My old college homie "Big D from the NYC" hit me up the other day to say what up, as well as looking for some grown gentleman advice on something I actually am wondering what to do about myself, namely that big-ass box of hip-hop magazines I have stored in my garage...
Here's how the conversation went.
I figured I'd bounce this off of you for a suggestion.....During the late 90s and early 2000s I used to collect Source, XXL, Vibe, and King Mags.....I got some good ones from the Cash Money, Bad Boy, Roc La Familia, Murder Inc, Wu era.....Either way, I've had them for too long to simply just throw away. I'm not particularly trying to sell them but I would. I'd even give them to someone who wanted to do something good with them. Either way, I'd like to find a way for them to add more value aside from sitting in a box in the crib taking up space.
Well, you, me, and plenty of other brothers are in the same position, and no, I don't just mean caking, but yes, that too. Back then it was cool to keep those joints, because there was actual journalism and rap was worth reading about. I've got two big boxes myself.
I've been trying to find a magazine rack that'll feature them in a way that makes some chronological sense, but the other option I've been thinking about is finding a cool-looking display box (sort of like what they used to use in old record shops -- maybe even dope-looking crates), and set them up library-style in order of publishing date or by artist. Either way, I'm definitely not throwing them away or cutting off the cover just to frame them and put them on the wall. I still need to frame actual art, so I know that would take forever.
Hope that helps. Oh, and May The Frost Be With You.*
So there's the thing: what exactly do you do with a box of clearly priceless but quite possibly useless magazines documenting the golden age of rap music? I know I'm far from the only dude out there that has a stash of these things and who's also stumped on how to go about giving them a proper, respectable place of display in the crib. Maybe you have ideas? If so, please share them. I'm not about mindless comments, which is why I don't make a big deal of soliciting them. With this project, it's not likely that there'll be a solution by year's end. Why not figure it out together?
If I come up with a dope idea of how to best show them off, I'll certainly post photos and a how-to. In the meantime, please feel free to share your own idea(s), or absolve yourself from any responsibility and just wait on me or someone else to get all the glory. Far be it from me to think I'll come up with the best creative thought on what to do with these rags, so as a great emcee once said, "If you've got a better, flaunt it."
*Ed Note: Words used above such as "cake", "frost", and any other term used on this blog that can be easily associated with sweet baked goods are based upon a running joke among my friends -- a mostly southern reference suggesting that your girl has you happily locked down and subservient, or that you're "caked out."
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