May 2006

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IT HAS BEEN SAID

Tightly under wraps in a federal pen in Philly, the first female MC to do a bid sits in a cell biding her time until her 366-day sentence is up. After seven months locked behind bars, Lil’ Kim is no longer new to the system. So she called XXL to share her experiences.

YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS

Can you believe it’s been five years since the infamous Puffy Trial, which landed budding rapper Shyne in the slammer? He’s suffered legal and career setbacks, solitary confinement and personal and financial obstacles, yet Shyne Po still pushes on. With just a year-and-a-half away from possible release, Po’s got a few things to say.

Features

SINCERELY YOURS

To Wu-Tang fans and music critics, every Ghostface album is a winner. So why does he keep losing sales? Tony on the trials and tribulations of a career in the rap biz—it ain’t always pretty.

STILL

A look back on the life of J Dilla and the impact he had on hip-hop. R.I.P., Jay Dee. He will always be remembered.

BACK LIKE THAT

He just got done serving a three-year prison sentence, and now Project Pat is slowly making his way back into the rap game. With the city of Memphis and his crew Three 6 Mafia both hotter than ever, now’s the time for Pat to shine.

Departments

EDITORIAL

Yellow Nigga rants and raves.

FIRST OF THE MONTH

Cam and Jeezy piss y’all off.

360

Cool C live from death row.
8Ball: Bubba Sparxxx
Truth: Chamillionaire
Hip-Hop Junkies: Andy Milonakis
Move the Crowd: Wu-Tang crush the Big Apple.

SHOW & PROVE

Rick Ross
Slick Pulla
Turf Talk
Atllas
Apathy

EYE CANDY

Erica is like kryptonite.

THE SHOW

XXL’s annual electronics blowout takes you to the next level.
Reign of the Tech: Scorching-hot electronics for the street, crib and whip
Fashion: Hit the rails like a pro in the coolest skating gear.
Flow: These decks will keep you stylin’.
Walk This Way: Skate kicks to keep you grounded.
Freestyle: Meet the Blokhedz.
Games People Play: The Godfather, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
Full Clip: DVD reviews to swear by

CRITICAL BEATDOWN

The Jump Off: T.I.
Classic Material: Tha Alkaholiks
Train of Thought: Young Jeezy
Official Bootlegs: Fabolous
Ill Techniques: DJ Juice
Spin Cycle
Production Credit: The Runners
Chairman’s Choice: The Coup

XXIT

Three 6 win Oscar!

  • Tashema

    What Ever Happened To Hip-Hop Soul.

  • Magic Don Juan

    R U Fuckin’ Serious…..Fuck Shyne….Dat nigga’s a Bitch….He’s wack as Hell too….sounds just like Butterfly Gayme….Both Dem Niggaz is Wild Homo!!!!! LMAO….Good lookin on dat Lil Kim though

  • Keiper

    I better get my xxl this month becuz I got subscription in october and I got 2 mags since then. I paid more for the ones i didn’t get than i did for the whole damn subscription!!!!!

  • Brutal

    ay, who r dese chaplin kids? dey look wack!! south africa? i didnt even no u got rap ther!

  • jurnalis

    Fuck You Brutal! I heard their record! Its fuckin crazy! Hav u herd their shit?? if you had u wouldnt be saying dat shit! ct3 keep doing yo thang, theres always haters!

  • http://g-unit z

    all i have to say is fuck shyne. xxl you can do better.

  • http://xxlmag.com detroit thug

    shyne looks like hes someone bitch in prison g-unit
    count love o.m.c.

  • Mike

    Thanks for showing some love to Kim.

  • Brittney

    Im A Boss Bitch Suck A Dick

  • Alva Damien

    Opinions don’t matter. Truth does. All I can say is I’ma fan of Shyne Po. Hate?, then hate. Oh well, we all diff. and have different favorites. Stop arguing.

  • Famous

    Atllas! Atllas! Atllas!…thatz wupz! this nigga is tha truth. I’m pick’n up my issue today! This is big for Phoenix,AZ. Southwest hip-hop is on tha rise. thankx XXL for putting tha KING of AZ in your sho-n-prove! much luv!

