XXL Spotlights West Coast Hip-Hop In March Issue

West Coast rappers

the Game and Snoop Dogg appear together on the “West Coast Resurrection”

March issue of XXL magazine, in celebration of the history and revival of West

Coast rap.

The Long Beach-raised Snoop

Dogg and Compton-bred Game are often credited with bringing the West Coast back

to recognition in hip-hop recently.

On the cover of the commemorative

issue, Game sports his trademark red hoodie (the color of the Bloods gang) and

Snoop dons baby blue (the Crips color).

“It’s ironic

how much Snoop and the Game have in common. Both are Dr. Dre protégés

who created two of the strongest debut albums in hip-hop history,” said

XXL Editor-in-Chief Elliot Wilson in a statement. “Hopefully, that type

of success will open more doors for a new generation of West Coast MCs.”

In the upcoming issue, Game

speaks on his awe of Aftermath mentor Dr. Dre, a legendary face from the West.

“I saw Dre, and I damn near shi**ed on myself. I only [knew] this dude

from TV and listening to the radio,” says Game. “Still to this day,

I be working in the studio with Dre, he turn his head, and I be looking at him

like, Damn, that’s muthafu**in’ Dr. Dre!”

Unlike Game, who has openly

praised the brotherhood aspect he says gangs can offer, Snoop prefers to downplay

his supposed connection to the street life in his interview.

Reacting to his line, “Keep

a rag on the left side/yeah that’s the Crip side” on his hit “Drop

It Like It’s Hot,” Snoop says, “That was just a particular

statement that I made on the song. I’m not tryin’ to promote a way

of life. I’m not tryin’ to promote gang violence or nothin’

like that. It’s

just the way I felt when I wrote the rap.”

In the special issue, the

magazine also pays tribute to vital players in the rap game who came out the

West. The hip-hop publication marks the ten-year anniversary of Eazy-E’s

death, features profiles of rap pioneers DJ Quik and MC Eiht, and an exclusive

interview with Ras Kass on life after prison.

XXL has also joined with

MTV2 for the 25 Greatest West Coast Videos of all time, which airs March 13

on MTV2. Elliott Wilson provides his own commentary throughout the countdown.

“The thing I love

most about our final list is that we were able to cover such a wide range of

artists,” said Wilson. “The West Coast has always been about more

than just gangsta rap.”

Wilson said the video countdown

honors such artists as Sir-Mix-A-Lot, MC Hammer, Coolio and Young MC, who were

often criticized for going the pop route. Female MCs like Yo-Yo and JJ Fad,

and rap crews Pharcyde and Souls of Mischief are also given the light.

The XXL “West

Coast Resurrection” issue will be on stands March 1.