Word Up! (magazine)

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Word Up! was an American magazine focusing on teen entertainment and music. The magazine was part of Enoble Media Group.[1] Its main focuses were African-American teen singers, rappers, models, and prodigies. The magazine came out monthly and usually had many posters and contests for fans of famous "To Die For" celebrities. It was very popular in the 1980s. The magazine mostly covered information concerning rap, Hip-hop and R&B music. The headquarters was in Paramus, New Jersey.[1]

As of 2012, Word Up ceased publication.[2] The last dated issue was April 2012.


The late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. referenced the magazine in his song "Juicy". He opens with the line "It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up magazine". He then refers to a specific photo appearing in the magazine portraying Salt N Pepa in a limousine with Heavy D. The line also appears in Jay-Z's song, "Dream". This line was also used in the Tamar Braxton song "The One".


  1. ^ a b "Word Up! Magazine". MondoTimes. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Word Up! - Magazine-Agent.com".