  • http://yahoo Sadie D

    why is eveybody hatin on that nigga shyne. all these niggas thats out now is gonna be scared when he get out and make his come back.

  • JR above

    Atlas! Good job XL, phoenix is the most untapped resource in the game, and even thiug we are a top 15 radio market, cats like Atlas that grind w/o major label suppport are the ones that make it happen!

  • DJ KILO

    I JUST WANNA SAY BIG UPS TO XXL FOR PUTTIN MY MAN ATLLAS IN THE SHOW & PROVE SECTION! HE IS WHAT THE GAME IS MISSING, HOLDIN IT DOWN FOR THE NOT ONLY ARIZONA, BUT THE WHOLE SOUTHWEST!

  • http://www.alimoeinc.com Alimoe

    What it dew XXL. For everyone that don’t know, its time to listen up. Atllas is finnaly getting some attention. Cat is on stretch with his hustle, known across the country from Cali, Miami, NYC and Salt Lake City of all places. Keep working mayn we here to support you. 7 Days A Week is an gem du, please leave it on your MySpace account for a while!!!

  • I. Hustle

    I’m happy as fuck to see another Shyne Poe cover. That’s my favorite rapper of all-time. Then to top it all of, ya’ll put KIM on a cover too!! That’s wats up. I know both of them deserve it. I just want to tell the both of them to keep their heads up. KIM imma continue to put them lighters up until you back on the streests momma, and Shyne we’ll see you in a minute my nig’. Godfather Buried Alive…

  • http://www.atllas-online.com Big SG

    Yo! Southwest STAND UP! Its ya boy SG. Repp’n Fire Flock E-N-T! I want everybody to go buy 2 copies of the new XXL. Show that AZ LUV….For my nigga Atllas. It’s go’n down….the Crook is here! we coming threw the back door on yaw!! Much luv to XXL!

  • PHOENIQUERA!!!!!

    Hell yea ATLLAS puttin it down for AZ!!!AZ’s gonna blow up big afta he hits tha mainstream

  • Kisha

    Hey i saw Atllas on MTV and became a fan overnight! his music is hot and Im happy to see a XXL magazine showing love. Vegas is behind the southwest hip-hop movement all the way. The New West coast! Phoenix 2 Vegas baby!

  • http://BigUpz Rome

    Yea yall put my boy Atllas in da magazine,he deserves everything he getz .Hez been puttn AZ on da map 4 a quick minute. Yall should put more of him on there!PEACE!!

  • http://www.queenyonasda.com YoNasDa

    Atllas!! Atllas!! Thank you XXL for finally showin’ AZ some love. We have been slept on for ages even though some of the hottest entertainers came out of there. Adina Howard, CeCe Peniston, Eazy E and Ice Cube lived there. Not to mention Swizz Beatz,DMX, just to name a few. But myself as a true Arizonian and proud of it! Its about time that you show us some love,by puttin Atllas in the Show N Prove and mosdef he will. Continue to show some love when my album drops. You can catch me on Cappadonna’s upcoming album The Transition. Check for a queen!!!
    –Queen YoNasDa “Queen of AZ”
    http://www.queenyonasda.com

  • http://www.djphlava.com Dj Phlava (BumSquad Djz)

    ARIZONA STAND THE F*** UP…THIS IS MAJOR!!! Represent for your boy ATLLAS….go get your copies of XXL Magazine.

    Look for the current mixtape Hosted by Kay Slay. And check out the upcoming mixtape Dj Phlava presents “ATLLAS – The World on My Shoulders”.

    “Rep Yo City!”

    – Dj Phlava, BumSquad Djz
    “It’s the Takeover…”

  • Shawn

    my gurl kim iz wus poppintha hottest bitch on tha planet all 4 albums are crazy

  • http://yahoo.com Rumor Aguirre

    Yo, my boy Atllas is going to grace the pages of XXL. He’s been killing it for a while here with his hittracks “Hood Famous” and “Southwest Side”. Finally, we going to get some love. It’s Az’s turn. First it was NY, then LA, then the South, now it’s our turn. I got to give it up to XXL (fuck that Source shit), they always hook a mofucka up. Stay tuned, XXL cause Rumor is coming soon too. Stay tuned.

