April 2007

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COVER STORY

MONEY IN THE BANK
Don’t tell LIL WAYNE it’s a bad time for hip-hop. The Cash Money kid is sitting pretty, rolling in dough and rhyming circles around the competition.

Features

HOW WE LIVE
Southern rap got fat while a pair of underground pioneers starved on the streets. (Okay, they weren’t exactly starving.) But now that Pimp C’s free and back by Bun B’s side, it’s UGK’s turn.

OUTTA TOWN SH#T

You thought cats from Alabama were too country for hip-hop? Fool, RICH BOY is throwing D’s from New York to Compton.

CAN’T FORGET ABOUT YOU
Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can’t you see? Ten years later we’re still missing thee. A tribute in top 10s.

LET IT BE KNOWN
Back in the industry big leagues, but pared down to a trio now, Cleveland’s own BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY are out to recapture the magic—and reclaim their status as living rap legends.

DEPARTMENTS

EDITORIAL
Yellow Nigga rants and raves.

FIRST OF THE MONTH
Most of you love Jeezy but think Nas is out of touch.

360
Notorious

8BALL
Consequence

THE TRUTH
Nas

HIP-HOP JUNKIES
Joss Stone

MOVE THE CROWD
Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube get high and mighty in Vancouver.

SHOW & PROVE
1 Brisco
2 Rob G
3 Tum Tum
4 Boo
5 Wes Fif

EYE CANDY
Sheryl K.

THE SHOW

HOW WE DO
Hip-hop hits the cartoons.

FASHION
Big pimpin’ ’07 style

WALK THIS WAY
Sneakers galore

FLOW
Time is still ticking.

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
NBA Street Home Court and Def Jam Icon

REIGN OF THE TECH
The latest gadgets to hit the street

FULL CLIP
DVD reviews to swear by

CRITICAL BEATDOWN

The Jump Off

Young Buck

Classic Material

Wyclef Jean

Train of Thought

N.O.R.E.

Ill Techniques

Superstar Jay

Official Bootlegs

Tru Life

Production Credit

Polow Da Don

Block Music

Chairman’s Choice

J Dilla

XXIT
Money ain’t a thing to Weezy F. Baby.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Nullus

  • jacquez
  • Vendetta

    I laughed at this cover! This cat is one of the reasons Nas’s Album is called Hiphop Is Dead! I think he represents almost all of the bad points of rap music and has no idea what Hiphop is all about! Everybody and their brother thinks they are a rapper now! It’s making the musical part of Hiphop Culture really wack! I bet you can narrow down his subject matter in his music to bling, rims, guns, drugs and bitches! Bet you I nailed it and I don’t even listen to his music!

  • stackbands

    vendatta who the are you where are you from are you serious this man is the truth been that way since he came out the man reps evey time he blesses the mic south stand up hatas back down you suckas sittn on borrowed time stackbands B

  • http://www.myspace.com/hot_dominican Sash B

    Ha ur hip hop yea right ….GO SUCK A FAT ONE!

  • Sash B

    UR HIP HOP…LOL STOP PLAYN…..GO SUCK A FAT ONE…..

  • Sash B

    WAYNE UR HIP HOP …STOP PLAYN GO SUCK A FAT ONE!

  • BLAKCHYNADAL

    THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT CAN FEEL THE LYRICS THAT LIL WAYNE SPEAK AND HIS TRACKS ARE GREAT!!!! ALL OF THE HATING NEED TO BE PUT ASIDE AND THE TRUTH TOLD HES BEEN BLESSED!!! I GIVE HIM HIS CARD!!! SOME PEOPLE SHOULD STOP TAKING THE LYRICS THE WRONG WAY!!!

  • yall niggas whack

    haters. i guess we all need them to know that we are doin it. if wayne read these posts it will confirm that he is the man in hip hop. the boy is on fire and cant be put out.

  • The new fresh prince

    Sash B u most be from up north because all u do is hate on the south name someone up north doing it big up north. I got to answer mims. Ha Ha HA Weezy is the fuckin truth

  • marcus g

    What Up world diggin the Wayne article!! But who is the super thick model in the photo shoot “The Show” Miami life You know who im talkin bout she is sexy. Yea the thick thick one, dont know her ethnicity but damn id lick the sweat off her!!!!

