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Migos Will Release Their Debut Album ‘Y.R.N. 2′ Around Thanksgiving

UPDATE:  Migos will drop their album Y.R.N. 2  around Thanksgiving. The Atlanta trio stopped by XXL to share some information on the release date for their highly anticipated debut...

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Vic Mensa Drops SXSW Recap Video

Vic Mensa had a massive SXSW, as we pointed out, and today he drops his own recap video documenting his experiences. The Chicago MC was one of the best performers of the week, and this video helps illustrate the madness...

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Audio Push Rock With Kendrick Lamar And Hit-Boy In Behind The Scenes SXSW Video

Audio Push hit SXSW last week, and brought a camera crew along with them to document their week. From rocking shows with Dom Kennedy and Hit-Boy to linking up with Kendrick Lamar, YG and a whole host of others, the Cali duo from the HS87 crew made the best of the often-grueling fest...

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Mike WiLL Made It"War Ready" featuring Jeezy and Tracy T
Mike WiLL Made It: DJ Khaled, man, he reached out to me that Ross was working on his new project. He knew me and Ross had previous hits before with "Tupac Back," "King Of Diamonds” and “Marble Floors.” He actually did all three of those records at the same time. Khaled reached out to me and told me he had a list of who Ross wanted to work with. I [got] to work with Rick Ross, he’s a legend and his albums are always crazy. We make great music together.

I came to Miami to fuck with Ross and Khaled and went to Ross’ house and went through some beats but he didn’t hear anything right away. He reached out to me and said that he needed something crazy, with the crazy 808s, the meanest beat you can possibly do. "I’m about to do a song with a game changer, someone who you might not even think I would do a song with." I had a idea that it was Jeezy. So I went through some beats and sent it to him. He told me he heard one right away and was excited about the song. At the end it came out good. I was proud of the song. I started working on the 808s, then Jeezy sent his vocals in. We just kept mixing the record. Everybody had their opinions until down to the wire with the way they wanted to sound. Everybody just worked hard when it came to this record. We knew that it was going to be a moment in hip-hop. It’s always good to see rappers come back together when people don’t think that they work with each other anymore.

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"War Ready" featuring Jeezy and Tracy T

Mike WiLL Made It: DJ Khaled, man, he reached out to me that Ross was working on his new project. He knew me and Ross had previous hits before with "Tupac Back," "King Of Diamonds” and “Marble Floors.” He actually did all three of those records at the same time. Khaled reached out to me and told me he had a list of who Ross wanted to work with. I [got] to work with Rick Ross, he’s a legend and his albums are always crazy. We make great music together.

I came to Miami to fuck with Ross and Khaled and went to Ross’ house and went through some beats but he didn’t hear anything right away. He reached out to me and said that he needed something crazy, with the crazy 808s, the meanest beat you can possibly do. "I’m about to do a song with a game changer, someone who you might not even think I would do a song with." I had a idea that it was Jeezy. So I went through some beats and sent it to him. He told me he heard one right away and was excited about the song. At the end it came out good. I was proud of the song. I started working on the 808s, then Jeezy sent his vocals in. We just kept mixing the record. Everybody had their opinions until down to the wire with the way they wanted to sound. Everybody just worked hard when it came to this record. We knew that it was going to be a moment in hip-hop. It’s always good to see rappers come back together when people don’t think that they work with each other anymore.
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Mike WiLL Made It Appreciates Having Big Stars At SXSW

Amidst all the talk of SXSW veering off into the mainstream and leaving less room for up-and-coming artists, Mike WiLL thinks having both parties present is actually a good mix and the chatter should cease...

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Boldy James backstage at Mass Appeal's SXSW showcase headlined by Nas
Boldy James backstage at Mass Appeal's SXSW showcase headlined by Nas
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Boldy James Calls Nas Co-Sign “A Blessing” At SXSW

Boldy James had a big SXSW, performing a handful of shows—including opening for Nas at the Mass Appeal showcase—and even coming out on stage with Escobar to perform "I Sold Dope All My Life" during his headlining set that night...

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Young Thug
Thugga's name has been on everyone's lips for the last few months, and his newfound association with Cash Money, Birdman and Wayne has got people talking about another diamond on that already star-studded roster. He performed at least six, if not more, shows, and popped up at the Illmore to rock "Stoner" at 5:30 as Wayne and Baby rapped along. His performance at the Fader Fort also had a line that was only rivaled by the line outside for Rozay's show the night after.

Young Thug

Thugga's name has been on everyone's lips for the last few months, and his newfound association with Cash Money, Birdman and Wayne has got people talking about another diamond on that already star-studded roster. He performed at least six, if not more, shows, and popped up at the Illmore to rock "Stoner" at 5:30 as Wayne and Baby rapped along. His performance at the Fader Fort also had a line that was only rivaled by the line outside for Rozay's show the night after.

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9 Rappers Who Had The Best SXSW

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Soulja Boy Wants To Claim The Top Spot In Hip-Hop

Soulja Boy was running late to his SXSW showcase. Last Saturday, XXL was scheduled to interview the Stacks On Deck Entertainment chief at 2:00 p...

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It's St. Patrick's Day, and that means if you're not too exhausted from SXSW, you're drinking green beer, singing Irish drinking songs and pretending you've seen a leprechaun. Or, at least, that's what it seems everybody in New York City is doing. But we're still plugging away at this whole journalism thing, and one of the things we asked a number of artists at SXSW last week was what their Pot Of God at the end of the rainbow would be. That's the myth for St. Paddy's, right? Leprechauns hiding gold at the end of rainbows, trying to out-trick and outfox anyone who tried to steal it.With that in mind, XXL asked what, exactly, these five artists would wish for if they could find that Irish fairy tale figure and grab the prize that he's hiding. Drink up. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
It's St. Patrick's Day, and that means if you're not too exhausted from SXSW, you're drinking green beer, singing Irish drinking songs and pretending you've seen a leprechaun. Or, at least, that's what it seems everybody in New York City is doing. But we're still plugging away at this whole journalism thing, and one of the things we asked a number of artists at SXSW last week was what their Pot Of God at the end of the rainbow would be. That's the myth for St. Paddy's, right? Leprechauns hiding gold at the end of rainbows, trying to out-trick and outfox anyone who tried to steal it.

With that in mind, XXL asked what, exactly, these five artists would wish for if they could find that Irish fairy tale figure and grab the prize that he's hiding. Drink up. —Dan Rys (@danrys)
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5 Rappers And Producers Share Their St. Patrick’s Day Pot Of Gold

Lil Wayne and Birdman at 5 a.m. at the Illmore at SXSW 2014
Lil Wayne and Birdman at 5 a.m. at the Illmore at SXSW 2014
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5 Biggest Moments From SXSW Saturday

If you're anything like us, you're probably mentally and physically exhausted from all this SXSW business. And it's been a hell of a ride along the way, nonstop music and a ridiculous overflow of information...

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Gunplay Plays No Games At SXSW

Concert Photography By: Lucas Farrar (@MrFarFetched)

Like the hundreds of shows going on at SXSW, Gunplay was armed and ready to perform to a live crowd at Suite 101...

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