April 2006

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DRIVE SLOW

If the crown fits, he’ll wear it. He called himself King, and the hip-hop nation bowed before him. Now T.I. is playing it cool to extend his rule—he’s making it be about more than just music.

Features
THIS IS ME

We all know and love his style. The same goes for his beats. So how will we all feel about Pharrell as a solo artist? With his debut LP finally coming, it looks like we’re about to find out what the pastel-loving Nerd has been storing for us.

BREAKIN’ OLD HABITS

DJ Drama may be part of the Aphilliates DJ crew, but he’s quickly turning into the number-one mixtape DJ in the game, thanks to his Gangsta Grillz series of tapes. So what’s the next step for the newest hustler on the scene?

MY WAY HOME

UGK have been reunited. Pimp C is back. After being locked up for four years, it’s finally time for Texas’ most infamous rapping inmate to grab hold of hip-hop and make it his own.

HEY MAMA

Just because her son has been dead for nine years now doesn’t mean there is any less pain or drama. With lawsuits, the LAPD, Diddy and money all still issues, Voletta Wallace, mama of the Notorious B.I.G., gives us a clear update on the saga.

PUSHIN

It’s hard to be a new artist from New York. You gotta have confidence. You gotta have skills. And you gotta have some heavy endorsements. Meet Papoose, he’s got all three.

Departments
EDITORIAL

Yellow Nigga rants and raves.

FIRST OF THE MONTH

You still can’t decide how you feel about G-Unit.

360

XXL does the remix.
8Ball: Lil Wayne
Truth: Big Boi
Hip-Hop Junkies: Kevin Federline
Move the Crowd: The Fugees try to play nice in London.

SHOW & PROVE

Mistah F.A.B.
Glasses Malone
Killa Kyleon
The Product
Vakill

EYE CANDY

Meet the Rookie of the Year, LaToiye.

THE SHOW

XXL’s annual sneaker blowout is here.
How We Do: Rappers living the high life
Fashion: We hit Sin City in the season’s hottest fashions.
Walk This Way: Kick spring into gear with our exclusive sneaker preview.
Flow: In these shades
Games People Play: EA Sports Fight Night Round 3, Dead or Alive 4
Full Clip: DVD reviews to swear by
Reign of the Tech: Up your game with the latest gadgets.

CRITICAL BEATDOWN

The Jump Off: Ghostface
Classic Material: GZA
Train of Thought: Ice Cube
Official Bootlegs: Clinton Sparks & Kanye West
Ill Techniques: DJ Jelly
Spin Cycle
Production Credit: The Beat Bullies
Chairman’s Choice: Bo$$ Hog Barbarian$

XXIT

Voletta stays fly.

  • http://myspace.com/lifespleasure Vanesha

    Breath taken… TI is doing the damn thing again.

  • SunnA

    it’s good to see my nigga T.I is back and doing the damn thing but when we gone that Cassidy cover playaz

  • D-Tay

    Grand hustle pimp!!! Yo T.I. is doing it big with the movie and his new album about to drop(certified platinum)but i’m tired of hearing “the king”. First one dude says he is the king of the south, then another,then another, then scarface is said to be the king but niggas still continue to call themselves the king after they said face was the king. Why do we have to have a king. Cant we just make good music for the sake of music.

  • jose

    xxl mag u drawlin u really fucked up ur streak of having gangsta niggas in the front cover now wit t.i in the cover tryin to be gangsta i kno ur mag is getin wack, t.i is a bitch, he’s wack, fake and he a wanabe he tryin way toooooo hard to be a G. he saying he the king of the south, all he says is bullshit he dont rule the south him and p$c is all fake just look at them niggas they wack but i aint blamin u xxl mag, u just tryin to sell mags and make money and it works but t.i aint real, evrybody should kno

    “FUCK T.I”

  • King Worth

    Man its been a long time since ya’ll had true royalty on the cover (T.I.) the dude is greatness excelled beyond beleaf he is undoubtably one of the best livin or dead this new album gone be too hot to handle plus major niggas wanna fuck wit hem’s on wax he got the game on lock and he just a senior what until this nigga graduate (when he drop his 5th for you dummies that don’t understand)

  • omar

    the king is back,what you now about that.
    is good to see tip is back on the cover this time nationwide instead putting fat ass fat joe on the other side,xx ya heard the phrase that T.i.P. said real reconize real and xxl is real.
    keep it pimpin, pimpin

  • http://xxlmag.com bobdigi

    King Worth callin ti one of the best livin or dead, what is the world of hip hop comin to? Im ashamed to be a hip hop fan if people are callin ti one of the best ever. ti is bubble gum rap, hes just a corny no talent motherfucka. XXL you call yourself hip hop on a higher level and then go and put ti on your cover, quit bullshitin and put a real MC on your cover.

