According to the NY Post, XXL Magazine is the next print source to be put to bed after being purchased by Townsquare Media. While the magazine will exist online, it will no longer print and circulate in its original glossy form.
What does this mean for the culture? To many, not much. Digital media has steadily replaced traditional print methods for a decade, but there’s something to be said for grabbing your favorite mag in the airport or on vacation by the pool. XXL’s notoriety took off after their annual “Freshman List” became a battleground for discussion and debates the past few years. Let’s hope the reported 11 staff members who will be offered jobs keep their integrity in tact and continue to deliver the niche brand of hip-hop coverage we’ve come to expect over the last 17 years.