Category Archives: The Source Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Source Magazine #113 : Puffy Russell Simmons Master P Cover

What an ugly cover, I get why they are on the cover, but it’s still ugly. Luckily the issue is saved with the year in review and the thickness of the magazine. Hip-Hop Quotable Dopest Rhyme of the Year was Big Pun – Dream Shatterer. Side note, Master P went 4X Platinum with MP Da Last Don that year.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #248 : Jay-Z Cover

Jay-Z and his blueprint cover. This issue is very thin. Things I liked: Cope2 Graffiti, 2 Chainz, Sean P, and Tech N9Ne. Things I didn’t like: Paully D. Hip-Hop Quotbale Royce Da 5’9″ – Legendary. Unsigned Hype was Ariez Onasis.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #142 : 2001 Summer Music Preview

Expected albums of the summer include: DMX – Great Depression (not bad), Tha Eastsidaz – Duces and Trayzs (dissapointing), Jadakiss – Kiss the game Goodbye (pretty good), D-12 – Devil’s Night (didn’t like), and St. Lunatics – Free City (surprisingly good). Hip-Hop Quotable Foxy Brown on 7:30. Unsigned Hype Mr. Varr

Rating: 6.5/10

The Source Magazine #37 : DJ Quik Cover

You got to love the feathered hair on Quik. Editor is up in arms over Ice-T pulling Cop Killer off his cd. States “the beginning of the end of rap music” I wonder if he would have believed Ice-T’s role on T.V. 20 years later. Hip-Hop Quotable was B-Real – Real Estate. Unsigned Hype was Capital Tax.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #42 : Naughty By Nature Cover

Love this cover, but one thing I never noticed after all these years… Treach has a Turbo Craftsman Chainsaw. Hip Hop Quotable was Snoop Doggy Dogg – Stranded on Death Row. Unsigened Hype was The Red Eye Crew.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #88 : Power Players Cover

*One of these things… is not like the other* Cover is of some of the power players of 1996, most are hip hop icons except for Crucial Conflict who had the hit “Hey” or “Hay”, not sure. Year in review issue has just about everything in 1996 covered, from a timeline, to best of, and videos of the year. Hip-Hop Quotable is Nas – I Gave You Power. No Unsigned Hype.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #90 : KRS-One Cover

I’m digging the KRS-One cover, the editorial is dedicated to informing how Mics are given in the record report. Advertisement reminded me that my cousin owes me when I told him not to put “T.W.I.S.M.” on his arm. Hip Hop Quotable was Pharoahe Monch on Metal Thangz. Unsigned Hype was Rawcotiks.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #35 : Too Short Cover

I think I just like the cover because Too Short’s on it, it’s not exactly well put together. The first two clothing ad’s catch my eye, Cross Colours with those funky bright colors, and yes, I had a bright green jacket. The second ad is for a clothing line called DMZ Safe Zone, it’s as close to porn as you can get without it being called that. One of my favorite group names and album name has to be Lil Bastards with the album Bitch Get A Job! Hip-Hop Quotable is Pete Rock – For Pete’s Sake. Unsigned Hype is not yet in the Source.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #132 : LL Cool J Cover

Canibus and Cool J were fighting over that ugly tattoo? Hate to say it but i’m not a big LL fan, not bad with his first two albums. This issue is 368 pages deep, can’t even fit it in a regular magazine cover like the rest of my collection. Huge amount of info. Hip Hop Quotable is LL Cool J – Where I Belong and the Unsigned Hype was Red Clay.

Rating: 6.0/10

The Source Magazine #25 : Public Enemy Cover

One of my top 5 Source magazines covers of all time. Not only does it have Chuck D and Flavor Flav, but the photo is dope. Hip-Hop Quotable was Grand Puba Maxwell on Don’t Curse. Didn’t realize Puba had “Maxwell” on his name on his early works. Unsigned Hype is Common Sense AKA Common. Common was only 19 at the time.

Rating: 9.0/10

The Source Magazine #179 : Nas Cover

Nice clean B&W photo of Nas on the cover. Thick issue but pretty light on the coverage, we must still be in the Benzino era, still has his large two page advertisements for his crappy album. Hip Hop Quotable is Big Pun on Bring ‘Em Back, Unsigned Hype is D-Bo.

