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Juice Movie Advertisement – Tupac Shakur – 1992

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

Word Up Magazine back cover April 1992

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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 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

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

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

Roots Magazine #30 : Geto Boys Tela Yukmouth Cover

Love this cover, giving some shine to Yukmouth and Tela. Article on the release of the double album from 2pac – Greatest Hits. As I am going through some great articles on DJ Quik and Redman, I realize how good this magazine is, even with all the grammatical errors.

Rating: 8.5/10

Word Up! Magazine : Fall Preview ’97 Cover

Issue is R&B heavy but still has information about the deaths of Biggie and Pac. Article on the Wu-Tangs upcoming double album Forever. Note: My issue is not complete, the first page is missing and that is the photo that should be popping out of the middle of the magazine in the circle, instead you got a piece of Shaq from “Steel”. Also missing probably the most crucial part of the magazine, BTNH poster.

Rating: 6.0/10

Word Up! Magazine 1997 : Notorious B.I.G. Cover

A Word Up special tribute to Biggie. Huge amount of Biggie and anyone associated with him such as Tupac, Diddy, Junior Mafia. Funny that they put the two center photos next to each other are Faith and Lil Kim.

Rating: 8.0/10

Vibe Magazine March 2004 : Alicia Keys Cover

I can’t believe I’m gonna say it with a naked Alicia Keys, but this cover is one of Vibes ugliest. The colors just bad. Kwame back in this issue again talking about being dissed for his polka-dot shirts by Biggie and Tim Dog. Great article on Biggie first meeting Pac as told by lil’ Cease.

Rating: 5.0/10

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