  • Milly

    IS YALL NIGGAZ CRAZY……….NIGGAZ LIKE DJ UNK,MIMS,YOUNG JOC,PROJECT PAT, N OTHER NIGGAZ 4RM ATL IS DA REASON WHY NAS SAYS HIP HOP IS DEAD…….ALL DA SONGS WAYNE BEEN ON DA PAST 2 YEARS HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT OR WAS A HIT…….. “YOU” W/ LYOLD,”GIMME DAT” W/ C.BROWN, “GO DJ” W/ DJ K, “MAKE IT RAIN” W/ FAT JOE…….ETC. THINK ABOUT IT……..WAYNE SHOULD HAVE ONE DA MVP AT DA B.E.T HIP HOP AWARDS

  • hip hop critic

    this dude wayne has kno clue he aint hip hop because he is jus in it for the money and fame not the love and it shows threw his music and alot of these so called mc’s real talk xxl mag need to holla at me about a job writing a column on this site im nice and got alot to say about hip hop i commin up coming hip hop writer

  • hip hop critic

    this dude wayne has kno clue he aint hip hop because he is jus in it for the money and fame not the love and it shows threw his music and alot of these so called mc’s real talk xxl mag need to holla at me about a job writing a column on this site im nice and got alot to say about hip hop i commin up coming hip hop writer

  • W . LOVE

    YOU NIGGAS FROM UP NORTH NEED TO STOP HATIN . THAT YOUNG NIGGA IS THE SHIT. WAIT ON SOME GOOD SHIT LIKE BEANIES NEW SHIT AND THEN YOU CAN SHUT YHE FUCK UP.

  • fuck the haters real talk

    big up xxl for the front cover wayne is the truth it’s about time for nigga’s to respect that and stop hatin on his craft

  • understandthis

    I listen to his music. The truth is, he is one of the baddest rapper’s in the south, running with Andre 3000. You can’t hate that. It’s always been about money, skill, and enjoying yourself. It’s about the performers. You can’t praise hip hop stupid. Even Nas knows that.

  • birdsflysouth

    WEEZY ON THE COVER PROVES THAT:

    XXL PROMOTES HOMESEXUALITY

    XXL PROMOTES SWAGGERJACKING (WEEZY FROM JAY Z, PUSHA T, GILLIE ….)

  • http://moef51bellsouth.net Maurice Taylor

    When I picked up the new XXL I thought I was getting punk’ed

  • Southern Bread

    Me again. Too all you haters please sit down and listen to an artform never been tested before. lil wayne newton is the best lyricist in the south. Probably in the game right now. To many hating ass weak ass hypocrits that think “hipHop is dead” People believe in the hype that wayne is gay and that this and that who cares. Can’t nobody fuck with wayne and thats the bottomline. Why? You want a legitimate reason you say? First can’t nobody in the fucking INDUSTRY flip various style componenets like wayne do thats a fact if you don’t know then “PAY ATTENTION” Don’t CRITIQUE if you don’t even involve yourself into listenting to lil wayne newton! Please keep yourself imposing ignorant comments to yourself and RECOGNIZE a real fucking EMCEE you stupid cunts. Everybody poping hiphop is dead. Bitchmade faggotts madd because the south has the crown and lil wayne is the south. Live life hating consumes to much useless energy you fucking imbecile sloths!

  • Southern Bread

    Stop the endless amounts of hatred toward the best emcee in the game right now please end it all. Hiphop is dead. If hiphop is dead then the south gave the “Carcus” it’s “Rebirth”. Dumb cunts. Wayne is the truth look beyond your imprisoned minds. You listen to nas and think that he is “Hiphop” your wrong and you confused. Because if you take a walk down logic lane you’ll see hiphop has always made steps in every direction. But when hiphop dives to the bottom of the mapp, then hiphop is dead. That’s a real regional thing to say. I believe in artform&craft and wayne posses them both. Witty and intelligent.

  • I am THE SOUTH!

    Please everybody let’s stop the hatred toward the south. Wayne is the truth we should all notice that. Everyone says hiphop is dead how is that possible? Just because it dives toward the south it’s dead? Look at every rotating angel in hiphop it has evolved in every aspect east,west,north,south. Was it dead when 50 and ja rule started singing? Was it dead when nelly took every to whole a new era of “Midwest swing”. Hypocrits, don’t judge wayne because of his skill level. judge his attiude and his character. You all say hiphop is dead but jdge his sexuality because of the 4% honest “media” that’s been lieing to us for years. please don’t blame hiphop yourselves for being ignorant and dumb.

