A$AP Rocky & French Montana Cover XXL

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It’s a New York takeover as A$AP and French split the Feb/Mar cover of XXL. In the issue, A$AP recalls the passing of his father and his parents’ musical influence. French discusses his debut album, 50 Cent and the time he was shot. Peep their solo covers below. All three issues hits newsstands February 19.

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  • SLIM G

    I NEVER KNEW DAVID BLAINE IS A RAPPER TOO…… DATS WASSUP….

  • agrippagodson

    Yeah, NY is back and both these dudes sound like what the south sounded like 10 years ago. NY is back, but behind.

  • MikeWillMadeIt

    Yeah New York should be very proud of these two.
    A$ap Rocky sounds like if he’s from the south and French Montana is, well lets just say he’s popular.I guess New York wins again with these two.

  • Black Chalk

    there both legit nd make some good music..but they are NOT bringin NY back…what a reach.

    need beats?
    http://www.soundclick.com/blackchalkbeats

    no mainstream bullshit ^
    @dndamien

  • Chris

    SMH. I’m embarrassed to be a New Yorker.

  • YO!!

    Its about time NYC got a cover!!………FREE MAX B!!!!!

  • markcrunk

    2 great artists, but this photo shoot is weak!!

  • king

    french keep 50 out yo mouth bro…. u don’t want it….

  • Biggavellidadeli718boyZ

    these niggas are definetely holding us down right now, fab,loyd,vado are all better but these niggas are reppin and front line in the industry right now AND KENDRICK RAPS LIKE HE FROM NYC AND NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING, SO LET THESE 2 DO THEM AND CUT THE HATE

  • HJOOD

    both these rappers DO NOT sound anything like NY, so stop supporting this shit

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/afcjonefour watdeywant

    the south wins again >>>>>
    join us
    b hayes the pimp gets the last laugh.
    #TRILL

  • SoloK

    Nas….Jay-Z…50 Cent…etc.
    NY BEEN back!

    P.S. I know 50 ain’t much for NY, but at least he ain’t spitting with Miami rappers like these clowns do! respect for keeping that same sound and for his hustle.

  • RealEaaaazy

    Goes to show this nicca A$AP didn’t need a spot on that XXL Freshmen 10 to make the XXL cover.

  • @BlueScalise

    A++++ for A$AP Rocky, but this nigga French man……He wack as shit. I don’t see how niggas listen to that shit. I bet he go double trouble on his album.

  • MikeWillMadeIt

    @SoloK
    Its funny that you mention that because JayZ and Nas have both recorded with Rick Ross in the past year.

  • Willie Hozay

    It’s a New York takeover

    THEY DONT REP NEW YORK AT ALL SMH

  • Devante

    For you 90′s fans you gotta give up. The 90′s was damn near 20 years ago that boom bap flow on a Premier beat your looking for isn’t coming back.

  • boom

    SMFH New York loss with this cover!!!

  • E$CO

    NY rappers with down south flows. SMH. We gotta take a L on this one. SMH.

  • JustMyOpinion

    I am sure they feel accomplished about this cover. It seems as if what’s the point of it all, we, as fans, have no choice in the music.

    “NY’S BACK” is over-exaggerated. Is it back with a NEW sound. Just to be fair, both of these guys have Southern sounds.

    XXL lost its branding with the Iggy cover. It’s ashame it’s the last standing “Hip-Hop” magazine. Although, I still read, this may be last year as a reader. We’ll see.

  • Kemosabi

    This is hilarious! Who thought up that caption and decided to have ASAP on the cover like some No Limit ’96 shit! And I don’t even hate on french or ASAP it’s a bad look from XXL, they got lazy in every department by the looks of it

  • J UK

    Where the fuck is young Bada$$ at if they want to show NY??

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    “Its funny that you mention that because JayZ and Nas have both recorded with Rick Ross in the past year.”….Everytime William always gets outshine by both Jay & Nas. U remember “3 Kings”? William cant win.

  • @chill100

    Proud of ASAP on the cover n the only thing dope bout Montana on the cover is the free Max B shirt….French been on a steady decline since Max went up…if he would just stick to his own sound rather than that south mix

  • E$CO

    J UK – Joey Bada$$ is overrated as hell. No1 in NY fucks with him,.

  • Del

    still in disbelief that niggaz fuck with French Montana like that… that dude is trash, garbage, rubbish and anything else you would throw away

  • JustMyOpinion

    @ Devante Seeing this cover looking at this cover makes your statement reality.

    Goodbye 90s – where lyrics once lived

    Hello 10s – where one producer make the same beat 10x and have the same guy using autotune 10x.

    Lyricism is a bad word these days

  • J UK

    E$CO – you’re right on being overrated, but 1) he’s better than French and 2) I fucks with his Gotham Fuckin City verse so hard, that shit goes in and makes me bump his shit some more

  • http://tducks410.tumblr.com TDucks410

    Before everyone jumps n says they dont “sound like new york” …
    maybe we should think they are the pioneers of “the new.. new york sound”
    Im just saying..

