July 2007

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COVER STORY

Being the King of the South can get tiring, but T.I. ain’t about to relinquish the crown. And neither is T.I.P. Get reacquainted with the rapper, actor and businessman with two faces.

FEATURES

MORE THAN MUSIC

There’s no storm strong enough to stop Baby Boy Da Prince from shining. Watch as the N’awlins MC reps his city.

CANDY PAINT

Two years ago, HOUSTON was on top, Swishahouse was king and a few H-Town MCs were holding court. Things done changed, but why?

Paul Wall – SAY IT TO MY FACE
Mike Jones – STUCK ON YOU
Slim Thug – GET LOW

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS

Which is the better route for rappers—major labels or independents? Find out how the indies might be winning the tortoise-and-hare race.

THINGS YOU DO

Whether indie or major, record-label terrain is hard to navigate. XXL gets to the nitty-gritty of how it all works.

I AIN’T HARD TO FIND

What is hip-hop? Joell Ortiz thinks he knows the answer. And he can’t wait to tell you.

DEPARTMENTS

EDITORIAL

Yellow Nigga rants and raves.

FIRST OF THE MONTH

Young Buck cleans up the letters section.

360

That damn Imus shit

8BALL

Green Lantern

THE TRUTH

Rich Boy

HIP-HOP JUNKIES
Perez Hilton

MOVE THE CROWD

Nas tears down Toronto.

SHOW & PROVE

1 Shop Boyz
2 Lil Mama
3 Damani
4 Foxx
5 Willy Northpole

EYE CANDY

Brittany

THE SHOW

Art imitating life

FASHION

As sexy as sexy can get

FLOW

Shore thing

WALK THIS WAY

Be first to stand in line.

FREESTYLE

Tee time

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

The Darkness, Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, Ninja Gaiden Sigma

REIGN OF THE TECH

The latest gadgets to hit the streets

FULL CLIP

DVDs to swear by

CRITICAL BEATDOWN

The Jump Off

Swizz Beatz

Classic Material

Goodie Mob

Train of Thought

Pharoahe Monch

Official Bootlegs

The Game

Ill Techniques

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Production Credit

Danja

Block Music

New music from Fabolous

Chairman’s Choice

Skyzoo & Torae

XXIT

Party in Vegas

  • BLAZEdaCANNONz

    Rich Boy completely caught me off guard in his July ’07 article “The Price of Fame”. I know that he is from one of the poorest most uneducated parts of the nation, but the way he uses his intelligence makes me more optimistic about the future state of black people. I would of never expected Rich Boy to speak such powerful, such MANLY words. I would love to see the high-profile rappers, artists, and execs take pride in the environment they have come from so maybe in the future that city will be a safe, fun, and pleasure to live, learn, and enjoy life rather than a neighborhood that gets gentrified or flooded by the government.

  • http://www.myspace.com/crunkatlantamusic Crunkatlanta

    Read the story about T.I. punching Luda manager ……helllllllllll yeah!!!!!!!!!

    I know some peeps out there were thinking that the beef was fake , all for publicity . Goes to show …some of this shit is on da real .
    I used ot like Luda’s shit but he went across the tracks with his music …….What it Big Homie !!

  • j. tate

    Thank you so much for letting T.I show his real true self to all. It was great to see that he still has a lil “thugness” and is not afraid to show it. I wish all these other fake ass rappers read his article and start grabbing their nuts and bring out the real or the fake and say FUCK IT;STOP ACTIN’ AND JUST BE!!!!!!

  • Tevo D-Chitown Boy

    I Had A Problem With Putting T.I. On The Cover, He Doesnt Deserve To Be On The Cover. This Real Talk, T.I. Didnt Put In Much Effort To The Rap Game Usally Like Lil’Wayne, Juelz Santana, Camron, And Plenty Other Artists, They Are Working Hard To Do There Best While T.I. Is Laid Back Then Releases One Single Then He’s On The Magazine Cover???

  • Purple Hulk

    MOST THE ARTISTS THAT GET COVERS DONT DESERVE THEM. THEY JUST DO IT CAUSE THEY KNOW THE DUMBASSES JAMMING THE DUMBASS MONEY WILL BUY THE MAG IF THEY SEE DUMBASS POP ARTISTS ON THE COVER

  • http://www.XXL.com lavender002

    Fuck all yall who think negative of T.I. or T.I.P. The man is doing his thing. Quit hating because I’m a true T.I. fan to my motherfucking heart. So keep hating, because he will still be on top.

  • http://www.myspace.com/pakmanrap Pakman