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”
Check out this classic with Smif N Wessun on the cover. Jobim Rose starts out the mag with a rant about everything that’s wrong in hip-hop right now… The Glitter, Mainstream, Gossip, Other Mags, Wendy Williams and such. Don’t see much room for complaining, 1996 was a great year in hip-hop. This is surely a East Coast magazine, counted the word “son” 46 times. There is a great section where they pit two mc’s against each other, throw some lyrics down and have fans send letters in to the editor for voting of who won the imaginary battle. Wow, the days before the internet. This battle displayed GZA vs Nas pitting GZA rhymes from Livin’ in the World Today against Nas’ Eye for an Eye.