Damn that's nice. Slick. Totally appropriate for a hip hop mag. Music's perfect. The graphics and flash are great. Sorry I can't be more critical I don't find the *'s tacky at all, just slows down the read a little. Things would be so much more interesting around here if more pages like that were posted (no offense to anybody!!!)
The horizontal scroll forces frames on the designer, and I doubt it would be convenient to read when you have large quantities of text that don't break off so easily into seperate chunks.
The graphics however were very nice, and one thing I will admit. It's obvious that the user is supposed to scroll horizontally, and I think it made me MORE likely to scroll the whole page, although that might have been because of the novelty of the layout.
I think it works quite well in this regard (An "About Us" Page), but I don't think it would work for every page in the site, and then you get it problems of having different navigation systems on different pages, which I don't think would be benificial to commercial sites, or sites which target broader audiences.
Keep working on it though, you may find a really cool use for it!