Introduce Yourself To The 12 Rappers In XXL’s 2014 Freshman Class

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Take a Chance (the Rapper) on the 12 rappers on XXL's "Freshmen Class" list.


Video: Freddie Gibbs Speaks On Sexting

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Our friendly neighborhood <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/freddie-gibbs">Gangsta Gibbs</a> generously took a minute from his relentless schedule to speak out against an issue that clearly needs speaking out against – sexting.

#Jay Z

9 Rappers Desperately In Need Of A Name Change…

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When it comes to an aspiring MC's career, a solid rap name is just important their actual talent.


Video: Letters To Fam

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If Jeff didn't write that, you can bet your bank account that 500K Flea did.


(C)Rank It! – The Hook Edition

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In my opinion nobody is seeing Nate when it comes to hooks.


Video: Asher Roth XXL Freestyle

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In the comments <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=12181">yesterday</a>, Benny Blanco said: I hear TSS talkin about all the dudes on the xxl cover but never Asher Roth I wanna know yall opinion on homie I personally just dunno about him yet I havent jumped on the band wagon quite yet gotta listen to more songs I guess Well, here's Asher's XXL freestyle.


Video: B.o.B. XXL Freestyle

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To keep TC's <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=12119">high school basketball analogy</a> going B.


Video: Mickey Factz XXL Freestyle

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I guess it's time for me to lay my claim.


Video: Corey Gunz XXL Freestyle

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LC already posted the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=11899">Blu XXL bars</a> for their Top Of The Class feature.


Video: Blu XXL Freestyle

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I was just telling K1ng yesterday, Blu is fast becoming one of my favorite MCs.


“Shoot The 5…”

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All of this talk of 1998, greatness & classics, it lead me to do some thinking and digging.


100 To 3

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<a title="100 to 3 by MZ - TSS, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24427145@N04/2735815494/"> What better way for The Source to ring in '98 with their 100th issue? With LL on the cover holding five golden Mics, the house that Mays & Benzino built was living the life as the industry standard when it came to magazines. Looking back on their 9-plus years covering the music we all enjoy, they provided top 100 lists for the best singles, albums, covers, athletes, etc as they not only celebrated their existence but the culture as well. This was evident in all of the congratulations from labels and artists in the advertising. Not satisfied to just recollect on the past, The Source also looked to the future technology would play in regards to the music and how its influences were making the music a global phenomenon. However, a group of disgruntled staffers had defected with the sole focus of creating a magazine to knock The Source off its pedestal. Unhappy with Benzino's increasing influence in the editorial and ratings, they fashioned XXL in The Source's template. After using '97 to lay a foundation, XXL started a consistent publication cycle starting with issue #3 in '98. Double covers and <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/EyeCandy/2006/ec.esther/1.html">Eye Candy</a> were two of the few things that differentiated to two as XXL scrambled to secure an audience.

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