  • JSlimm

    Big ups to Atllas.. puttin AZ on the map in a big way..

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Dipesh

    yo good looking on shyne that homie needs to be relased an put out the music his been succes for, also to shut that fucking 50 cent mouth up.

    Lil kim keep your head up.

  • http://www.atllas-online.com It’s Him!!!

    I was like who the fuck is this atllas cat everyone is talking about! I went to his website (www.atllas-online.com) and found out! This cat is the truth! He’s next up. If he’s from Arizona, then Arizona is about to blow up! Keep that shit fresh!

    It’s Him!!!

  • T.J. Bless

    good look on the Atllas article it shows that grindin pays.

    Grind Season
    T.J. Bless

  • http://WWW.WBECKO.COM DJ ECKO

    The bottom line is lil kim is suffering from what we real n*ggas call being snitched on. but lil her girl mo said on her show, real bitvhes do real things and will over come! hold your head up girl.

  • Jay Hood

    That nigga Shyne on the cover is blessin´ for XXL. Shyne is real gangsta for lifem, even though he a looked up nigga, but he still h ain´t puttin´ down the mic and that´s what is call a rapper for me. He ain´t gonna give it like that. He is in prison and can still addresses all his beefs. If not Nas then who the fuck can fuck with Shyne Po, huh?

  • mav

    fuckin attlas doin it big yo….reppin phoenix as i am………holla

  • http://www.myspace.com/maryvalemademiser MYSER

    BECAUSE ATLLAS HAS BEEN SO DRIVEN AND FUELED AND QUOTE THIS” KATS R BE THROWING THE BIG W FOR WEST ONCE AGAIN”. NO DOUBTIN’ THAT MARYVALE HEART,DAWG!

  • http://www.myspace.com/differentshadesAZ Different Shades

    AZ=Atllas you dont like it fuck U. hahaha there aint shit anyone can do about it either. you did the unthinkable man you got the cover in phxs name thats my fucken boy yeah!!!

  • chelsea

    Atllas, i am in sierra vista,az and the moment i heard your music on MADE…i was a fan. yeah…u hear this al the time…but i never really though that someone from arizona could rap like that. u got that shit…and keep goin.

  • http://ProfessaDank.com ProfessaDank

    Atllas is helping put the desert on the Map finally we get a chance to be heard he has been on the grime for a minute so he def deserves this shit Phoenix Arizona is a force to be recond with so make sure ya’ll dont sleep on this Artist he is sure to Blow up
    Holla

  • Gabz

    im so DAMN happy dat my boy Atllas is in da mag! finally hes gettin more mainstream.. more recognition for his talent.. hes been doin it big.. but hes gonna do it at a much larger scale.. so keep an eye out for my boy Atllas!! thanx XXL! ;)

  • Mz. Young jeezy

    JEEZY IS A WHAT?!!!! Oh my God… Why yall hatin on the kid… he better than half these fake commercial rappers… leaning and rocking and snapping? Ummm…. I dont think so. He’s real… His music is REAL.. and its made for REAL people… and thats maybe why half of yall hatin on him because you dont know the streets like you thought you did… TRAP OR DIE BITCHEZ….

  • http://www.illfxstudios.com Blessed

    Yea, XXL just proved they are the best magazine to me to put my boy Atllas in it. I’ve been waiting for the AZ love and Atllas does his thing out here. That’s good shit, he hustles hard and deserves his credit.

    Blessed

  • Walter

    Since when is going to prison a carrer move?? Only in the pages of XXL. How pathetic….

  • Arika aka Tutie

    Atllas, man doin it big repin for everbody back at home. This nigga been doin it big all around the US. When his shits slappin in DA YAY AREA (510) Oakland what is it..then you know he’s doin it big. Im waitin for that album to come out.Yadada

  • YaZmIn O.

    hey shout outs to my boii Atllas. I’m so glad he is finally getting some recognition for his talent. It was a great experience to be with him in the MTV show MADE. He was so nice and interesting and let’s not forget fine !!! Well i hope he keeps doing his thing. Congrats

  • Ladii_Mugz

    no offense, but im neither interested in lil kim or in shyne. the xxl crew shudda put someone that is on the comeup to take over the whole industry, FABOLOUS. it would have been an excellent choice to put in the cover especially since he HARD ON HIS grind right now with the clothing line, his new label, the new album, the street fam movement, the mixtapes, etc..i’ll be waiting for that issue.

