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XXL’s The Great Hip-Hop Debates: Is Ghostwriting Okay to Do in Hip-Hop?

On the fourth episode of XXL’s debate podcast, “The Great Hip-Hop Debates,” the group discusses ghostwriting in hip-hop.

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XXL’s The Great Hip-Hop Debates: Should Internet Babies Do Their Hip-Hop Homework?

On the third episode of The Great Hip-Hop Debates, we linked up with Jack Thriller and DJ Suss One to discuss whether or not the Internet babies should be doing their hip-hop homework.

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XXL’s The Great Hip-Hop Debates: What’s The Best Kanye Album of All Time?

XXL's Vanessa Satten and Sirius XM's Torae sit down with renowned DJ Mister Cee and journalists Sowmya Krishnamurthy and Shaheem Reid on the first episode of "The Great Hip-Hop Debates."

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Skyzoo and Torae go to the courts for "Memorabilia."
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Skyzoo And Torae Hit The Court For “Memorabilia”

Only the best of the best are allowed to step foot in The Cage, one of the New York City's most famous courts behind Rucker Park. That doesn't only concern basketball skills; Skyzoo and Torae are slick-tongued, quick-witted rhymers...

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Torae Asks “Who Are You Waking Up Next To?” At BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014

Our tour guide Torae headed out to Atlanta for the BET Hip-Hop Awards this year, and it looks like it was a blast. Aside from his dope interviews on the green carpet, the Barrel Brothers MC also wanted to have some fun...

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Torae Hits The Green Carpet For BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014

The BET Hip-Hop Awards kicked off last Tuesday night and the ninth edition was filled with a lot of excitement. Before the show started, XXL sent our tour guide Torae on the red turned green carpet to interview some of your favorite hip-hop artists...

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KNOE Featuring Skyzoo And Torae “End Of The Beginning”

Australia isn't a well-known place that produces hip-hop's next stars, but KNOE is looking to change that. Hailing from the suburbs of Perth City, KNOE is gaining traction in his hometown as the next one up...

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The 25 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

This time last year, albums from Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, J Cole, Mac Miller and Wale—with a Jay Z album right around the corner—had already dropped, providing hip-hop heads with plenty to talk about at the halfway mark of the year...

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Hip-hop has come a long way since its beginnings 40 years ago, and its influence has spread out on a global level. Now, another generation of rappers and producers is emerging to take hip-hop further into the next decade, and they've taken the influences of those that walked in the same shoes in the past 20 years and modernized it for what's coming next. But for each of these artists, there has been one song or album that changed their lives and made them want to have a career in hip-hop. With that in mind, XXL asked 23 rappers and producers to pinpoint the one song or album that changed their lives in a way that pushed them to think differently, to relate to their music or to enter hip-hop at all in the first place. —XXL Staff
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23 Rappers And Producers On The Music That Changed Their Lives

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Skyzoo And Torae Represent For New York At Album Release Show

On an average hip-hop night at Manhattan's SOBs, you may be able to come across one of your favorite mainstream artists, or uncover a new favorite from the underground...

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