Pretty nice two page foldout cover including some of Def Jams former stars. No matter what your feelings are about Def Jam, you have to give them props for some of the most iconic groups, artists, and albums. 3 page list of all of Def Jams albums. Here is a sample of some of my favorite:
- Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush The Show
- EPMD – Business As Usual
- Jay-Z – Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life
- Redman – Whut? Thee Album
- South Central Cartel – ‘N Gatz We Truss
- Warren G – Regulate… G Funk Era
- Jayo Felony – Take A Ride
- Richie Rich – Seasoned Veteran
- DMX – It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot
- Ja Rule – Venni Vetti Vecci
- DMX – And The There Was X
- Ludacris – Word of Mouf
- Kanye West – College Dropout
Do we still need to say Destiny’s Child is on the cover? Or can we just say Beyonce is on the cover? So here’s a interesting comment in the reader’s opinion section talking about last months issue. Caren Rubin-Brown (Grundy, VA) writes: I’d like to voice my opinion on a statment in the article on Shyne: “He is caramel-colored, nothing like the big black nasty-looking motherfucker you expect him to be.” What the hell is wrong with this picture? I’ll tell you. Black people are constantly subjected to bullshit comments that associate words like “nasty,” “sorrow,” “death,” “evil,” and ‘diabolical” with “black.” Let me remind you that black is beautiful. Also let me remind you that Shyne is black. So what in God’s name is that statement supposed to mean? Come on! White people give us enough of this shit, and we have made it this far, but to hear it from your own people really pisses me off. Remember, Lola Ogunnaike, attitudes that keep us divided along color lines are just as detrimental to black unity as white racism.
Marshall Faulk was on the cover of Playstation 2′s NFL Gameday, was there a Gameday curse? Someone look into that.
This could have been one of the most iconic and sought after Vibe issues if they would have just put some thought into the cover. Instead they go with another illustration. This issue came out the same month she left us and if they would have used the picture of her from inside, it would have been perfect. Article on Pastor Troy is inside (underrated). Foxy Brown interview (when she was hot). Black Eyed Peas add (before the white girl). Funny Ad: T-Boz for Lawry’s Seasoned Salt?? Headline “T-Boz Confesses to late night run for favorite seasoning”
Pretty good looking cover, better than the last Vibe I covered. There is a FUBU ad with Daymond John in it, looks completely different that the Daymond you see on Shark Tank. Missy and Timbaland take out a one page ad to tell Aaliyah they miss her. Also looking back at a young Trick Daddy, didn’t realize how much he looks like the Grizzlies Tony Allen. Good little article on whether the hard economic times will sway the bling era into a more gritty musical direction. Not sure if that happened or not, but one thing you can always count on in the rap game is B!&#@’s, From B’s ain’t Sh!t but Hoes and Tricks… to I love bad B’s, that’s my f#$%%’n problem…. Bitches be economic proof! Jay-Z’s Blueprint gets 5 Star Rating in this issue.
Man, this is one ugly cover. It’s bad enough you put Nelly on the cover, but then you don’t even have the decency to put a real photo. Just plain ugly. I shouldn’t have to go through and read 87 pages just to find anything interesting, anyhow Next artist was a bust with Truth Hurts, Jarvis Church,Lamya, and Ledisi. Article on the X-ecutioners is the only thing worth reading in this mag. What the hell is wrong with Vibe?
Southern Exposure cover with three artists that went three ways. Vibe editors come up with the top 10 albums of all time. They actually came closer than I expected. It takes a nation of millions to hold us back, Amerikkka’s Most Wanted, and Illmatic hit the top five. I think The Chronic and Reasonable Doubt should have been higher up. De La Soul is Dead and Aquemini shouldn’t have been on the list. Dang! Ali of the St. Lunatics got a 1 rating for his album Heavy Starch.
Two page ad inside of 50 cent and Vitamin Water, kind of weird, one photo has fifty and his dog wearing a platinum/silver cross chain? next photo has him reading The Wall Street Journal while some bikini wearing girls wait in the background. Next artist included: Yummy Bingham (Miss), Rihanna (Hit), Ray Cash (Miss), and Noah (Miss) but I liked his flow. The rest of the issue is straight garbage, to top off the garbage is a Wendy Williams gossip page.
Rating: 3.5 / 10
This newspaper is the Liberator:art.culture.education.politics.truth…. it is all that but it is also a black published newspaper also. Article on Mos Def did not turn out the way I thought it would. Writer Kamille Whittaker goes in on Mos Def and his stupid Katrina Klap song. She used a lot of big words, but from what I could decipher, she didn’t like it! There is also a full movie review of Beat Street.
Check out this classic with Smif N Wessun on the cover. Jobim Rose starts out the mag with a rant about everything that’s wrong in hip-hop right now… The Glitter, Mainstream, Gossip, Other Mags, Wendy Williams and such. Don’t see much room for complaining, 1996 was a great year in hip-hop. This is surely a East Coast magazine, counted the word “son” 46 times. There is a great section where they pit two mc’s against each other, throw some lyrics down and have fans send letters in to the editor for voting of who won the imaginary battle. Wow, the days before the internet. This battle displayed GZA vs Nas pitting GZA rhymes from Livin’ in the World Today against Nas’ Eye for an Eye.
The paper stock on this magazine is a bit thicker than most magazines. Pretty cool cover of Domino who had the hit “Ghetto Jam” back in the early 90′s. B&W ad for the Wu-Tangs debut album Enter The Wu-Tang. Original Flavor was interviewed and here’s the opening: Q: The group’s changed, explain that. Ski: We cut that bitch ass nigga off, his name is Suave, cause he was wack and couldn’t rhyme. Put that in your magazine.
