Category Archives: XXL Magazine

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”







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

XXL Magazine #52 : Afeni Shakur Cover

Interesting to put Afeni Shakur on the cover, not sure if I like it or not. DMX advertisement for Grand Champ, that album is when X went downhill. Kanye in a LRG clothing ad? Issue is 2pac heavy but also has a good article on The Lox.

Rating: 6.5/10

XXL Magazine #38 : Foxy Brown Cover

Almost a perfect cover except for the fact that her family is in the photo with her. This issue was not good, from the Tupac with Faith rumors to the Baby Beesh (Baby Bash) advertisement, there was nothing interesting in this issue. The last page at least gave tribute to Left Eye Lopez.

Rating: 4.0/10

XXL Magazine #141 : Lil Wayne Cover

I’m not feeling the cover, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I’m not a lil wayne fan. Articles on Odd Future and B.o.B. are the only interesting things in this issue.

Rating: 4.5/10

XXL Magazine #83 : Jay-Z Cover

Pretty good cover of Jay-Z recreating his Reasonable Doubt Cover shoot. Great advertisement for Rhymefest’s Blue Collar CD. Thought I would mention Akira from the Eye Candy section is hot.

Rating: 8.0/10

XXL Magazine #17 : Eminem Cover

Interesting white on white cover. Em’s first XXL cover. Now Em was beefing with XXL and they still put him on the cover. Funny, years later the Source did the same move with 50 Cent when he was beefing with Benzino. Melissa Ford was the Eye Candy in this issue.

Rating: 8.5/10

XXL Magazine #9 : Ja Rule DMX Jay-Z Cover

Of course this is one of my favorite XXL Covers. Ja Rule when he was good, Jay-Z and DMX. Wouldn’t that have been nice to see them all do an album together? I included the back cover, as they tried the old Ice-T Front & Back photo. I think G-Unit did this also in a more recent XXL magazine. Best part was XXL’s own awards. Best New Artist: Black Star, Worst New Artist: Harlem World, Most Bootlegged : Nas, The Worst Skit of the Year Award: The Birth of Foxy Brown.

Rating: 9.0/10

XXL Magazine Special Edition 2005 : Hot 97 Summer Jam Cover

Pretty straight forward, issue is like a program guide to the concert with very small articles about artists you already know and facts you probably already know. Very nice glossy thick paper.

Rating: 7.5/10

XXL Magazine #20 : Mystikal Cover

Even with Mystikal on the cover, the magazine delivers with an interview by Bonsu Thompson with Shyne facing prison and an article with the Gravidigga’z Poetic battling Cancer.

Rating: 7.5/10

XXL Magazine Special 2004: Hot 97 Summer Jam Cover

More of a program for the event than a xxl magazine issue. Very light on articles with lots of photos of the performers.

Rating: 6.5/10

XXL Magazine #48 : Ja Rule Irv Gotti Cover

The beginning of the end for these two. Still not sure to this day how I feel about Ja. His first album is a classic, but 50 just man handled him. Dead Prez in this issue, rest is pretty slim.

Rating: 5.5/10

XXL Magazine #11 : Eve Cover 1 of 2

If you like the women of hip-hop and R&B, you will like this issue, The Sex Issue. Plenty of sexy pictures of Eve, Da Brat, J-Lo, Mary J. Blige and such. Gangstar’s Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr is given a XXL rating.

Rating: 8.0/10

XXL Magazine #131 : Meek Mill Big K.R.I.T. Cyhi The Prynce Lil Twist More..

So it’s been enough time to see how this freshman class is doing. Personally, I like Big K.R.I.T. and Kendrick Lamar. Diggy Simmons i’m not feeling. Yelawolf will never be on my list, I just can’t concentrate on his music after the story a close friend told me about his gross sexual fetish. Also includes Meek Mill, Cyhi The Prynce, Lil Twist, Fred The Godson, Mac Miller, YG, and Lil B.  Great piece on the 2010 class, which included my man Nipsey Hussle, J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Rock, and Wiz Khalifa.

Rating: 8.0/10

XXL Magazine #23 : Hot Boys Cover

Man, it would have been nice to see the Hot Boys stay together for a few more years. Issue is one of my favorites, packed with a huge amount of info. The best part is when XXL pays homage to the independent magazines that came before them, such as Ego Trip, The Bomb, and Kronick.

Rating: 8.5/10

XXL Magazine #10 : ODB Cover 1 of 2

You got to love the cover of ODB, Ol’ Dirty Bastard R.I.P. On my top 15 XXL covers of all time. Thick magazine with a huge amount of info in it. Articles on Tash, Nature, Mobb Deep, ODB, GZA. Gave Ruff Ryders first album a “L” which I don’t agree, that was a great album.

Rating: 9.0/10

XXL Magazine #139 : Notorious B.I.G. Cover

15 years after the passing of the great Biggie Smalls. The question is asked if 1997 was the best year in hip-hop. As I said on an earlier issue that December 1996 had lots of ads with upcoming albums showing that 1997 was a good year. The article only states the obvious albums but there were plenty of underground classics also.

Rating: 7.5/10

XXL Magazine #36 Crooked I Left Eye Kurupt Death Row Cover

One of my top 10 XXL covers. Crooked I and Kurupt along with Eastwood on the cover with Death Row boss Suge Knight and the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez (N.I.N.A.) This issue was thick and has soo much going on from East to West and Down South. Nature talking about his beef with Nas, The Clipse on Show and Prove area, and B.G. interview.

Rating: 8.5/10

XXL Magazine #51 : NAS Cover

Pretty interesting cover with Nas burning an issue of XXL and The Source. Other than the Nas issue, there wasn’t much more in this issue. Bubba Sparkxx got an XL rating and T.I. got a L.

Rating: 7.0/10

XXL Magazine #140 : 2012 Freshman Class

One of the ugliest covers I’ve seen in a long time. Cover includes: Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea, and Roscoe Dash. The jury will be out on these guys, I’ll come back and edit the post later in the future.

Rating: 4.5/10

XXL Magazine #7 1998 : The Greatest Day In Hip Hop History Cover

First off, give me props for scanning and splicing four pages together using a generic “photoshop” type program. This is one of the key issues in the XXL catalogue as it is unbelievable to imagine getting this many iconic artists all in one spot without someone being shot. I’m not gonna run down the names of all the artists, but some of my favorite are: Rakim, E-40, Kurupt, Wu-Tang, Scarface, MC Eiht, Black Moon, D Nice, Jayo Felony, Tela, MC Shan, Hieroglyphics, Saafir, Cocoa Brovaz, Kool Moe Dee, Richie Rich, The Lox, and Big L. Besides the photo, there is also a whole lot of stuff going on inside. Xzibit hanging with Saafir and Kam, Eye Candy was Gangsta Boo, Rising stars – Talib Kweli and Mos Def / Memphis Bleek / and Mr. Vegas. This issue was a year in review issue, so it had lots of info and tons of photos. Just about every advertisement actually had a rapper donning the cloths in the pic.

Magazine Rating: 9.0/10

XXL Magazine #37 June 2002 : Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Cover

Cover is always classic when BTNH is on it. Show & Prove artist was Cassidy who in my opinion could have been something but is mostly remembered for tearing Freeway a new asshole. Eye Candy Eishia was pretty hot. Good story on C-Murder facing life in prison.

Magazine Rating: 7.5/10

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