  • http://yahoo.com KSquare

    Ayo T.I. doin his bizniss and such. He may not be tha best rapper alive but he’s mos def a great one.

  • http://www.hotmail.com King Quis

    For all yall haterz out there quit hatin on my boy T.I., Hip Hop may be in a state of emergency but TIP is doing his thing, I dont see nobody else bringing it right now for hip hop so I think XXL did the right thing by puttin T.I. on the cover. Stop trippin Pimpin!!!

  • lilone

    my nigga keep it pimping much love from
    the cport savannah Ga a real Ga nigga

  • front page

    whats with cam’ron and drag-on dissing lil’ wayne that crazy here u have a one lane rapper and one super lane rapper (drag-on) and tahey coming at the best rapper alive since the best rapper retired!! that joke i know drag tryin sell records cuz people forgot who he is but camrons beef is childish grow up and get money nigga shit u on a nigga dick so much they call u trojan!!!!

  • BIGGZ

    THAT DUDE “G-MALONE” IS NICE, THE NEXT BEST THING TO HITT THE WEST. “STAY TUNED”

  • http://www.soundclick.com/tblazecan T-Blaze

    Yo this issue was pretty sick styll, I was feeling it. Can’t wait for Cam’s movie/Album to come out man. i’m waiting on that shit. dipset all ya know!! but anyways i’m just dropping in. and everybody check out my website http://www.soundclick.com/tblazecan

    Peace

  • A

    damn XXL ya’ll done messed up now.
    you putting TI up? you know damn well biggie deserves a page. thats the least ya’ll can do, pay homage to dude on his death anniversary. TI can get up on XXL on the next issue, ya’ll really done messed up by doing that.

  • reggie from tha augusta, GA

    when i was in the book store, i seen that XXL had a new issue, it was behind some other magazine. So i went to pick it up and i seen T.I. on the cover, i put it right back down. I wanted to rip the cover off in the store. The i seen the source and it had UGK on it, so i got that. I was so disappointed. T.I. is WACK, who dont fight, trap and go to jail. i dont know why ya’ll didnt get somebody else that deserved the cover like Ludacris. Before, i used to buy the magazine no matter who was on the cover( i even brought the one with g-unit on it and i dont like them), but from now on, it depends on who’s on the cover that i like and who’s inside.

  • Kandi

    I am so happy that ya’ll put T.I. on the cover because he is really blowing up. T.I. is finally getting some credit when he should have a long time ago. Ya’ll had me fooled, XXL, ya’ll started the year off bad, fucking with 50 again. But ya’ll are starting to see the real real. Southern artists are on the rise. Please recognize.

  • Scootj

    T.I. one of the realest cats out right now, I’m tired of everybody hatin’. But what I really wanna see is an issue that breaks down who’s really runnin’ the south, T.I. or Wayne. Both of them are hot, and I feel like they’ve been taking shots at each other. Lil’ Wayne (Since everyone’s a king then where da fuck ya palace at, me I got calace on my hand, I can handle that) And that new song by T.I. is just filled w/ shots.

  • kmax25

    other than outkast, t.i. is the nicest lyricist in the south. think about the last 5 hot albums you’ve heard in the past 2 yrs where damn near every song was fire….not too many right? game, t.i., and jeezy, then after that i gotta look through my cd book to find the other two. psc might not be shit but t.i. can go toe to toe with any rapper out there right now, with jay, nas or em being the exceptions. he doing movies, got his own club in his hood, and he about to come out with his own clothing line. he made it easy for a nigga like jeezy to blow up while talkin about selling dope and hustlin all damn album. he making moves so give him his respect

  • AtlsFinest

    Dat nigga T.I. is too fine and I preciate ya’ll puttin him up on dare kuz he d-serve it 4sho. Big Thangs ta come 4rm my boi..Na mean? Ya betta watch 4 him!!

  • Deasha

    Im reppin S.Cak!! So I should know TI really is the king of the South! NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!

  • jose

    Fuck every t.i fan t.i is wack

  • http://xxlmag.com bobdigi

    Both ti and jeezy are wack lyrically. They both corny as hell.