Rating: 7.0/10

The Source Magazine #250 : Big Sean Cover

Big Sean on the cover with the “special edition” border they always have.  Shout out to the late Heavy D inside and then after that, they have an article on weight of rappers such as Fat Joe, E-40, Big Pun and such. Includes the best of 2011, with one of my favorites, “Yonkers” by Tyler the Creator for Video of the year and Watch the Throne as album of the year. Unsigned Hype was Jon Connor and Hip Hop Quotable was Nas on “Outro”

Rating: 7.5/10


The Source Magazine #72 : Mike Tyson Cover

I’ve never really been a fan of non rappers on the cover of Hip Hop magazines, this one is kind of like a recent Source that I think had Kimora Lee on the cover? Or was I hallucinating? Anyhow, even with the cover, you can’t deny the articles and advertisements inside, my favorite is Keith Murray and Redman for a Lugz ad. Hip-Hop Quotable was Nas – Verbal Intercourse and the Unsigned Hype was Systahood.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #251 : Tyga Mac Miller 2 Chainz Cover

I do like like 2 Chainz and Tyga for the cover. Interesting article on if Legendary record companies can make a comeback. I don’t think so.

Rating: 5/10

The Source Magazine #70 : Notorious B.I.G. Cover

One of the top ten covers by the Source. Hip Hop Quotable was AZ from “Rather Unique”. Showbiz and AG talk about keeping it underground and the Unsigned Hype was The Jigmasters.

Rating: 9.0/10

The Source Magazine #91 : Notorious B.I.G. Cover

Nice simple cover of the late great Biggie Smalls. You start to see the beginning of Master P’s army in this issue about to blow. Hip Hop Quotable was C-Lo of Goodie Mob from “Decisions, Decisions”. Unsigned Hype was KAOZ. It is a must that everyone peeps the 1997 article “Cyber Gangstas Make Moves On the World Wide Web”

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #86 : 2Pac Cover

The picture was very simple and it was the issue with the death of Pac, but honestly, I wasn’t feeling this cover. I think they could have found a lot more creative ways to display Pac on the cover. Rag Wear Clothing line from L.A. has to be one of the dumbest clothing styles I’ve ever seen in hip hop. Def Jam was on top of the rap game with Redman, LL, Warren G, Redman, Foxy, Trigger Tha Gambler, and Richie Rich.

Raiting: 7.0/10

The Source Magazine #121 : The Hot Boys Cover

This cover is classic, it has all four of the Hot Boys when they were young (especially Wayne). You could feel the straight rawness of these up and coming artists and perhaps see when life was much simpler for these Cash Money Boys. Perhaps it appeals to me because everyone hungers for a well talked about Hot Boys reunion, or maybe because you can see now how these four street dudes all took different paths, from drug addiction, murder, prison, and stardom. I also think that during this time is some of the best music from Cash Money. I can’t keep this issue on the shelves for $15-20, so I’m assuming I’m not the only one who likes this one.

Magazine Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #229 : JD & Bow Wow Cover

Ok, so here is my first magazine cover review of one that I must “hate” on. Where to begin? First off, you know The Source was going through a rough time with Benzino and his gang when they advertise on the cover “Under New Ownership”. Second, I don’t believe rap music has even seen a low enough time that it would justify putting these two clowns on the cover. Third, Old School clothing? The Mind Squad tries to justify it on the editorial by saying “12+ years in the game” and “both Bow Wow and JD established many historical accomplishments in the Hip Hop game and have been slept on”      (sound of crickets)………..(more crickets)……… Once you read the accomplishments you realize the biggest accomplishments are: the movie Like Mike, I loved that movie, Kris Kross, and F*&$ing Janet Jackson. Let’s do the math 2009 minus 14 years is 1995. I think they should be wearing a bomber jacket, starter gear, or some dickies. One good thing about this issue, a three page article on Scarface.

Magazine Rating: 3.5/10

The Source Magazine #27 December 1991 : Kid ‘N Play Cover

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien Color ad for I Wish My Brother George Was Here. #1 Album on the chart was A Tribe Called Quest : The Low End Theory. Best part of the magazine is a two page photo of Digital Underground featuring 2Pac in the photo. My guess is that this could be the first issue Pac is shown in. The Jaz album And You Don’t Stop EP got “4 records” and states his partner as JZ (Jay-Z).

Magazine Rating: 7.0/10

The Source #29 February 1992 : Geto Boys Cover

I think this cover would have been classic if the small Tommy Davidson photo was left out. The advertisements inside are very nice and include Organized Konfusion, Rap-A-Lot Records, 2Pac, and Juice. Hip hop quotable is Pharoahe Monch on Prisoners of War. Flavors of the Month: Starter Throwback Caps… In today’s cap conscious world, having the newest style earns you crazy props, and wearing played out shit – like the phony “o.p.p.” caps gets you dissed quick. In this case newest means oldest, as Starter has released a slamming new line of “throwback” merchandise that captures the NFL glory days of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Magazine Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #123 : Lil Kim Cover

December 1999, I can’t believe how many things were going on at this time, I’m starting to wonder if this was the best time post Pac & Biggie. 288 pages worth of info and advertisements of some classic albums, and to top it off, Lil Kim looks hot on the cover. Everything was gravy.

Magazine Rating: 8.0/10

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