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The Source Magazine #166 : Ashanti Cover

It’s about time we get some females on this blog. Although I don’t like non rappers on the covers, I can deal with this one. One of the nicest Ecko ads i’ve seen with Bounty Killer and some graph green smoke. Interesting article on another article that said Hip Hop Is Dead! , now I am too lazy to do some research, but was this statement made before Nas said it? It was in a article in The Journal News.

Rating: 6.5/10


The Source Magazine #128 : Big Pun Cover

R.I.P. to Big Pun, includes an article on his death along with pictures including when he wasn’t so big. 256 pgs in this issue but not much substance.

Hip Hop Quotable: Common – The 6th Sense

Unsigned Hype: Navada

Rating: 7.0/10

The Source Magazine #187 : The Game Cover

The Game’s white T is wrinkled……. already irritated when the first advertisement is a two page layout for Benzino, Petey Pablo goes to Death Row, Ying Yang Twinz, and a weak “Tell All” on 50 Cent. All around weak issue.

Rating: 4.0/10

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

The Source Magazine #177 : Kurupt Cover 1 of 2

Good cover with Kurupt, Ghostface is on the alternative cover. Love the Makaveli Branded Clothing ad with Scarface. I still see Benzino ads in the magazine, is this still during that time? Dead Prez article inside.

Hip Hop Quotable: Saigon – Shok TV

Unsigned Hype: Jay Electronica

The Source Magazine #227 : Barack Obama Cover

Respect for Obama, but with every magazine and their momma’s putting him on covers, it would have been nice to see someone like Andre 3000, Immortal Technique, or Nipsey Hussle grace the cover this month. The political heavy issue was like reading a Newsweek Hip-Hop 101 issue.

Hip Hop Quotable : Murs – The Science

Unsigned Hype: LMFAO (?)

Rating: 4.0/10

The Source Magazine #174 : Hip-Hop Behind Bars Cover

Bullshit cover with a hypocritical editorial about the cover. Kanye West – College Dropout gets 4 1/2 mics.

Unsigned Hype: Joell Ortiz

Hip Hop Quotable: Kanye West – All Falls Down

Rating: 4.0/10

The Source Magazine #197 : Cam’ron Cover

Cam’ron “New Yourk’s #1 Contender Goes For the Crown”? Good article on Aaron McGruder, the creator of the Boondocks. Hip Hop Quotable is Ice Cube – Child Support. Unsigned Hype is Smiggz from Queens, NY.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #113 : Puffy Russell Simmons Master P Cover

What an ugly cover, I get why they are on the cover, but it’s still ugly. Luckily the issue is saved with the year in review and the thickness of the magazine. Hip-Hop Quotable Dopest Rhyme of the Year was Big Pun – Dream Shatterer. Side note, Master P went 4X Platinum with MP Da Last Don that year.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #248 : Jay-Z Cover

Jay-Z and his blueprint cover. This issue is very thin. Things I liked: Cope2 Graffiti, 2 Chainz, Sean P, and Tech N9Ne. Things I didn’t like: Paully D. Hip-Hop Quotbale Royce Da 5’9″ – Legendary. Unsigned Hype was Ariez Onasis.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #142 : 2001 Summer Music Preview

Expected albums of the summer include: DMX – Great Depression (not bad), Tha Eastsidaz – Duces and Trayzs (dissapointing), Jadakiss – Kiss the game Goodbye (pretty good), D-12 – Devil’s Night (didn’t like), and St. Lunatics – Free City (surprisingly good). Hip-Hop Quotable Foxy Brown on 7:30. Unsigned Hype Mr. Varr

Rating: 6.5/10

The Source Magazine #37 : DJ Quik Cover

You got to love the feathered hair on Quik. Editor is up in arms over Ice-T pulling Cop Killer off his cd. States “the beginning of the end of rap music” I wonder if he would have believed Ice-T’s role on T.V. 20 years later. Hip-Hop Quotable was B-Real – Real Estate. Unsigned Hype was Capital Tax.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #42 : Naughty By Nature Cover

Love this cover, but one thing I never noticed after all these years… Treach has a Turbo Craftsman Chainsaw. Hip Hop Quotable was Snoop Doggy Dogg – Stranded on Death Row. Unsigened Hype was The Red Eye Crew.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #90 : KRS-One Cover

I’m digging the KRS-One cover, the editorial is dedicated to informing how Mics are given in the record report. Advertisement reminded me that my cousin owes me when I told him not to put “T.W.I.S.M.” on his arm. Hip Hop Quotable was Pharoahe Monch on Metal Thangz. Unsigned Hype was Rawcotiks.

Rating: 7.5/10

The Source Magazine #35 : Too Short Cover

I think I just like the cover because Too Short’s on it, it’s not exactly well put together. The first two clothing ad’s catch my eye, Cross Colours with those funky bright colors, and yes, I had a bright green jacket. The second ad is for a clothing line called DMZ Safe Zone, it’s as close to porn as you can get without it being called that. One of my favorite group names and album name has to be Lil Bastards with the album Bitch Get A Job! Hip-Hop Quotable is Pete Rock – For Pete’s Sake. Unsigned Hype is not yet in the Source.

Rating: 8.0/10

The Source Magazine #132 : LL Cool J Cover

Canibus and Cool J were fighting over that ugly tattoo? Hate to say it but i’m not a big LL fan, not bad with his first two albums. This issue is 368 pages deep, can’t even fit it in a regular magazine cover like the rest of my collection. Huge amount of info. Hip Hop Quotable is LL Cool J – Where I Belong and the Unsigned Hype was Red Clay.

Rating: 6.0/10

The Source Magazine #25 : Public Enemy Cover

One of my top 5 Source magazines covers of all time. Not only does it have Chuck D and Flavor Flav, but the photo is dope. Hip-Hop Quotable was Grand Puba Maxwell on Don’t Curse. Didn’t realize Puba had “Maxwell” on his name on his early works. Unsigned Hype is Common Sense AKA Common. Common was only 19 at the time.

Rating: 9.0/10

The Source Magazine #179 : Nas Cover

Nice clean B&W photo of Nas on the cover. Thick issue but pretty light on the coverage, we must still be in the Benzino era, still has his large two page advertisements for his crappy album. Hip Hop Quotable is Big Pun on Bring ‘Em Back, Unsigned Hype is D-Bo.

Rating: 7.0/10

The Source Magazine #250 : Big Sean Cover

Big Sean on the cover with the “special edition” border they always have.  Shout out to the late Heavy D inside and then after that, they have an article on weight of rappers such as Fat Joe, E-40, Big Pun and such. Includes the best of 2011, with one of my favorites, “Yonkers” by Tyler the Creator for Video of the year and Watch the Throne as album of the year. Unsigned Hype was Jon Connor and Hip Hop Quotable was Nas on “Outro”

Rating: 7.5/10


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