Neha Patil

Hip Hop Connection

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Editor  Andy Cowan
First issue  1988 (1988)
Company  Infamous Ink
Categories  Music Magazine
Final issue  2009
Country  United Kingdom
Hip Hop Connection

Hip Hop Connection (HHC) was the longest running monthly periodical devoted entirely to hip hop culture. HHC earned universal recognition and was described by Chuck D as "the best magazine in the world".

Contents

History

Under the editorship of Chris Hunt, the magazine published its first issue in July 1988, six months before The Source began in newsletter form. Prior to the first issue, the magazine's parent company had also run a premium rate 0898 telephone information line using the same name, presented by voice of now Radio 1 DJ Dave Pearce that invited MCs to call up and record their own rhyme after listening to the best rhyme of the previous week. The early issues were its biggest selling and saw Hunt bringing together a talented group of writers and photographers, including Ekow Eshun, Malu Halasa, Vie Marshall and Normski the future television presenter and celebrity, who was given his own section in the magazine to showcase his rap photography. Chris Hunt had two stints as Editor of the magazine before leaving the title for the final time in 1993. His longtime Deputy Editor Andy Cowan took over the title in November 1993 and although it has changed owners several times (Popular Publications, Future Publishing, Ministry Of Sound), HHC and Popular Publications were owned by Music Maker Publications throughout the early 1990s until Music Maker was acquired by Future Publishing. Future Publishing sold the title to Ministry Of Sound in 2000. The first Ministry issue featured Mariah Carey on the front cover. Ministry tried to continue with its 'female artists only' cover policy which had proved successful for their dance magazine but after Kelis and Lauryn Hill it became apparent that they were rapidly running out of suitable candidates. Ministry sold the title after one year and Andy Cowan continued to run and publish the magazine. In April 2006, Hip Hop Connection published its 200th consecutive edition, rerunning many of the classic rap interviews from its 18-year history. It is now owned by Cambridge based Infamous Ink.

Each year the magazine's writers and critics compiled a list of the best hiphop albums of the year in addition to a readers poll.

In 2009 the magazine published its final and 232nd issue.

Readers Greatest Album

  • Pre 2000: Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  • 1995 To 2005: Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
  • Readers Best Album Of The Year

    2009: Roots Manuva - Slime & Reason

    2008: Panacea - Scenic Route

    2007: unknown

    2006: unknown

    2005: unknown

    2004: unknown

    2003: unknown

    2002: Jay Z - Blueprint

    2001: Eminem - Marshall Mathers

    2000: The Roots - Things Fall Apart

    1999: Gang Starr - Moment Of Truth

    1998: Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus

    1997: Rass Kass - Soul On Ice

    1996: Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx

    1995: Notorious BIG - Ready To Die

    1994: Cypress Hill - Black Sunday

    1993: unknown

    1992: unknown

    1991: unknown

    1990: unknown

    1989: NWA - Straight Outta Compton

    Readers Best Single Of The Year

    2009: unknown

    2008: unknown

    2007: unknown

    2006: unknown

    2005: Klashnekoff - It's Murda

    2004: unknown

    2003: unknown

    2002: Pharoahe Monch - Fuck You

    2001: MOP - Ante Up

    2000: Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says

    1999: Canibus - Second Round Knockout

    1998: Gang Starr - You Know My Steez

    1997: Jeru The Damaja - Ya Playin Yaself

    1996: Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Part II

    1995: Craig Mack - Flava In Ya Ear

    1994: Onyx - Slam

    1993: unknown

    1992: unknown

    1991: unknown

    1990: unknown

    1989: Public Enemy - Fight The Power

    Readers Best Group Of The Year

    2009: unknown

    2008: unknown

    2007: unknown

    2006: unknown

    2005: unknown

    2004: unknown

    2003: unknown

    2002: unknown

    2001: Dilated Peoples

    2000: The Roots

    1999: Gang Starr

    1998: Company Flow

    1997: unknown

    1996: unknown

    1995: unknown

    1994: Wu Tang Clan

    1993: unknown

    1992: unknown

    1991: unknown

    1990: unknown

    1989: NWA

    Readers Best Of The 80s

    Best Album: Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

    Best Single: Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause

    Best Group: Public Enemy

    Best Rapper: Chuck D

    Best DJ: Cash Money

    Best British Artist: MC Duke

    Best Record Label: Def Jam

    Best Non Hiphop: Michael Jackson

    Most Important Human Being: Nelson Mandela

    References

    Hip Hop Connection Wikipedia


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