First issue of chicago rocks was launched in August of 1993. 24 page black & white press run of 80 copies were released. The first issue included only two stories with 40 photos.
The idea at first was to publish a book on Chicago Hip hop called the Real Deal only after realizing how hard it would be to provide the funding did we originate the concept of Chicago Rocks.
It was placed in four stores then: the Yard, Triple XXX, Wear It's At, and Underground Wheels. Our subscription rate was $12.00 for 12 issues a year. We received our first subscriber on Dec 28, 1993. We published 5 issues in 1993 with a total circulation of 500 copies that year.