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Custom Fridays: Kickasso Speaks On His Favorite Sneaker Design And Upcoming Work

One of the most well respected and creative minds in the custom sneaker world goes by the name of Kickasso. The South Carolina-based artist is known for his expressive paint work on todays hottest sneakers...

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5 Rappers Wearing Way Too Tight Pants

It seems that each day, more and more rappers are breaking out the jeggings. Rocking pants that look like they can barely breathe, check out "5 Rappers Wearing Way Too Tight Pants...

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7 Rappers Looking High Out Of Their Mind

Ever see a rapper and instantly know they just got finished with one of the greatest smoke sessions of all time? Us too. Check out "Rappers Looking High Out Of Their Mind ...

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It's been a whirlwind two years for Atlanta-by-way-of-St.-Louis producer Metro Boomin. Still just 20 years old, he broke through onto the national radar after producing Future's creepy single "Karate Chop" in January 2013, and has been in the lab ever since with the likes of Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, Migos and YG, to name just a few. Often held up as part of the new wave of Atlanta hip-hop producers—Dun Deal, DJ Spinz, Sonny Digital, even Mike WiLL Made It—Metro's beats are distinct from the rest with their chilling, cinematic quality, making the listener feel like they're walking through the set of a horror film. In a genre so set on turning up, Metro's sound represents the dark side of the trap, the underbelly that doesn't make it into the glamorous songs about hitting the club every night.

But Metro isn't focused solely on making beats and sending them around; instead, the producer is working towards something bigger, with a label and artists and a brand all his own within his sights. "I don't look at it as, 'Oh, I'm gonna keep making beats, and I'm gonna do that until I die," he said, laughing, on a recent stop through the XXL offices. "But that's how some people look at it—gonna just keep making beats, get placement after placement. It's not about that with me; it's about really next-level shit. It's more than just being a producer, making beats in your room and nobody knows you. It's really about being a star yourself. But right now I'm just trying to take the necessary steps to get there and not try to do too much too early and just get lost in the sauce."

Some of those steps include his recent high-profile placements on YG's My Krazy Life, Future's Honest and Wiz Khalifa's 28 Grams. And another is the upcoming studio album from Metro Thuggin, the producer/rapper combo he's formed with hip-hop's current enigma Young Thug. As the two prepare to release Metro Thuggin with first single "The Blanguage," Metro Boomin stopped in to the XXL offices to talk about working on YG's album, hang Kanye West featured on his song (Future's "I Won"), and the differences between Gucci, Future and Thugga. —Dan Rys

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Metro Boomin On Working With Future, Young Thug And Wiz Khalifa

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Wiz Khalifa Has A New Line Of Smoking Accessories

As if growing his own custom marijuana wasn’t enough, Wiz Khalifa has his own line of smoking accessories.

With the help of RAW Rolling Papers, Wiz has developed a unique collection of smoking accessories that is said to offer “quality and innovative products smokers have long deserved...

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Rick Ross, YG, Wiz Khalifa, Ma$e, Waka Flocka Flame And More Perform At Atlanta’s Birthday Bash 19

Atlanta's Hot 107.9 had their annual Birthday Bash concert, last night, at Phillips arena. As usual, the show was a star studded event with performances from Rick Ross, Future, Jeezy, YG, Wiz Khalifa, Ma$e, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, YG, Ludacris, K Camp and more...

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Drake Brings Out Wiz Khalifa, YG, Big Sean And More At HAW Concert At Warehouse Live

It's going down in H-Town for Drake's Houston Appreciation Weekend. After receiving his own day from the city earlier in the week, it's time to get busy...

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Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Day

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Ty Dolla $ign's "Or Nah" video features Wiz Khalifa and The Weeknd.
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Ty Dolla $ign Wastes No Time Dropping “Or Nah” Remix Video With The Weeknd And Wiz Khalifa

Ty Dolla $ign has been putting in work since he graced the cover of the 2014 XXL Freshman issue. The crooner dropped the remix to "Or Nah" featuring The Weeknd, Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard earlier this week...

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Rihanna’s Mere Presence Inspired Wiz Khalifa’s Mixtape ’28 Grams’

Wiz Khalifa shared just how Rihanna influenced the making of his 28 Grams mixtape when he stopped by DJ Whoo Kid’s show Whoolywood Shuffle...

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