50 Cent Graces the Cover of XXL’s Dec/Jan Year-End Double Issue

As one of the game’s most influential artists, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has the honor of holding down not one but two separate covers of XXL’s special year-end double issue. In the December/January cover story, the G-Unit CEO breaks bread with XXL to talk about his new album Before I Self Destruct, his big year on the Web with his site thisis50.com, his role in hip-hop and much more. Also included is a 10-year anniversary tribute to the making of the record that first brought 50 to the public, “How to Rob.”

Other features in the first-ever Internet Issue are XXL’s list of the 100 Best Hip-Hop Web sites, articles on Snoop Dogg and OJ Da Juiceman, as well as tribute pieces to rap legends ODB and Mac Dre to commemorate the fifth year anniversary of their passing. For the first time ever XXL has two candidates for Eye Candy of the Year, complete with a reader contest to vote for your favorite. But wait, there’s more as XXL reviews the new Gucci Mane album, The State v. Radric Davis.

XXL’s December/January double issue hits newsstands on December 1!!!!

***TICKET GIVEAWAY***
If you’re in Chicago here’s your chance to win a pair of exclusive tickets to the screening of 50 Cent’s directorial debut, Before I Self Destruct, tonight, November 9, at 8:30pm. The first five readers to email the correct answer to the following question will get a pair of tickets: How many rappers did 50 rob in “How to Rob?” Email: XXL@harris-pub.com.

  • Worley

    XXL is the print media arm of Universal.

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  • lesotho

    YOU GUYS CAN’T STOP KISSING 50′S ASS. THIS IS SO SAD. YOU’RE LOOSING ANY CREDIBILITY YOU HAVE. ALLHIPHOP HAS MORE CREDIBILITY THAN YOU. MAN HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN.

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    @lesotho eat a dick hater

  • General

    I guess now we know why Bol’s blog about the leak of BISD got pulled from the site…

    Doesn’t matter, already downloaded it and its alright, not his best, but not his worst…

    Still I look at 50 like Ja back in 03, his time has come and passed as an artist, hope he continues to invest wisely in other areas

  • sealsaa

    “I guess now we know why Bol’s blog about the leak of BISD got pulled from the site…”

    I called it.

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  • jsilva

    o well bisd may not be no grodt but its still good enough to listen to better than other shit out their right now better than fat joes and triple c’s new shit

  • MR. UNDI$PUTED THE MOGUL

    IT’S OFFICIAL NOW YOU GUYS HAVE OFFICIALLY LOST IT. I USED TO LIKE 50 CENT & I STILL BUY HIS CD’S & MIXTAPES BUT ANOTHER DAMN COVER?!?! I UNDERSTAND HE HAS ANOTHER CD COMING OUT, BUT YOU GUYS HAVE PUT HIM ON COVER’S WHEN HE WASN’T DOING ISH!! HE HAS AS MANY COVERS AS JAY WITH ALMOST LESS THAN 1/3rd AS MANY ALBUMS(11-4). I WAS A BIG FAN OF XXL ESPECIALLY WHEN THE SOURCE (BENZINO) WAS RUNNING IT, BUT NOW THIS ISH ISN’T EVEN FUNNY!

    PEACE & GET MONEY!!!
    MOGUL $$$ GAME ’09!!

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  • Vic De Zen

    Really…two cover…??? I know he has an album coming out and is hot right now…I know XXL is proud of the fact that they had Fif’s back from day one…but don’t you think two covers is a little excessive. Do you expect your circulation to increase that much, because you shot two covers???

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  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    “XXL is the print media arm of Universal.”

    True that. Yeah you called it sealsaa.

    2 covers? Wow…

  • jburg

    I mean, Who else is really relevant enough to but on the cover besides him? No one else in the rap world is making as much noise as him. As much as some hate to say it. As much as the 50 or so people that comment on here hate it, there are thousands that love it and will go buy the magazine. Loyal fans will go buy 50 toilet paper if he pitched it. XXL is smart. Hell I would but him on there over ANYBODY at this time. Someone name a more talked about project that is coming out in the next couple months? There are none. XXL is capitalizing just like 50 is.

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  • Nate

    Lesotho, no ass kissing is going down on 50.

