The King of NY was on top of the world by the time this issue came out. What more could he ask for? He had a platinum album with a string of hits, nationwide fame, Faith and a little money. I’m not sure if he knew he was getting ripped off by Puffy at the time, though, but at least he realized that he needed to branch out and kick start the career of his own crew (Junior M.A.F.I.A.). Makes me wonder what would have happened if he had lived. Would he have made a wack album or two by now? Would he have collaborated with Big Pun? Would he, Jay-Z and Charli Baltimore have made The Commission album to compete with The Firm album? Would he have just retired and stayed behind the scenes? Most importantly, is he one of your top 5 rappers of all time? And if so, is he number 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5?
Some other highlights from this issue:
– Pharoahe Monch writes the monthly editorial – …with an important message.
– Freaknik in Atlanta
– Snoop Dogg on trial for murder
– Jigmasters as the Unsigned Artist of the month – DJ Spinna is one of the best ever.
– AZ with the hip-hop quotable for “Rather Unique”
– Microphone Check with Mic Geronimo, The B.U.M.S., King Just and Montell Jordan
Bushwick Bill – Phantom of the Rapra (3.5 mics)
Lost Boyz – Legal Drug Money (3.5 mics)
Showbiz & AG – Goodfellas (3.5 mics) – What the eff???? This is at least a 4. The production on this album is some of the best I’ve ever heard. AG isn’t a slouch on the mic at all but if Nas had rhymed instead of AG, it would have been considered a classic.
Masta Ace Inc – Sittin’ on Chrome (3.5 mics)
South Circle – Anotha Day Anotha Balla (3.5 mics)
Miilkbone – Da’ Miilkcrate (3 mics)
VA – Tales from the Hood OST (3 mics)
Questionmark Asylum – Questionmark Asylum (The Album) (2.5 mics)
The Dayton Family – What’s on Your Mind (2.5 mics)
Source July 1995 issue
July 1995 fat tape