the limited-edition print issue celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop with five unique cover stories highlighting Hip Hop legends
On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, EBONY Magazine will return to print with its Fall issue. With five unique cover stories highlighting Hip Hop legends: 50 Cent, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, and Swizz Beatz, the limited-edition print issue celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop. The Hip Hop 50 initiative complements each brand’s interdisciplinary reach by creating and showcasing original content. Through its sponsorship with Google Pixel, EBONY.com provides always-on multimedia content exploring the legacy of Hip Hop across art, music, activism, fashion, and business. There will be an online version as well as a print issue that will be available throughout the country and internationally.
In a monumental move that has sent waves of excitement throughout the media and entertainment industry, Ebony Magazine is making its grand return to print. But this isn’t just any return; Ebony is partnering with the renowned entertainment company, Mass Appeal, to produce a limited-edition print issue that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop. And if that wasn’t thrilling enough, the issue will feature five unique cover stories, each spotlighting a Hip Hop legend: 50 Cent, Lil’ Kim, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, and Swizz Beatz.
Due to its history of producing buzz-worthy news stories, provocative covers, and highlighting the best of Black culture, EBONY Magazine has been a leader in media. The coveted Fall issue of EBONY will showcase Hip Hop’s far-reaching impact with features written by leading journalists who have played a key role in its evolution, including Emil Wilbekin, award-winning writer Kevin Powell, and historian Elliott Wilson. Photographed in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami, the commemorative edition features covers by Keith Major and Shamaal Bloodman.
Ebony and Mass Appeal: A Powerhouse Partnership
Ebony, with its rich history of chronicling Black culture, and Mass Appeal, a trailblazer in urban culture and entertainment, make for a formidable partnership. Both entities have been instrumental in shaping narratives and giving voice to stories that matter. Their collaboration promises a blend of authenticity, reverence for history, and a fresh perspective on the evolution of Hip Hop.
Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop
Hip Hop, which began as a cultural movement in the Bronx, has now permeated every corner of the globe, influencing music, fashion, art, and beyond. Celebrating its 50th anniversary is not just about looking back at its roots, but also acknowledging its vast impact and the legends who paved the way.
50 Cent: From his groundbreaking debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” to his ventures in film and television, 50 Cent’s influence in the entertainment industry is undeniable. His cover story promises an intimate look at his journey, challenges, and his indomitable spirit.
Lil’ Kim: The Queen Bee of Hip Hop, Lil’ Kim’s boldness, both in her music and her style, has made her an icon. Her feature is expected to delve into her trailblazing career, her influence on female rappers, and her legacy in the Hip Hop world.
Busta Rhymes: Known for his rapid-fire rap style and energetic performances, Busta Rhymes is a force to be reckoned with. His story will undoubtedly touch upon his longevity in the industry, his iconic tracks, and his influence on the next generation of rappers.
Rick Ross: The Boss, as he’s fondly called, Rick Ross’s story is one of grit, hustle, and success. From his anthems to his entrepreneurial ventures, Ross’s feature will offer a deep dive into his multifaceted career.
Swizz Beatz: A producer, rapper, and DJ, Swizz Beatz’s contributions to Hip Hop are vast. His cover story is set to explore his genius behind the decks, his collaborations, and his vision for the future of Hip Hop.
Ebony’s return to print, in collaboration with Mass Appeal, is more than just a magazine issue. It’s a celebration of Black culture, Hip Hop, and the legends who have shaped it. As readers flip through the pages, they will be taken on a journey of music, history, and inspiration, reminding everyone of the power and resilience of Hip Hop.
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