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01.29.03 11:35 AM

the battle of the hip-hop magazines

"War of the Words at Hip-Hop Magazines," by Lola Ogunnake, The New York Times, January 29, 2003:
"For a rapper, there's no better way to make a name than through a battle, preferably a verbal one."

"But with the appearance of a two-sided poster in the February issue of The Source, the magazine regarded by many as the bible of hip-hop, it appears that rhetorical tussles aren't limited to rappers anymore. A cartoon depicts Elliott Wilson, the editor in chief of The Source's main competitor, the younger publication XXL, being crushed by a hulking monster wearing a Source T-shirt. Beneath the image is the warning "Respect the architect or get broken.""— More...

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