“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 posthumous ’Pac guide.
When is it about honoring 2Pac and when is it beating his legacy to death? YN explores the afterlife of Tupac Shakur and declares that enough is enough.
Yeah, they’re the official musicians of rap. But is that enough for hip-hop’s finest instrumentalists? With a new move to Jay-Z–helmed Def Jam, can THE ROOTS prove they are more than just a great live band?
“I Represent This”
Not too many rappers without the name Bone have come out of Cleveland and blown up. However, RAY CASH isn’t worried about that. In fact, it seems the new jack might be setting C-Town up for a big win.
TOO $HORT is one of the most celebrated veterans in hip-hop. With 17 albums under his belt and a reputation that could put any pimp to shame, $hort Dog is loved and respected by many MCs. So we got 21 of them to ask the Oakland native some burning questions they’ve had on their minds.
FIRST OF THE MONTH
Y’all love you some Reasonable Doubt.
MOVE THE CROWD
DMX serves the Big Apple a healthy dose of crack music.
SHOW & PROVE
1. D.G. Yola
2. Max Minelli
3. Serius Jones
The hottest signature kicks
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
Presenting our annual video game blowout.
We hook up with Japan’s hottest urban designers in Tokyo.
These belts will keep your pants and your style up.
WALK THIS WAY
Basketball sneakers that sealed the deals.
DVD reviews to swear by.
THE JUMP OFF
Tha Dogg Pound
TRAIN OF THOUGHT
Thuggin’ all over the world