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Scratch Magazine Collection Almost Complete

20151226_222653Just updated some new magazines on the site. Just need to dig out issue #10 of Scratch to complete the page.

http://www.rapzines.com/magazines/scratch.html

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Props Magazines Just Added To My Collection

Just got my hands on these rare magazines. First 4 Issues are now up on my website http://www.rapzines.com

Props Magazines

Too Short – Rapzines 1,000 Scans

IMAG1847 #TooShort #ShortyThePimp #FreakyTales #WordUpMagazine #Rapzines1000Scans

Egyptian Lover – (Rapzines 1,000 Scans)

Egyptian Lover #EgyptianLover #Rapzines1000Scans #916Magazine

Del The Funky Homosapien (Rapzines 1,000 Scans)

Del 4#DelTheFunkyHomosapien #Hieroglyphics #Rapzines1000Scans #4080Magazine

Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions New Def Jam 30 Vinyl

Public Enemy VinylHad to pick this one up this weekend. New Def Jam 30 edition of the classic P.E. album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. Cover has a 3-D plate.

Jay-Z Biggie MC Hammer Public Enemy Cd’s

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Just picked these up this weekend.  The MC Hammer cd is a Japan only exclusive, kind of dope. Of course I own the top two classics, but still have to pick them up. The P.E. cd is a cool digipack edition.

Belly – DMX Nas Method Man – Soul II Soul

Soul II Soul – Back To Life on the opening scene to the movie Belly. Produced by Hype Williams, who seemed to be pushing out music videos every week at that time.

Master P Ghetto Dope Uncensored Advertisement – XXL Magazine #1

img709Some people remember this but for those who didn’t know. Master P released the album Ghetto Dope on No Limit Records but had to change the album title to “Ghetto D” and take out the crack head with crack pipe. “I got these Cheezeburgers”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juice Movie Advertisement – Tupac Shakur – 1992

img677HOW MUCH JUICE CAN YOU HANDLE?

Iconic photo of Tupac Shakur. R.I.P.

Word Up Magazine back cover April 1992

Word Up Magazine 1992 Cross Colours Advertisement

img629Early 90’s advertisement in Word Up Magazine but also seen in other classic hip hop magazines around that time. Alex Norca, Actor, Athlete, Model, sporting Clothing Without Prejudice. Stop-D Violence

Beat Box – Eklips – Video

His name is Eklips from France and he’s got a nice mix going on. Method Man was spot on, Eminem a bit off.

Rating: 8.0/10

Holiday Rap – MC Miker G and Deejay Sven Cassette Circa 1985

Holiday Rap Cassette

My Tape player spit this crap back out. These guys are rapping over Madonna’s Holiday. Check out the video on youtube, better with the visuals.

Rating:

1.5 / 10

O.G.C. Magazine Photo

East Coast artists OGC in a early issues of Murder Dog Magazine.

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Yo! Magazine Photo: Ghostface Killah

IMAG1823Wu-Tang Member, Hip Hop Lyricist. Ghostface Killah. Look at those NY Knicks looking shoes!

Source Magazine #78 Tupac Shakur Cover

Source Magazine TupacOne of my favorite Tupac covers. First thing I notice is an ad for Aura Bass Shaker speakers, you put them under your car seat so you can feel the bass. And 1 and Karl Kani plaster this issue. At this point in 95 you had a common theme in the state of hip hop: “The Hip-Hop Nation has essentially given up all political power, social consciousness, and knowledge of self. We prefer to fantasize about owning mansions and yachts and obtaining them through the exploitation of other people.” The Fugees prepare to release the Score, and Jay-Z and Rocafella promoting Reasonable Doubt. Article on up and comer D’Angelo who eventually “went butt ass naked for his record to sell”. Very entertaining article on Tupac right after he had been released on bail from jail after doing 11 months. Article title is : Death Wish

