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Missy Elliott Has A New Album On The Way

Timbaland says a Missy Elliott album is on the way. The producer told RollingStone that his longtime friend and songwriting partner has a new album in the works...

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Timbaland Says ‘Opera Noir” May Be His Last Solo Album

Super producer Timbaland definitely believes that his upcoming album Opera Noir is his best project yet. After comparing the upcoming body of work to Dr...

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Jay Z Will Not Acknowledge The “Big Pimpin” Copyright Lawsuit

While Jay Z continues his "On The Run" tour with his wife Beyonce, he is still combating numerous issues coming from all different angles...

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26 Rappers Who Called Their Projects Classics

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Meet The Cast Of T.I.’s New Show ‘Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop’

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So much about having longevity in hip-hop depends on rappers being able to exist within the times and re-invent themselves if needed. Some rappers have taken that re-invention more literally than others. Here are 59 rappers who chose, for one reason or another, to taken on new rap names as their careers have gone on. What's in a name?
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64 Rappers Who Changed Their Rap Names

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Timbaland Compares His New Album To ‘The Chronic’

Timbaland is Fresh off the release of Michael Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape and is already talking new music. The super producer his gearing up for a project of his own after executively producing the late pop star’s new LP...

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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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Nas Working With Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, and No I.D. On New Album

During an in-depth interview with NPR, Nasty Nas spoke on a litany of topics including artists like Jay Electronica and ScHoolBoy Q motivating him to make new music, Oprah, J...

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Here’s The Tracklist To The Timbaland-Produced Michael Jackson Album

A new, posthumous Michael Jackson album called Xscape is hitting stores near you on May 13. The album is lead by Timbaland and features production from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon, John McClain and many more...

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