This guide is a bit odd, it’s from the UK and is what I would consider like America’s TV Guide. Has random sections, music, news, sports, and tv listings at the end. Kendrick Lamar is on the cover and has a two page article with the title “He’s eloquent, compassionate and bigger than Rick Ross. Could He lead a new rap generation?” Article is ok, a lot of biographical information you could find on wikipedia and not a lot of substance.
We 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”
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.