Vote For The Best XXL Cover of 2008 [DAY 9]

It’s day nine of XXL’s look back on our decade of dominance as we reflect on all the covers we’ve done over the past 10 years. Throughout the years, various staffers have chimed in on which was the best XXL cover and for the first time we’re bringing you, the reader, into the discussion with a special online ballot.

Last week we began posting the covers year-by-year so you can vote for the Best XXL Cover from the past decade. We’ll continue putting up all the covers from a different year (2000 to 2009) until tomorrow (Jan. 15), when we’ll start tallying the votes to determine the top 10 fan favorites by year.

Then, next week we’ll kick off a second round of voting that’ll run from Jan. 18 – Jan. 21 to find out which one will be crowned the Best XXL Cover of the Millennium. You can only vote for one cover a day, but feel free to come back to vote again for your favorites from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Best XXL Cover of the Millennium will be announced on Friday, January 22.

Without further ado, the 2008 XXL cover nominees are…

UPDATE: Due to reports of a cheat code being posted on a message board to vote more than once per day for the 2002 ballot, XXL has investigated the situation and fixed the potential problem to make that code inactive. In the interest of fairness, the XXL staff has decided to throw out ALL previous votes for that year and allowing readers to vote again for the 2002 ballot once per day until tomorrow Friday (January 15). CLICK HERE to recast your vote for 2002. We apologies for the actions of some overzealous fans, who opted to ruin this celebration for other fans.


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  • Rob One

    First? Wow. That makes a change.

    Interesting range of covers. I think the freshmen ones did something a little different. I ticked the box for Blu/Corey/Mickey. They weren’t the most successful, but I reckon they’re among the most talented.

    Corey especially. That Body Bags verse…schoowow.

  • Jamal7Mile

    The concept for Freshman 10 set off some great debates on this site. Over a year later and we’re still talking about them. Not sure how to vote yet.

    sidenote: RIP Teddy Pendergrass, God Bless Haiti and fuck Pat Robertson!!

    • Pierzy

      Co-Sign everything you said, my dude!

      I can’t vote for Asher Roth. I just can’t. Ha!

      I think there should be more Wayne covers. Wait…never mind.


    Ahhh. I may have bought two issues that whole year. I fucked around & found out that this site is pretty much the same as what’s IN the magazine (other than the bangers, blogs, & news), & decided not to waste any more of my money (unless I really wanted it).

  • Gucci’s Ghost Writer

    Only One Fif cover in “08″?? Jimmy mustve stopped coming with them checks

    • Hussle’s Way

      lol Nah..Jimmy still cut the check. One for G-Unit and One For Game

  • cocoFlow

    mm foxy brown.. hot chocolate..

  • Gift

    I picked the issue w/khaled, ross, flo-rida, and TRina. Anything wit TRina looks 10 times better than it would otherwise.

  • caino

    Snoop looks like a skinny high school kid in his cover!!My 3 yr old son looks fatter than him LMAO!!

    l’m give this one to ……………NAS

  • whaaaa

    All of these covers suck

  • John Cochran

    I got really sick of Wayne in 08. The Nas cover was dope. I bet noone hear can explain the hisorical significance of why he posed like that with the flag behind him. It’s history kids.

  • Phil Moe

    I like the Nas cover best. Though I think he said some of the dumbshit shit in the interview trying to justify using the word nigger.

    Phil Moe

  • beaver

    dat gunit cover and nas cover were dope..
    wayne had 2many..

  • yoprince

    that wayne cover in the space suit is comedy!

    props to the nas, g-unit, t.i., miami, and ice cube covers… all dope.

  • KiLLuMaNaTii

    jesus christ, too many wayne covers…

  • chopper

    Is it me or does snoop look kinda fruity in his cover

    • mav

      yeah u took the words right outta my mouth look like some shit that brittney spears would be votin 4 nas cuz he havin a bad year and mad niggas be was g-unit still gettin covers in 08 lol this mags covers have always sucked they should just have a top ten all time list or somethin cuz theyre are only about 10 good covers..

  • Rockcity

    Itz between the Nas cover and Freshman 10 cover, i like the idea of the Freshman cover 2 one of the best things u guys came up with n a while.

  • latino heat

    2008 marked the year ya’ll hoped off 50′s dick and jumped on Wayne’s dick, HARD.

    was 3 Wayne cover’s in one month really necessary?

    lol @ G-Unity. i think by the time that issue came out Buck was already kicked out of the group.

    also lol @ the freshmen 10 selling about 500,000 copies COMBINED. with a majority of those sales coming from Asher Roth. ewww.

    r.i.p. to my XXL subscription. 2001 – Jul. 2008. i’m sorry but a shirtless oiled up Rick Ross made me wanna yak. Trina should’ve got another solo cover instead.


    I went with the Cube cover he is a legend and still one of the best him and Nas are the two most talented to get covers for this page. Im not knockin all the rappers listed for this page because there are some pretty good ones but they dont hold a candle to Nas and Cube.

  • Ron Mexico

    it was a toss-up between the kid cudi action shot and the wayne on the moon. i went with the freshmen cover.

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  • Smalls Uno

    I was gonna choose the nas cover until I saw the freshman cover with curren$y on it….that’s my choice my nigga spitta….HIGH $OCIETY OR DIE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • REAL Nigga!!!

    Wackass Year How can 1 Artist Get 4 Covers in 1 Year? Shit Makes No sense That shit is Beyond Dickriding!!!

  • Anotha Gangsta

    The one with Game is real.

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  • guttaman

    that wayne astronaut cover was really creative



  • Dana Mayzes

    Wonderful report, well written I have to admit.