December 2006

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Cover Story

“Can’t Stop This”

After quitting rap and taking a position as full-time corporate brass, JAY-Z can’t stay retired any longer. He tells us why.

Features

“Everything i Love”

They’re doing good. But they’re still baaad. This is BABY & WAYNE against the world.

“I Know What He Does”

One of the hard ones from Yonkers has had it particularly tough lately. Still, STYLES P grinds it out.

“Got ’Em Hatin’”

Their second album has been waited on like the second coming. The two dope boys called the CLIPSE are back.


“All White”

Cook-coke-crack rap. Cook-coke-crack rap. Repeat a million times. But is it all good?

“Weight”

Ain’t it a bitch when your sales don’t match up to your hits? FAT JOE’S going for dolo. Again.

Departments

EDITORIAL

Yellow Nigga rants and raves.


FIRST OF THE MONTH

You all agree it’s time to let 2Pac rest in peace.

360

Rappers never really retire.

8BALL

Freekey Zeekey

THE TRUTH

Pimp C

HIP-HOP JUNKIES

Michael K. Williams


MOVE THE CROWD

A Tribe Called Quest bring their love movement to Canada.


SHOW & PROVE

1 Cadillac Don & J-Money
2 Dem Hoodstarz
3 Acafool
4 Mims
5 Blakjak

EYE CANDY

Bria is a prisoner of her own sexy.

THE SHOW

Snowboarding in style

FASHION

Gear up to face off with winter.


FLOW

Move mountains with these snowboards.

WALK THIS WAY

Snowboarding boots have never been cooler.

HOW WE DO

Poker raises the stakes in hip-hop.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon, SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals: Fireteam Bravo 2

FULL CLIP

DVD reviews to swear by

Critical Beatdown

THE JUMP OFF

Snoop


CLASSIC MATERIAL

Bone Thugs

TRAIN OF THOUGHT

Maino


OFFICIAL BOOTLEGS

Ray Cash

ILL TECHNIQUES

D-Wrek


BLOCK MUSIC

PRODUCTION CREDIT

Zukhan

CHAIRMAN’S CHOICE

Juggaknots

XXIT

Air Hova

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  • http://www.myspace.com/freshmakerodbeatz lukee lefty

    ch’yeah 2 covers in the same year ??? somewhere LL Cool J is crying

  • Paul

    he should have kept his ass retired… His songs suck. And if you are a G-unit hater cause you think they only make club music, and you like j’s new song, ya’ll a bunch of bitches.. Fuck jay z

  • Fredric Cooper

    Jay-Z is still one of the best to ever do it. There will always be haterz though.50 cent,Jim Jones and Camron are wack. They’re just upset because they don’t get the respsct that Hova gets.Other than Nas,Eminem,Chino XL and the Game no one comes close to Jay-Z lyrically.

  • SUPERMAN

    THIS WHAT IM TALKIN ABOUT. REAL ARTISTS ON THE COVER. NOT LAME ASS GAME. GET EM JAY!

    BY THE WAY WHY DO I ALWAYS HEAR ABOUT THIS “LYRICIST” CHINO XL BUT THIS DUDE IS NEVER AROUND? WHAT GOOD LYRICS DOES HE DO? WHAT HITS HAS HE EVER PUT OUT? I HEARD ONLY ONE SONG FROM HIM BEFORE AND IT WAS STRAIGHT TRASH. THIS DUDE IS A NOBOBDY, THATS WHY “NOBODY” KNOWS ABOUT HIM!

  • http://myspace.com/imonlymarlon mr rocologist

    The excerpt is real and the part about method man is wierd. You would think that he would know everyone in the building as long as he’s been there. I guess he missed that meeting. I totally agree with the part about 160k actually being a strong week because of the digital age. Man the internet ruined hip-hop. There is practically no money in there anymore unless u are independent. If not, u have to do different things to sell yourself to make money or have a huge fuckin hit. That’s why these cats is doing fashion, movies, and commercials, cause they have to. That’s where the money is at. The only thing I can say is to support your favorites and by the album out the store if people love these cats as much as they say. U can bet your bottom dollar that I will have kingdom come out of the stores, but it is a shame that it has come to artist having to spend more money out of there budgets to press bonus dvds and shit like that to get the casual fan to get there album. But I can’t talk to bad cause I’ve done it too. But please support your favorites!

  • j-dubz

    Man..I dont know how this topic got on Chino…but i’ve heard all of chino’s shit…and he’s nice, now to put him in a categoryn with Jay….i dont know…but anyway…man…i cant wait till the new J comes out…Hands down he’s the greatest to do it man…give him his props and stop hatin..

