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On April 6th Hip-Hop Connection magazine celebrates its 200th issue (May 2006) with a 204 page special edition.

As the world's longest running rap monthly the first issue of the title was published back in 1988, months before its US rival The Source (in its newsletter form) was created the 200th issue marks a monumental hip-hop publishing milestone.

The front cover of the 200th issue features one of the most iconic hip-hop figures of the magazines lifespan, Snoop Dogg, while inside the magazine pays homage to those whove graced its pages over the years as classic interviews with acts like 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Salt-N-Pepa, Public Enemy, Ol Dirty Bastard, Eminem and the Wu-Tang Clan are reprinted, all with fresh retrospective writers commentary.

The 200th issue also pays homage to the UKs own hip-hop heroes with the first instalment of an authoritative UK old school rap roundtable, featuring Rodney P, Cookie (Cookie Crew), Overlord X, Aroe (First Down) and Dave Pearce (the Radio 1 deejay whose voice also announces the start of what many consider to be the greatest hip-hop album of all time, Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back).

Elsewhere the magazine includes a long-due in-depth look at the development of hip-hop journalism and publishing, which includes commentary from US authors Jeff Chang, John Caramanica and Oliver Wang and original Hip-Hop Connection editor Chris Hunt, news of the worlds first hip-hop bibliography(in conjunction with the Born In The Bronx exhibition) and debate on the merits of reviewing rap albums.

The 200th issue also comes complete with an exclusive cover-mount CD mixing up the best of the US and UK, including tracks from Kanye West, Klashnekoff, The Game, Swiss, Notorious BIG, 2Pac, Paul Wall, Wolftown, Twista and Jehst.

During its 18-year existence, Hip-Hop Connection has been a successful breeding ground for budding writers, artists and photographers, many whove since gone on to play significant roles in the publishing and broadcasting media.

Hip-Hop Connection is published independently by Infamous Ink Ltd. For more information please contact the Editor/Publisher Andy Cowan on 01223 210536 or andy@infamousink.com

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