And they said it wouldn’t last. XXL magazine celebrates 40 years of hip hop this month with five collector’s special edition covers featuring some of the genre’s biggest names: Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Outkast and LL Cool J.
Inside, the mag serves up the top 10 most important albums and songs per year from 1973-2013; and stories on YG and DJ Mustard, Tech N9ne, Nipsey Hu$$le, Sage The Gemini, Isaiah Rashad, Young Scooter, Bun B and more.
XXL released its first issue, a double cover featuring Jay Z and Master P in 1997. The magazine is currently one of the most popular hip hop publications in the country thanks in part to their annual Top 10 Freshman issue, which has sparked the careers of artists like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Chief Keef and more.
All 5 covers hit stands nationally on Dec. 31, 2013.