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Throughout this week, XXL Staff members will give their personal year-end lists. Each member will list their top five in five categories of their choosing. First up is XXL Music Editor, Eric Diep (@E_Diep)

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Albums

1. Wale, The Gifted
2. Jon Connor, Unconscious State
3. Lil Wayne, I Am Not A Human Being 2
4. Troy Ave, New York City: The Album
5. Drake, Nothing Was The Same

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Mixtapes

1. Kanye West, Yeezus (Chopped Not Slopped By Slim K)
2. The Underachievers, Indigoism
3. Master P, Al Capone
4. Problem, The Separation
5. Tree, Sunday School II


Songs


1. Snootie, “Yayo”
2. Dizzy Wright featuring Kid Ink & Honey Cocaine “Fashion”
3. Chris Brown “Fine China”
4.  Future, “Chosen One”
5.  Sage The Gemini featuring Justin Bieber & Iamsu! “Gas Pedal (Remix)”


Five Songs That I Wish Didn’t Exist


1. “23”
2. “It’s Sad Boy”
3. Every “Roar” remix by a rapper
4. Rick Ross on “Royals”
5. “Timber” (super catchy though)

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Five Weird Moments I Had With Rappers This Year

1. Rick Ross flipping me off because we put him in Step Your Rap Game Up
2. Q-Tip giving me the silent treatment when I asked about his New Year’s Resolution
3. DM’ing Kool Keith late at night to chat
4. Papoose whistling randomly during our interview
5. Webbie hitting on his publicist right in front of me (he was probably joking …)

Happy Holidays everyone!
 
Throughout this week, XXL Staff members will give their personal year-end lists. Each member will list their top five in five categories of their choosing. First up is XXL Editor & Social Media Manager, Miranda Johnson (@randa_writes).
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Albums
1. NWTS
2. Born Sinner (“Power Trip” is taking that Grammy.)
3. Yeezus
4. Magna Carta Holy Grail
5. I Am

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Mixtapes
1. The Product 2
2. Beach House 2
3. Acid Rap
4. Blue Chips 2
4. YRN


Songs
1. “Power Trip”
2. “I luv this shit”
3. “Started From The Bottom”
4. “Type Of Way”
5. “Versace”
Bonus: “And she gon shake it like a RED NOSE!”



Favorite interviews!
1. 50 Cent
2. Bow Wow
3. Ab-Soul
4. YG
5. B.o.B
6. August Alsina
Happy Holidays everyone!
 
Throughout this week, XXL Staff members will give their personal year-end lists. Each member will list their top five in five categories of their choosing. First up is XXL Video Director, Luke Tedaldi (@LukeTedaldiXXL)

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Albums

1. Danny Brown, Old
2. Kanye West, Yeezus
3. Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
5. Kevin Gates, Luca Brasi Story

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Mixtapes

1. YRN, Migos
2. Acid Rap, Chance the Rapper
3. Blue Chips 2, Action Bronson and Party Supplies
4. The Separation, Problem
5. Kevin Gates, Stranger than Fiction

Songs

1. “Lose Yourself to Dance”  Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
2. “Started from the Bottom” Drake.
3. “New Slaves” Kanye West
4. “Gas Pedal” Sage the Gemini
5. “Bugatti” Ace Hood, feat, Future, Rick Ross

Mind-Blowing Music Videos

1. “Happy” Pharrell Williams
2. “Tamale” Tyler The Creator
3. “Bound 2” Kanye West
4. “Versace” Migos
5. “Work” Iggy Azalea

Bonus - Janelle Monaé featuring Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”

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Favorite artists shot at XXL (in the last 2.5 months)

1. Tiffany Foxx 
2. Bow Wow
3. 50 Cent
4. Sage the Gemini
5. Problem 

Happy Holidays everyone!
 
