Since its debut in 1997, XXL has transformed Hip-Hop journalism in a major way. From its raw and fresh delivery to the iconic Freshman cover issue, XXL has made a stamp in Hip Hop. Though journalism has changed tremendously over the years, this publication has stood the test of time — through print and digital.
In honor of their 20th anniversary, XXL issued 20 special edition covers with a total of 26 artists. Rappers and moguls both past and present who’ve not only made an impact on Hip-Hop but throughout the world.
Artist includes Fabolous, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Puff Daddy, The Lox, Cam’ron, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Uzi Vert, Yo Gotti, Tech N9ne, Future, Birdman, Rae Sremmurd, Run The Jewels, Migos, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Gucci Mane, Pusha T, and TI. All shot by photographer Travis Shinn.
Issues if the special edition covers will hit the stands on Oct. 17. XXL will dedicate each day of October with one of the featured artists along with photos, interviews, and their take on the past 20 years.