20 Hip-Hop Personalities Share Memories of Nas’ ‘Illmatic’ [EXCLUSIVE]
Artists, producers, DJs and journalists share some of their thoughts on a classic.
5 Best Songs From Joey Bada$$’ Album ‘All-Amerikkkan Bada$$’
We picked the five best tracks from Joey Bada$$' 'All-Amerikkkan Bada$$.'
Kodak Black Illustrates His Trials and Tribulations on ‘Painting Pictures’ Album
Kodak Black's 'Painting Pictures' album is an admirable effort and indicative of the path that the rapper is on.
20 of the Best Lyrics From Raekwon’s ‘The Wild’ Album
Here are 20 of the best lyrics from Raekwon's 'The Wild' album that fans should take note of. Get your pause and rewind buttons ready.
50 The Notorious B.I.G. Songs Every Fan Should Know
With the 20th anniversary of the rapper's death here, check out 50 of the most essential songs from or featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
The Life of a Hot Boy: An Inside Look at Fallen Rapper Bankroll Fresh’s Rise to Fame
As the one-year anniversary of Atlanta rapper Bankroll Fresh's death draws near, his mother speaks with XXL about his childhood, his come up and keeping his legacy alive.
20 of the Best Eminem Songs
After taking a dive into his discography and making a few tough decisions, here are some of the 20 definitive Eminem songs he's released to date.
20 of the Best Future Songs
In celebration of his new album, we've compiled a list of 20 of the best songs that are essential in Future's catalog. Did your favorite make the cut?
20 Great Rap Lyrics for Die-Hard Boxing Fans
XXL highlights 20 unforgettable rap lyrics celebrating boxing's biggest icons and the sport as a whole.
6 Newer Rappers Who Upset Old School Hip-Hop
A number of today's brightest stars have made waves for their perceived lack of respect for the legends and the culture of hip-hop as a whole. We've highlighted a few of the more notorious instances here.
‘One In a Million’ Pushed Aaliyah to the Forefront of R&B’s New School
'One in A Million' found Aaliyah at a crossroads and with Timbaland she found her new sound.
Who Killed It? ‘Watch For the Hook’ – Cool Breeze Featuring OutKast, Goodie Mob, Witchdoct…
We highlight Cool Breeze's unforgettable single and break down who had the best verse.
10 Best Moments in Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill’s Relationship
Now that Omeeka is no more, here are 10 of the best moments in Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill's relationship over the past two years.
10 Biggest Hip-Hop Social Media Meltdowns of 2016
With a crazy year of tweets, Instagram posts and status updates behind us, here are 10 rappers who experienced social media meltdowns in 2016.
20 J. Cole Songs That Made You a Fan
Did your favorite track make the cut?
A Tribe Called Quest Give a Wake-Up Call on ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service…
A Tribe Called Quest's new album, 'We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service,' is equal parts a wake-up call to America as it is a dedication to a fallen soldier.
10 R&B Artists That Defined Hip-Hop Soul
By 1993, hip-hop soul had fully usurped New Jack Swing as the popular sound in R&B. Here are ten definitive artists who put the style at the forefront.
34 Crazy Hip-Hop Fan Moments Caught on Camera
From Lil Uzi Vert to Jay Z and more, check out 20 instances in which some of your favorite rappers encountered their fans and the results were disastrous.
20 Best Smooth Talkers in Hip-Hop
These 20 rappers have a penchant for smooth-talking on tracks and making the ladies go crazy.
40 Sophomore Rap Albums That Missed the Mark
These albums failed to live up to the expectations set by their first release, whether in the eyes of the public or the critics.
‘Watch the Throne’ Is a Collaborative Album That Redirected Mainstream Hip-Hop
We looked back at what set the stage for 'Watch the Throne' and what followed in it's wake.
How Usher’s ‘8701’ Transcended Him from Teen Heartthrob to R&B’s Leading Man
On its 15th anniversary, we take a look back at Usher's 2001 album, '8701.'
How Alicia Keys’ ‘Songs in A Minor’ Album Mastered the Art of Classical Soul
We take a look back at Alicia Keys' 2001 album, 'Songs in A Minor,' on the LP's 15th anniversary.
25 Essential Gucci Mane Songs You Need to Hear
In celebration of Gucci Mane's release from prison, we've selected 25 of his most essential cuts for your listening pleasure.
20 First Moments in Hip-Hop You Should Know
XXL highlights 20 of the more publicized firsts in hip-hop.
20 Drake Songs That Give Us The Feels
We've compiled twenty songs from Drake's catalog that are guaranteed to have you in ya feelings.
Views From The Blueprint: Why Drake’s Next Album Could Put Him On Par With Jay Z
Could 'Views From the 6' push Drake's to the next level?
Who Killed It? Ranking Hip-Hop’s Best Verses: ‘Blackout’ – DMX, The L.O.X. and Jay Z
We rank the verses on classic posse cuts from worst to first--a look at who killed DMX's 'Blackout.'
From 2 Chainz to Kwame; 10 Hip-Hop Artists Who Successfully Reinvented Themselves
Here are the best examples of rap artists reinventing themselves.
20 of the Best Chris Brown Songs
He's arguably the one that holds the crown as the king of R&B at the moment. Check out our picks for the 20 best Chris Brown songs to date and find out if your favorite made it on the list.