  • buzz

    LOL @”i bey he go double trouble on his album”……but you never know. he supposed to have a joint with Nicki minaj coming out and he claims its gonna top the charts, so we’ll see

  • buzz

    *bet*

  • mac DIESEL

    NEW YORK HIP-HOP NEVER LEFT!!!! JAY, NAS, 50 CENT STILL HOLD NYC DOWN!!!! THEY STILL KEEP THAT NEW YORK SOUND IN THEIR MUSIC!!!! THE PROBLEM IS THAT THERE’S NO UP AND COMING NY RAPPERS READY TO TAKE THEIR SPOT!!!! AFTER THEM, THERE’S NO ARTISTS FROM NY WIT ANY REAL STAR POWER THAT HAS THAT NY SOUND IN THEIR MUSIC!!!! BUT TIMES HAVE CHANGED!!!! SEEMS LIKE IT DON’T MATTER WHERE U FROM ANYMORE!!!! THAT’S WHY FRENCHY AND ASAP ABANDONED THAT NEW YORK SOUND!!!! THEY DO THAT SOUTH SHIT CUZ THAT’S WUT’S POPPIN’!!!! ASAP DOES TRY THOU!!!! UNLIKE FRENCH FRY!!!!

    SIDEBAR: FRENCHY MUST WANT A DEATH WISH!!!! SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL THAT BOY TO KEEP THAT QUEENS NIGGA’S NAME OUT HIS MOUTH!!!! HA!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!

  • E$CO

    ^^^
    Stop repping Queens nigga. U not even from there

    Denzil Portrer, 360, & Vinny Chase are the best new NY artists right now.

  • Pissed off

    Y’all should check 1 train and peso, asap is cool to me, french is straight shit!

  • Pissed off

    and hope joey bada$$ and nittyscott mc blows up this year she is way better then this mmg and ymcmb rapper’s. and repping ny

  • J UK

    Nitty Scott MC is way hot!!!! Don’t fuck with the music but daaaaaaamn

  • Peter Walsh

    Rocky with the Death Row Records hat on….

  • WindyCityG72

    I think it was a hot 97 interview about 3 -4 weeks ago French basically begged 50 , if not begged he at least asked 50 to please let him eat lol Asap got a chance but French is nothing more than a decent feature .

  • Belee dat!

  • really 23

    @ Esco

    Joey Badass got some good people behind him, because he is wack imho. He don’t go no kinda wave in NYC. I’m out here, so I know you ain’t lying bout that…

  • really 23

    Fench need to stop frontin’ about that shooting. Word on the skreets of NY is that duke was pistol whipped…

  • E$CO

    @JK- French is whack. That goes without saying.

    @really 23- I’m out here too. BK & Queens. Don’t nobody be talking about son. his mix tape was trash. must got good manager or sumfin.

  • Donn

    No hate. Young dudes who made something of themselves while ppl sit behind computers bitching

  • Man…

    I really hate XXL. Fucking French is garbage, and they always hype his bullshit. They praised this dumbass when he wore the bear sweater to the freshman shoot, like he was so original, that nigga stole that shit from Blake Anderson (Workaholics). His music is garbage, how dare they say “New York’s back”, and have this dude on the cover, Joey Bada$$ is almost 10 years younger than French and could definitely outrap him. Shit is ridiculous.

  • onenutned

    everybody bites styles get over it. Jay had been usin southern slang/production forever. 50 learned his mixtape hustle/grind from master p so on and so forth….no these two aint the most lyrical outta NY but they at least open the door for future acts…so until yo’ more talented/lyrical MC starts making hotter music…NY Back!

  • Marlonz

    FREE MAX B.
    This a good look

  • TRUTH

    NEW YORK NIGGAS IS ONLY PROUD TO BE FROM THERE WHEN THEY ON THE INTERNET….NOT ON THEY RECORDS!

  • Prophet

    That’s a terrible cover and I’m from NY. You pick the two artists that don’t sound like the typical NY rapper to say that. I would have called it the New New York or something along that line.

  • https://twitter.com/P0is0nedKoolA @p0is0nedkoola

    Where’s Action Bronson? Joey Badass? Joell Ortiz? Cory Gunz?

    NYC has more to offer!

    What’s interesting about all the NYC hate & South love is that NO ONE wants to admit that when the South took over hip hop (around 2001 or so), the quality of the lyrics/beats/concepts dropped off BADLY

    Club songs became the main focus, stripper anthems , funny dances, loud bright clothes (tho Cam’ron is guilty of this too, HARLEM) & with the exception of Outkast, lyrically the South didn’t match up to what NYC (& the west coast) had started

    Sure, NYC was guilty of following trends and the “biggest” rapper for awhile was a 2pac wanna be who sang like “the cookie monster” in Ja Rule, so NYC def added to the drop-off in quality hip hop.

