Faithful

“Just think about when I swipe the throne/And even worst than that, just think when Mys come home.”
—Jae Millz, “Who”

My wifey’s got a thing for Mysonne. Get your mind out the gutter, fuckers. I don’t mean it like that. Shit, she’ll have a band to accompany the rock on her fourth finger, left hand by the time this mag reaches your sweaty palms. Fuck Nas, I’m getting married! Anyway, Dany’s got love for the cat who was a Violator way before 50 Cent. Two songs off the first of those Chris Lighty compilations stay in rotation at mi casa. No, not that Ruff Ryders joint. Mys, like far too many rappers, finds himself behind bars. And it’s to those forgotten and not-so-forgotten MCs that we present XXL’s first-annual Jail Issue (hopefully there won’t be reason to do a second).

On the real, when V. Satten first approached me about this concept, I dissed and dismissed it mostly because it had been done before—badly. But she convinced me that it’s about more than mug shots. We spoke to 13 currently incarcerated rap artists about what it’s really like to be in jail. How does one survive when one’s freedom is taken away? And let us not forget cats like T.I., Styles and Ras Kass, who found themselves in the same predicament not too long ago. Is there really such a thing as rehabilitation? Why are so many African-Americans locked up? Are we all being monitored and targeted by the federal government? Can a brother get a table dance?… My bad. Things were getting too serious. I’m Sirius (Shade 45 mag comin’, haters!).

Seriously, when it came time to decide on our cover, instead of slapping on another picture of Shyne and running our historic interview for the third time, we hit up Tony Yayo. That’s right, Tony Yayo from G-Unit Records. Tony Yayo who’s also signed to Jimmy Iovine’s label. And who’s that by his side, 50 Cent? Curtis “Interscope” Jackson! Oh, you bloggers are gonna dislocate your fingers typin’ so hard when you peep this issue—front and back. We got the Internet goin’ nuts like Paul Wall. Pray for my downfall. I feel sorry for all y’all mothers. YN is here to move units, kids. Hate it or love it, my certified ABC numbers don’t lie.

Clearly the real Talk of New York is the ultimate come-home-from-jail success story. Go put your “Free Yayo” T-shirt back in the closet. Tony’s home and I heard his new album, and the shit is flames. Looks like another platinum plaque for hip-hop’s hottest click. Even with Game gone, the Guerillas are still trouncing you little monkeys. And if 50 took time off from shootin’ his 8 Mile to speak to you other wack rags, I’m sure you’d take the call. Especially since it’s the first time he’s broken his silence on the press conference with Chuck Taylor and all the “Piggy Bank” answer records. Tell me you’re not gonna read his words, you stupid muthafuckas.

Even smart folks like me are baffled at Lil’ Kim’s chutzpah. Why did shorty really think she could get away with lying to the feds? Adam Matthews went to court and watched the circus every day. He and his codefendant, Dave Bry, provide us with evidence that fibbing can fuck up your life. Even one of the men behind the drama, D. Roc, writes us from the pen to throw his two cents in. Damn, you have to wonder what B.I.G. would make of all this. And what’s up with all the snitching talk? Well, like Dame Dash said, you gotta call it the way you see it, but Cease is my dude.

Speaking of Roc La Familia: You requested it, so rewind. Spoke to Hov, and everything’s a go. The Black JFK and his cabinet will be in full effect next month. Finally, a cover not involving an Interscope artist that will actually sell. I couldn’t be happier. Can I get a G clap? I wish I could give you this feeling. Being on top of the rap mag game and finally finding true happiness in your personal life. Yeah, I know about my former foes’ problems, but don’t call me for comments and I don’t sign petitions (it’s two T’s, chumps). If you think I’ve gone soft, fuck off. I’m in love with a strong Black woman who’s simply made my life complete. She’s a blessing and my best friend. Now, if I could just erase that Mysonne shit off her iPod when she goes to sleep…

Off to my bachelor party,

Elliott Wilson
Editor-In-Chief

P.S. I forgot to shout the homie Brendan Frederick for lacing me with the mp3’s last month. Good lookin’! Again, if you’re upset by the cover, you can hit me at Mike Jones’ phone number or e-mail me at kissmyyellowassimsellingmags@xxlmag.com. I’ll holla!

  • bluerid

    yo i understand excactly what 50 is saying to me he says dont fuck me up because then i will have to fuck you up and then we both end up hurting.so dont think i dont understand what u guys saying.

  • bluerid

    jezus marshall the shit we go trough i told you before marshall i aint fucking with g unit.damn.

  • bluerid

    if it wasnt for you marshall i prolly be shot more then a million times already dont think i dont know that.and i respect and love you more then anything in this world.

  • bluerid

    and you better not be having strippers at your bacholar party marshall doing lapdances and shit laugh now cry later indeed.

  • bluerid

    hahhaha that guy on mtv keeps repeating himself hilarious.just like u marshall have to do with me always.what a nice life we will get lmao at that easy asian chick that already wetted her panties before that guy even opened his mouth.i aint got nothing to worry bout no more thanks to you marshall hope to see you soon.in real life u only need to say it once though.ok have fun on your bachalor party dont wanna know bout that.

  • bluerid

    you are my king.

  • bluerid

    lose yourself.u spoken.tear this motherfucking roof down like two dogs caged.!!!!!!!!!!this is our life.and you king now.loveyoumore.

  • bluerid

    so here i go heres my shot marshall i want you and no one else.

  • bluerid

    adrenaline rush….

  • bluerid

    love me.50 cent eminem obie trice

  • bluerid

    ok im ”gone” showing love by shutting up now.

  • bluerid

    it sunk in marshall.i love YOU marshall.and i just realized what that means.only your voice from now on.only us.*puts headphones on*

  • bluerid

    this was my shot please fail me not.

  • bluerid

    i just have had the biggest shock in my life so excuse me for that ok.im going to listen some regea music amd chill. if i faint when i see you marshall then just drag me allong ok?
    thank god tommorrow i have an intake for therapy.

  • bluerid

    fuck it im going to listen to tracy chapman-freedom now

  • bluerid

    be carefull of my heart-tracy chapman

    peace .marjon now i lost everything to you nothing left to say.

  • bluerid

    but you knew i was born to fight.im going to take a bath now marshall u just totally wrecked me.

  • bluerid

    THIS TIME-tracy chapman
    GO LISTEN TO THAT RECORD MARSHALL.

  • bluerid

    listening that i would be good-alanis

    xx loveyoumore the way i am inlifeanddeath

  • bluerid

    head over feet-alanis

  • bluerid

    im cracking up saaying this guy on mtv that says he gonna jump of a bridge then the other guy says is thst legal?HAHAHAHA dayum

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