  • T.I WIFEY

    2 Jose and all the rest of yall haters fuck u nigga t.i aint no bitch nigga so back off wit that shit homie plus yalll hatin cause yall aint got the money and the fame so jose u tha real bitch u pussy ass hatin nigga

  • KWesInc

    Fuck all yall datz hatin on my baby daddy T.I!! Ya’ll hoes just mad cuz T.i doing his thang and fuckin all da hoes. Thank U XXL for puttin my baby Clifford on da cover and I think everybody should go see his movie “ATL”

  • http://source one

    T.I. IS NOT A LYRICIST HE’S A RAPPER THERS A HUGE DIFFERENCE U SOUTHERN NIGGAS NEED TO LEARN THAT.STOP CREATING BULLSHIT DOWN THERE AND CALLING IT HIPHOP.
    CALI LOVE

  • Ali

    When i purshed the April Issue i was totally upset to see Kevin Federline. It’s amazing what “hip hop” has become. His wife is rich so therefore he thinks he can rap? Hell, if you want the truth she can’t hold a tune. It is really sad what hip hop has become what’s next..Paris Hilton with an album? Ha,I guess i spoke to soon.

  • Aaron Sims

    I’m glad ya put that papoose article in There but I didn’t like how it was one page thou, but it’s still hot.He’s is definitely one of the most sharpest lyricist in the game.I can see that New york rap is reforming with papoose,saigon and tru-life coming into the game.I like southern rap but it’s time for the east coast hip hop and west coast hip hop to dominate rap again!

  • http://budz.vze.com SNIPEZ

    TI is about as hip as bugz bunny

    ima FART star

    ya heard

  • Jaymatic

    Damn, word tha mutha, Houston, TX is up on this rap game right now. They still tippin´ the 44´s and sippin´ the Syrup drank, fo´sho. knawwhati´mtalkin´bout, screw that shit. Peace to Lil Flip, Bun B, Z-Ro, Will Lean, Slim Thugga, Mike Jones and the muthafuckin´ H-town up-comers. Welcome home Pimp C.

  • Jay Jay aka Jay Hood

    I´m Adictted to Hip Hop since day one. Whurr New York be at? Is like right now i ain´t listenin´ to nuthin´ but Screwed And Chopped shit alday er´day. But my favourate is Lil Flip, Mike Jones, Bun B, but shit i´m down wit the whole Houstons boys music. knowwhatimtalkin´bout?

  • ATL BOY

    FUck y all haterz said TI is not the king of the south! KING IS BACK IN FORCE MUSCLE LYRICS FRESH STYLE JUST PIMPIN!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Dipesh

    bout time xxl got someone how’s real in the game, T.i. loves hip hop period, fuck the money,the bling all that hi family man and i respact for that. the king of south will be soon named king of hip hop FOR REAL.

  • CP

    ya hatin cuhz ya aint in da game..respect to all those who made it atleast..shieeeeeeeet

  • MurderBaby

    T.I. is definitley doing his thang right no whether you like it or not, yall can’t deny that. But the fact of the matter is LiL Wayne is illest from the dirty plain and simple.

  • h-town represnta

    look i cant even lie t.i. got some skillz no doubt but on the real come on with that king bullshit.what you aint got nothin else to write about.and truthfully he only the king because he claimed it first.he aint got nothin on scarface,chamillionaire,bun b,pimp c,z ro or slim thugga.danm,houston got it locked.

  • rudy moren

    well i think T.I. is aight an shit so yea well the reason im wrighting is to say please XXLmag put some mexicanos on the FUCKING COVER cus if never seen a mexicano on the cover……..

    (please dont put fat Joe on the cover)

  • cragger

    yo wat up XXL im from england right here so u know wen i see T.I on the cover dat shit shit mus be fake he aint all that fuck ti,jada and fat joe

    p.s good lookin on a new fiddy album ggggg unit

  • Monica Zendejas

    wassup bitches…..my name is monica n i would like 2 say…ti is fukin fine but fukin gay @ da same time!!!!

  • jojochicago

    Ms. Wallace….Gotta love her! She was straight checkin Amy Linden! setting her straight is more like it. When Amy was coming at her with all what she thought, she was put in her place! What’s most impressive is the realness of her attitude about what Diddy did and shouldn’t of have to did. She wasn’t looking for no handouts and its honorbale. She got what is owed and what is still being earned and appreciative for what was done in honor of BIG.
    Definitely a woman at peace with the hand that was dealt but she will not rest til justice is served and I know Biggie will be proud of that! Get Money!!!

  • bhillboy

    ? for everybody. did luda ever get a cover. forget all that king sh!t.ti is tight especially my theme song ” freak though” but toe to toe luda would get him and luda sold way more records. anyway did he ever get a cover??????????

  • http://myspace.com Anna

    Ha! that’s my babe! (aye)((i wish)) but yall no that he is tha finest…yeah his new song is bangin”Whut You Know”…
    l8a
    –Anna

  • bluerid

    OK IM DONE RANTING PUT ON SOMETHING NEW HEY CAM ARE YOU GOING TO BEAT ME UP NOW?LOL

  • TL

    Music is Music… people love and people love to hate, or just straight up hate.