Rating: 9.0/10

XXL Magazine #106 Young Jeezy Cover

img245Young Jeezy on the cover of XXL for the first time with the Puffy toothpick in his mouth. Akon’s Konvict clothing is making a big push in this issue, kind of ugly mixing skater checkers with Ed Hardy looking prints. Interesting list of words being censored on the radio: Lil Wayne Lolipop, Juicy, Lumps, Top, Bottom. Plies Bust It Baby Panties, Wet-Wet and G-Unit’s I Like the Way She Do It, Back into it, drop it low, and ass drop. Did XXL just waste a page on Paul Walls marriage to Crystal? Interesting article on the Hipster movement, if you are interested in the word Hipster as defined in Norman Mailers 1950’s essay “The White Negro” it’s a cool read, this article, not so much. XXL seems to be going through the motions with this issue.

Rating: 6/10

Rap Masters Magazine Dec 1994 Top 100 Hits of the 90’s

Rap Masters Top 100So I was excited to crack this magazine open and get down to business on that Top 100 list until the first page when a three page fold out poster of R. Kelly and Aaliyah popped out. Everything about that poster is creepy. They are on a dry deserted area that a kidnapper would take a victim, Aaliyah (14) is wearing a Mickey Mouse sweater looking unhappy at the camera as Kelly is staring away in the background like he ain’t done shit. It gets worse when you read her answers to the interview inside talking about her first album being recorded in Chicago with Kelly. Article reads: But it wasn’t all work and no play. On their time off, the two would rent movies, grab a bite to eat, and even play cards. (what a great mentor!). Another standout cut is the title track, which is a song about passion between a young woman and an older man.

8 years later we come to find that this child molester also likes to urinate on his victims. Pretty sad, so I’ll just say a few words, a big fuck you to R Kelly and Aaliyah’s parents, and R.I.P. to Aaliyah.

Rating: 1/10

The Guardian Guide U.K. Dec 2012 Kendrick Lamar

Guardian Guide Kendrick LamarThis guide is a bit odd, it’s from the UK and is what I would consider like America’s TV Guide. Has random sections, music, news, sports, and tv listings at the end. Kendrick Lamar is on the cover and has a two page article with the title “He’s eloquent, compassionate and bigger than Rick Ross. Could He lead a new rap generation?” Article is ok, a lot of biographical information you could find on wikipedia and not a lot of substance.

Rating: 6.5/10

Communication Arts Magazine Feb 2001 Lauryn Hill

Communication Arts Magazine Lauryn HillBeautiful cover of Lauryn Hill by photographer Kwaku Alston. This is before she went off the grid. Not much in the way of hip hop in this magazine, but the section of Kwaku had some nice photos of artists such as Eve and Kobe Bryant.

Rating: 7.5/10

Stress Magazine #3 Jay-Z Cover

Stress Magazine JayZ CoverI haven’t fully looked into it, but this issue is significant because it is one of his first magazine covers if not THE first with Jay-Z on the cover. This issue came out before he dropped Reasonable Doubt. There is a nice article and photo of the Duck Down family with Buckshot, Heltah Skeltah, Smif N Wessun, OGC, and of course Buckshot.

I love reading what people say about the future and sometimes they are spot on. Props to Graff Legend Mare 139 who spoke on technology and the internet saying” An emerging technology like the internet blasts open the doors of the informationally privileged. Information that was once inaccessible can now in minutes be grabbed by anyone from anywhere in the world. All this will open minds and bring worlds closer than ever before.” Yes youngsters, the internet hasn’t always been around.

