From Nas’ “Street Dreams” to the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” production duo the Trackmasters have been behind some of Hip Hop’s biggest hits in their two decades of work. Now, in a new interview with Complex, Poke and Tone break down the history behind some their most revered Hip Hop hits. Check out the full interview with the pair of beat-smiths for the skinny on why they feel The Firm flopped and Jay-Z and R. Kelly’s tumultuous recording history.

Check out Complex’s “Trackmasters Tell All: The Stories Behind Their Classic Records Part 2”

In other news, Nicki Minaj reportedly endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 mixtape, in which she raps, “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches are fucking up the economy.” While Nicki isn’t the first emcee to show love to the GOP in the history of Hip Hop, Gawker felt the YMCMB songstress’s dap-up to the Grand Ol’ Party was a little suspect and did some digging to check whether Nicki’s allegiances really lie with Mitt.

Check out Gawker’s “Fact-Checking Nicki Minaj: Is She Really a Republican Voting for Mitt Romney?”

Finally, it’s no secret that fans have been bemoaning the steady decline of New York’s dominance in rap. As Hip Hop rolled into the 2000’s, the trunk rattling sounds of the South took over the airwaves, leaving many NYC emcees struggling to remain relevant. Now, however, the Smoking Section has come through with a list of ten artists looking to take New York’s title back. From soon-to-be stars like the A$AP Mob to buzz-worthy sleepers like the Flatbush Zombies, the list is sure to make old heads excited for New York future in Hip Hop.

Check out the Smoking Section’s “Ten NYC Rappers Who Will Bring The Big Apple Back”

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