Throughout this week, XXL Staff members will give their personal year-end lists. Each member will list their top five in five categories of their choosing. First up is XXL Online Editor, Emmanuel Maduakolam (@ECM_LP)
 
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Albums

1. Pusha T: My Name Is My Name
2. Kanye West: Yeezus
3. Drake: Nothing Was The Same
4. Earl Sweatshirt: Doris
5. Childish Gambino: Because The Internet



Songs
1. Travis Scott Featuring James Fauntleroy “Drive”
2. Drake: “Furthest Thing”
3. Rick Ross “Box Chevy”
4. Vic Mensa Featuring Chance The Rapper “Suitcase”
5. Pusha T Featuring Rick Ross “Hold On”


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Mixtapes
1. Travis Scott - Owl Pharaoh
2. Nipsey Hu$$le - Crenshaw
3. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
4. Vic Mensa - INNANETAPE
5. Action Bronson - Blue Chips 2


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Big Body Projects Most Slept On
1. PARTYNEXTDOOR - PARTYNEXTDOOR
2. The Internet - Feels Good
3. Spree Wilson - Technicolor Vol. 1
4. Scotty ATL - F.A.I.T.H.
5. Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch 2
 


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Women That Should Let Me Be Their Man
1. Teyana Taylor
2. Bria Murphy
3. Jhene Aiko
4. Jennifer Lawrence
5. Solange Knowles
Happy Holidays everyone!
Throughout this week, XXL Staff members will give their personal year-end lists. Each member will list their top five in five categories of their choosing. First up is XXL Features Editor, Dan Rys (@danrys)

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Mixtapes

1. Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
2. Lil Durk, Signed To The Streets
3. Action Bronson, Blue Chips 2
4. Nipsey Hussle, Crenshaw
5. Juelz Santana, God Willin’

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Albums

1. Pusha T, My Name Is My Name
2. Kanye West. Yeezus
3. ASAP Rocky, Long. Live. A$AP
4. Kevin Gates. Stranger Than Fiction
5. Earl Sweatshirt, Doris

Songs

1. Kanye West featuring Charlie Wilson, “Bound 2”
2. Pusha T featuring Rick Ross. “Hold On”
3. A$AP Rocky featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, Danny Brown and Action Bronson, “1 Train”
4. 2 Chainz, “Feds Watching”
5. Flatbush Zombies, “Palm Trees”

Favorite Action Bronson Moments This Year

1. Meeting Him At An Art Gallery
2. Seeing Him On The Street
3. Vine Karaoke
4. The Nursing Home Video
5. Blue Chips 2



Shows Of The Year

1. Ghostface Killah at SXSW
2. D’Angelo at Music Hall of Williamsburg
3. Pearl Jam at Barclays Center
4. Redman at the W Hotel
5. Big Boi and Killer Mike at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Happy Holidays everyone!
Throughout this week, XXL Staff members will give their personal year-end lists. Each member will list their top five in five categories of their choosing. First up is XXL Managing Editor, Christine Werthman.


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Albums
1. Danny Brown: Old
2. Earl Sweatshirt: Doris
3. Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels
4. A$AP Rocky: LongLiveA$AP
5. Drake: Nothing Was The Same



Songs
1. A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar: “Fuckin’ Problems”
2. Drake: “Worst Behavior”
3. Rich Homie Quan: “Type Of Way”
4. Big Sean featuring Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica: “Control”
5. Migos: “Versace”


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Mixtapes
1. Kevin Gates - Stranger Than Fiction
2. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
3. Migos - Young Rich Niggas
4. Young Thug - 1017 Thug
5. Underachievers - Indigoism



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Recipes From 2 Chainz’s Cookbook
1. Shrimp And Grits
2. Fried Chicken
3. Herb-Crusted Lamb Rib Chops
4. Garlic Mashed Potatoes 
5. Chicken Marsala


R&B Songs
1. Ciara: “Body Party”
2. Beyonce: “Blow”
3. Rhye: “Open”
4. Blood Orange: “You’re Not Good Enough”
5. Janelle Monae: “Q.U.E.E.N.”

XXL Celebrates 40 Years Of Hip-Hop With Five Special Covers

This year hip-hop marked a major milestone with the celebration of its 40th anniversary. This month XXL honors that achievement with five collector’s edition tribute covers featuring some of biggest acts in hip-hop history including Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, OutKast and LL Cool J. XXL magazine also combed through four decades of hip-hop to narrow down the top 10 most important albums and songs per year from 1973-2013.

The rest of the issue is jam packed with stories on YG and DJ Mustard’s new movement, the success of Tech N9ne’s Strange Music in 2013, the best Karen Civil story yet, Nipsey Hu$$le, Sage The Gemini, Isaiah Rashad, Young Scooter, Bun B and much more. Plus Eye Candy Of The Year!

XXL hits stands nationally on Dec. 31, 2013.

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