Hip Hop Weekly
|Categories||News & Entertainment Magazine|
|Frequency||26 issues per year|
|Based in||Los Angeles, CA|
Hip Hop Weekly Magazine is an American hip hop news and entertainment magazine founded in 2006. The magazine covers celebrity news, music, film, fashion, sports and features exclusive interviews with many notable figures within popular culture. Published every two weeks, the magazine offers the latest news to millions of young Americans who identify with the hip hop culture. On September 13, 2016 Hip Hop Weekly Magazine was acquired for an undisclosed amount by CJB Investments LLC.
Hip Hop Weekly was founded in 2006 by Ray "Benzino" Scott (The Source Magazine, Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta) and Dave Mays (co-founder of The Source Magazine). In an interview with the New York Observer, Mays said he and Scott came up with the idea after noticing the success of magazines such as Entertainment Weekly and US Weekly and wanted to fill the void that existed for weekly hip hop news.
Over the years, Hip Hop Weekly has released special issues that either commemorate a special moment in pop culture history or highlight icons of urban music. These collector's edition releases include special issues honoring the lives of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, "Behind the Mic" docuzines on Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Lil Wayne among others. In 2010, the magazine released a special 3-D swimsuit issue. Later that year, another 3-D issue was released to commemorate the 100th issue of Hip Hop Weekly.
Hip Hop Weekly was voted Best Urban Magazine three years in a row at the Urban Music Awards.
Next to Blow
Over the past several years, Hip Hop Weekly has successfully pointed out underground artists who have gone on to achieve mainstream success. In a section of the magazine titled "Next to Blow," HHW staffers highlight artists they feel are on the verge of becoming national names. Past artists who have been featured in Next to Blow include Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, Kidd Kidd, Young Thug, Trinidad James, Doe B, Troy Ave and Def Jam signee August Alsina.