  • j-dubz

    and another thing…why is game on the cover of the November issue…granted Games album is coming out in November..but so is Hov’s…the way i see it is that Jay should have had the november issue…unless XXL is waiting to see if the album will flop…and throw some hate in there…who knows…but i know that shit wont flop..impossible. I think this will be one of his biggest albums ever

  • nas94illmatic2002

    Once again ya’ll but the most overrated mc of all-time on the cover. JAy-z’s new song sucks, he’ll never compare to B.I.G., Pac, or NAS. Next time but somebody worthy of the cover.

  • E-Towns Finest

    Man I love Jay and Game, but clipse also comes out in november and everybody sleepin on it even though its got a XXL last month.Ima cop all three, but i think this Hell Hath No Fury is gonna suprise alot of people, and if you aint heard Lord Willin, do so before their new album drops.

    And if you think Jay-z and Game’s new shit garbage, then 1) you have no taste in music and should end your life asap or 2) think that Jim Jones and Lloyd Banks are the greatest rappers ever….. o wait if you think that somebody should have already shot you anyways

  • http://deleted NIGGERUHATE

    i got mine already BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!(i got connections)…Sorry Ima Champion!

  • Mr 50 Cent

    what the fuck is this gay hova talking about. i aint doing no freeway project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i also signed ll cool j to my label because i am a big fan of his and if u got a problem then meet me in Queens NY and we can settle this like gentlemen, remember to bring your army hova and any other haters boyaksha.

    I FUCKED BEYONCE LAST NIGHT, DOGGY STYLE ON THAT FAT ASS BITCH.

    50 cent out XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Cloro La Mancha

    The MICHAEL JORDAN of rap need I say more D.P.L

  • POBE

    DIP DIP DIPSET…. BALLLIIIIINNNNN!

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  • bleek

    Ay, like Kweli say you lot need to listen to hear! Real music is Nas, Jay-Z, Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Luda & T.I. everyone else in the game is crying shame! G-Unit commercial! 50 just signing people because they were once big. (he’s sad) 50′s first album is a classic, but everything else is just pants!

    Peace from London UK

  • Mr.Me

    Wack issue. Snoop shoulda been on the cover.

  • MRS.JONEZ’S

    im happy he iz on it..he was on it before for havin an album out for 10 yrz but know his new album out NOVEMBER 22ND,2006 GO COP IT!! HOV IZ BACK AND HATERZ YA’LL MAD RIGHT?

  • http://www.myspace.com/younmazin Mazin

    Im glad y’all put Jay on the cover, ill cop this issue ASAP.
    Cant wait to read the story.

    http://www.myspace.com/younmazin
    Holla at me y’all

  • young rob

    hov..! is the best..!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/faskogear jamal

    wooooooooooooooooooo
    jigga man jigga man is the best roc 4 life man w ooooooo

  • Kaos

    Another Jay cover….I hate that guy. I don’t know why peeps be saying he’s the best rapper in the game. He’s nothing. He’s garbage. Shoulda stayed in retirement…

  • Kaos

    Also, Snoopy deserved the cover. Snoop owns Jigga and I think more peeps should realise that.

  • Lil Gotti

    FUCK JAY THE BLACK ALBUM SUCKED, GO BACK TO YOU OLD MUSIC, THIS SHITS GONNA BE WACK, GAME TIME, AND SNOOP

  • luqman

    ok!Jay again!very original.
    all u american forget the real essence
    of hip-hop.To many liars,to many fake ass bitches.well anyways jay is on the cover again i ain’t buing your fucking magz(no more!).Im from canada,Quebec original from algeria and i see the fake in all of u.
    I know why u guys have a bad name all over the world.

    my true peoples will reconise this
    hey XXl next month put 50 cent on the cover because thats all your worth.

    Luqman

  • http://me.com eminem

    jay-z sucks dude don’t u know that by now give it up for the greatest rapper in the game meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Koran

    Yo that train of thought article on maino’s verse that ish was garbage. That entire verse should be in the step yo rap game up section or a new section called stop whinning.

