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Ask almost anyone in the music industry and they will tell you that Gucci Mane‘s ear for talent is impeccable.

Atlanta is filled with artists that he either discovered or played a part in their development.

One such artist is Young Thug, who at one point was signed to Big Guwop‘s 1017 Brick Squad imprint.

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The two remain close and XXL honored the pair by putting them on the cover of their Fall issue, appropriately titled “The Protégé and the Professor.”

For the new issue, the two artists both sat with XXL to talk about their journeys to stardom—including some of the bumps they have hit along the way—their history with each other, thoughts on the current hip-hop landscape and personal focuses for the future.

Gucci, who has been somewhat absent from hip-hop for the past three-plus years, due to a federal prison bid, also discusses his life before the jail sentence and what he had to do to change himself and succeed when he got out.

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Thug, who has found comfort in the world of fashion, also talks about how that fits in his budding career and what it means for himself and hip-hop.

Also in the issue are special stories on Lil’ Kim’s 20th anniversary of her debut album, Hard Core, and a look back at the first days of Kim and Foxy Brown.

Plus, XXL catches up with hit maker Rich Homie Quan, new jocks Young M.A, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Cousin Stizz and much more.

The issue hits newsstands in October.

Credits: XXL 

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