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

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Trina and Lil Mo connect for the "Cut Her Off" remix.
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Trina Featuring Lil Mo “Cut Her Off (Remix)”

After Nicki Minaj slammed "Loyal" implications near the end of her Summer Jam set (because dudes aren't really loyal either), Trina and Lil Mo connect to flip K Camp's "Cut Her Off" for the ladies...

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From Diddy's "I Need A Girl" to Kanye's "White Dress," hip-hop has plenty of love songs written for specific significant others. Whether rappers are not-so-secretly reflecting on past marriages or yearning for a fling that finished all too quickly, if known or not, many top hits in hip-hop have an underlying reason as to why they happen to connect with listeners so well—fans can identify with both sides.

More recent examples of the semi-concealed affection cuts are Big Sean's "Ashley," a love song from his Hall Of Fame album he penned for his high school sweetheart after they parted ways last year, and even Jhene Aiko's "The Worst," which is rumored to be about a brief relationship the singer held with Drake. Nas is a relatively prolific member of this list as well, having written songs—"Getting Married" and "Bye Baby" being the two most obvious—about the many developments in his relationship with Kelis. And, of course, there's Kanye West, who dedicated an entire album to heartbreak and has always been on the more emotional side of things, lyrically.

XXL has compiled 20 hip-hop songs written about the specific relationships in each rapper's lives, from Lauryn Hill's many shots at Wyclef Jean to Papoose's dedication to his locked up wife Remy Ma. —Miranda Johnson, Layne Weiss and Dan Rys
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20 Hip-Hop Songs About Specific Relationships

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Since its beginnings, hip-hop has been a Boys Club, with female MCs often ignored or pushed to the side, boxed into the background or assuming the "eye candy" role in music videos. However, talent simply can’t—nor should—be overlooked, and artists such as Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah have risen to international stardom in spite of hip-hop's often male-centric attitudes, producing undeniable classics along the way. While there may have been a glass ceiling that couldn’t be broken before, women have shattered most limitations these days. Having taken charge of the rap game, it’s never surprising now to see a name like Nicki Minaj killing the Billboard charts.

Today provides another example of ladies running the show. After releasing her debut album last week, Iggy Azalea’s full-length The New Classic lands at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 copies sold, less than a thousand fewer than perennial chart-topper Future debuted with his sophomore effort Honest. Supported by singles such as “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX and “Work,” the album marks another milestone in the perennial quest of a non-gendered rap world, with The New Classic becoming the highest-charting female hip-hop artist on the Billboard 200 since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded hit the top of the chart in 2012. But those are just current facts; throughout history women have been able to prove themselves.

There are many different ways of assessing success, of course—sales, chart positions, influence, milestones, and legacy all come in to play when assessing who might be better than another. With all this in consideration (and with all due respect), XXL gathered the 20 best female rappers of all time, honoring those that have, or are still, breaking down the stereotypes that have slowed the way. Keep in mind that we have omitted groups—just to let all the Salt-N-Pepa and JJ Fad fans know—and stuck strictly to solo artists who have put out an album (and left things unranked). These are female MCs who have made significant strides that we felt needed to be honored. Click through to find out that made the cut. Who run this mutha? —Kiki Ayers, Kellan Miller and XXL Staff
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The 20 Best Female Rappers Of All Time

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Kim Kardashian Is Upset About Her Sister Dating French Montana

Kim Kardashian isn’t a fan of her sister Khloe’s relationship with French Montana. According to the Daily News it has strained her friendship with Miami rapper Trina...

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Trina And French Montana Are Done

French Montana and Khloe Kardashian’s budding relationship apparently doesn’t sit well with some people, mainly Trina according to TMZ...

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Who’s Hotter? Khloe Kardashian Or Trina

French Montana has been a busy man. He's now connected with two high profile—and smoking hot—celebrities that have tons of money and turn heads everywhere they go...

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Trina Has A Bunch Of Hot Girls In New Video

Trina just released her new video "Money Ain't A Problem." Decorated with a bunch of hot chicks as well as Trina's signature sexy swag, the video makes for quite an enticing clip...

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Trina Is Looking To Change Her Image

Trina aka "baddest b*tch," wants to change her image. Trina has been a staple in hip-hop since the late 1990s, known for having some of the most sexually explicit lyrics...

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Trina “Money Aint A Problem” + “You”

Trina returns dropping new music for the first time in a while, doubling up, releasing two tracks "Money Aint A Problem" and "You."

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