Editor-In-Chief Speaks On XXL Issue 152

Forty years of hip-hop is truly amazing. It’s hard to believe it’s really been that long. Sure, the game has changed tremendously since it was birthed in the Bronx in 1973. But it’s cool to see how hip-hop is now old enough for fathers and sons to talk about it, share music and put each other onto artists and trends. It’s even kind of shocking to see how important the music and culture have become to the mainstream. It isn’t just about the dude tinkering with the boards in his basement, or the kid selling CDs out of his trunk, ...

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