  • bud

    fuck new york n the hole east always crying first with the west now with the south well buddy we took over 4 good now stop crying go break dance n do graffiti n freestyle for free whiloe we buy 26 inch rims on impalas n caprices with candy paint n drink n fuck hoes n have fun n buy jewlery n all that good shit while u ny ducks freestryle in corners n break dance n graffiti n rap about chemistry n stupid shit like wutang nas n all ya ny trash rappers theres not 1 ny rapper i like ya suck

  • straight up

    Wayne is talented, lyrically, don’t get me wrong. But that shirt, and even more, it’s on the cover. No, Wayne, you’re not.

  • straight up

    hip hop has died, and slowly is having no chance of rejuvination by brainwashing these mainstream audiences with this new era of “hip hop”, and to me, that’s what the cover represents. A change in standards, standards that bastardize the code of hip hop that we once upheld.

  • straight up

    What the cover and the shirt represent is a change of standards in hip hop. What today’s youth is growing up with is “their version” of hip hop. We were fortunate enough to grow in an era where talent was ample, and originality was key. We compare the two and see ours as the more “righteous” form because there wasn’t this degree of mainstream music around. it was there, but real hip hop ruled. And now that “hip hop” has strayed from those standards we had, with this fabricated rap, we can’t hate on this new breed of entertainment because all the young audiences know now, is this superficial music. Still, C.R.E.A.M., and yes that means music too.

  • http://xxlmag jojo

    lil wayne the the truth. the youngest rapper/CEO in rap history. hes doing something right so stop haitin on weezy.

  • tjwpb

    alot of people diss the south for no reason or it it because that we are gettin money. For years we been tryin to get respect in the rap game and people (the north) would diss us show us no love and respect. Then we made our own lane. when diddy was making dance songs and jaz and nas where talkin bout girlz and drugs it was hip/hop no that the south made it a bigger and better product its dead. Its enough money for everybody.

  • Imperial

    Bud suck ya mudda pusseh hole!!!! You got to be tha dumbest fucka to ever come on XXL. You sound autistic…arguin on tha net is some dumb shit but yo fuckin comment pissed me off!

  • http://xxlmag.com jolly

    to a woman point: to the interested, nobody should copmare rappers to each other unless conversation with or without one is brought up by the right person. maybe wwe shold ask question to nas for example about his fear of not having a goal or not being in the spotlight and or can he stay in the spotlight like a haylow. we can never be to hard or to kind but that is how people are today. if so we will never evolve into what we want to bacome.

  • http://xxlmag.com jolly

    be proud: if they came a long way to be here let jeezy tell people what he want and let him spend his dough on dough. it’s their money so jeezy do what you do with it.

  • http://xxlmag.com jolly

    would anybody be moved: since i don’t know the eye candy of the millennium i still can’t see how she deserved her spot unless she had spotlight ppractice. biggie on the other hand moved seas and oceans onced he jumped in(like moses).

  • verisimilitude!

    LIL WAYNE HIP HOP? YEAH RIGHT!
    HIP HOP IS NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY, DIAMONDS, HOE’s, & CARS! ITS ABOUT THE ART! TAKING PEOPLE TO A HIGHER LEVEL! MC’s DONT KNOW HOW TO USE WORDS TO MAKE YOU THINK!

    HERES A LIST OF TRUE MC’s:
    NAS,TUPAC,BIG,RAKIM,THE ROOTS,DEAD PREZ,LUPE FIASCO,KANYE,AZ,MOS DEF,COMMON,TALIB KWELI..ETC

    THESE ARTIST KNOW HOW TO USE MUSIQ!
    ANYONE CAN TALK ABOUT COKE,$ AND CARS!
    CAN YOU TALK ABOUT POLITICS,GOVERNMENT,OL’ SKOOL MC’s,UPLIFTING “US”..NO! ONLY FEW MC’s CAN *LOOK @ THE LIST ABOVE*

    REMEMBER:
    H.I.P. H.O.P.
    HIGHLY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE HELPING OTHERS PROSPER!

