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.
Great cover of the Wu-Tang’s Method Man. Mary J Blige looks her sexiest for her Love & Life advertisement. Crooked I speaks about his highly anticipated album, which to date has not come out. Funny section with Red & Meth called Useless Information You Don’t Really Need To Know About Method Man and Redman.
I’m not giving any points when 1 of the 2 covers has Sean Paul and Johnny The Jeweler. Pretty close to the top 10 worst Hip-Hop covers. Still not happy with the Gruopie Confessions section, especially now that they actual put an artists name on blast, no class. Then in another article, they put “Stop Snitching Award: Superhead” Once again Julia Beverly needs to step her game up.
One of the most entertaining battles in Hip-Hop comes to an end. Very good cover of two legends of the game. Best moments of 2005 include: DJ Green Lantern caught on tape talking about 50 Cent to Jadakiss, Rapper “Houston” digs his eye out to get the devil off his back, Kanye West says that George Bush doesn’t care about black people.
City 2 City section goes to Kansas City and features Tech N9Ne and Rich The Factor. Large City 2 City feature on S.F. with a large variety of bay artists including Andre Nickatina, JT The Bigga Figga, and Guce. I have to call out C-4 and Ceza for their CD reviews, they review 40 albums without one being criticized including albums 702-Star, and Moonshine Bandits – Soggy Crackerz.
Quick change of pace in covers i’ve been posting. Naked Keyshia Cole, can’t complain. Photo shots of Diggy when he was 7 or 8. Another mag wasting space with Karrine Steffans. Only hip hop area was undiscovered talent where they at least pick a few right : Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Tyga, and Skyzoo.
E-40 graces the cover with the Sick Wid It Records family which includes Turf Talk, Laroo, Coolnutz, Nump, and the original Click. Worst clothing line ever Ghetto Profitt Wear with shirts like Wus Poppin Blood and My Baby Mama Ain’t Shit lol! Once again, love the Technical Question? Ask Amp Live Section. Scott Bejda also does a good job with the article on Pator Troy, the picture of him is also great. Marcus Hanschen also takes a nice photo of Brotha Lynch Hung “hanging”.
Cover photo could have been shot better, but the choice of an underground artist like Gemini was cool. He’s like the Texas Fat Joe, has a similiar voice, but instead of leaning back, he’s talking about straps. (yeah that rhymed). I liked the Rick Rock article but the Turf Talk Q&A was filled with the same unoriginal questions.
Very hard not to like a cover that has either Biggie or Pac on the cover. The article is a must read and very telling of what was to come. Organized Konfusion gets a well deserved 4 mics for Stress: The Extinction Agenda. Good to see Jeru The Damaja get an article.
Hip Hop Quotable : Jeru The Damaja – Mental Stamina
Unsigned Hype: None present (or mine is missing)
R.I.P. to Soulja Slim, not sure how things would have turned out if he would have been able to continue in the game. One of my favorite Murderdog covers. Very west coast magazine has a large section of down south advertisements and articles. Interesting picture of Paul Wall and Chamillionaire when they were youngin’s.
Can a cover be ugly and beautiful at the same time? The early layout on these issues is ugly but you got to love the people featured and the vintage year being covered. Fab 5 Freddy, Krs-One, and Ice-T. MC Duke was wearing LV clothing back in the day. Good article on the DMC West Coast DJ finals, and a must read article on Fab 5 Fredddy.
Nice cover of the legend. Is this the same outfit with the white background that The Source used in their magazine also? Sadat X in a Snoop Dogg Clothing ad. Article on Crooked I. Thick issue with not much more except for the special section on Biggie and the making of Life After Death.
Respect for Obama, but with every magazine and their momma’s putting him on covers, it would have been nice to see someone like Andre 3000, Immortal Technique, or Nipsey Hussle grace the cover this month. The political heavy issue was like reading a Newsweek Hip-Hop 101 issue.
Hip Hop Quotable : Murs – The Science
Unsigned Hype: LMFAO (?)
You really can’t hate on the cover with Bay Area Rap Legend Too Short. Cap 1 inside, never really blew up like I thought he would. Interesting letter to the editor from Jamal Diggs while in prison giving some insight to Mac Dre, Jamal Diggs would go on to be J-Diggs of Thizz Nation. Articles on M.O.P. and Richie Rich.