Sometimes the letters to the editors are the best stories. Here is one of them. Tak-ni-shun from the Boogie Down Brox writes:” Y’all suckers don’t love New York anymore, do you? Even more, y’all don’t love the underground. Y’all are all on the dick of the West Coast and the South. I’m seeing stories on N.W.A. (who ain’t been together in seven years). MJG, DJ Quik (who has a perm) and all these Goodie Mob niggaz dressed like the Beverly Hillbillies.”
So in 98 NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, Kathryn Williams and Delphine Abraham were upset with the definitions for the “N” word. Talk of boycott and such put heat on Merrian Webster. Merrian Webster said that a revised version of the dictionary could be ready for sale as early as next year. Just looked it up on their website and the definition is still the same.
Man, every time I see Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow and such on the cover of magazines makes me think, “you couldn’t find anyone else?” Whatever case you want to make for them, I ain’t buying. Look at all the headlines on this cover, anyone of those guys would have made a better cover. I would even take Tupac’s suspected killer Orlando Anderson on the cover than this crap. Issue is Down South Heavy, you see the breakup of Death Row in this issue, and you start to see the beginning of DMX.
Rap Pages would give you one good cover like this one, then 4 wack covers. Interesting how Ras Kass got a lot of cover play on a few magazines and he was very underground throughout his career. Inside Dope page has some of the photography of Carl Posey, one has Jeru’s upper body in the shot without legs, was there photoshop in 96? Go check out Carl Posey’s website if you haven’t to see some nice photos. First full page color Guce advertisement I have ever seen.
Cool cover remembering Eazy-E. The Hills Boys have a ad for their album What You Wanna Do that is extra ghetto, reminds me of the Section 8 Mob advertisement. Not sure how Lost Boyz / Legal Drug Money got a 6/10 rating. Pretty sad as Rap Pages calls out L.A. talk radio host George Weber the day after Eazy died as he and some callers spoke about being glad Eazy was dead. Side note: George Weber was stabbed to death by his male lover in 2009.
Now this is a cover. I’m trying to think if I’ve seen a better Rap Pages Cover? Maybe the ODB one? Only time will tell as I list them on the site from my collection. ODB Advertisement and Master P right before he started blowing up. Articles on some of my favorites, Grand Puba and The Luniz. This is one of those elite issues overall.