XXL celebrates 40 years of hip-hop with five special anniversary covers featuring Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Outkast and LL Cool J.

The five collector’s edition tribute covers feature some of the biggest stars in hip-hop to grace XXL over the years.

Inside, the publication lists the most important songs and albums from 1973 - 2013 to mark the milestone. The rest of the issue includes a feature about Tech N9ne and Strange Music as well as Bun B.

These special magazines hit stands nationally on Dec. 31.

Peep the covers below.

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