Table of Contents September 2011

Features

  • 40 STILL
    Even with 15 years gone, Tupac Shakur is still relevant in hip-hop and always will be.
  • 46 TRUE BLOODTupac talked about several father figures in his life, but he had one biological one. BILLY GARLAND, ‘Pac’s real pops, remembers his son.
  • 54 LOVE IS NOT ENOUGHAs Tupac’s first and only wife, KEISHA MORRIS had a special relationship with the wild MC that no one else can claim. Here she looks back at their bond.
  • 60 CHANGESAs Tupac’s first manager, LEILA STEINBERG stayed close with the rap star until his untimely demise. She reflects on their story.
  • 64
    PIT OF SNAKES
    This past June, new information came to light regarding the identity of the assailants in the infamous robbery and shooting of Tupac at NYC’s QUAD STUDIOS. XXL investigates the story behind the incident that helped launch rap’s East Coast/West Coast beef.
  • 70 ASHES TO ASHES
    ‘Pac’s crew the OUTLAWZ celebrate the life of their friend and boss. They also validate an urban legend that they inhaled ‘Pac’s ashes in one memorable smoking session.
  • 74 MOURN YOU ‘TIL I JOIN YOU
    The producer behind 2Pac hits such as “All About U,” “How Do U Want It” and “Picture Me Rollin’,” JOHNNY “J” was one of the MC’s go-to producers. In 2008, he committed suicide under twisted circumstances. XXL considers the life and death of ‘Pac’s hit beatmaker.
  • 78 REMEMBER ME
    62 of today’s biggest rappers speak on 2Pac’s impact on hip-hop.

Departments

  • 21 360
    The 10th anniversary of 9/11, Kat Stacks tweeting from jail and hip-hop on Broadway.
  • 33 Show & Prove
    Charlie Boy Gang, Chris Webby, Tydolla$ign, Chevy Woods.
  • 86 Eye Candy
    Marisa Elise, from Lloyd Banks’s “Forgetful” video, definitely makes an impression.
  • 90 The Good Life
    Star athletes Chad Ochocinco, John Wall, Amir Khan and Roddy White rock the new hot gear from Reebok.
  • 101 X-Rated
    Game’s The R.E.D. Album is here, plus Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame team up and Ace Hood hustles hard. Check out XXLMag.com for more.

PLUS

  • 12 Editorial
    VS sets ’em straight.
  • 16 Letters
    It’s Baby, baby!
  • 106 Doin’ Lines
    Jay Rock does some.