Here is a first for me to see in a magazine, some mean mugging looking brotha’s  with dogs in the ad and reads “Stronghold, Always on point Security, Armed and unarmed guards, body guards, escorts, K-9 Crowd Control, Affordable Excellence”

Rating: 9.5/10

XXL Magazine #151 TDE Black Hippy Cover

XXL Magazine Kendrick LamarWe going new school for this issue. Uh, so Schoolboy Q is upset that XXL put “Kendrick Lamar & Black Hippy” on the cover instead of just Black Hippy. No disrespect to Jay Rock, but ever hear of D12? Well you probably wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for Em. Eminem sold that group into the spotlight and without Kendrick I’m pretty sure the album wouldn’t have that much push. So Q, don’t get your panties in a bunch. Lil Wayne is promoting some ugly ass cheetah print shoes called “The Chimera” by Supra. A Chimera is a mix of a Goat, Lion, and Snake tail, these shoes look like a mix of Cheetah, RuPaul, and Blindness. I like Lil Wayne better when he was a little skinny ghetto boy who use to kiss his dad. Devin The Dude, when talking about legalizing weed says that in the 50’s people thought that weed would make mexicans and black people kill and white women fall in love with black people. Any truth to this or is Devin just making shit up as he rolls another one?

How about this gem from 2 Chainz in the section for artists to Step Your Rap Game Up, one of the dumbest lines I’ve heard in a bit. “Rest In Peace To All The Soldiers That Died In The Service/ I Died In Her Cervix” :/

Rating: 6.5/10

Rappin’ Magazine March 1990 Spike Lee Cover Mookie

Rappin MagazineMookie: Pino, fuck you, fuck your fuckin’ pizza, and fuck Frank Sinatra.

Pino: Yeah? Well fuck you, too, and fuck Michael Jackson.

Giant foldout poster of Mookie as shown on cover of this magazine. There is a Street Watch section sort of like the Source’s Unsigned Hype. This issue had Breeze, Shelby G, Def Duo, The Real Master Rhyme, and Everlast. Also a cool section of lyrics to 11 songs including: Big Ole Butt, Buffalo Stance, Express Yourself, Knowledge is King, Lethal Weapon, One Shot At Love, Push It, Rhythm, Smooth Operator, So Wat Cha Sayin’ and 2 Hype. Best part of this issue is the controversy that was brewing over N.W.A.’s new song Fuck The Police having retailers in a rage.

Rating: 8.5/10

Rappin’ Magazine March 1990 Spike Lee Cover Mookie

Rappin MagazineMookie: Pino, fuck you, fuck your fuckin’ pizza, and fuck Frank Sinatra.

Pino: Yeah? Well fuck you, too, and fuck Michael Jackson.

Giant foldout poster of Mookie as shown on cover of this magazine. There is a Street Watch section sort of like the Source’s Unsigned Hype. This issue had Breeze, Shelby G, Def Duo, The Real Master Rhyme, and Everlast. Also a cool section of lyrics to 11 songs including: Big Ole Butt, Buffalo Stance, Express Yourself, Knowledge is King, Lethal Weapon, One Shot At Love, Push It, Rhythm, Smooth Operator, So Wat Cha Sayin’ and 2 Hype. Best part of this issue is the controversy that was brewing over N.W.A.’s new song Fuck The Police having retailers in a rage.

Rating: 8.5/10

Rap Pages Magazine A Tribe Called Quest July 1998

rap pages a tribe called questSometimes the letters to the editors are the best stories. Here is one of them. Tak-ni-shun from the Boogie Down Brox writes:” Y’all suckers don’t love New York anymore, do you? Even more, y’all don’t love the underground. Y’all are all on the dick of the West Coast and the South. I’m seeing stories on N.W.A. (who ain’t been together in seven years). MJG, DJ Quik (who has a perm) and all these Goodie Mob niggaz dressed like the Beverly Hillbillies.”

So in 98 NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, Kathryn Williams and Delphine Abraham were upset with the definitions for the “N” word. Talk of boycott and such put heat on Merrian Webster. Merrian Webster said that a revised version of the dictionary could be ready for sale as early as next year. Just looked it up on their website and the definition is still the same.

Rating: 7.5/10

Rap Pages Magazine J.D. August 1998

Jermaine DupriMan, every time I see Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow and such on the cover of magazines makes me think, “you couldn’t find anyone else?” Whatever case you want to make for them, I ain’t buying. Look at all the headlines on this cover, anyone of those guys would have made a better cover. I would even take Tupac’s suspected killer Orlando Anderson on the cover than this crap. Issue is Down South Heavy, you see the breakup of Death Row in this issue, and you start to see the beginning of DMX.

