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October 2006

Cover Story "Long Time Coming" In the last 10 years, ’Pac has become more famous and popular than when he was alive. Records, books, movies, collabos, murals and eBay auctions intensify the love for Afeni’s son. Now, XXL has created the definitive ...

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2Pac
Cross That Line

I know the question y’all asking yourselves: Why did XXL put Tupac on the cover again? Well, it’s the 10th year of the anniversary of his death, stupid. And our ’Pac covers have always done their numbers. I even sold ...

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The Roots
The Paybacks

Black Thought is feeling the heat. Not because the midday sun is baking through the windows of his Los Angeles apartment, not because he can’t find a lighter for the freshly rolled blunt he’s holding in his hand, but because ...

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Too $hort
Still Fly

Too $hort has turned his back on the game. Sitting in a restaurant in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, he turns toward the flat-screen television above the bar, glances at the opening round of the World Cup match between France and Switzerland, ...

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360
Give ’Em What They Want

It’s not basketball season yet, but XXL has a major case of fourth-quarter fever. If the 2006 rap game was a hoop game, it would be characterized by one thing—bricks. Of the major hip-hop releases this year—from stalwarts like Mobb ...

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Show & Prove
D.G. Yola

Labels hardly ever discover and develop talent anymore. These days, the majors only come knocking once you have a fully functioning movement in place with independent sales that push past five figures. Nineteen-year-old Mario Talley, a.k.a. D.G. Yola, is the ...

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Shut ‘Em, Shut ‘Em Down

I may be speaking beyond my ken right now because I don't watch Flavor of Love outside of what's made available by the creative communists who support the greatest, most subversive technological convergence to hit les internetes this year. And ...

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