#36. Rawkus w/ 12" (Stress, 1998)


Issue: March/April 1998
Art Direction: ((Stereo-Type))
Photography: Malik Yusef

Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star was perhaps the most anticipated project of the Rawkus label's brief underground reign, so fans were appropriately psyched when Stress debuted their Boogie Down Productions-inspired first single "Definition" as a freebee tie-in to their Rawkus feature.

The cover had a die-cut window revealing a flexi-disc—a paper thin 7" that fits between the pages of a magazine and was popular amongst teenybopper fan clubbers in the '60s and '70s—peaking through the cover alongside Rawkus' ubiquitous razor blade.