July/August 2011

Lil Wayne: With serious business ventures on the brain, the YMCMB boss is gearing up for the release of his much-anticipated Tha Carter IV. Rappers beware, and heads get ready.

Justin Bieber: The pop sensation has been getting more love from rappers than XXL does. Bitter? Nah. We love him too.

Ice-T and Coco: Here’s how the hardened gangsta-rap pioneer and the bountiful blonde with the real booty fell in love and now keep their relationship fresh.

Travis Barker: TRAVIS BARKER has found his niche in hip-hop as one of the few go-to drummers for that authentic live sound.

And… Nardwuar, Tech N9ne, Big Sean, Ace Hood and Bad Meets Evil