  • s3xy b00ty waaat

    y4ll talk lyk u knw em’ funi shizz

  • Dat Bull

    The fuckin KING is Back

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  • Snoop Dogg

    Nigga why aint I on the cover? I got a fuckin 21 trakk album and with shit like Vato Thats That Shit and Imagine you niggas give it to Jay-Z with that Show Me What You Got bullshit, snoop is back

    jay is soft like butter

  • Big Hommie

    Jay-z the best to ever do it next to Big. LL Cool J , 50Cent,Jim Jones and the wholr Dipset need to stop hating they mad. LL mad because he’s not the president, what have he done nothing to be president. Give it up ll you a tired as old rapper you have to do more then rap.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Br0oklynBomber

    Y0O SON NIGGAS NEED 2 STOP HATIN EVERYBODY NO J IS DA BEST 2 EVER DO IT JIM JONES IS STRAIT BUNNS HE DONT GET IT POPPIN HE CANT EVEN GO 2 DA RUCKER WIT OUT GETTIN BANGED ON HE IS STRAIT ASS IF U FROM B.K U NO J COULD CUM BACK 2 DA HOOD ON A REGULER ITZ DA RoC KINGDOM COME BK ALL DAYY

  • sean

    what is that sweater he is wearing, does anybody kno the name of it??????????

  • Hurricane Game

    Fuck You SUPERMAN you lil punk ass wigga. You pussy muthafuka. Jay-Z’s A lil bitch and a lil sucka for love. This Is proven with his latest effort. Show Me What You Got Is garbage. Too Much G-Unit Dick Lickin Like You Superman I Know About Your Orgy With G-Unit. Hurricanes Bitch (Fuck Reebok). P.S He Lost To Nas Then Wanted To Kiss and make up. Pussy Nigga. He’s Just H To the omo

  • http://www.yahoo.com youngville-jayz’s numba 1 fan

    hov is the best to ever do when u think about it unlike all the rest of these lames j is consistant with his sales and he stays no top. jim jones is bull and he need to stay in his place, luda, T.I, Common, and Lupe fiasco are the only real good artist out there beside j and nas. but any way buy the new hov its gonna be hot!!

  • Hurricane Game

    I Alwayz preferred Jigga mans old stuff like dead presidents. Ol Beyonce Must have him doin christian rap now

  • chankleta21

    To be a rapper you dont need to have a flag on your head or show off like you got it like that, rapper’s share their lives with fans from the broken family home, to the project benches they all have the same in common thats why is sad when you see jim jones ,ll cool j , and other rappers envy what they want to be but besides wasting time on the next man get in the both and represent your camp the right way not by trash talking like my man JAY-Z SAY’S LET THE NUMBERS TALK

  • http://XXL.COM HOVA

    To be a rapper you dont need to have a flag on your head or show off like you got it like that, rapper’s share their lives with fans from the broken family home, to the project benches they all have the same in common thats why is sad when you see jim jones ,ll cool j , and other rappers envy what they want to be but besides wasting time on the next man get in the both and represent your camp the right way not by trash talking like my man JAY-Z SAY’S LET THE NUMBERS TALK ONE LUV

  • Hurricane Game

    Nas bitch.

  • ryan

    is the hoody jay z is wearing on front of xxl versace? where can i get it.

  • choke a hoe wit a rubberband

    Negro….. it aint versace…. its vo-sa-chee… and you can get it at any liquor store…. DUHHHHH

  • Hurricane Game

    u can get dat hoody at any of gay-z’s stores. This is where you find faggots like Superman.
    PS. Superman I will murder your faggot ass.
    Fuckin faggot

  • U-Nique

    Jay-Z has lost his way in many ways put it like this if I was Dame I’d get at you.

  • Hurricane Game

    Jay iz a homo who likes lil boyz like Superman

  • tarek

    agh I got the magazine and the printing on some of the pages is fucked up… shit.

  • Reshonia Porter

    Step it up, wake the fuck up, your niggers better put Jay in front
    that’s what’s wrong and got blacks all fucked up, promoting negative shit because it’s all you know
    What’s the fucking problem the man is speaking some decent shit, what its to decent for you’ll or you all just cant mother fucking comprehend
    You’ll so stuck can’t see a mother fucking thief robbing yours kids putting them in the streets.
    You’ll niggers better wake the fuck up, just because you’ll asses are dumb let the kids have a fear chance
    Put this man in the front and support him. He ask do you wanna ride with HIM. That’s right his way or no way.

  • Reshonia Porter

    (Revised) Step it up, wake the fuck up, your niggers better put Jay in front
    that’s what’s wrong and got blacks all fucked up, promoting negative shit because it’s all you know
    What’s the fucking problem the man is speaking some decent shit, what its to decent for you’ll or you all just cant mother fucking comprehend
    You’ll so stuck can’t see a mother fucking thief robbing yours kids putting them in the streets.
    You’ll niggers better wake the fuck up, just because you’ll asses are dumb let the kids have a fair chance
    Put this man in the front and support him. He ask do you wanna ride with HIM. That’s right his way or no way.

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