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XXL

Founded in 1997, XXL is an American hip hop magazine published 6 times a year.

 

32 articles

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OutKast: Stankonia (Arista)

Review by Amy Linden, XXL, 2000

ECLECTICISM IS NOT usually associated with hip hop. Most artists, especially those who sell, want to maintain their base, yet in an effort to keep ...

Lil' Kim Is The Baddest Girl Alive

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, May 2000

NEW YORK CITY'S Central Park South is a mixture of dyed-in-the-wool, Waspy Manhattan mega bucks and the glitz of the nouveau notorious. Side by side ...

Eve: Meeting Eve

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, February 2001

IT’S A DREARY late fall day in New York and Eve is having a fashion emergency. The first lady of Ruff Ryders is back from ...

Missy Elliott: Rhymes & Misdemeanours: Missy Elliott Gets Her Freak On

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, July 2001

The expression "It takes a village to raise a child" has quickly morphed from sage African proverb to the Have a Nice Day of social ...

Q-Tip: Growing Pains

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, March 2002

Phife's worst nightmare has come true: Q-Tip would rather harmonize than spit. One of hip-hop's most respected MCs has flipped the script. But will the ...

Charli Baltimore: No more drama

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, XXL, April 2002

Refocused and full of determination, Charli says she's got what it takes to rock the mic right. B.I.G.'s former mistress, Ms. B-More, has returned to ...

CeeLo Green: Cee-Lo Green: Cee-Lo Green And His Perfect Imperfections

Review by Amy Linden, XXL, May 2002

HE ISN'T a gospel singer, but there's no denying that there's a whole lot of chu'ch in Cee-Lo. Yet since the singer/rapper and founding member ...

Onyx

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, June 2002

IMMORTALIZED IN Woody Allen movies and Seinfeld, Manhattan's Upper West Side is old school New York. Graced with wide avenues and imposing buildings — the ...

Biz Markie, Will Smith: The Illest: Fix your face. It's the Biz Mark, Biz Mark.

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, November 2002

His old school hip-hop classics still make you feel good like Billy Bob Thornton. Just ask little-ass Mario, who owes his whole career to this ...

Patti LaBelle: Hip hop junkies: Patti LaBelle

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, December 2002

Your Highness. Bow down to mama soul or get the boot. ...

The Roots: Forward To The Roots

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, January 2003

FOR THE LAST few years, the city of Philadelphia has sponsored the Philadelphia College Festival. Held directly across the steps of the Art Museum (home ...

Gang Starr: The Ownerz

Review by Amy Linden, XXL, May 2003

ONCE A ROCK critic noted that while '60s icons the Velvet Underground sold few records everyone who bought one went on to form their own ...

Rah Digga: Da unbreakable

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, November 2003

She's the rare female MC who's known for her jaw-dropping lyrics — not the thing between her legs. That's why we love Digga, Digga … ...

Method Man: Tough Love

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, May 2004

Ten Years Ago, Method Man was unquestionably one of the rap game's top MCs. In 2004, he's knows more for his movies and TV appearances ...

Lenny Kravitz: Express yourself

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, July 2004

Hip-hop's favorite rock guitarist shows us his soul. ...

Aerosmith, Run-DMC: Hip-hop junkies: Steven Tyler

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, August 2004

Down by law: Mr. 'Walk This Way' tells why rap and rock are meant for each other ...

Dr. Dre, Lil' Kim, The Roots, Scott Storch: Scott Storch: Big Chips

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, December 2004

He's rich, bitch. Boyfriend of Lil' Kim. Producer of 'Lean Back'. Beyoncé hitmaker. Dr. Dre Coconspirator. And, oh yeah, he's white. Ladies and gents, Scott ...

Gwen Stefani: On Fire

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, January 2005

Rock's number-one White chick tells us what she's learned from rap royalty. ...

Ludacris: You Don't Know Me

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, January 2005

To hell with the bitches and so-called fame, Ludacris just isn't as crazy as his rappin' name. Beef with Bill O'Reilly, T.I. and Chingy be ...

Cake Man Raven: Doe Fiend

Profile by Amy Linden, XXL, March 2005

Caking up ain't hard to do, it's just messy. ...

Tommy Lee: Drop It Like It's Hot

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, March 2005

Rock 'n' roll's bad boy talks about going from sex tapes to mixtapes. ...

John Mayer: My Buddy

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, April 2005

Rap's current favorite rocker has got Kanye's back. ...

Coldplay: Chris Martin: Justify My Thug

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, September 2005

Coldplay's front man is addicted to the game ...

Maroon 5: Adam Levine: Lyrics to Go

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, November 2005

Maroon 5's face card has a mean hook game ...

Pitbull: English. Spanish. Reggaeton. Crunk.

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, August 2006

He's got a lot more to talk about than culo. And major issues other than money. Straight outta Miami's Little Havana, Cubano rapper Pitbull wants ...

Teena Marie

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, September 2006

THERE'S NEVER been a funkier white girl than Teena Marie. With hits like 'Lovergirl', 'Square Biz' and 'Fire and Desire' – a duet with former ...

Kelis: You Can Call Me Crazy

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, Summer 2006

Kelis is too raunchy! No, she's alternative. Then again, she's also a wife and stepmother.
 Listen, this colorful peacock has too much wingspan to be ...

Amy Winehouse: Hip-Hop Junkies: Amy Winehouse

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, June 2007

23-YEAR-OLD UK soul/jazz chanteuse Amy Winehouse has taken music by storm with her American debut Back To Black. Already huge overseas, Amy first got US ...

Robin Thicke: Come to Me

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, August 2007

R&B's bubbling new star digs hip-hop ...

Idris Elba: Start the Show

Interview by Amy Linden, XXL, December 2007

From the U.K. to the U.S., Stringer Bell is feeling hip-hop ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Notorious B.I.G.: Forever

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, XXL, March 2012

It's been 15 years since the greatest rapper of all time, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., was taken from hip-hop, but his legacy continues to loom large. ...

Chris Lighty, 1968-2012

Obituary by Amy Linden, XXL, September 2012

THE DEATH OF a young person evokes its own peculiar grief. And when that death is a suicide – grief mushrooms into something more painful ...

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