Rating: 5.0/10

Rap Pages Magazine Ras Kass Cover October 1998

Rap Pages Ras KassRap Pages would give you one good cover like this one, then 4 wack covers. Interesting how Ras Kass got a lot of cover play on a few magazines and he was very underground throughout his career. Inside Dope page has some of the photography of Carl Posey, one has Jeru’s upper body in the shot without legs, was there photoshop in 96? Go check out Carl Posey’s website if you haven’t to see some nice photos. First full page color Guce advertisement I have ever seen.

Rating: 7.5/10

XXL Magazine Nov 2009 Meth Red Ross Scarface Ghost

XXL Magazine Nov 2009 Def JamPretty 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

Rating: 8/10

Vibe Magazine Feb 2001 Destiny’s Child

Vibe Magazine Destiny Child 2001Do 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.

Rating: 7.5/10

Vibe Magazine August 2001 Aaliyah

Vibe Magazine Aaliyah 2001This 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”

Rating: 4/10

Vibe Magazine Nov 2001 Wyclef Diddy

Vibe Magazine Puffy 2001Pretty 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.

Rating: 7.5/10

Vibe Magazine Aug 2002 Nelly

Vibe Magazine Nelly 2002Man, 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?

Rating: 2/10

Vibe Magazine June 2002 Mystikal Master P Ludacris

Vibe Master P June 2002Southern 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.

Rating: 5.5/10

Vibe Magazine Sept 2005 Jaime Foxx

Vibe Magazine Jaimie Foxx CoverTwo 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

Chicago Rocks Magazine Vol.2 No.1 1995

Chicago Rocks 1995Chicago Rocks tried to cover all aspects of hip-hop. They had a Graffiti section that was pretty nice, B-Boy section of some snapshots like “DJ Pacman coming to stop from a backspin”. My favorite section is the Check Da Rhymes section were they had some grainy pictures from a Chicago show featuring photos from it that included: Taigo, Lyrical Tribe, Jaquan Styler, Cashus-D, DJ CJ, Sinista Mob, Self, and Top Authority.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Liberator Newspaper: Mos Def #4.4

The Liberator Mos Def CoverThis 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.

Rating: 7.0/10

No Doubt Magazine March 1996 Smif-N-Wessun

No Doubt NewspaperCheck 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.

8.5/10

SFTL Straight From The Lip Magazine Dec 1993 Domino Cover

sftl magazine dominoThe 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.

Rating: 7.5/10

Fish ‘N’ Grist Magazine #4 Fat Joe Cover

Fish N Grist Fat Joe CoverOk, 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.

Rating: 3.0/10

Thick Magazine #68 Ghostface Killah

Thick Magazine Ghostface Killah CoverI 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.

Rating: 8.5/10

The Urban Network Magazine – 2Pac Cover

This is one of my favorite covers, simple, peaceful, 2pac. Not much inside as expected for this magazine except for a photo of A Tribe Called Quest in the studio finishing up Beats, Rhymes, and Life.

Rating: 9.0/10

Vibe (XVibe) Magazine Sept 2008 : Jay-Z Cover

Special Juice Issue with a double cover of Jay-Z, don’t like the cake picture but like the I Am Legend one. 51 albums that changed the game 1978-1993.

Rating: 7.5/10

Scratch Magazine #11 : The Roots Cover

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.

Rating: 7.0/10

Ego Trip Magazine #4 : Eazy-E Cover

Eazy-E is featured on my second favorite cover of him, I like his Source issue with the bullet proof vest #1. Early Mobb Deep photo inside. Eazy-E is featured.

Rating: 9.0/10

Notorious Magazine #5?

I can’t figure out the issues so the numbers might be wrong for this magazine. I think when Puffy took over, he just reset the timer. Anyhow, not much Hip-Hop but an interesting Jay-Z ad for All City Phat Farm clothing.

