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Remember the excitement we shared when we visited the local newsstand to buy our favorite Rap and/or Hip-Hop publications? Now in the digital age that feeling is becoming purely nostalgia.

But those who grew up in the print era know how important certain issues were for the culture. New superstars were introduced to us, we got the report card on highly anticipated albums and at times the headlines told us a truth that we did not want to hear.

Yes, the stories were what kept us reading, but the covers truly set the tone. Whether it was a themed photo shoot or just a great candid  moment captured, some issues were worth the purchase price in that first impression alone.

So we look back and present the 15 greatest Hip-Hop magazine covers of all time.

Let us know which issues you still have in the stash in the comments section.

Photo: Vibe

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