News: Jay-Z, Diddy, Kanye West & T.I. Help Re-Launch King Magazine

Thursday, Dec 17, 2009 5:25PM

Written by Biz Jones

Jay-Z, Diddy, Kanye West, T.I. and more have been chosen to help re-launch the upcoming King Magazine Winter 2010 issue with a "Greatest Stories Ever Told" feature.

While details are still emerging, the issue's cover was released online today.

Supermodel Rosa Acosta graces the special edition of King magazine called the 'The women of king' with 82 Bangin' Beauties including Shakur Sozahdah, Bria Myles, StarFace, Marisa Elise, Sasha Del Valle, Briana Loyd. Greatest Stories Ever Told from Jay-Z, Diddy, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, Dave Chappelle, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Rick James. (Show Hype)

King Magazine shut down its operations last March.

We don't often post rumors, despite the number of them that cross our desks daily (many of which end up being true). I felt like posting this one though. We just got word that KING Magazine (aka Butts and Rims) is closing shop, not even releasing it's next issue. In this strained economy, the already dying print format is suffering big time. It is upsetting to hear of people losing jobs, but can this be considered a victory for women (in particular black women) who struggle against objectification at every turn? I have to admit, I enjoy the images, but I know it can't really be good for raising the standards of our society. What do you think? (Okay Player)

The popular men's magazine is known for featuring a variety of urban entertainers and video vixens mixed with in-depth coverage of serious issues.

KING is a bimonthly magazine of pure adrenaline that brings you the best of everything that is your lifestyle. We hit you with sexy women, fast cars, sports, real money and mad music. We bring you gadgets and games the hottest styles to wear and take you to exotic places worthy of a KING's presence. (Magazine Agent)

The magazine's former Editor-in-Chief Jermaine Hall, who took the helm from founding EIC Datwon Thomas, previously spoke with SOHH about the first issue he signed off on.

After four years as Executive Editor of KING Magazine, St. Lucia-born, Queens-bred journalist Jermaine Hall has taken the reins as Editor-in-Chief of the Men's magazine Hugh Hefner dubbed "the Black Playboy". In this week's 24 Hour Grind Jermaine weighs in with his favorite KING moments, what direction the magazine is going in and things every EIC should know to turn out an eye-catching publication. Jermaine Hall's KING Hall of Fame: "My first issue as Editor-In-Chief was the Ciara issue. It was a pink backdrop with Ciara sucking on a lollipop, LL Cool J style." (SOHH)

Check out a past King Magazine photo shoot down below:

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