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Table of Contents April 2010
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Strength in Numbers
U-N-I-T-Y in rap ain’t dead. Just ask these duos/groups: Pac Div, Paper Route Gangstaz, Embassy Music Board, Mullage and Hollyweerd.
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Sing for the Moment
R&B’s next generation—Kevin Cossom, Ester Dean, Mike Posner, Shanell and Jarvis—comes …
Table of Contents May 2010
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Return of the Real
A lot can happen in a decade—just ask Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek. Ten years after cleansing ears with their insightful debut, Train of Thought, the duo, collectively known as Reflection Eternal, recount their long road to its follow-up, Revolutions Per Minute
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Table of Contents June 2010
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REAL TALK
For Plies, success in the rap game has bred some contempt. The Florida spitter’s credibility continues to elicit skepticism, no thanks to accusations of a fictionalized past. But is the man himself fazed? Think again
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Table of Contents July_August 2010
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Me, Myself & I
It’s taken Big Boi 16 years to go solo, yet the more-active half of Atlanta’s legendary duo OutKast wouldn’t have it any other way. On the eve of his first Andre 3000–less LP, Sir Luscious Left Foot is as cool as ever.

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Table of Contents September 2010
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Hate Me Now
All anyone knows about Kat Stacks is which rappers she’s slept with. As she basks in her 15 minutes of fame, hip-hop’s new public enemy allows XXL to examine her past.
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Reality Check
There was a time when MCs were expected to have lived the lives they…
Table of Contents October 2010
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Rosewood
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La Dolce Vita
After a very public incident that made him entertainment’s most hated celebrity, Kanye West is back to clear up the controversy. In an exclusive story written by the man himself, ’Ye explains to fans his yearlong absence, his grand return and…
Table of Contents November 2010
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LITTLE FRIEND
What do @50CENT and @SOULJABOY have in common? Besides the hate, there’s the money, the power and those millions of Twitter followers. @XXLStaff talks with the G-Unit general and Mr. Crank Dat and discovers the tie that binds them
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