Rime Magazine #13 : The Game Cover

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.

Rating: 8.0/10

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.

Legacy Magazines@LegacyMagazines

2005 Review on my site about @labtekwon stating his freestyle victory over the @SOMHIERO ? Real Talk? @TajaiMassey

TAJAIهيروغليفكس@TajaiMassey

@LegacyMagazines @labtekwon @SOMHIERO LMAO. Served him and his crew. Made a guy quit rapping and go to college that night. Ask @CrazyLegsRSC

Labtekwon@Labtekwon

@TajaiMassey @LegacyMagazines @SOMHIERO i spit a freestyle and you were shook. u sat yo ass down and didnt rhyme again until the end. u lyin

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Yo! Magazine #49 : Tupac Cover

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!

Rating: 9.0/10

XXL Magazine #5 : Snoop Dogg Cover 1 of 3

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.

Rating: 7.5/10

Sister 2 Sister Magazine Vol.10 No.9 : Snoop Dogg Cover

Snoop Dogg in his god awful No Limit days on the cover. Interesting note on BET making Pac’s Do For Love video go back and get edited by painting panties on the cartoon chick. Snoop interview talks about Death Row.

Rating: 6.5/10

Sister 2 Sister Magazine Vol.11 No.7 : Puff Daddy Cover

Story of Puffy beating down Nas’ manager after the “Hate Me Now” video came out with the two on the cross. Mase finds god, we all know how that ended up. This magazine has no real articles in depth articles.

Rating: 6.0/10

Rap Pages Magazine Vol.5 No.12 : The Roots Cover

Excellent cover photo of the Roots. This issue is the MC and also the photo issue. One thing you got to love about Rap Pages is that they shine light on independent up and coming magazines.

Rating: 8.5/10

Vibe Magazine June 2003 : Nas Cover

Simple clean cover with Nas on it. Nas article inside but not a lot of Hip-Hop related articles except for the CD reviews.

Rating: 7.0/10

Notorious Magazine #3 : Puff Daddy & Kim Porter Cover

Diddy on the cover of his own magazine? Nothing in this issue hip hop at all.

Rating: 2.5/10

Vibe Magazine July 2002 : Lisa Left Eye Lopes Cover 1 of 2

Tribute cover to Lisa Left Eye Lopes who was gonna turn into N.I.N.A. on Death Row. Includes photos and articles of UrbanAID2 concert with Jay-Z, The Roots, Alicia Keys and more.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #128 : Big Pun Cover

R.I.P. to Big Pun, includes an article on his death along with pictures including when he wasn’t so big. 256 pgs in this issue but not much substance.

Hip Hop Quotable: Common – The 6th Sense

Unsigned Hype: Navada

Rating: 7.0/10

Beat Down Magazine #6 : Erick Sermon & Fat Joe Cover

Love Erick Sermon on the cover, don’t really care for Fat Joe. Great advertisement for The Fab 5 Let The Madness Begin, O.G.C. and Heltah Skeltha. Article on the Pharcyde and Def Jam. RBX tells of his “escape” from Death Row.

Rating; 8.5/10

Rap Pages Magazine Aug 1995 Vol.4 No.7 : Eazy-E Cover

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.

Rating: 8.0/10

XXL Magazine #144 : Dr Dre & Kendrick Lamar Cover

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.

Rating: 8.5/10

XXL Magazine #91 : Young Buck Cover

Young Buck on the cover before he ran out of money and cried on the phone. By the way, his first album was a classic. Funny section on The Game at club Firestone in Florida and challenging a fan to a bottle drink off.

Rating: 6.0/10

XXL Magazine #102 : G-Unit Cover

Another black background cover with 50 Cent, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks. Best part of the magazine is the DMX making of It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot album.

Rating: 7.5/10

Notorious Magazine #4 : Prince Cover

Ugly ass cover. RZA does a Calvin Klein Jeans ad with his yellow “kato” mask on. Not much in hip-hop except for a two page section on Biggies upcoming album Born Again.

Rating: 4.0/10

Caught In The Middle Magazine #1 : Common Sense Cover

Old School cover of Common. Interview with D’Wyze from The B.U.M.S. Center of magazine has a four page pullout graffiti colored poster.

Rating: 8.5/10

Complex Magazine Aug/Sept 2012 : GOOD Music & Rita Ora Cover

I always like the straight back covers like the death row Vibe Magazine cover. Nice lineup of artists from Kanye West, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Common, Big Sean, John Legend, 2 Chainz, and Q-Tip. Really good roundtable style interview with them all also.

Rating: 8.0/10

Rime Magazine #7 : Method Man Cover

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.

Rating: 8.0/10

Roots Magazine #27 : VellQwan Cover

Soulja Slim featured inside along with E-40. MC Ren also gives an interesting take on his East Coast love.

Rating: 6.5/10

Roots Magazine #35 : No The Piper Cover

Very strong issue with articles on Meth & Red, Eminem, Ghostface, and DJ Quik. Review of Dead Prez’ Let’s Get Free.

Rating: 7.5/10

Ozone Magazine #41 : Twista & Sean Paul Cover

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.

Rating: 1.5/10

Xplosive Magazine #8 : B-Legit Black C Tay Da Tay Cover

Dual cover with Black C and The Clipse gracing each side. Good article on the come up of The Clipse and all the bumps in the road. Luni Coleone is also featured inside. Keak Da Sneak and Styles P also mentioned.

