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Stream Vince Staples’ New Album
Vince Staples is unflinching. The 2015 XXL Freshman has made a name for himself off the strength of dead-eyed mixtape turns and last year's grim, swaggering EP, Hell Can Wait. Now, with a grip of beats from DJ Dahi, Clams Casino and his de facto boss, No I...
Vince Staples Appreciates a Good Jheri Curl
Over the weekend, California-based clothing brand Vans celebrated the third and final date of Vans' Almost Summer music series at the House of Vans in Brooklyn with special guest performers Pusha T and new XXL Freshman Vince Staples.
The 2015 West Coast MC took the stage in front of the Brooklyn crow…
Lil Durk Keeps It Simple and Direct on ‘Remember My Name’
It almost never got to this point. Two years ago Lil Durk was in jail, charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, staring down a $100,000 bail and watching as his promising rap career evaporated in front of him. But sometimes the brightest sparks of creativity come from the darkest places, an…
The-Dream Has a Secret Project With Jay Z in the Works
Related: The-Dream Annotates Songs by Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyonce and More for Genius
The-Dream Says He Has a New Song With Kanye West
Here Is The-Dream’s ‘Royalty: The Prequel’ EP Artwork And Track List
The-Dream Denies Ever Laying A Hand On His Ex-Girlfriend Lydia Nam
Chicago Artist Holt Signs to G.O.O.D. Music
It seems as if Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music has grown one artist larger. Chicago rapper Holt has official inked a deal with the label; as per Andrew Barber at the renowned Chicago hip-hop blog Fake Shore Drive, rumors have swirled about Holt's involvement with the label since he was feature…
Logic Wants To Claim His Spot In Hip-Hop History
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With a big first album, dope rhymes and serious determination, hip-hop heads have only just begun to see Logic shine
Words Jeff Weiss
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of XXL Magazine, on stands now...
Check Out DJ Premier’s Def Jam 30 Mix
All month long, Def Jam has been hosting mixes by 30 different DJs to celebrate the historic label's 30th anniversary. With the likes of Tony Touch, DJ Scratch, Mister Cee and Afrojack involved, it's been a star-studded affair. But the label saved the best for last...

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