If one was to trace the roots of Bay Area hip-hop the common thread would be the legendary Bomb magazine created by Bay Area dj David Paul in 1991. The black & white 'zine focuses on all four elements (djing, mcing, graffiti, breakin') of the hip-hop culture on the local, national and international level. The caliber of writers that wrote for the Bomb during it's existence (1991-1996) was extraordinary, writers like Funken-Klein (R.I.P.), Billy Jam, Spence Dookey, Cheo Coker, Jazzbo, Faisal Ahmed, Dave Tompkins, DJ Shadow, Kutmasta Kurt and many others who have all wrote or are currently writing for major publications or have moved on to other fields of the music industry. At that time there were very few other hip-hop publications and the large ones didn't really cover independent or new groups so the publication was well received by hip-hop fans throughout the world.

October 1991 , Issue #1
Cypress Hill, W.C. & The Maad Circle, Leaders Of The New School, Rap Music In Australia

November 1991 , Issue #2
Raw Fusion, Gang Starr, Resident Alien, Def Jef, Next-Alternatives to Shopping Your Demo

December 1991 , Issue #3
Marley Marl, Del the Funky Homosapien, Black Sheep, KRS-One, Hip-Hop & Acid Jazz, U.K. Hip-Hop, Next-Starting Your Own Label Part #1

January 1992 , Issue #4
Midnight Voices, 2nd II None, UMC’s, Industry Rule #4080, Next-Starting Your Own Label Part #2, Graffiti-Word Warrior

February 1992 , #5
Organized Konfusion, Paris, PM Dawn, DJ’s - Know Your History, Next - Starting Your Own Label Part #3, Bay Area Rap Radio

March 1992 , #6
Lord Finesse, Cypress Hill, Chi Ali, Rap & Radio, Next - Shooting Your Own Music Video

April 1992 , #7
X-Clan, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Das EFX, L.A. Rap Radio, Keep Sampling, Next - Preparing For Live Shows

May 1992 , #8
Fu-Schnickens, House Of Pain, Positive K, Arrested Development, Graffiti - From Destructive To Constructive

June 1992 , #9
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Gang Starr, Spice One, A Guide To Breakbeats

July/August 1992 , #10
EPMD, Showbiz & A.G., Nice & Smooth, Open Letter to the Hip-Hop Community

September 1992 , #11
Too Short, Super Cat, MC Serch, Crazy Legs, NMS Review, Bay Area Indy Labels

October 1992 , #12
Grand Puba, DJ Quik, Redman, Freestyle Fellowship, Asian American Rap

November 1992 , #13
Chubb Rock, Double XX Posse, Beastie Boys, MC Ren, Next - DJ 70(Yo, Sample This!)

December 1992 , #14
Chuck D, Lench Mob, Pharcyde, Diamond D, Chung King House of Metal

January 1993 , #15

Ice Cube, Kool G Rap, Brand Nubian, Nasty Nas, Comptons Most Wanted

February 1993 , #16
Paris, Eazy E, Common Sense, Apache, Hey Theres Too Many Blacks in the Lobby

March 1993 , #17
Run DMC, Above The Law, The Goats, Mr. Paul Mooney, Rock Steady DJ’s, Dangerous Dame

April 1993 , #18
Ice T, Heavy D, Chris Rock, Ali Dee, Onyx

May 1993 , #19
Pete Nice & Daddy Rich, Lords of the Underground, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Kemelions, Underground Rebellion

June 1993 , #20
Cypress Hill, Masta Ace, The Coup, Da Youngstas, Positive K, Mac Dre

July/August 1993 , #21
Guru, Souls Of Mischief, Ant Banks, Mad Flava, Boss, Beatnuts, Crayone

September 1993 , #22
Ultramagnetic MCs, Erick Sermon, Private Investigators, Leaders Of The New School, The Click, Tim Dog

October 1993 , #23
De La Soul, Krs One, Dre Dog, Lin Que, Intelligent Hoodlum, John Woo

November 1993 , #24
Tribe Called Quest, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Alkaholiks, Fat Joe, Akinyele

December 1993 , #25
Ice Cube, Scarface, Dred Scott, Coolio

January 1994 , #26
Wu Tang Clan, Melle Mel, Red Fox, Conscious Daughters, Aztlan Nation, Jeru Tha Damaja

February 1994 , #27

Das EFX, Yaggfu Front, J.T. the Bigga Figga, Hijack, Volume 10, Nefertiti

March 1994 , #28

Schoolly D, Daddy O, Nas, Main Source

April 1994 , #29
Special Graffiti Issue

May 1994 , #30

Raw Fusion, YZ, Kurious, UMC's

June 1994 , #31
House Of Pain, M.O.P., Threat, Gravediggaz

July/Aug. 1994 , #32
Beastie Boys, MC Eiht, Warren G

September 1994 , #33
Artifacts, Champ MC, Ill & Al Skratch, Da Bush Babees, O.C.

October 1994, #34

Organized Konfusion, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Saafir the Saucee Nomad

November 1994 , #35
Method Man, Paris, Kinetic Effect, Craig Mack, Common Sense, Maestro Fresh Wes

December/ Jan. 1994/1995 , #36
The Coup, Nonce, Keenen Ivory Wayans

February 1995, #37
Notorious Big, Nine, King Sun, Midnight Voices

March 1995 , #38
Lords of the Underground, Above The Law, B.U.M.S, The Roots, Words from Bambaataa, Jemini

April 1995 , #39
Big L, Ras Kass

May 1995 , #40

Special Comic Book Issue plus Ol' Dirty Bastard

June/July 1995 , #41
Alkaholiks, Funk Doobiest, King Tee, Russell Simmons, Breakbeats, Branford Marsalis

August/September 1995 , #42
Masta Ace Inc., Naughty By Nature, Hip-Hop in Australia, Mack 10

October/November 1995 , #43
Special Issue: Hip-Hop In Japan

December/January 1995/1996 #44
Tony Da Skitzo, Just Ice, Serch, Askari X, Luniz

Febuary/March 1996 , #45
Special Mail Order Issue

April/May 1996 , #46
Special Issue : Hip-Hop in Europe

June/July 1996 , #47
Special Graffiti Photo Issue

August/September 1996 , #48
The Final Issue

March 2003, #49
Comeback Issue : Necro, Mr. Lif, J-Live, AJ Roc of JVC Force, Shorty of Lench Mob, The Truth About the Music Industry