Ok, so a porn magazine with Fat Joe in it? Let’s all take a deep breath before I open this…. ok well it’s funny, Fat Joe is in a hotel room with a naked Lacey and he has this weird smirk on his face. DJ Quik is interviewed and talks about being a freak. My final thought is Porn plus Fat Joe do not mix.
I love the cover along with the layout. Has a small interview section with Witchdoctor. There is also a Q&A with Chip Fu of the Fu-Schnickens. That’s kind of out of left field but the article was interesting. Great idea to put the X-mas Gift Guide Items right next to the models breasts in all the photos.
R.I.P. to J Dilla. Excellent section called 25 Greatest Remixes, going to pause this post and listen to them all…. *AFK*…. I’m back, I hate to say it but it’s about 60/40 in favor of the originals, I think some of the remixes are just thought to be better off the names, like Pete Rock’s House of Pain Jump Around Remix, which I don’t like, and Erick Sermon’s How High remix for Meth and Red. Anyhow, number one was Public Enemy – Shut Em Down Remix by Pete Rock.
Ugly ass cover but you gotta love the underground feel of this magazine. Best part of the mag is when D.J. Flirt calls out NorcalUnderground promotions for scamming and misrepresenting a show with Too Short and 2 Live Crew. Neither acts showed up and D.J. Flirt said the following “Who are these hoes and what were they getting paid for this show? I hope NorcalUnderground didn’t pay a lot for those mufflers” What’s a Muffler? Sounds funny. “I got out of there, and actually found a better show at a Karaoke bar! (no lie)”.
Not sure what I think of this cover. It is a remake of a 1968 Esquire cover. I am trying to figure out if they purposely recreated the edges to really look like bad technology from the 60′s or just bad photoshopping. How come every high end clothing ad has to feature a white chick posing like she just took a shot of heroine? Top 4 Dynasties at the time: Bad Boy, G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath, Roc-A-Fella, Ruff Ryders. Section on the deaths of our fallen stars. Convincing arguments on Orlando Anderson being the shooter of Pac.
Nice clean cover of Rick Ross. Eva Mendes naked for a PETA advertisement. Large section on the passing of Pimp C. Article on B.O.B. before he blew up, noticed he changed his whole style, this photo has him mean muggin’ with a bat, on another photo from the past he’s mean muggin’ with a blunt in his mouth.
Two cover variations, including a west coast and an east coast cover. Cover is really red! Good article on the arrest of Mac Dre and members of the Crestside Country Club Gang. Advertisement for the Hieroglyphics – Thirdeye vision. Lol, you’re gonna love this cover: google Big Bear – Doin Thangs, it’s the same cover artists (Pen & Pixel) who did Snoops – Da Game and Silkk The Shocker’s Charge It 2 Da Game cover. Of course, then you can see one of my favorite covers, Devin The Dude on a toilet.
Classic cover with De La Soul, Red Alert, and Wee Papa Girls. You know your reading something classic when they have a Hip-Hop Slang section. Chillin’ Out – Relaxing, Biter – Someone who takes ideas from other and is unable to invest in those of his own, Posse – Group of Homeboys or Homegirls. Nice center two page Run DMC poster.
It’s about time we get some females on this blog. Although I don’t like non rappers on the covers, I can deal with this one. One of the nicest Ecko ads i’ve seen with Bounty Killer and some graph green smoke. Interesting article on another article that said Hip Hop Is Dead! , now I am too lazy to do some research, but was this statement made before Nas said it? It was in a article in The Journal News.
This is actually Hip Hop Magazines best kept secret title. Very pleasing to the eyes, in depth interviews, great selection of artists, and interesting subject matter. The eye candy and first round draft sections are mirrors of other magazines, but they hold their own. Labtekwon is the 1st round draft pick and he says his most famous battle was when he out dueled the entire Hieroglyphics crew in a freestyle battle. I need to do some research and see how true that is. Interesting article on how (A Tribe) Ali Shaheed Muhammed’s name has affected his career.
Update* So I took to Twitter to find out the real story, and I wish I hadn’t. Nothing resolved. Here’s a sample of some of the Tweets.
This issue is in one of my favorite 2 year span of hip hop. Nothing but great stories and rappers from coast to coast within. Tribute to Eazy-E. Color photos of both rappers mentioned inside. I found the original receipt inside the magazine and I got to say well…. here’s the list of items from North Teutonia Avenue Pick N Save: Fresh-Yo Magazine, Koolaid – Lemonade, Miller Draft 12PK bottles, Diapers, Pork Chops 1/4 Loin. Now that’s a good Sunday afternoon!
This issue had three covers, including a nicer Canibus cover and a worst cover with R. Kelly on it. They got a section where they went to Roger Pratt on NYC’s Houston St. to predict stuff in hip hop, he came back with Latrell will kill his coach! lol. XXL’s Eye Candy is Jennifer Lopez.
Cool cover remembering Eazy-E. The Hills Boys have a ad for their album What You Wanna Do that is extra ghetto, reminds me of the Section 8 Mob advertisement. Not sure how Lost Boyz / Legal Drug Money got a 6/10 rating. Pretty sad as Rap Pages calls out L.A. talk radio host George Weber the day after Eazy died as he and some callers spoke about being glad Eazy was dead. Side note: George Weber was stabbed to death by his male lover in 2009.
Crazy to remember all the other covers with Dr in the background, such as the Deep Cover Source cover with Snoop, 50 Cent & Eminem XXL cover. Could it be Timbo’s are back in style? NY’s Joey Bada$$ is being deemed the next Nas or Big L. I’ll edit this page next year to see how that turns out. Lot’s of list and issue shows all back issues of XXL. To top off the issue the all-time great Eye Candy is shown, Rose Acosta.