    TI is tight, good flow nice clean lyrics, nice harmony. And shit, he repped out Seattle, so that was tight too.

    King or not, he got his shit on lock, and peepz need ta recognize and respect the fact that he makin more money, moves than you and you’re fam.

    Let me peep ya allz shit n’ see if ya all are better than TI – Luda- Bun – Em – Cass – Jeezy – Wayne. lets see it!

  • BLACK-MAN A.K.A R.I.P. A.K.A Frisco Boy

    SHIT I GOT LOVE 4 T.I. (TIP) U KNO HE KOOL, U THE ATL IS HOT RIGHT NOW BUT LOOK A DA BAY IT CUMIN’ UP REAL FAST NIGGA. JUST KEEPIN’ IT TREAL

    Bay til i die R.I.P. MAC DRE
    MAC DRE 4EVER
    FRISCO NIGGA
    HUNTERS POINT
    H.P. BITCH
    BAY THIZZ
    I rich bitch
    ain’t no place like the bay
    YAY AREA HOE
    THIZZ NATION
    F.B.I. CLICK

  • anthony $

    Im proud of my nigga TI all these east coasts niggas can suck a dick and ride with a G. The south will run this rap shit forever you know what am talkin bout.

  • http://yahoo lil mama_0 9

    T.I you so fine

  • Dickslinger

    I don’t know where the fuck Ti come from saying he the king of the south! He know Lil Flip is the real King.

  • TI LUVAH 4 REAL

    Man FUCK all you T.I. haterz man get that dick out of your dumb asses and just recognize that T.I. is doin the damn thing. Your all just hatin because he made it and HALF of you muthaFUCKERS are still livi wit your damn mom. As for “Jose” man get that hater stick out of your dumb ass and stop bein pussy hurt that T.I.is straight up better than your stupid ass. Reggie and bobdigi man FUCK what you think man nobody gives a shit wat you think you aint SHIT!!!! and as for “A” man how long has it been since biggie’s been dead?! Man ya haterz really need to get over that man biggie had his fame when he was alive now its T.I.’s turn to shine!!!!! Oh, yea and fo rall those dumb-asses who think is corny man SHUT THA FUCK UP man yall only wish you can come up with the materials he comes up with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! **Much love for all you T.I. fans**
    -and FUCK ALL OF YOU T.I. HATEERZ-

  • http://none TX REPRESENTA

    FIRST OFF LEMME SAY TO ALL U BITCHES HATIN ON THA SOUTH”FUK U SUK MY FUKIN DIK”U JUST MAD CUZ WE HOLDIN IT DOWN AND THA EAST COAST IS DEAD ALREADY CHANGE UR MUTHA FUKIN STYLE BRAGGIN BOUT OHHH WE GOT LYRICIST WHO THA FUK CARES THEY AINT GETTIN PAID THO SO SHUT THA HELL UP—NEBODY GOTTA PROBLEM WIT THIS FUKIN COME TO DALLAS TEXAS BUT U BETTA COME STRAPPED CUZ U “GON” GET YA ASS BEAT—OH N BOUT T.I. HE DOIN HIS THANG BUT I’D SAY LUDA THA KING

  • http://none TX REPRESENTA

    IF NEBODY REALLY WANTA SAY SHIT HERES MY FUKN EMAIL BASKETBALL016@AOL.COM COME TO DALLAS I’LL MEET YOU ON BRUTON—–

  • BuckChuck

    TI is wack playa, hez skillz is not tight, the whole south is wack New York till I die!!

  • http://xxlmag.com young jay

    lil flip is the king of the south king of houston and king of the world he just signed sqad up crime boss and skinny pimp fuck t.i nigga is po sharing a chain with his group they sold 30 thousand units flip got 3 mansions 17 chains 11 cars he will not fall of t.i is a bitch he got knock out by z-ro, rick ross got flip back chamillionaire,clover geez bitch

  • South Dallas Texas

    Say BRO…1st of all…Niggas be hatin on tha D…Dollaz, Texas…aka Dallas Texas…Murder Capital..Crime Rate Capital…Show luv to my nigga Tum Tum and DSR…Big Chiefa and everybody else comin up…T.I. go hard….Lil Flip do too but both of them niggas going to far about tha king…Z-Ro tha King..If you aint heard Z-ro….Then u dont like listening to reall azz music Bro…On Blood….44 Oakland South Dallas Texas Ya Digg…”In Tha Lone Star State, Bones Brake”…..Ya Digg