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Talib Kweli’s New Video “Violations” Features Raekwon

Talib Kweli teams up with Raekwon for his new "Violations" video. As the two are captured by police in the clip, the two emcees craft up a crime filled visual...

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Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame Will Honor Many Legends At Upcoming Awards Show

On May 19, the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame is pulling out all the stops to honor multiple hip-hop legends at its award show. Along with celebrating inductees like Sugar Hill Gang, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, and Mr Magic, amongst others, the show will celebrate EZ Rock's contribution with a huge tribute performance.

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Gary Clark Jr. And Talib Kweli “Bright Lights”

Grammy-winning guitarist Gary Clark Jr. released his new project called Blak And Blu: The Mixtape yesterday.

Hosted by D-Nice, the LP features various remixes and some new tracks that fans haven’t heard yet...

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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
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15 Of The Greatest Rapper-Producer Duos Of All Time

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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Week

From French Montana hitting his homeland to Jay Z and Beyonce's unforgettable Instagram posts, this week on IG was full of pictures to remember...

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Talib Kweli Doubts Another Black Star Album Will Happen

From his start with Black Star, Talib Kweli has bubbled into versatile wordsmith forging strong relationships with the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z...

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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

Want to know what went down on Instagram? Scroll through.

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Pharoahe Monch Featuring Talib Kweli “D.R.E.A.M.”

Teaming up with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch releases one more track before P.T.S.D. drops on Apr. 15. On “D.R.E.A.M.,” the pair rides out on the head-nodding cut...

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Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. —Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
Today, April 2, would have been the 75th birthday of the late legendary Marvin Gaye, one of the most influential and talented artists of his generation. His death 30 years ago yesterday was one of the biggest losses in American music history, but luckily for us, he left behind a legacy that has continued to be the gift that keeps giving. One of the most sampled men in hip-hop—alongside James Brown and George Clinton—Marvin's legacy has been filtered through the rap ranks for decades, with artists as diverse in content and time as Kool G Rap and Lil B flipping his songs to make beats. To commemorate what would have his 75th birthday, XXL pulled together a list of 75 of the greatest hip-hop songs that sample Marvin Gaye. Dan Rys, Michael Carlos, Kyle Kramer, Tim Larew and Eric Thurm
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75 Of The Best Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Marvin Gaye

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Talib Kweli & Abby Dobson Drop Animated Video For “State Of Grace”

Talib Kweli gets animated yet remains serious in the new video for the Abby Dobson assisted track "State Of Grace" which chronicles the happenings of a young female's struggle with her love for hip-hop...

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