Rating: 7.0/10

916 Magazine March 2005 : Str8Up Music Cover

Includes articles on Deebo of WeeSeed Records, and a look into Smoke-Alot Studio with Yukmouth. Hip-Hop Horoscopes? Still bullshit.  Propz & Gunshotz section is pretty good.

Rating: 6.5/10

Vibe Magazine January 2006 : Nas & Jay-Z Cover

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.

Rating: 8.5/10

Xplosive Magazine #9 : Baby & Manny Fresh Cover

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.

Rating: 5.5/10

The Illtip Magazine #37 : Dutch & Mr. Kee Cover

I’m not sure what was going on in this issue. I’m just gonna give Illtip a mulligan and move on.

Rating: 1.0/10

Ozone Magazine #58 : Fat Joe C-Murder Slim Thug Cover

Not impressed with the cover choices. How did DJ Khaled get on back to back covers? Interesting that there is a magazine within this magazine which is Ozone West. Unfortunately all the good articles and featured artists are in this section, including Crooked I and JT The Bigga Figga.

Rating: 3.5/10

The Juice Magazine #2 : Big Meech Young Jeezy Cover 1 of 3

150+ pages deep with multiple covers of the same issue with “West Coast” “East Coast” editions and such. Interesting, they have a “on the scene” section with photos and article of music videos. One of my favorite old school artists is featured Phil the Agony and Tash also.

Rating: 8.0/10

Vibe Magazine December 2007 : Keyshia Cole Cover

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.

Rating: 3.0/10

Boss Status Magazine #4 : M-Dash Nump Jacka Cover

Good cover with an article on The Jacka but it is more of a diss to media outlets outside the bay. Funny interview with Young Ren on some of the craziest things he’s seen.

Rating: 7.5/10

4080 Magazine #35 : Dubee Khayree Mac Dre Cover

Most people love the issue with Mac Dre on the cover but Khayree and Dubee put it over the top. Mobbin’ fashion section with photos of Spice 1, Mac Mall, G-Nut, and Den Finn. Great articles on Richie Rich, Mobb Deep, Jeru, and then a section on Mac Dre.

Rating: 9.0/10

Murder Dog Magazine Vol.14 No.3 : Sick Wid It Records Cover

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”.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #187 : The Game Cover

The Game’s white T is wrinkled……. already irritated when the first advertisement is a two page layout for Benzino, Petey Pablo goes to Death Row, Ying Yang Twinz, and a weak “Tell All” on 50 Cent. All around weak issue.

Rating: 4.0/10

South West Bound Magazine #6 : Casual Cover

I’m pretty sure this is Casual’s first and only solo cover on a magazine. Earlier this year, I commented on the ugliest advertisement I had seen, one in this issue is a close second. Chil Will – All Frames of the Game. Google it. Great cover to this magazine but nothing much inside.

Rating: 7.0/10

South West Bound Magazine #1 : Gemini Cover

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.

Rating: 6.5/10

The Source Magazine #60 : 2Pac Cover

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)

Rating: 8.5/10

Murderdog Magazine Vol.10 No.3 : Soulja Slim Cover

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.

Rating: 8.0/10

HHC Hip Hop Connection Magazine #3 : Fab 5 Freddy Cover

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.

Rating: 8.5/10

Showcase Magazine #19 : E-40 & T.W.D.Y. Cover

E-40 graces the cover of this issue. Very good article selection with Prodigy, Brotha Lynch Hung, Guru and Shyne.

Rating: 7.0/10

XXL Magazine #40 : Birdman Cover

I like the layout of the cover but not a big fan of Cash Money’s Baby. Some very good sections in this magazine including a look back at issues and the greatest misses including Gloria Velez and her nasty toes they shot lol.

Rating: 7.5/10

HHC Hip Hop Connection Magazine #60 : Ice Cube Cover

Good cover of Ice Cube with his ‘fro. Not much inside but a advertisement for the Fugees album Blunted On Reality and a center two page poster of an early Dr. Dre and Snoop picture.

Rating: 8.0/10

Showcase Magazine #7 : Juvenile & Kelly Price Cover

Nice bright red advertisement for Mac Mall’s original Illegal Business Album. Article on Eminem before the release of his first album.

Rating: 6.5/10

 

 

 

 

XXL Magazine #46 : Notorious B.I.G. Cover

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.

Rating: 8.0/10

Boss Status Magazine #2 : Guce Cover

Guce gets some love with a cover. Lots of bay love in this issue along with a large selection of DJ’s covered.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #177 : Kurupt Cover 1 of 2

Good cover with Kurupt, Ghostface is on the alternative cover. Love the Makaveli Branded Clothing ad with Scarface. I still see Benzino ads in the magazine, is this still during that time? Dead Prez article inside.

Hip Hop Quotable: Saigon – Shok TV

Unsigned Hype: Jay Electronica

The Source Magazine #227 : Barack Obama Cover

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 (?)

Rating: 4.0/10

The Source Magazine #174 : Hip-Hop Behind Bars Cover

Bullshit cover with a hypocritical editorial about the cover. Kanye West – College Dropout gets 4 1/2 mics.

Unsigned Hype: Joell Ortiz

Hip Hop Quotable: Kanye West – All Falls Down

Rating: 4.0/10

The Source Magazine #197 : Cam’ron Cover

Cam’ron “New Yourk’s #1 Contender Goes For the Crown”? Good article on Aaron McGruder, the creator of the Boondocks. Hip Hop Quotable is Ice Cube – Child Support. Unsigned Hype is Smiggz from Queens, NY.

Rating: 7.5/10

Murder Dog Magazine Vol.7 No.5 : Too Short Cover

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.

Rating: 8.0/10

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