songs that reference the 12 zeroes that fall into that price range. Not surprisingly—with recycled or referential rhymes reaching as far back as the earliest hip-hop songs—much of the lyrical boasts stem from Kanye's "Swagger Like Us" opening line—"Mr. West is in the buildin'/Swagger on a hundred thousand trillion"—but we didn't let that count against anybody. On your marks, get set, brag. —Dan Rys
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27 Hip-Hop Songs About Rappers Making Trillions

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Soulja Boy’s Bentley Wasn’t Stolen

The great mystery of Soulja Boy's missing Bentley really wasn't much of a mystery.  TMZ  initially reported that he rapper and producer of Nicki Minaj's latest "Yass Bish" called the police and reported his car stolen but the vehicle was quickly recovered...

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Soulja Boy Is Working On Lil Wayne And Puff Daddy’s Upcoming Albums

This year has been quite an eventful for the 23-year-old rapper. Completing his first stint at Coachella and a surplus of studio collaborations, Soulja Boy continues to make a name for himself despite the naysayers...

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Soulja Boy “Chiraq” (Freestyle)

Soulja Boy is keeping the fire lit for his forthcoming project, King Soulja III. After appearing on Nicki Minaj’s latest output “Yasss Bish...

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Nicki Minaj Featuring Soulja Boy “Yasss Bish!!”

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Nicki Minaj is dropping loose singles to build momentum for her forthcoming album The Pink Print.. Early Saturday morning, Soulja Boy tweeted the link to "Yasss Bish...

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Soulja Boy Reportedly Ready To Petition To Get “Lean” Back On The Market

Actavis' recent recall of the cough syrup promethazine codeine, commonly known as "lean," reportedly has Soulja Boy bothered. SB, one of hip-hop's biggest proponents of the intoxicating liquid, is "mad as hell" over the drug's stoppage, according to TMZ, saying he uses it to help him sleep...

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