  • mingus

    Ghost drops a classic and you put Shyne and Kim on the cover? Thanks for supporting quality hip hop…

  • Don$Nasty

    Fuck all yall up north niggas’ !! South down south and we still on top of yall so come to South Crack and get the real G music spreadin like ho legs , ya feel me!!

  • http://www.soundclick.com/Cattfish Cattfish

    Yessur folks gonna be mad once they realize the best up n coming artists on the planet reside in Arizona and not on the coasts. Big ups to Atllas

  • Noel

    I am infuriated with you guys for thinking you could get away with printing a white man using the word nigga in ya’lls magazine. Ya’ll will hear more. anybodyelse feel the same hit me up at santiagobrain@yahoo.com. For those that are wondering what I’m talking about read the Bubba Sparxx interview.

  • marlon

    How you gonna have ghostface not on the cover. He’s a Legend, his beats are crazy. He’s finally got big league backing with def jam. Fish scale is close to a classic. Fuckin Shyne, Lil Kim? You gotta be kidding me. Both known for wack lyrics. Yeah we know some rap artists are stupid and get locked up, how many times you gonna put their wack asses on the cover. Shyne only had one album that was meh. Everyone knows that he tries so hard to be biggie and has a fat mans voice coming out a pip squeek. He’s lucky he went to jail otherwise we woulda forgotten his ass a long time ago. And lil Kim, Stop! she’s lame to biggie coat tails that get way more attention then their worth. Ghost is finally gettin some attention and you guys are sleepin. Thats part of the problem.

  • smokey

    Good job on the eye candy! Erica is off the meter I wondered how long it was going to take for ya’ll 2 get at her! P.S. Tell erica her ex stupid as fuck there’s no way I’d leave that!! Does she have a website? Smokey Atlanta Ga.

  • G-Style

    it’s great to see that atllas finally gets the attention he deserving. he’s the real.

  • DiorAddict10

    A well deserved cover: Lil Kim!!! Im so happy that you guys did that. Show some love for a real ass bitch that respects the streets and keep it hood all day. Keep ya head up, Kim. Cali bitches got love for a real bitch when they see one!!! You gotta respect it!!

  • DiorAddict10

    Who is Atlas? I must be sleeping on this dude!!

  • knuckles

    Ayo Shyne hold ya hed my nig … they still dont understand that u is da realest dude in this game man i hope u come home soon …da streets need more fire . Respect the commissiom!

  • J Money

    Thankyou for finally putting the queen on the cover. It’s about time!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com Maryvale All Day

    Finally the kid atllas getting some shine for az. The industry aint ready for them Az spitters like Bookie Loc, PBR, Taji, Willy Northpole, 2-TONE, Hathaway, and rest of them ill dudes. Keep grinding atllas.

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

    LIL’KIM A HOE

    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

  • http://JEREMAINEPAUL.COM SEXONDABEACH

    I HEARD JERMAINE PAUL IS GONNA BE IN THIS ISSUE….FINALLY HE GET SOME LOVE IN A NATIONAL PUBLICATION….PUTTIN NEW YORK BACK ON THE MAP FOR R/B SINCE ALICIA KEYS….BRONX NEW YORK STAND UP!

  • PAYCHEXX

    XXL, LOVE YOUR MAG BEEN DOWN SINCE JAY Z AND MASTER P SPLIT THE FIRST COVER. EVERYBODY SCREAMED STOP SNITCHIN’ AND 2 OF HIP HOP BEST LISTEN. I WONDER WHY PEOPLE GOT ON LIL KIM FOR KEEPIN HER MOUTH CLOSE. RATS AND HATERS ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH AND THAT BEIN BITCHES. SHYNE AND KIM HOLD YALL HEADS.