Rating: 2.5/10

Scratch Magazine #8 : Jermaine Dupri Cover 1 of 2

Jermaine Dupri and Swizz Beatz are on the two covers. Got to give props to Daragh McDonagh for his photo of 9th Wonder. Funny section on when Biggie slapped the shit out of RA da Rugged Man.

Rating: 5.0/10 (J.D. Cover)

Tha Yay Magazine #1 : Mac Dre Cover

This is probably Mac Dre’s best magazine cover and one of the hardest to get. Article inside of the life and times of Mac Dre. Top Unsigned Talent was: Kingston, D-Dubb, Big Rel, Young Squeeze, and MSC.

Rating: 9.0/10

Tha Yay Magazine #3 : Keith McGowan Cover

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)”.

Rating: 4.5/10

Xplosive Magazine #12 : Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz Cover

Cover is more of a collage, does have Mac Dre and The Jacka on it. Interesting ad for 50 Cents Valentine’s Day Massacre album I had never seen. Ciara looks hot inside. Jadakiss and The Jacka articles inside. An interview that was done 5 weeks before the death of Mac Dre also inside.

Rating: 7.0/10

XXL Magazine #43 : Jay-Z Cover

Nice clean cover of Jay-Z. DMX’s advertisement is for his 5 album It’s Not A Game, which I believe got changed to Grand Champ, or maybe I’m mixed up. 50 Cent is covered right before he blew up. Once again, Pastor Troy is in a great photo shoot.

Rating: 8.0/10

Vibe Magazine May 2005 : Tupac Biggie Jam Master J Cover

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.

Rating: 7.5/10

Murder Dog Magazine Vol.15 No.1 : Rick Ross Cover

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.

Rating: 7.5/10

Mandatory Business Magazine #1 : JT The Bigga Figga Snoop Dogg Cover

What doesn’t this dude do? JT is one of my personal favorites, not just for Game Recognize Game, but for his hustle. There are some up and coming artists along with an interview with Battlecat. Plenty of sections on how to get your game right. JT smiles once in 23 photos.

Rating: 8.5/10

Supreme Magazine #1 : Rah Digga Cover

Talks of adding Eminem in place of Snoop in the N.W.A. reunion, talks of a super group with Jay-Z, Ja Rule, and DMX. Black Rob’s Life Story is featured, probably not a lot of supporters of this album, but I actually think it was a very good album.

Rating: 7.5/10

4080 Magazine #38 : Mack 10 & Gangstarr Cover 1 of 2

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.

Rating: 7.5/10

South West Bound Magazine #3 : Mistah F.A.B. & Turf Talk Cover

Kind of like XXL’s Freshman class, but the next to blow in the bay. Also includes Rick Moss, Smigg Dirtee, A-Wax, and Young Dru. Zion I also interviewed inside.

Rating: 7.0/10

Dope Magazine #6 : E-40 Cover

I think I like the graffiti “Dope” logo. Article on “Selling Out” is intellectually discussed. E-40 in two pages uses the following words: Game-orienfested, Twinkies, Bunions, Marbles, and Fetti.

Rating: 7.5/10

RSK Magazine #1 : Jah Kings Cover

Magazine dubbed “Strictly For The Streets”. The guy that writes the CD reviews is just as bad as I am! Impressed with the interview with Inspectah Deck though.

Rating: 4.0/10

HHC Hip Hop Connection Magazine #4 : De La Soul Cover

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.

Rating: 8.5/10

HHC Hip Hop Connection Magazine #47 : Ice Cube Cover

Perfect cover because it not only has Cube, but Da Lench Mob in the corner. Funny, Daryll Gates asks Eazy-E on the Howard Stern show “What if we went around making songs saying ‘Kill The Blacks’?” Also article on “Is Gangsta Rap Dead?” *note* Ice Cube is on the cover.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #166 : Ashanti Cover

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.

Rating: 6.5/10

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

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

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