Nostalgic Hip Hop fans can look forward to the revival of a historic magazine.
Over The Edge Books plans to publish two Murder Dog volumes consisting of content from the publication’s 20-year archive.
Murder Dog operated as an independent magazine and was run by Black Dog Bone, a Sri-Lankan man who conceived the idea as a student at the Art Institute in San Francisco.
The publication was based in Vallejo, California and Murder Dog highlighted many of the West Coast’s burgeoning artists, but it also broke rappers from the South, Midwest and East Coast.
Many of the covers were raw, featuring up-and-coming rappers in a natural state, opposed to the spruced up versions other mags offered.
For example, Murder Dog released a cover of a shirtless E-40 – long before Rick Ross’ Rolling Stone cover – Tech N9ne holding a tec 9 firearm and Too $hort in between two ladies dressed in bikinis, among others.
The first book Over The Edge plans to release will pay homage to many of Murder Dog’s memorable covers.
Fittingly, The Game’s gun-toting cover will appear on the front of the book.
Murder Dog: The Covers, Volume 1 includes covers of 50 cent, OutKast, Ice Cube, YG, Raekwon, The Game, E-40, Three 6 Mafia, 2 Chainz, Cash Money, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, Master P, Mac Dre, Tech N9ne, ICP, Mobb Deep, UGK, T.I. and Too $hort.
Murder Dog: The Covers, Volume 1 will reportedly be released in the first quarter of 2015. The second volume is slated to include exclusive interviews and content from Murder Dog’s treasure-filled trove.
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