    I predict he will NOT get 50+ pages of material like JAY-Z got (it was something crazy like 40-45% of the mag) for his album, and 50′s albums always do even better than Jay-Z. If you count the 1-20 pages of Rocawear ads, the 10-20 of reviews of his old albums and his new, and the reviews, etc Jay-Z got the most pages dedicated to him than I have seen in ANY XXL issue.

    Now if 50 wasn’t relevant, wasn’t popular, didn’t sell, or had no talent, than somebody somewhere could have an issue. I’d rather point out some of the covers where they just put OJ Juiceman and other Southern no sales bitch boys who had no place on there. Even in the issue with the up and coming artists about half or 2/3rds were o.k. with some that didn’t even belong. I think it’s o.k. to put the #1 or 2 top sales giant of the decade on a cover if it’s been a year and a half or two since he’s been on. Jburg is right. You guys wouldn’t be crying if you were as lame as the “sauce” right now putting “Young money” on the cover. “WHAT THE F have they done” other than a slaughterhouse review and one decnt interview that last Source mag was 100 pages of trash. XXL doesn’t ever stoop to that point.
    Even though I didn’t like 50 pages of Jay-Z I felt having a cover in itself was NEWSWORTHY and RELEVANT.

    Let’s just hope that 20 pages on Fif is enough and the rest of the usually great double issue covers all the cool things we like to see… Like best albums, slept on albums, sales achievements, etc..

  • Malik

    More than 2 years that i don’t buy your mag anymore, & it’s still the same artist on the cover…!!
    It’s one of the reason, that i don’t buy it…
    You always talk about the same artist…

    Jay-z/50cent/Game & co…

    Come on, step your game up…

    • LouieBoi314

      LMAO…dude…if didn’t wait two years to read the magazine again you would see they don’t talk about the same artist

      They had the Dips, The Freshmen Class (Kid Cudi and them lol), Cube, Jeezy, of course Wayne, An Atlanta Edition, a Miami edition, etc…..

      It’s obvious ppl like you dont pay attention until somebody like 50 or Jay-Z on the cover

  • lesotho

    @ Nate

    Come on man, 2 covers? 50 cents relevance in the game now is about destroying alliances. I didn’t know that hip hop’s measure of relevance has come to that. Look at the history of XXL with 50. its nothing but subjective support. 50 can’t do no wrong with them. 50′s glory days have gone and now he is milking a dead cow. Its sad that hip hop has to to a stage where there are no better rappers to put on 2 covers than a recycled 50. Yesterday XXL even had a song review where they called Rick Ross ‘officer ricky”. i’m not a ross fan per se but come on man! XXL has lost it. Nothing can ever justify that. Can a magazine stoop that low and still call itself objective? What is the difference between what XXL did and what Benzino did with the Source? Do you really think that XXL would ever be critical of 50 or call him any disparaging names? NEVER. XXL SHOULD START CALLING ITSELF “THIS IS 5O MAG”.

    • LouieBoi314

      Bruh,

      Everything you just typed must sound better in person. Because your point has not gotten across with the shyt you just typed. Makes no sense.

  • mthafkarn

    Should have had 50 on one cover, Game on the other cover. Coz Game got a new album out in December. Get some competition goin

  • mac

    two covers it seems fishy woops i mean fifty has a sweet marketing push. stoked for the mac dre article

  • http://MYSPACE HELTAH SIN SAY

    I THINK 50 CENT IS GREAT HE LEFT BEHIND FOR HIP HOP AND HARD CORE GANGSTA SHIT RAP.. I JUST DOWNLOADED THE NEW 50 CENT B4ISD CD AND HONESTLY THERE IS A COUPLE OF TRACKS ON THERE THAT ARE GOOD! BUT ITS NO MASSACARE, ITS NO CURTIS, ITS NO GET RITCH OR DIE TRYING!

    IM A ONE OF 50′S BIGGEST FANS TO BOOT! 50 HAS HAD HIS TIME! I MEAN FOR REALS YALL WHEN YOU HERE THIS NEW CD ITS A HUGE DISSAPOINTMENT! HES JUST HAD A GOOD RUN! BY ANY MEANS GET YOUR MONEY FIF! BUT THIS CD DID NNOTHING FOR MY SOUL………………..

    • LouieBoi314

      LOL…SMH…it’s funny how you’re the only one saying this about BISD…Even the Hip-Hop sites that dedicate their selves to hating on 50 is feeling this album.

