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20 Covers of Hip-Hop Songs Using Instruments

From violins to harps and more, XXL highlights 20 covers of rap songs in which varying instruments capture the vibe.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

YG Offers to Perform ‘FDT’ at Donald Trump’s Inauguration for a Hefty Payday

YG would love to perform at Trump's inauguration.

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YG Hit With Lawsuit Over ‘Who Do You Love?’ and ‘Bicken Back Being Bool’ Tracks

YG is reportedly facing a copyright infringement lawsuit over unpaid royalties.

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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.

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Adrian Borromeo for XXL

50 Best Hip-Hop Projects of 2016

From A Tribe Called Quest to A$AP Mob and more, this is your definitive list of 2016's best rap albums, mixtapes and EPs.

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Theo Wargo, Astrid Stawiarz, Frazer Harrison, Getty Images (3)

10 Words Hip-Hop Spells Differently

Here are 10 words hip-hop spells in its own way.

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Adrian Borromeo for XXL

50 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2016

XXL presents the best songs of 2016.

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YG Teams Up With Lil Wayne on the G-Funk-Inspired Track ‘Trill’

YG and Lil Wayne are so damn 'trill.'

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Top 5 Grammy Snubs 2017: Who Got Shut Out of Major Categories?

These artists got snubbed at this year's Grammy nominations.

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21 Savage Announces ‘Issa Pop Up’ in Los Angeles

Fans can buy merchandise and have a chance to meet 21 Savage at his L.A. show.

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Babylon

YG Recruited by Babylon for New Fall/Winter Collection [PHOTOS]

The Los Angeles based fashion brand Babylon has recruited YG to show their new Fall, Winter collection.

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Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Donald Trump’s Presidential Win: YG, Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae and More React with Shock and Disgust

Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States. Hip-hop had thoughts.

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Instagram

Drake, YG and Kamaiyah Shoot ‘Why You Always Hatin” Video in L.A.

The single from YG's critically-acclaimed 'Still Brazy' is getting visuals.

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20 Best Albums of 2016… So Far

The first half of 2016 has proven to be a great year for hip-hop and R&B and makes us excited for the coming months.

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YG and DJ Mustard Officially Squash Their Feud at Coachella 2016 [PHOTO]

After a year of discord, rapper YG and producer DJ Mustard have officially ended their beef at the 2016 Coachella Music Festival.

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G-Eazy, Logic, YG, & Yo Gotti Embarking on The Endless Summer Tour

Rappers G-Eazy, Logic, Yo Gotti, and YG will be heading out on The Endless Summer Tour in June.

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YouTube

Kendrick Lamar Honored as Grand Marshal of the 63rd Compton Christmas Parade [VIDEO]

There’s no question that Kendrick Lamar had a phenomenal year. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper capped off his 2015 with being the Grand Marshall of the 63rd annual Compton Christmas Parade over the weekend.

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Theo Wargo / Earl Gibson III / Jason Merritt / Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

100 Hip-Hop Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

From the random to the serious and everything in between, check out 100 Hip-Hop Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.

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Angela Weiss / Timothy Hiatt, Getty Images

Meek Mill Tells YG to ‘Smarten Up’ After Being Shot in Los Angeles

Over the weekend, Meek Mill chimed in on YG's shooting incident and gave some words of advice to the West Coast rhymer.

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Paras Griffin / Frazer Harrison / Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

Forbes’ 2015 Hip-Hop Cash Princes List Features Young Thug, Iggy Azalea, Rae Sremmurd & More [PHOTOS]

Find out which of your favorite rappers are raking in big bucks, which earns them a spot on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Princes list.

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Kid Ink, YG, Wale, Tyga & Rich Homie Quan Appear in ‘Ride Out’ Video

Rappers Kid Ink, YG, Wale, Tyga and Richie Homie Quan are revving up the promotions for the upcoming racing flick, 'Furious 7.' The rap quintet have teamed up to star in the adrenaline-fueled video of their collaborative song, “Ride Out.”

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Ty Dolla $ign and YG Accused of Attacking Fan in Australia

Rappers Ty Dolla $ign and YG could be in major legal trouble following their recent trip to Australia. An Aussie fan is accusing the rap duo of attacking him in a nightclub over a VIP section.

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YG Reveals He’s Going to Be a Father [VIDEO]

Rapper YG had a ‘Krazy Life’ last year and he’s going to have an even crazier life in 2015 now that he’s an expectant father.

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YG DJ Mustard
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YG and DJ Mustard Squashed Their Feud on Instagram [PHOTO]

Last year, YG and DJ Mustard had fans worried when they started beefing with each other on Instagram over money. But it looks like things are just fine between the dynamic West Coast duo.

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10 Best Album Covers of 2014

From PRhyme's broken heads to FKA twigs' powerful portrait, R&B and hip-hop is covered. Check out The Boombox's Best Album Covers of 2014.

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YG Added to Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour

Rapper YG has been added to the final leg of the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour.

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OutKast Bring Out Bun B at OVO Fest, YG Kicks Things Off [VIDEO]

OutKast headlined Drake's annual OVO Fest and brought out Bun B to perform with them onstage.

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Liz Ramanand, The Boombox

Future Teams Up With A$AP Ferg, YG, Trey Songz & More at New York City Show [EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS]

Future wasn't about to offer his fans a one-man show Tuesday night (June 3) at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The rapper welcomed a wealth of artists to share the stage with him as he performed songs off his new album, 'Honest.'

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YG and DJ Mustard Cover RESPECT. Magazine

Rapper YG and DJ Mustard cover the latest issue of RESPECT. magazine.

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G-Unit Reunites, Nas Relives ‘Illmatic,’ Nicki Minaj Performs at Hot 97 Summer Jam 2014 [EXCLUSIVE]

Rapper 50 Cent reunited with G-Unit, Nas relived 'Illmatic' and Nicki Minaj performed with Drake and Wayne at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2014.

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