XXL (magazine)

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XXL is an American hip hop magazine, published by Townsquare Media, founded in 1997.


In August 1997,<ref>"Potential Markets". Freelance Writing. Retrieved December 4, 2015. </ref> Harris Publications released the first issue of XXL. It featured rappers Jay-Z and Master P on a double cover.<ref name="xxlmag1">"Drake On The Cover Of XXL’s 150th Issue". XXL mag. August 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref> In December 2006, XXL took over the struggling hip hop producer and DJ magazine Scratch (another publication owned by Harris Publications), re-branding it as XXL Presents Scratch Magazine. However Scratch shut down less than a year later in September 2007.

Other titles with limited runs have been launched under the XXL brand, including Hip-Hop Soul, Eye Candy and Shade45. XXL has released many other special projects including tour programs, mixtapes and exclusive DVDs. XXL also maintains a popular website, which provides daily hip hop news, original content and content from the magazine.<ref>"Hip-Hop News, Rap Music". XXL. Retrieved October 14, 2014. </ref>

In 2014, Townsquare Media acquired XXL,<ref name=bill>Marc Schneider (December 18, 2014). "XXL Magazine to Print Quarterly Issues". Billboard. Retrieved August 17, 2015. </ref> King and Antenna from Harris Publications.

On October 14, 2014, Townsquare announced it would continue print publication of XXL.<ref>Rob Markman (October 14, 2014). "Exclusive: XXL Magazine Isn't Going Out Of Print". MTV News. Retrieved October 14, 2014. </ref> In December 2014 the company reported that the magazine would be published on a quarterly basis.<ref name=bill/>

Past editors

The magazine's past editors include Reginald C. Dennis (formerly of The Source), Sheena Lester (former editor-in-chief of RapPages and Vibe music editor), Elliott Wilson (formerly of ego trip and The Source, currently locked in at #7 slot on The Source's Digital 30 list.)<ref>Jacobs, Allen (2008). "XXL Editor-in-Chief Elliott Wilson Fired". www.hiphopdx.com. Retrieved January 8, 2007. </ref><ref>Wolfe, Roman: "XXL Magazine Fires EIC Elliott Wilson", AllHipHop, 2008. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 9, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2008.  Retrieved January 8, 2007.</ref> and Datwon Thomas (former editor-in-chief of King).

In May 2009, Datwon Thomas resigned from XXL and executive editor Vanessa Satten, who had been with XXL since 1998, was named the new Editor-in-Chief.<ref>Langhorne, Cyrus (May 27, 2009). "Former XXL Editor-In-Chief Looks Beyond Publication, "It Was A Hard Decision"". Sohh.Com. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>
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Magazine cover of XXL Presents Shade 45

Special releases

In August 2005, Eminem and XXL teamed up to release a special issue titled XXL Presents Shade 45, and was designed to give maximum exposure to Shade 45 as a radio station, and at the same time give maximum exposure to the Shady Records label as a whole, as well as the radio DJ's and G-Unit Records' artists.

XXL executive Publisher, Jonathan Rheingold, stated that typically magazines based around particular artists were not favorable, but "since Shade 45 is a truly authentic and uncensored rap radio channel, the marriage with the XXL brand made sense," with the feeling that it is what would interest rap fans.<ref>Carl Chery (August 23, 2005). Eminem & Shade Collabo W/XXL For Special Radio Issue Archived June 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. SoHH.com. Accessed January 29, 2008.</ref>

In November 2008 XXL released XXL Raps Volume 1, which included music from 50 Cent, G-Unit, Common, Jim Jones, & Fabolous.<ref>"XXL Raps, Vol. 1: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-01-04. </ref>

In September 2006, XXL put a special 90 minute DVD called XXL DVD Magazine Vol. 1, which featured exclusive interviews and content with big name rappers such as 50 Cent, Ice Cube, Fat Joe, Paul Wall, & Mike Jones.<ref>"Saigon & Ice Cube I'm Talkin' To You - XXL". Xxlmag.com. September 11, 2006. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>

On August 20, 2013 XXL released its 150th issue, also celebrating its sixteenth anniversary. The issue featured the first solo cover on the magazine from Drake, and rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and B.o.B reviewing classic albums.<ref name="xxlmag1" /> Template:Clearleft

XXL Annual Freshman List

Beginning in 2007 (skipping 2008),<ref>Schwab, Isabel (June 4, 2015). "The ‘XXL’ Freshman Class List Is a Joke: Kidd Kidd, Iggy Azalea, ancidneenwjwkk2ko2owoowoododkjcjcjkLunacy". The Daily Beast. Retrieved June 19, 2016. </ref> XXL releases its annual Top 10 Freshman list. The issue features ten artists-to-watch, all appearing on the cover of the magazine. The list has a history of showcasing unknown/underground rappers, as well as artists considered to be on the rise. The list creates significant buzz among listeners and artists alike, and is credited for giving many artists their first taste of fame.<ref>"Grading XXL’s Top 10 Freshman List". Refinedhype. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref><ref name="XXL">"2010 XXL Freshmen class". xxlmag.com. July 14, 2011. </ref><ref name="XXL2">"2011 XXL Freshmen class". xxlmag.com. July 14, 2011. </ref>

Year Freshmen
2007 Saigon, Plies, Rich Boy, Gorilla Zoe, Joell Ortiz, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Boosie, Crooked I, Papoose, and Young Dro.<ref>"Where Are They Now?: 2007 Freshman Recap - XXL". Xxlmag.com. March 27, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>
2009 Wale, B.o.B, Charles Hamilton, Asher Roth, Cory Gunz, Blu, Mickey Factz, Ace Hood, Curren$y, and Kid Cudi.<ref>"Where Are They Now?: 2009 Freshman Recap - XXL". Xxlmag.com. March 24, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>
2010 J. Cole, Pill, Nipsey Hussle, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, OJ da Juiceman, Jay Rock, Fashawn, and Donnis.<ref>"XXcLusive: XXL’s 10 Freshmen for ’10 Cover Revealed - XXL". Xxlmag.com. March 1, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>
2011 Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi the Prynce, Lil Twist, Yelawolf, Fred the Godson, Mac Miller, YG, Lil B, Kendrick Lamar, and Diggy Simmons.<ref>"XXL Presents 2011′s Freshman Class - XXL". Xxlmag.com. February 22, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>
2012 Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin, Iggy Azalea, and Roscoe Dash.<ref>JP DelaCuesta (February 28, 2012). "XXL Reveals Cover For Its 2012 "Freshmen Class"". AllHipHop.com. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>
2013 Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, Logic, Action Bronson, Kirko Bangz, Travi$ Scott, Dizzy Wright, Angel Haze, and Chief Keef.<ref>"XXL Freshman Class 2013 Cover Revealed - Page 2 of 2 - XXL". Xxlmag.com. March 27, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2014. </ref>
2014 Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Jon Connor, Lil Bibby, Jarren Benton, and August Alsina.<ref>"XXl Freshman 2014 Cover and 10 Spot Revealed". xxlmag.com. May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014. </ref>
2015 Fetty Wap, Dej Loaf, Raury, Kidd Kidd, OG Maco, Shy Glizzy, K Camp, Vince Staples, Tink, and GoldLink.
2016 Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Denzel Curry, G Herbo, Dave East, Lil Dicky, Anderson Paak, Desiigner, and 21 Savage.
2017 Kamaiyah, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, PnB Rock, MadeinTYO, Playboi Carti, Aminé, Kap G, Kyle, Ugly God and XXXTentacion.<ref>"XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017. </ref>


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