• 2013 XXL Freshmen Cover
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     After teasing us earlier, the votes are in and the list is final. XXL Magazine has revealed the cover for the 2013 Freshmen Class. The artists that will be making this years cover are:Schoolboy QTrinidad Jame$Joey Bada$$Ab-SoulLogicAction BronsonKirko BangzTravi$ ScottDizzy Wright – 10 Spot People’s Champion WinnerAngel HazeChief Keef – “The 11th Freshman” ...
  • Origins: The Samples From The Weeknd's "Kiss Land"
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    We know that The Weeknd is not considered hip hop, but you can't escape Kiss Land as a great production piece. The Weeknd is known to be one of the new faces of R&B and Drake's go-to guy for an R&B feature. With no surprise, you'll also find Drizzy Drake featured on this project on "Live For." Out of the 10 tracks on Kiss Land, not counting the bonus tracks, we found 5 were sampled by other...
  • DJ Mustard & YG Dispel Rumors Of An Altercation With Mistah F.A.B. Last Night [Update: Footage Of Altercation Released]
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    Rumors of an altercation during DJ Mustard's set in Oakland arose this morning, but the producer and his friend and collaborator, YG are shutting down claims.Sources have reported that Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B. and his crew approached Mustard during the show, and allegedly slapped and robbed him of his chain. Mustard has subsequently posted a video to Instagram in which he and YG laugh off...
  • Dr. Dre Shares Release Date & Promotional Photo For N.W.A Biopic
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    The actors who will portray Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E in the upcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, were revealed earlier this week, and now Dr. Dre has given us the official release date for the film. Today, Dre tweeted out a photo of himself, Ice Cube, and director F. Gary Gray, with the three leading men in the film. While the initial report pegged Marcus Callendar as the actor...
  • Sir Michael Rocks Announces "Banco" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist
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    Finally, Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids fame has locked down a release date for his long-awaited solo album, Banco. The album has been in the works for quite some time, although Mikey Rocks kept us fed while we waited with mixtapes like While You Wait... and Lap Of Lux 1.5. It's been over a year since While You Wait... and so we're definitely ready for new music from Banco Populaire, and in...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: July 21-27
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    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • Wiz Khalifa Discusses "Blacc Hollywood" and Smoking Pot With Miley Cyrus
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    For those dying to hear from Wiz about some new stuff, he stopped by Billboard's offices in New York to talk about his upcoming ventures, including albums, massive tours, and surprising collaborations. Blacc Hollywood is nearing its completions, however Wiz points out that it's "not all the way put together" although "a good bit of it is finished." Of course, this album will...
  • Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock & Ab-Soul Cover XXL
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    TDE just delivered a pretty memorable cypher on last night's BET Hip Hop awards, and now they're taking the cover of XXL. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock will appear on the front of the October/November 2013 issue, with a cover story on "Rap's Illest Crew". Take a look at the cover photo in the gallery above, and check out the cypher below.
  • LeBron James Compares Toronto's Mayor Smoking Crack To "Breaking Bad"
    Last night LeBron James and the Miami Heat visited Toronto to take on the Raptors, and LeBron was asked about a scandal going on in that city that involves the mayor of Toronto smoking crack.  During the pre-game presser, members of the local Toronto media asked James if he had been following the City Hall scandal which had made local news: the mayor of Toronto was caught on tape smoking crack...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: April 20
    This week on the charts we see a new entry with Top Dawg's lady SZA, who made a strong debut considering it's her first release on the label/first release for sale. Similar to Isaiah Rashad's Cilvia Demo, which debuted at #40, SZA's Z debuted at #39 by moving 7,000 units. This proves the strength of the TDE fan base and the support they have for the label, no matter the artist and style...
  • Review: Wale's "The Gifted"
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    Wale may be a victim of bad timing. While most rap fans were in their glory last week with the release of albums from Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller, others are feverishly looking forward to Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, which is dropping on Independence Day. The release date of Wale's third album is stuck in the middle.  Ralph Victor Folarin made a name for himself on...
  • Review: A$AP Ferg's "Trap Lord"
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    Earlier this year, hip-hop bible XXL Magazine featured rappers A$AP Rocky and French Montana on its cover declaring New York rap is back. While the focus of the game has shifted to other parts of the country in the past several years or so, there are some native New York emcees that are doing their part to rep their city. Harlem’s own A$AP Mob, led by the somewhat eccentric A$AP Rocky, have...
  • Rick Rubin Breaks Down The Creation Of Eminem's "Berzerk" Single
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    Veteran record producer Rick Rubin, who's responsible for Eminem's new 'Berzerk' single, opened up about it during a recent interview conducted at the video shoot for the track. "I think it's unlike any current hip-hop songs," Rubin said. "If you listen to what's going on in hip-hop, this is not what this is. We wanted to do something kind of throwback to some of the early records we were making...
  • Ryan McDermott Reveals How He Got Signed To G.O.O.D Music
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    Ryan McDermott is G.O.O.D. Music's newest soulful singer, although not much is known about the man himself or how his deal transpired. Ever since it was announced that Ryan was a part of the G.O.O.D. team, he's been putting out music at a steady pace. Today he dropped a music video for "Overflow," as well as an interview which answers some of the questions about his connection with G.O.O.D....
  • Episode 2 Of Our Exclusive "4Eva N A Tour" BTS With Big K.R.I.T.
    With this exclusive look at Big K.R.I.T.'s "4Eva N A Tour" behind-the-scenes, we catch a glimpse of life on the road with the "King Remembered In Time" artist. In this episode, K.R.I.T. gets his younger brother wasted as they celebrate his younger sibling's 21st birthday.  We get a visit from Talib Kweli, who stops by the dressing room to reminisce on how his life got flipped when his...
  • Prodigy Talks On Mobb Deep Twitter Beef, Admitting They "Milked It For What It's Worth"
    Prodigy has now spoken out about the supposed Mobb Deep beef, which has been in the news recently.It all started with Havoc, Prodigy's group member in Mobb Deep, taking shots at Prodigy on Twitter. The whole thing was pretty ridiculous, Havoc confirmed, then denied that it was actually him tweeting.Prodigy recently sat down with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg for their Morning Show on Hot 97,...
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