Editorial:
Stand Up Guy

jaynas.jpgYour boy YN is just about to put another issue to bed, and I’m patiently waiting for Jay-Z to call me. I mean, President Carter. You see, we’re not on the same page right now. He, LA Reid and some publicist named Gabe—whose last name I can never pronounce, and who has a personal blog where he posted pics from this issue’s Ghostface aquarium shoot months ago (way to go, wet wipe)—have made a simple request: put Nas on the cover in a couple of months. I say, nah. Heck nah. And you know, it’s not like I never done it before. Anyone remember the QB soldier lighting the match and burning a couple of hip-hop magazines down to a crisp? That was a powerful statement at the time.

To be fair, one of the most successful issues I ever did featured Nas on the cover dressed in a bumble bee fur coat. Even the presence of the Bravehearts—whom Nasir insisted be included—didn’t discourage droves of rap fans from grabbing the issue off newsstands. But the reason that popped off majorly was the timing; it followed a Jay-Z cover. These two rap giants were still in the midst of arguably hip-hop’s biggest battle. Today, they’re Kool and the Gang. So why can’t YN benefit? Props to Sway and Touré, but I’m EJ (Elliott Jr.); I do things my way. Unquestionably, I have the top rap mag in the game. Who better to bring the bosses together? I mean no Killa Cam–like disrespect, but I hope that Hova lives up to his comments about reconciling publicly to show hip-hop culture another way. There’s no better way to back up that statement than gracing the cover of XXL’s anniversary issue with his former rival. The hip-hop nation wants it, and I want to give it to ’em.

Something else only I can give hip-hop: Shyne Po. Here’s a man who’s given me a lot
during my tenure as the YNIC of XXL, and who has also had his fair share of disagreements with the home of the tone arm. Yeah, his government name may change, but homie’s status hasn’t. ’Nessa and I trekked upstate in the blistering cold to holla at hip-hop’s most known incarcerated scarface. Shyne and I spoke for hours. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the exchange that made the cut. Honestly, it was good just to see Frances’ baby boy. I can’t fully imagine all that the family’s been through. Shyne’s strength of character is remarkable. I hope that he will be able to touch the town soon. “Shyne is Free”—now that’s a muthafuckin’ best-selling cover!

Although disappointed with her record sales, Lil’ Kim remains at the top spot of the female rap game (sorry, Rem) and shares the spotlight with her first interview from behind bars. My ego trip life partner Chairman Mao’s better half, Andréa, does the honors. And even though she couldn’t get the face-to-face, her phone convo gets real personal. You greedy gossip-mongers are the beneficiaries. No, we couldn’t get cameras in that Philly fed pen. So we’re just gonna have to take her word that no one cut her hair, she hasn’t fully let herself go like Janet and that her ta-tas are working just fine—thank you very much.

Thanks to all the Internet heads for embracing the promising start of xxlmag.com. Please believe, these are just baby steps. Soon we’ll be walking, running and eventually stomping on any and all competition. It ain’t personal; it’s just business—big, nasty corporate business that’ll make any keyboard-pushing purist sick to his or her stomach. Grow up, young’ns! I’ll teach you how to stunt and keep your integrity. Anything I’ve applied my mind, body and soul to has always produced phenomenal results. You do the research on that. To put it more simply, numbskulls: Ride with us, or collide with us. Either, or.

Tell me when to go,

Elliott Wilson
Editor-In-Chief

P.S. Hov just rang the phone. It ain’t happening. Stay tuned.

  • oklahoma

    bull shit enuff said good luck nas

  • Joe Stassi

    Im Joe Stassi. Im 1 of 4 members of a North Philly rap group called the Lyrical Assassins. We live in Hunting Park.I want to know how would we go about getting a spot in XXL? There are 3 other members- Phoen Lucciano, Tay Teflon, O Suprano- and 1 deceased member- my brother Steve a.k.a. Kananda. We’ve recorded and released a group project- “We Are The Champions”-and a DVD- “A.T.M. Assassins The Movement Presents: HP’S Finest- The Fallen Soldier Edition”, which includes a featured soundtrack. I’ve recorded and released a solo mixtape-”The Best Of Joe Stassi”, I’m recording a duo project with group member Tay Teflon- “Hollyhood”, and I’m working on “The Best Of Joe Stassi: Skimask Edition”. We also have a website under construction. Coming soon: HP Radio, and solo projects from the rest of the Lyrical Assassins.Please send us some info on how we can be acknowledged in XXL.

  • bluerid

    bullshit nuff said good luck nas.you and jay the most fucked up persons in hiphopindustry fo life.

  • BALEEVIT

    PEACE AT LAST. CAUSE I AM SICK OF ALL DAT BULLSHIT 50 CENT HAS BEEN FEEDIN THE WORLD!

  • E to tha C

    So Elliott frontin on the Nas cover like he standing against kickbacks and Payola? What about all that cash he received from Interscope for G Unit ass kissin?