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PostSubject: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 3:09 pm

I know no one buys rap mag's anymore really but thinking back they were a big part of my hip hop experience. They use to be something I looked forward to monthly and I would grab 2-3 at a time. I still buy them very rarely but it depnds on the time and place and who's on the cover and what topics they are covering.









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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 3:15 pm

Word Up! was the best IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 3:17 pm

For my formative years, it was easily The Source.

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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 3:20 pm

Murder Dog easily.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 3:21 pm

I would say the Source pre Benzino. I wanna say Reginald Dennis was the one running the Source before that. XXL, while decent, has been too pro Shady since Eminem decided to stop dissing them. So I will go with The Source overall. Good post Kev.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 4:56 pm

I honestly did not think anyone would pick Word Up!...lol.

I will say Source also pre Benzino but XXL is not far behind it with Murder Dog coming in a close 3rd. The Source use to be so damn bias but entertaining and XXL kinda of was more open to other sounds and artist. But I agree with Highsmith that XXL was on Shady/Aftermath/GUnit dick too much.

Murder Dog use to kill me with how they flip the script on rating albums. They would overrate all the gangsta/hardcore music than downplay all the other types of music. Basically the opposite of what The Source did.

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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 5:01 pm

T. Myers wrote:
For my formative years, it was easily The Source.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 5:47 pm

Murder Dog. They didn't just feature pop rap like Jay Electronica, The Lox, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 7:45 pm

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Murder Dog. They didn't just feature pop rap like Jay Electronica, The Lox, etc.

The Lox are NOT pop rap.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 7:59 pm

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TheBeerHunter wrote:
Murder Dog. They didn't just feature pop rap like Jay Electronica, The Lox, etc.

The Lox are NOT pop rap.

Neither is Jay Electronica...
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:08 pm

The Lox is a popular group, everybody knows them. Jay Electronica has an article about him in the newest Playboy w/ the 8 Mile chick on the cover for fuck sake. Both of them are popular artists.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:09 pm

but seriously? those are you're two 'popular artists' that bother you that they're being covered? They are both very dope.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:12 pm

They were just two examples of many.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:13 pm

Isn't the 8 Mile chick (Brittany Murphy) dead?
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:13 pm

The Source (pre-Benzino) was the leading, best and most informative hip-hop magazine by far IMO

XXL is number two, up until about 2002


and Word UP! is the pioneer in hip-hop magazines and used to have the dopest posters inside....
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:14 pm

I understand. They were just bad examples in my opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:15 pm

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Isn't the 8 Mile chick (Brittany Murphy) dead?

Taryn Manning is who he is talking about.

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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Wed 23 Mar 2011, 10:16 pm

Justin Linker wrote:
Isn't the 8 Mile chick (Brittany Murphy) dead?


hahaha the other one.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Thu 24 Mar 2011, 10:02 am

Hey when you 1st got the mag's what section did you usually turn to first?

I use to go str8 to the album ratings and skim them for that hidden gem. If it wasn't that I would go str8 to the main article or reason I got the mag.

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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Thu 24 Mar 2011, 10:16 am

TicNitty706 wrote:
Hey when you 1st got the mag's what section did you usually turn to first?

I use to go str8 to the album ratings and skim them for that hidden gem. If it wasn't that I would go str8 to the main article or reason I got the mag.

I would always go to the review section first and then i would skim through to find the section with the upcoming release dates.

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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Sat 26 Mar 2011, 6:25 am

The Source was my favorite magazine back in the days, it had everything I wanted to know. it helped me a lot, being here in Italy, because no Italian magazine was coverin' Hip Hop like The Source did. I also read Rap Pages, but it was way inferior. I quit buying The Source in 2002/2003 circa, when it gave underground rap less coverage and substantially sold its ass out.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Sat 26 Mar 2011, 3:16 pm

The Source without question, especially during the 90s.
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Sat 26 Mar 2011, 10:34 pm

The Source (bought this more than anything else but did notice the bias)
XXL (good competition)
Vibe (honestly it was the mainstream Black Music mag more so than Hip-Hop)
Word Up (a bunch as a smurf)
Murder Dog (only a few issues, it too has definite bias)

Anybody ever hit up Ozone?
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Sun 27 Mar 2011, 11:25 pm

I got a few issues of Ozone. I know they are southern rap heavy. Its a decent mag.

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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Tue 29 Mar 2011, 2:03 pm

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The Source (pre-Benzino) was the leading, best and most informative hip-hop magazine by far IMO

XXL is number two, up until about 2002


and Word UP! is the pioneer in hip-hop magazines and used to have the dopest posters inside....

Word Up was the best before The Source surfaced. Cant forget RApSheet. Also The Source has had good distribution
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Tue 29 Mar 2011, 2:10 pm

TicNitty706 wrote:
Hey when you 1st got the mag's what section did you usually turn to first?

I use to go str8 to the album ratings and skim them for that hidden gem. If it wasn't that I would go str8 to the main article or reason I got the mag.

Yep, it was the album ratings. Back in da day before the internet these Mags were the only place to get a review of an album. Although not perfect anything 3and a half mics was a go in my book. We all know the best albums got 3/2 mics. If its an artist I really like I wouldn't even bother checking for the rating.

Also anybody remember that comic they printed in the Source? No not that one piece comic they'd print on the last but there was another one called Baby Blue or Blu Baby or some shit like that. They pretty much sucked and Source got rid of it after like 5 issues. Wasn't fuckin' wit The Coast
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PostSubject: Re: Who had the best hip hop magazine?   Tue 29 Mar 2011, 5:49 pm

"Wasn't fuckin' wit The Coast"

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