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Jhene Aiko Analyzes Tupac Shakur's Influence On Her Music

Exclusive: Jhene Aiko reflects on the personal nature of her music, in-depth lyrics what it takes to get into her creative zone.

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Isaiah Rashad Reflects On Scarface's Influence & His BET Cypher Experience

Exclusive: Top Dawg Entertainment's latest addition, Isaiah Rashad explains the delays with his "Cilvia" EP and how he balances fatherhood and his Rap career.

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A$AP Ferg Says He & A$AP Rocky Were "Bashed" For Their Trendsetting Fashion

Exclusive: Harlem's A$AP Ferg breaks down his Battle Rap history, the internal competition on his "Work (Remix)" and recalls being called "gay" and "weirdo" by rivals for ushering in form-fitting, designer jeans.

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Rich Kidd Talks Toronto's Hip Hop & Submitting Beats To Kanye West & Jay-Z

Exclusive: Rich Kidd sounds off on his transition to a full-time rapper, working with Young Guru and the evolution of Toronto's Hip Hop scene.

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Logic Details Aligning With No I.D. & Def Jam While Maintaining His Lyrical Approach

Exclusive: After landing the XXL Freshman Class cover and a deal with Def Jam, Logic sounds off on remaining true to his sound while courting a bigger audience.

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Rittz Affirms "Fuck Swag" Stance; Says He Doesn't Believe In Selling Out

Exclusive: Rittz details his evolution from the "White Jesus" days and how Strange Music legitimized his Hip Hop aspirations.

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Raekwon Gives Details On "F.I.L.A." & Promises More Features

Exclusive: Raekwon details how he and the Wu-Tang Clan stay relevant in the Digital Era and plans to diversify his sound on his upcoming "F.I.L.A." album.

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J. Dash Says He Talked To Miley Cyrus Months Before Her "WOP" Video

Exclusive: Gainsville Florida's J. Dash explains crafting "WOP" in his apartment and how Miley Cyrus twerking to his song made it go viral.

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Cassie Looks Back On Her Work With Wiz Khalifa & Rick Ross

Exclusive: Cassie recalls the relatively quick process behind her recent "RockaByeBaby" mixtape and getting features from Rick Ross, Fabolous and others.

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Trinidad James Calls Himself A "Connoisseur Of Music" & Reacts To Viral Success

Exclusive: Trinidad James reacts to those criticizing his place on the "XXL Freshmen Class" list and why he tells his detractors, "look at me as motivation."

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Boi-1da Shares Stories Behind Drake's "Started From The Bottom"

Exclusive: Producer Boi-1da says Drake's "Started From The Bottom" is "100% real," and shares memories of different jobs they had before becoming famous.

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