Hip Hop Connection
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Hip Hop Connection (HHC) was the longest running monthly periodical devoted entirely to hip hop culture. HHC earned universal recognition and was described by rapper Chuck D as "the best magazine in the world".
Under the editorship of Chris Hunt, the magazine published its first issue in July 1988, six months before The Source began in newsletter form. Prior to the first issue, the magazine's parent company had also run a premium rate 0898 telephone information line using the same name, presented by voice of now Radio 1 DJ Dave Pearce that invited MCs to call up and record their own rhyme after listening to the best rhyme of the previous week. The early issues were its biggest selling and saw Hunt bringing together a talented group of writers and photographers, including Ekow Eshun, Malu Halasa, Vie Marshall and Normski the future television presenter and celebrity, who was given his own section in the magazine to showcase his rap photography. Chris Hunt had two stints as Editor of the magazine before leaving the title for the final time in 1993. His longtime Deputy Editor Andy Cowan took over the title in November 1993 and although it has changed owners several times (Popular Publications, Future Publishing, Ministry Of Sound), HHC and Popular Publications were owned by Music Maker Publications throughout the early 1990s until Music Maker was acquired by Future Publishing. Future Publishing sold the title to Ministry Of Sound in 2000. The first Ministry issue featured Mariah Carey on the front cover. Ministry tried to continue with its 'female artists only' cover policy which had proved successful for their dance magazine but after Kelis and Lauryn Hill it became apparent that they were rapidly running out of suitable candidates. Ministry sold the title after one year and Andy Cowan continued to run and publish the magazine. In April 2006, Hip Hop Connection published its 200th consecutive edition, rerunning many of the classic rap interviews from its 18-year history. It is now owned by Cambridge based Infamous Ink.
Each year the magazine's writers and critics compiled a list of the best hiphop albums of the year in addition to a readers poll.
In 2009 the magazine published its final and 232nd issue.
Readers Greatest AlbumEdit
Readers Best Album Of The YearEdit
2008: Panacea - Scenic Route
Readers Best Single Of The YearEdit
2005: Klashnekoff - It's Murda
2002: Pharoahe Monch - Fuck You
1999: Canibus - Second Round Knockout
1997: Jeru The Damaja - Ya Playin Yaself
Readers Best Group Of The YearEdit
2001: Dilated Peoples
2000: The Roots
1999: Gang Starr
1998: Company Flow
1994: Wu-Tang Clan
Readers Best Of The 80sEdit
Best Group: Public Enemy
Best Rapper: Chuck D
Best DJ: Cash Money
Best British Artist: MC Duke
Best Record Label: Def Jam
Best Non Hiphop: Michael Jackson
Most Important Human Being: Nelson Mandela
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