Category Archives: HHC Hip Hop Connection Magazine
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.
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 a young Snoop right before the drop of his classic Doggystyle album, early predictions are that it will go platinum. With the change from ’89 being all political to ’93 being the year of hardcore, HHC list the top 5 “Nastee Niggaz” 1. Onyx 2.Busta Rhymes 3.Hoodratz 4.Cutthroats 5.Illegal.
One of those covers with a gun, but a bit eerie with Eazy in a straight jacket. The more I look at this cover, the more I realize that HHC used this same photo but a close up in a later issue when he died. I could be wrong, have to check my stash. Article with Eazy is during the time period when he was feuding with Dre and was getting ready to release his album “Temporary Insanity”.
MC Ren on the cover of a magazine is pretty rare by himself. UK version of Ice Cube’s Death Certificate is 2 tracks less without Black Korea and No Vaseline. Right in the middle of Cube going solo and Dre starting to show signs of leaving, there is a lot of insight in this issue regarding N.W.A. members.
Another one of my favorites. As the title says “The inside story of Hip-Hop’s greatest Album” which in my opinion was one of the greatest. It takes a nation of millions to hold us back was one of those albums that solidified my love for rap. I also reminds me of the prison video for “Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos” where my favorite line is spoken by Chuck D, “I got a letter from the government the other day, I opened and read it, it said they were sucka’s” Haha, still love that line. Issue also features a picture of some rap cat named Illamadi rocking a gold chain with a Super Mario pendant made of Legos?? Also has a cool LRG clothing advertisement on the back inside cover with B.O.B. stating his album (The Adventures…) coming Summer of 2008, missed the projected mark a bit.
Magazine Rating: 8.5/10
September 1997, not sure if rap knew where to go from here. Not a good selection of artists interviews, and of course you put Puffy on the cover. Most of the articles pertained to the killing of Biggie and Pac. Like my mom used to say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
Magazine Rating: 3.5/10