XXL Magazine

Lil Wayne: ‘I Don’t Know Where The Authenticity Is Anymore In Rap’

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Lil Wayne lands on the cover of XXL Magazine and for an in-depth profile.

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QOTD: When Was The Last Time You Bought A Rap Magazine?

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Do you buy off the shelves, subscribe or skip them altogether?

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Rosa Acosta Adds Her Sexy Spin To Classic Movie Scenes

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Who doesn't want to see everyone's favorite video vixen sexify defining scenes from classic cinema.

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Ten Years Later, 50 Cent Reminisces On Creating “50 Cent Is The Future”

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The first time I recall hearing <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/50-cent" target="_blank">50 Cent</a> was the summer of 2002 at a cookout.

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Fifteen Years Later, Nas Talks “It Was Written”

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Following Illmatic, especially in retrospect, is the most impossible task in Hip-Hop history.

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Tupac Covers XXL Magazine, Young Jeezy Featured On The Source

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Tupac Shakur will cover the next issue of XXL Magazine in celebration of the entertainer's life and recognition of the 15th anniversary of his death.

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Soulja Boy Is The New Tupac

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=187514">Somebody's head just exploded upon reading that headline. A few days ago several people on my Twitter timeline began venting their frustrations in reference to Soulja Boy playing the role of Bishop in what was billed as the sequel to Juice. All I could do was shake my head. It wasn't because sequels rarely live up to the original (let us all pray Hangover 2 avoids this curse) and a movie like the aforementioned 1992 classic is better left untouched. Rather because Rule #210 in the Unwritten Rule Handbook of Hip Hop clearly states recreating Pac's work and expecting it to be met with open arms is a lost cause. I specifically remember Hov catching flack for <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=copiznIfV3E">"'03 Bonnie And Clyde"</a> and he already had Reasonable Doubt, Vol.

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Mishka & XXL Present Stalley – Lincoln Way Nights

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=167514"> Sure <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/stalley">Stalley</a> lives in New York City nowadays, but he apparently never got the memo that he had to "take his talents" elsewhere or completely abandon his home state to find success.

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Eminem Boosts Shady Records With Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf In XXL

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/01/yelawolf-live-in-nashville-on-january-27"> Pardoning the obviousness of 2011 barely being a few weeks old, Eminem and XXL have made the biggest annoucement of the year with a simple pictorial statement. While it was basically a given that the Joe Budden/Royce Da 5'9"/Joell Ortiz/Crooked I quartet of Slaughterhouse were already aligned with Shady Records, much to everyone's surprise, Big Bad <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/yelawolf">Yelawolf</a> has be thrown into the fray.

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Dr. Dre & XXL Make Chess Moves, Not Checkers

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/11/download-dr-dre-feat-snoop-dogg-and-akon-kush"> Who needs Detox when you have...Botox®? That was a lil joke, ha ha. Speaking <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/kanye-west-feat-jay-z-pusha-t-rza-swizz-beatz-cyhi-the-prince-so-appalled">of which</a>, according to the <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/online/?p=99197">XXL cover</a>, it seems like Kanye West got another one of those ratings only reserved for his albums.

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Curtis & DeAndre Get Queer For XXL

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/50-cent-and-soulja-boy-mean-mug-video"> This may be a cover feature but it surely looks like those ads that appear in the tail end of the XXL. You know, the ones that belong in a special edition of Playgirl opposed to rap's #1 mag. While the specifics behind the bizarre photoshoot are unknown, 50 Cent and Soulja Boy take their "<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/09/50-cent-and-soulja-boy-mean-mug-video">Mean Mug</a>" to epic proportions with Fiddy channeling <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Shadow_%28G.I._Joe%29">Storm Shadow</a> meets Prince of Persia and Swaggaman snuggled under his shoulder, naked from the waist up.

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Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla (No DJ)

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/08/freddie-gibbs-on-mtvs-mixtape-monday"> Journey with Gary, Indiana's finest 360° on the authentic gangsta tip. The <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/download-freddie-gibbs-str8-killa-no-filla">OG mixtape</a> was a rawer-than-sushi shootout designed for your weed smokin' joyrides through the mind of the methodical genius.

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Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla

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<a href="http://widget.uproxx.com/b/52/http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/str8-killa/id382893805"> With the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/the-str8-killa-psa">current anticipation</a> and excitement surrounding this here release, nothing more needs to be said.

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XXL And Shyne Urinate On The Dead

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/shyne-roller-song"> Due to Hip-Hop journalism's questionable past when it comes to ethics, people tend to jump to conclusions like "[insert label here] must have paid you guys off to get that review/feature". It's a knee-jerk reaction from disgruntled commenters that even we at TSS have to endure sometimes. I think it's an easy way out and cheap trick to blame things you don't agree with on bribery or industry politricks, and I know that a <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/03/drake-and-nicki-minaj-cover-may-2010-xxl">credible</a>, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/outasight-dizzy">honorable</a> magazine like XXL would never stoop to anything like that.

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More Love From The West

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/03/dom-kennedy-%e2%80%93-from-the-westside-with-love"> If you stay up on your Hip-Hop and keep your ear to the 'Net, then this post is surely for you and those who have been keeping Dom Kennedy's <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/from-the-westside-with-love">lastest jawn</a> in heavy rotation.

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DJ Whoo Kid Presents XXL’s 10 Freshman For ’10 Mixtape

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Along with the recommendations found <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/03/xxl-freshman-2010-a-new-breed-of-hustlers">here</a>, DJ Whoo Kid and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/xxl-magazine">XXL</a> have consolidated the year's top Freshmen onto one mixtape to give the uninitiated a crash course in one sitting.

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This Is Your XXL Freshman Class For 2010

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If this is your first time seeing any of the artists mentioned, on behalf on the rest of the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/author/tsscrew/">TSS Crew</a>, I'd like to give you all a warm welcome to The Smoking Section.

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Notable UNQuotable – OJ Da Juiceman XXL Freshman Freestyle

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/02/notable-unquotable-oj-da-juiceman-xxl-freshman-freestyle"> "RINGS ON like a basketball player Freshman of the year like a basketball player What it do cuz man I'm here to stay Aw man cuz man we in ya face.. ........Aye!" Now, you may listen to this and say that <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/oj-da-juiceman">Jewman</a> has no vocabulary.




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