  • chopped suey

    ARIZONA STAND DA FUCK UP !!!!!!!!!!!
    Atllas!! Atllas!! Thank XXL for finally showin us(AZ) some love. We have been slept on for ages even though some of the hottest entertainers came out of here LYKE Eazy E and Ice Cube lived here.
    Big ups ATLLAS try not to fall off too soon! :)

  • O.G.

    man fuck what you heard Shyne is that dude.

    Fuck G-unot

    Fuck Black Wall Street

    Fuck your favorite rapper

    Fuck your face you snot nose cocksuckers.

  • http://xxlmag.com Boston’s Finest

    Good look putting shyne on the cover, even thouh i wouldnt mind seeing ghost the wally don on there, i think shyne is lyrical beast and can definatly bring back that classic east cosat sonder with the younger cats pap, millz, santana and em

  • O.Kay

    Whoa!! This kid ATLLAS is everywhere. I heard the “The Birth Of Caesar” mixtape hosted by Kay Slay. Shit’s hot fam! I’m bagg’n nigga in my benz now son! I heard him on Shady45….shit dawg! I like this AZ cat. Keep do’n your thang. oh yeah i see ya in that onther magazine too fam!

  • la213g

    hell yeah glad to see dat nigga shyne on da cover. i also heard blackwallstreet is persuing to sign o’boy whooaaa hell yea shyne and game cant get better than dem 2 niggas.. yeah dats right fuck all dem haters thats still stuck on fiftysnitch and gunot.

  • Brodrick

    Thanks for putting Lil Kim on the cover. She deserves it. Haters are gonna hate, no matter what. I give them props, the stay on their job, but fuck whatcha heard, Lil Kim is the shyt, hardcore till she die! Harder than some of these niggas out here.

  • yo

    Yo, much props for the article on Shine Po. Hold your head, Gangsta. You be out in a minute. I like tha mag. big fan. You slippin on your eye candy though. step your game up. The sauce has two bad bitches in their mag. The may eye candy is bangin. that ghostface killah interview was wak. I respect dude but he needs to get his thoughts together. that article on mista dont play was on point. yall keep doing yall thing. yall run it. One.
    -GinoKP

  • The Truth

    Any one taking the time to talk shit about the realist motherfucker Syne Po should try to get one lp released before you run your lips about a niiga who put more lp`s out from behind bars than you did sittin around with your faggot ass homies that would drop the dime in a second before goin through what Po`s been through. Watch for the new shit and wipe your lips…

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/mav A.Grimes

    YO CHECK THIS OUT I LOVE XXL MAGAZINE
    THEY ALLWAYZ KEEP SHIT REAL.FOR A RECORD MANAGER POINT THEY STILL HOLD SHIT DOWN.LIL KIM SHE STILL HOLDING SHIT DOWN SO GET OFF HER SHIT EVERYBODY.PEACE MAKE SURE YOUR HATER PICK UP MAV UNDERGROUND CD SINGLE”SHORTY WHAT U DRINK ON”
    BY:MAV

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/mav A.Grimes

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  • http://www.cdbaby.com/mav A.Grimes

    A.Grimes Records Manager:
    Lil Kim Syne Po Is The Best Artist To Come Out NY,Ya Hater Keep Talking Shit
    All Dayz. And XXL Magazine Ya Know Gave THE World The Best Issue Of All Time.By The Wayz Check Out MAV New Rapper Out http://www.cdbaby.com/mav

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/mav A.Grimes

    Record Manager:Terrell T.Slaughter
    I Got Love For XXL Magazine PLus More Love To Lil Kim.Check Out My Pop Artist “Lukas”Take It Easy”Cd Single 75 Cent http://www.soundclick.com/lukas

  • king of ny

    free shyne that nigga is what hip hop needs. that nigga ia what u call the truth all these other fake ass wana be gangsta rappers running they mouths about things hes done already

  • c4

    hold ya head shyne youl soon be out

  • king of ny

    free Shyne, he’s what hip hop is missing.that nigga is a real G alot of these so called gangsta rappers cant go through half the shit he’s been through. cant wait for u to be free

  • http://myspace.com/timothyjennings Tim from durham

    free lil kim & shyne but most definitly lil kim.

  • eckliptik

    nigga shut up

    shyne is ill

    lil kim is fat and wack

    attlas is fucking amazing

    on fiya

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