Hip Hop Connection

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Hip Hop Connection
Hip Hop Connection (magazine).jpg
Editor Andy Cowan
Categories Music Magazine
First issue 1988 (1988)
Company Infamous Ink
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
ISSN 1465-4407

Hip Hop Connection (HHC) was the longest running monthly periodical devoted entirely to hip hop culture.[1] HHC earned universal recognition and was described by Chuck D as "the best magazine in the world".

History[edit]

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 as well as a Readers Poll in which it produced the following.

In 2009 the magazine published its final and 232rd issue.[2]

Readers Greatest Album[edit]

Readers Best Album Of The Year[edit]

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: 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[edit]

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[edit]

2009: unknown

2008: unknown

2007: unknown

2006: unknown

2005: unknown

2004: unknown

2003: unknown

2002: unknown

2001: Dilated Peoples

2000: 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[edit]

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

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