Scratch Magazine Calls It Quits, 50 Cent & Timbaland Grace Last Cover
The final cover will feature 50 Cent and super-producer Timbaland on its 20th issue with additional stories on Just Blaze, David Banner, The Alchemist, Irv Gotti, The RZA, 9th Wonder and a special feature on Chicago "Juke" music.
Editor-In Chief of XXL magazine Elliot Wilson had recently taken over an advisory role over the publication as the magazine was transformed into XXL Presents: Scratch. The move was intended to revamp the mag to appeal to a wider audience while still keeping its core fan base of DJ, producer, and engineer enthusiests. The first issue of the newly fused magazine hit newsstands on February 6 and saw XXL online editor Brendan Frederick as the editor-in-chief.
"We're taking XXL's savvy take on hip-hop one level deeper with the new Scratch," Frederick explained. "While XXL focuses on MC's personalities, Scratch will dissect the art of making music. Since the magazine already has a solid foundation with producers and DJs, we're focusing on attracting the everyday hip-hop fan who wants to discover the blood, sweat and tears that goes into popular music's most innovative genre."
According to the magazine's Myspace page, the Scratch staff is positive about the magazine's end, saying, "But don't mourn us, remember the good times, rap nerds!"