Bay Area magazine Murder Dog turns 20 years old this spring. The internationally-distributed magazine founded by Editor-In-Chief Black Dog Bone has been a groundbreaking publication for Gangsta Rap and independent Hip Hop for two full decades, publishing out of Vallejo California.

“Amongst the existing magazines,” explains B.D.B., “Murder Dog is the only one with all original owners and staff—and its original vision.” Bone also adds that in a competitive marketplace, Murder Dog has been an influential tastemaker true to its core. “Rick Ross, Three 6 Mafia, Master P, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, 50 Cent, Machine Gun Kelly, we were the first to put these artists on our cover.”

“I still have a special framed copy of the Three 6 [Mafia] cover with us holding the guns, and the one with me wearing the 666 shirt,” said DJ Paul of his crew, in a press statement. “Murder Dog brought the South and West coast together, and helped all us get fans and each others’ market.”

Murder Dog‘s latest issue includes interviews from Pusha T, Freddie Gibbs, Tech N9ne, DJ Khaled and Jacka and Husalah of Mob Figaz. For more information, visit the magazine’s website.

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