Issue 155

Waka Flocka Flame Discusses The Deaths Of His Two Brothers
Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the August/September 2014 issue of XXL Magazine. Things haven't been easy for Waka Flocka Flame in the last few years. The Bricksquad Monopoly chief lost two younger brothers and has been dealing with their deaths both privately and publicly on Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta. Re...
Kid Ink Is At The Top Of His Game, And He’s Just Getting Started
Stay With Me Hip-hop's been really feeling Kid Ink lately, and he's just getting started. Words kris ex Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the August/September 2014 issue of XXL Magazine. “You could say that the first time you met Kid Ink he had a snake on his head,” he says with a wide smile...
Ab-Soul Is Finding His Own Lane In The Hip-Hop World
My Own Lane It took two years of waiting in the wings and watching his TDE labelmates soar on the charts for Ab-Soul to deliver a new album. Is it finally his time to step into the spotlight? Words Dan Rys Images Tom Medvedich Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the August/September 2014 issue of XXL Magazine...
RiFF RAFF: The Neon Icon In His Own Words
Get Out Of My Face RiFF RAFF, AKA Jody Highroller, AKA Neon Icon, in his own words As told to Jeff Weiss Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the August/September 2014 issue of XXL Magazine. The Neon Icon needs no introduction...
Lil Wayne Says Prince Is A Huge Influence On His Music
Legacy Over the course of his 17-year career, Lil Wayne has dropped 12 studio albums and is currently gearing up for the release of his next one, Tha Carter V. Can it live up to the hype, and with all Weezy’s done in hip-hop, does that even matter...