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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 posthumous ’Pac guide.

"Cross That Line"

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.

Features

"The Paybacks"

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.

"Still Fly"

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.

Departments

EDITORIAL

Yellow Nigga rants and raves.

FIRST OF THE MONTH

Y’all love you some Reasonable Doubt.

360

Fourth quarter future?

8BALL

Chingy

TRUTH

Yung Joc


HIP-HOP JUNKIES

Carlos Mencia

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
4. Skyzoo
5. Vein

EYE CANDY

Hoopz is a slam dunk.

THE SHOW

The hottest signature kicks

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Presenting our annual video game blowout.

FASHION

We hook up with Japan’s hottest urban designers in Tokyo.

FLOW

These belts will keep your pants and your style up.

WALK THIS WAY

Basketball sneakers that sealed the deals.

FULL CLIP

DVD reviews to swear by.

Critical Beatdown

THE JUMP OFF

Rick Ross

CLASSIC MATERIAL

Tha Dogg Pound


TRAIN OF THOUGHT

Pusha T

OFFICIAL BOOTLEGS

Killer Mike

ILL TECHNIQUES

Wally Sparks

PRODUCTION CREDIT

Win

BLOCK MUSIC

CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE

Blaq Poet

XXIT

Thuggin’ all over the world