I 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”
Pretty 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
Pretty 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.
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.
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.
Inside has a play by play of the concert Jay-Z had at the Maritime Hall in S.F. Goes into detail of the fight onstage and some backstage access. Some funny pictures of some hoodrat getting her ass signed by the Goodie Mob at Rasputin’s Music Store. Large amount of short articles on The Lox, Tash, Cypress Hill and more.
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.
Lil Wayne with his daughter for the cover of this Blaze issue. Funniest album advertisement i’ve seen so far. Yungstar’s Throwed Yung Playa has Yungstar getting poured diamonds out of a cereal box in a bowl by his momma. The house in the background has giant flags and a ferris wheel, roller coaster, and a “David” statue. Lots of great articles with Lil Wayne, Raekwon, 2nd II None and even better advertisements for Jay-Z, DMX, Def Squad, Biggie, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.