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XXL's March 2012 issue will feature a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., who appears on it's cover. The tribute includes 40 never before seen pictures and interviews with his kids, their mothers and Junior M.A.F.I.A.

The cover asks the question, "Was 1997 the Best Year in Hip-Hop?" That year, Bad Boy and Diddy ruled the charts. The issue hits newsstands on February 7.