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11of the Best Boxing Moments in Hip-Hop History

We've highlighted 10 unforgettable instances where the worlds of hip-hop and boxing collided.

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20 Hip-Hop Songs That Will Seriously Scare You

From Snoop Dogg's "Murder Was the Case" to Geto Boys' "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" and more, these rap songs are perfect to let ring off when you're in need of a scare.

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Today in Hip-Hop: DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince Boycott Grammys with Fellow Rappers

The brief history of why Chuck D, Slick Rick and others boycotted the Grammys in 1989.

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Says Mac Miller Changed His Perspective on Music

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Watch Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff Perform “Summertime” In Las Vegas

This never gets old. Will Smith a.k.a. The Fresh Prince was at The Palms in Las Vegas, yesterday (August 15) in support of his son Trey's DJ gig with former partner DJ Jazzy Jeff when he decided to steal the show...

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22 Hip-Hop Reunions In The Past Two Years

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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

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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10 Memorable Rap Performances at the American Music Awards

On the heels of the 40th anniversary of the American Music Awards, XXL looks back at some of the annual show’s most memorable performances…

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XXL's '90s Hip-Hop Slang-tionary / Dictionnary
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XXL‘s ’90s Slang-tionary

XXL reminisces on some of the 1990s' most popular slang. Word up!

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