RESPECT. is a New York-based, quarterly hip hop and photojournalism magazine founded in 2009 by Jonathan Rheingold and edited by RapRadar's Elliott Wilson. The publication covers hip hop culture, focusing on music, photography, and style. As opposed to mainstream hip-hop magazines, RESPECT.'s aesthetic is more highbrow, targeting a "sophisticated and intelligent reader." Its circulation is approximately 250,000 per issue.
Rheingold was previously the executive publisher of Harris Publications, home to hip-hop publications such as XXL and Scratch. After leaving Harris in 2009, he launched RESPECT. with the help of such industry vets as kris ex, Paul Scirecalabrisotto, and Sally Berman.
Each issue of RESPECT. features interviews with popular hip-hop artists. Past covers have included Drake, Waka Flocka, Tyler, the Creator, and Eminem. The magazine also focuses on photographers with a special interest in hip hop, such as Jonathan Mannion, Albert Watson, and Mike Miller. Kali Abdullah currently serves as photo editor.
Datwon Thomas, former EIC of KING and XXL, was the last Editor-in-Chief of RESPECT.
- Issue 1 - Waka Flocka Flame
- Issue 2 - Rick Ross
- Issue 3 - Eminem & Royce Da 5'9"
- Issue 4 - Tyler, The Creator (Version 1) / Kanye West & Jay-Z (Version 2)
- Issue 1 - J. Cole
- Issue 2 - Lil Wayne
- Issue 3 - Black Hippy (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q)
- Issue 4 - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Issue 5 - 2Pac
- Issue 6 - Rick Ross