It’s been 10 solid years and they’re still going strong.
XXL one of hip-hop’s most respected entertainment bibles celebrates there 10th year of making it to the newsstands.
From the very first time Jonathan was ever commissioned to shoot for the magazine, (he shot the front cover of Raekwon in 1998 Issue 4) it set the precedent for what has now become a great partnership.
See below for highlights on all cover shoots shot by Jon thus far…
“Jonathan has shot many striking covers for XXL, but there are three that do stick to mind as exceptionally standout covers. The first being our 50th issue cover with guest editor 50 Cent. We had photographed 50 a few times before, however this particular shoot really broke the mold of how 50 had been portrayed in the media. Jonathan broke the ‘in your face,’ hard, street attitude and showed him in a more sophisticated light. We were able to see a glimpse in to the luxuries and sophistication of his recently gained fame. Doing all of this whilst still keeping his attitude and swagger.
“The second would have to be our October 2003 cover with Afeni Shakur. This cover image speaks for itself. It’s probably the most powerful cover image that we have ever run. The soft intensity in her eyes and her hands raised to her face show an immense love for her son, Tupac Shakur.
“The third being Jonathan’s second cover for XXL, Issue #8, with Cash Money. This cover image really set the tone for what was to become one of XXL’s strongest visual elements. It opened up the doors to photograph many more covers and feature’s of future rappers in their own environment. Allowing our audience to get a glimpse into the gritty world of where most of the rappers we’ve covered have grown up in.”
- Sally Berman
Photo Editor, XXL Magazine