Welcome to the jump off of Above Average Hip-Hop – now available in a magazine format. You may have some questions, and I have some answers. First, why are we branching out from our growing website? Well, because of the feedback we’ve received, and the general acceptance from the community at large. The content is just getting too good, and it felt like it needed to be immortalized in a more artistic and permanent way. Secondly, how will this work? Well, here’s an easy answer: I have no idea. I’ve never made a magazine. I am, however, a writer and a real head who loves to nerd out with my icons and do my part to break new talent.

The truth is, I’ve always wanted to make my own magazine, and as a child, I never imagined I’d have the ability (literally – technology is bonkers), or the content at my disposal. So maybe, even though I’m in my early 30’s, this magazine is some sort of bucket list checkmark. When I became a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, I did so with the hopes that I’d be able to somehow help spread the culture I love, and help to further document not just the overlooked history, but the new chapters being (physically) written by the next generation.

This magazine is a physical companion piece to aboveaveragehiphop.com, and I urge you to explore the pieces there as well, as they will often include mixes, videos and other multimedia components that will add further context. I envision this remaining relatively digital, but perhaps becoming available in limited physical edition.

So let’s see where this takes us. Thanks for all the support and love! Peace!

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AAHIPHOP Magazine Issue 1