Brooklyn's beloved hip-hop mag is back on the shelves.
Brooklyn-based urban lifestyle magazine Mass Appeal is back in print after a 5-year hiatus, with Earl Sweatshirt gracing the cover of their 52nd issueÂ alongside Blake Anderson of Workaholics fame. The magazine functioned onlineÂ in aÂ reduced capacityÂ while it was out of print.
The rag began as graffiti zine in 1996 and grew into an alternativeÂ trendsetting publicationÂ covering a breadth of topics including film, video games, vehicles, street wear, skateboarding and hip-hop culture in general.Â
In the featureÂ interview with writer Gabe Alvarez, Earl expresses hisÂ appreciationÂ of mystery in music:Â
"Mystery is the fuckinâ best when it comes to music, though. Like I wish Fly Lo had stayed Captain Murphy forever. Like [if] youâd never seen DOOMâs face. Like you never truly [knew] what happened with Eminem and his childhood and shit. Andre 3000 has done like 12 verses since 2002 and is like the best. So being mysterious, if used correctly, can work in your favor.â
Previous columnists included NYC rapper and film buffÂ R.A. The Rugged Man andÂ LA graffiti/tattooÂ artist Mr. Cartoon. There's no word yet as to who will beÂ contributing to this new manifestation of the publication.Â
Keep an eye on the shelves for the new edition.