The fifth issue of XXL Magazine was certainly memorable—one of our biggest covers, in fact. While we were creating our legacy, so were the three artists who graced the multiple covers for this special isse. Snoop Dogg had just escaped Death Row Records and moved on to work with the men of No Limit Records, Canibus was making attempts to further his career after "Second Round K.O." and R. Kelly was battling to find balance as he paved a lane for himself to become an R&B legend.

Though from different places and lanes, these three men shared quite a few similarities when it came to superstardom. Click the article below to read the original version of Canibus' The Chronic, R. Kelly's King of Pain, and Snoop Dogg's The Second Coming interviews from XXL issue No. 5.

Check out more from Snoop Dogg and our other cover artists at XXL's 20th anniversary hub below.

Canibus, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg XXL Magazine Issue #5 Cover