    However, a lot of simple beats & albums with about 4 singles and the rest of it filler really hurt this genre.

    Hopefully, the kids of today will be influenced by an album Like Kendrick’s last one and have a higher standard for hip hop

    Right now, Hip hop is in that “Bon Jovi” hair metal era . Guys all looking the same, taking no risks, the radio churning out the same artists with the same blueprint as the guy before him

    Let’s hope the Kurt Cobain of hip hop is on his way

    @p0is0nedkoola on twitter (i follow back if you’re from Rap Radar board, ask around)
    Lester Bangs of hip hop
    Smells like (hip hop made just for) Teen Spirit

  • R Mcrd

    Haha…..The south owns NY!

  • Uh oh

    These cocksuckers really had the nerve to put “NY’s Back” on a cover that has French Montana on it? I don’t mind Rocky but he has a southern sound.

    Hip Hop sold its soul long ago.

  • Black Shady

    Shouts to Biggavel

  • Will Will

    NY is the laughing stock of the rap game! nY is back?

  • Young Playa

    French Montana? He ain’t got a song out without a feature on it. Why’s he going at 50 for? Does he not remember what 50 did to Ja’s career.

  • JE5US+PIECE

    They don’t rep NY right !

  • G

    @onenutned, Jay is different from these other NY dudes, he’s been down wit the south shit for the last 12-13 years, he didn’t just start jumping on the south bandwagon, he was fuckin wit dudes like Bun b, Pimp c , Scarface, T.I, Juvenile, Slim thug before the south took over.

  • OVO BOY

    French, look like baby bash and Game on this shit lol

  • brza

    @ Devante,

    Agreed 100% Times change and so does music. Accept it or keep your old school favorites on deck.

  • SKLASS

    NOOO!!! New Yorkers don’t condone or claim these two wack ass rappers.. So We ain’t back, we still patiently waiting

  • http://grantgoodman93.wordpress.com grantgoodman93

    Go ahead ask em, who is joey bad

  • 3rdwardsoldier

    this is sad if i was from ny i would be hella offended, yea i fuks with both of them.. but they damn sure dnt represent NY…. GTFOH!!!!

  • 3rdwardsoldier

    my cuz was just out in ny and he said no one fuks with asap rocky there lmfao probably same with french montana..

  • RealNiggaShit

    I don’t understand French music but i respect he still holding his boy down.

  • E$CO

    Where’s Action Bronson? Joey Badass? Joell Ortiz? Cory Gunz?
    ^
    As much as i hate French and A$AP, stop putting the niggas above on a pedestal. Niggas in NY don;t even know them!

    Joey Bada$$ and the rest of them cats is fucking wack. Can’t make a hot song to save their life.

  • Twizzy

    Fred the Godson embodies what New York rap is about…He just doesnt have the star power and resources that these two have. As far as skills go its not even a conversation. #justsaying

  • @onenutned

    how long are you going to be camping out for that French album? faggot.

  • https://twitter.com/P0is0nedKoolA @p0is0nedkoola

    @ E$CO

    Are you hating on Joey Badass cause he’s now getting featured more , even here?

    The other MC’s I named are serious lyricists with some heat!!!

    Problem is they have those low tier producers

    Action Bronson got some heat tho

    also check out The Dopplegangaz
    they’re from NYC & bringing some real hip hop http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iuQS0Zuf06k#!

    @p0is0nedkoola on twitter (I follow back, let me know ur from RR comments section)
    Lester Bangs of hip hop
    Where’s the boom bap beats tho?

  • onenutned

    @G exactly! and these cats came up listening to Jay so in essence he turned’em out on it and now they runnin wit’ it cuz it’s what they know. I Pray the days of Golden Age hip-hop but truth is no one would buy it today…the game murdered the culture a long time ago…so now it’s either get down or lay down.

  • T

    fuck 50 cent

    bring rap back

    jr&ph7

  • C

    french montana is a highschool trend dont listen to him ,

    listen to real rhyemes

  • whats in my ipod

    phil da agony
    el da sensie
    reks
    tame one
    the roots
    the soundproviders
    skyzoo
    akrobatik
    skyzoo

    some of them better than others

  • T

    joey baddass sucks

  • http://www.birthplacemag.com birthplace

    Even when they’re right, they’re wrong. Lame ass mainstream hip hop media. NY a) never left, but b) yes, is being ‘perceived’ to be back. Which is great. But it’s not really about these two. This just proves how little XXL understands the NY rap landscape. A shame really, but whatever. That’s why we’re here.

  • 3rdwardsoldier

    SO DISSRESPCTFUL! FOR REAL NEW YORK PPL.. i mean asap wish he was from texas n his music sounds like that aswell… french montana is a miami ymcmb rapper or whatever.. smh this is disssssssssrespectfulllllllllllllllll should have joey badd ass or something

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