XXL

100 To 3

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<a title="100 to 3 by MZ - TSS, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/24427145@N04/2735815494/"> What better way for The Source to ring in '98 with their 100th issue? With LL on the cover holding five golden Mics, the house that Mays & Benzino built was living the life as the industry standard when it came to magazines. Looking back on their 9-plus years covering the music we all enjoy, they provided top 100 lists for the best singles, albums, covers, athletes, etc as they not only celebrated their existence but the culture as well. This was evident in all of the congratulations from labels and artists in the advertising. Not satisfied to just recollect on the past, The Source also looked to the future technology would play in regards to the music and how its influences were making the music a global phenomenon. However, a group of disgruntled staffers had defected with the sole focus of creating a magazine to knock The Source off its pedestal. Unhappy with Benzino's increasing influence in the editorial and ratings, they fashioned XXL in The Source's template. After using '97 to lay a foundation, XXL started a consistent publication cycle starting with issue #3 in '98. Double covers and <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/EyeCandy/2006/ec.esther/1.html">Eye Candy</a> were two of the few things that differentiated to two as XXL scrambled to secure an audience.

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“There’s Only One Year Left…” – Busta Rhyme’s E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event)

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It's hard to believe today that there was ever a question of whether Busta Rhymes could achieve commercial success without selling out.

Notable Quotables

’98 Notable Quotable – Big Pun From “Terror Squadians”

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"Your style is unoffic' Niggaz like you stay on my wanted list Pun and Prince, we walkin' on kings, like a son of a bitch Fuckin' with this is hazardous to amateur battlers Average niggas get lost in the course of embarrassment Of course you don't have a chance, I'm the boss in your eminence Get tossed in the ambulance with the force of an avalanche I'll torture your fragile ass with rhetorical paragraphs For all of you that'll laugh at a historical aftermath I come equipped, my tongue and lips are like a hundred clips Look behind you, I'll blind you like when the sun eclipse Ain't no second chances, I glance at niggas, make em' wet they pants-es Chances are slim if Twinz done swing the rest of the ransom The best and the champion, that means I'm far beyond Dionne read my palm, told me to get on and put my army on Come along, follow the Don, my motto and song Is for tomorrow, cause today's almost already gone Let's get on, split your belly with the machete long Tear your arms of your shoulders, and tell ya to--- hold on.

Show & A.G.

“Themes, Schemes & Dreams…” – Show & A.G. – Full Scale EP

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This original EP portion has been out of print for a while now.

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“It’s Just Like That ‘Yo…” – Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life”

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But I did 5 mil, I ain't been rhyming like Common since.

MUSIC DOWNLOADS

Dunn Different.

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If you thought <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=6043">'98 Week</a> was over, think again.

Xzibit

“What U Saw Is What U Got…”

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Not only is this arguably the best video of 1998, it also holds rank of being one of the most stimulating clips that ever graced Hip-Hop.

Trackstar The DJ

The Manifesto…

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"Sometimes I wish I could Stop the world from spinning and step out of it…" -Diaz Brothers feat.

#Jay Z

Live ’98

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This definitely goes without saying but in terms of posse cuts: 1998>2008 You can front all you want but all these "hood anthems" we're being bombarded with nowadays are straight up garbage, and forgettable.

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“A Healin’ To Remember…” – Witchdoctor’s A S.W.AT. Healin’ Ritual

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=5821" target="_parent">Gotty knew</a> as well as I did… Witchdoctor is the most forgotten member of the Dungeon Family.

MUSIC DOWNLOADS

Something Different.

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Have you been keeping up this week.

wyclef jean

“Teach These Cats How To Live In The Ghetto…”

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Looking back on my pre-high-school excursion to my friends' rural, middle-Michigan cottage, a weekend theme of "Ghetto Supastar" seems somewhat amiss.


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