      And if you were a dedicated fan, in no way would you say this Cd was worse then Curtis. Cause Curtis out of all his Cds was bad cause he was trying to crossover.

      And what you mean he had his time? Dude making more noise now then he did with the Kanye gimmick for Curtis.

      You my friend…are not a big fan to boot like you say you are

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  • http://www.ventilation.co.za Yanga

    Yo,

    we all hear the same type of music erryday man… i thought Jay-Z would give us something diff but honestly nigga eating off the same plate as Gucci… DNT PANIC JAY-Z STANS let me finish… i’m not from America but as an African our opinion of black people in america has always been shaped by the music and the stories y’all tell through it. back then (biggie and pac) we understood that blacks were oppressed, racism was rife and it was all about survival. Nowadays it’s all about who’s got the smoothest white man’s brand of clothing. the harder it is to pronounce a a fashion label the better it is, you gotta cop that ish. WTF is a Loui Vuitton Don, fuck outta here man. you mean to tell me nobody is still selling drugs anymore? nobody is still in a gang just for survival in the hood? nobody walks around with a 9?

    thank god for 50s BISD… it’s just another perspective of hip hop that has been concealed for the last couple of years. your government buys this lollipop music so u can sell millions and stop making music about the real lives most black people are living. trust.

  • abdulnasir

    XXL= DICKriders!

  • 11KAP

    lol. how many times have fif been on ya cover already? yall lunchin’!

  • yoprince

    not really a fan but i gotta keep it real and say gucci mane deserved a cover.

    he’s got a huge presence right now and an interesting story to tell including a murder, multiple jail stints, possible rehab of some sort, beef with old label associates, friction with young jeezy, and a very recent rise to stardom.

    • LouieBoi314

      Gucci will probably get the cover after he drop the State Vs Radric Davis next month

      No one really cares about an artist until they drop the official album. Fuck all them mixtapes.

  • http://-- gaddic

    XXL just dick rides whoever is the hottest MC out
    It’s business and marketing sense to do that

    They don’t really give a fuck about Fif or Jay just goes with them becuz of their relevance and commercialsm
    Just like the media with MJ

    dickride him in his prime (1980′s)
    assualt him (1990-200)
    dickride his death (2009)

    Why?

    All for the sake of $$$$$$$$$!!!!!

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  • H-DUB

    This is NOT what HipHop needs right now. An Artist on the Cover, sorounded by Money – Period ! I like XXL, but in this time we have right now, this is not good at All !

  • MB

    I fuck with 50 but comon.. ROYCE anybody?

  • http://MYSPACE HELTAH SIN SAY

    YO LOUIE BOY: I LOVE ME SOME FIFTY BOY!!!
    BUT MAYBE IM EXPECTING TO MUCH? ITS JUST LIKE DAMM WHEN I HEAR SOME SHIT LIKE “IM GOING TO DIE TONIGHT” WHEN I HEAR “POSITION OF POWER”

    WHEN I HERE “GET TO KNOW ME WITH GAME”
    WHEN I HERE “GAT MAN WITH EM” WHEN I HERE “MANY MEN” YOU KNOW WHATS UP BOI!

    MAY BE IT NEEDS TO GROW ON ME BUT DAMM DAWG A HAD TO FAST FORWARD TO MUCH SHIT ON THAT RECORD! “STRECTH IS HOT” AND SOME OTHERS BUT IT JUST SOUNDS LIKE IVE BEEN DISAPOINTED, WHO AM I TO BE DISAPOINTED? JUST ANOTHER DUDE THAT BREATHS EATS AND SLEEPS WORTHY RAP RECORDS!

    50 IS STILL ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITS! AND ONE WEAK RECORD WONT EVER TAKE MY LOYALTY TO FIF!! BUT THATS JUST MY OPINION!!

    ONE HUNDREAD!!!

    • LouieBoi314

      I feel you…..me personally I never like 50 albums when I hear it….even GRODT….I thought that shyt was wack when I first heard it…..then like a hour later when I popped it back in….that shyt had a whole new vibe too it and became raw as hell (just like everyone else thought)

      Same way with BISD….some of the tracks are iffy….but it’ll grow….cause I havent listened to nothing else since this Cd dropped

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