    CHECK OUT MY MYSPACE PAGE
    URL: g3mini_navy_kim

  • http://www.myspace.com/taznum8 chris

    HIP HOP IS DEAD, IT DIED IN THE SOUTH!

    http://www.myspace.com/taznum8

  • A.J.

    all youll must be out your mind. Lil Wayne is “the best rapper alive” if,
    youll can name someone close to him,
    please let me know.

  • http://naw bjwill254

    nobody hating on his craft.
    yall just dick riding it.

    waynes not real.
    he puts out a “thug” image
    then makes music with robin thicke, lloyd, chris brown etc.
    and you know you wouldnt normally bang it, but since hes on it you do.
    that my friends, is a dick rider.

    hes not a man, just like b.g. said

    and the north is lyrical.
    wayne is not lyrical.
    he takes kindergarten rhymes and lets his suburban rich kid fans listen to it. then when its all done he gives baby kisses ?? WTF ? he is NOT hip hop

  • http://naw bjwill254

    lol there would be no rap or hip hop without NY, Philly, etc. stop hating bro

  • I am the south

    Bwilling254, you dumb cunt. Wtf? Just stfu.
    Okay let’s break it down for this ignorant prick.
    Meth ft Marry J Blidge/meth = a “Hood Nigga” But then again he did do a song with a r&b chic? Stupid cunt!
    Dmx Ft Fucking Sisqo/dmx = a “Hood Nigga” right? oh I forgot you dumb prick that sisqo is R&B TOO DUMB ASS!!
    Must I go on?
    Young Jeezy ft keisha cole/jeezy a “Hood Nigga” right? YES he is well respected bigg time ********* back in the day. Must you ignorant peasant. Please do your research before you false comments on whose real and who isn’t. The list goes on, on who is “REAL” and who isn’t I swear… Hate wayne if you want he’s going blow regaurdless. I don’t ride dick you stupid moron I acknowledge talent and skill and you refuse to open your super glued eyes then thats your fucking fault. Take notice too how many is hating on 72% of all hiphop artists and then contest the manhood of those emcee’s. You people are ridiculous. DO NOT HATE ON THIS MAN ISNT WORTH YOUR TIME AND ENERGY. STUPID IMBECILES. I can only laugh at this guy trying to make a useless point.

  • Keith Bless

    YN WHAT’S GOODIE?! ALL DAY LONG, I’VE BEEN ASKING MYSELF TWO QUESTIONS. “WHAT THE FUCK DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?” AND, “WHY?” WHAT NIGGA? WHY THOSE QUESTIONS? BECAUSE LIL’ WAYNE, ONE OF THE BEST RAPPERS ALIVE (WHAT UP 3000), STOLE THIS MONTH’S COVER OF THE XXL (MY FAVORITE MAGAZINE) FROM THE LATE
    GREAT NOTORIOUS B.I.G. AND YOU LET HIM! I WON’T HOLD MY BREATH WHEN YOU FEATURE YOUNG MONEY ON THE FRONT PAGE LATER ON THIS YEAR (SUMMERTIME). AND COME NEXT MONTH, DON’T TRY GIVING US THAT BULL ABOUT HOW A BIGGIE FRONT IS TOO PREDICTABLE… RATHER, IT’S EXPECTED BY HIP HOP, AND OWED TO BROOKLYN! OH! THAT’S REPERATIONS IN A WHOLE NEW MEANING! HA! I HOPE YOU DON’T VISIT NEW YORK ANYTIME SOON. AND THAT ALSO GOES FOR NORTH CAROLINA. AND… YOU SEE? YN, MY NIGGA, IT IS BIGGIE’S 10TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY. YOU REMEMBER, THAT BIG NIGGA FROM BROOKLYN? THE BORN KING OF NEW YORK? BY THE WAY, I STILL HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF HOW MANY PAGES WERE DEDICATED TO FRANK WHITE IN LAST MONTH’S ISSUE… MAN, YOU GOT SOME EXPLAINING TO DO… I ADMIRE YOUR WAY WITH WORDS, BUT I THINK THAT THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET AWAY LIKE MOBB DEEP! MAYBE IT’S NOT JUST THE RAPPERS KILLIN’ HIP HOP.

    KEITH BLESS

    P.S. WHAT UP STEPHON, MYKE, JON, SCREAM REGIMENT!

  • KNOWBODY

    Fuck all ya’ll bitches hatin’ on the south bumrush those labels and stop those fuckers from signin niggaz like mims and HipHop might revive you northern faggots!!!!!!!!!!