#5. Eminem, Dr. Dre, & 50 Cent (XXL, 2003)


Issue: March 2003
Art Direction: Rommel S. Alama & Davina A. Lennard
Photography: Sacha Waldman

Officially marking the beginning of the era of the Aftermath/Shady/G-Unit hydra, XXL featured all three figureheads on this '03 cover, released weeks before 50's blockbuster, Get Rich Or Die Tryin'.

Embattled by Murder Inc. and Benzino, this cover served as a statement of power, bringing the trio together for the first time publicly, and gave the three the opportunity to address and dismiss their detractors as a unit.

The striking image, controversial cover story, and overwhelming buzz shared by Em, 50, and Dre, would propel this issue of XXL to be the magazine's all-time highest seller.