Today my problem is with Hashim. He keeps referring to XXL as the #1 Hip-Hop magazine by default. I think I know what he means, but there are a few magazines that are better than XXL out there.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like XXL because it’s Hip-Hop mixed with RIDES (another Harris Publication) and KING (another Harris Publication) however there is one Harris Publication that beats out XXL by miles.

SCRATCH hands down is the best Hip-Hop magazine out there, well atleast out of Harris Publication’s stable of magazines. I like them because they focus on the cornerstone of Hip-Hop – The DJ/Producers. They even give some light to the emcee. But what makes them better than their in-office competitor is that the content is not immediately dated. If you are a daily reader of, All and Hip-Hop DX, all of the content in XXL, The Source and VIBE seems pretty dated.

“I think traditional media like print had to step their game up after sites started breaking stories minutes after they happen,” adds burgeoning media maven DJ Vlad. “When I read a Hip-Hop mag these days, I usually know a lot of the stuff already.” »

The Ave – This magazine focuses on Hip-Hop, street issues and politics. There are a couple of sections that I don’t like, but for the most part this magazine could easily replace your subscription to The Source.

I like Ozone too but I only have a few issues so I can’t really give you my take on that.