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Last Friday Waka Flocka was caught by airport officials with a loaded gun in his luggage when he was trying to fly out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Last Friday Waka Flocka was caught by airport officials with a loaded gun in his luggage when he was trying to fly out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

10 Rappers Arrested On Weapon Charges At U.S. Airports

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12 Hip-Hop Couples Who Went Through Breakups This 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

23 Rappers And Producers On The Music That Changed Their Lives

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Lifelong music fans always know that there are certain songs you hear as a kid that just stick with you, no matter the genre or artist. And hip-hop heads know that without rap's history, both in its early days and the artists who came before the genre was established, much of the foundation of the culture can be lost. But while there are plenty of deep conversations to have about where different elements of hip-hop came from and how listening habits affect generations, sometimes it's easier just to take a trip down memory lane and worry about what it all means. With that in mind, XXL spoke to 17 different rappers to find out what was on each artist's playlist as a child, from N.W.A and Jay Z to Marvin Gaye and Dana Dane. Think back. —XXL Staff

17 Rappers Unveil Their Childhood Playlists

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XXL: What are you guys trying to get across with your brand? If you had a motto what would it be?
DK: We really just like to document, just the other work that we do. Working closely with an artist and going to their neighborhood and seeing where they’re from. Going to an important place in their life and seeing them there. We really just like to let them do them as much as possible. That’s kind of where we’re at.

SU: Our motto is just to grow and build. To put out quality work, whether it’s a documentary for Boosie or a video for ScHoolboy [Q]. We just like working close with the artist to put out the best quality image of him and what he’s all about. Keeping it authentic.

DV: Just keeping it real.

What is something that you guys are looking to do within the next year?
DK: Well, we’ve started to work with some directors that we’ve watched over the year, trying to expand the directors under us. I think we’re moving more into creating content and working on longer-based projects, like documentaries.

SU: Our mission is to just grow from here and strengthen our team. We’re just growing our team and working with them to make us better. Expand in every way. Work a lot more with film and documentary work.

What are some of the new stuff you’re working on?
DK: Always stuff with Jeezy. Then Boosie, some of his new stuff, we’re going down to New Orleans to shoot some of his new stuff. Then Diwang is in Vietnam working with Kelly Rowland on some of her new stuff. You never know what the future holds, though. People hit us up, like, "We want to shoot this next week, can you do it?"


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Rappers Plastered On Odd Magazine Covers

Have you ever had to look twice at a magazine because of the odd imagery plastered on cover, wondering how and for what reason a rapper was chosen to be portrayed in such a abnormal manner...

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