Editorial
We’re Gonna Make It

This month, after a 10-second by-myself meeting, I decided not to share a cover subject. I thought to myself, Hey, YN, that might not be the best thing for business. Plus, Christina Milian’s pretty ass is a singer, and this ain’t Hip-Hop Soul. (Cop that shit, scrubs. Bezo and the crew did their thing.) So instead, I sat back and analyzed this rap biz. And you know what—ain’t much going on. Seriously, I hate cats that spew that “rap is dead” talk every time we go a couple of months without a hot album. But I will admit, the state of the game is struggling right now, like that lanky left-hander Randy Johnson (sorry, Sherm). Hip-hop is still alive, though. But sadly, too many folks in it are passing away.

We’re halfway through the ’06, and the list of those who are no longer with us keeps growing. It’s no joking matter. Life is precious. But are we really acting like it? Proof is gone. He was known to the mainstream media as Eminem’s best friend, and regarded by his Detroit community as a local hero. I didn’t know the man, never met him. But his murder has touched many. Especially his fellow D12 members, who, in this tremendously difficult time, share their thoughts and reflections on a man who was so important in their lives. With strength and courage, they’d rather celebrate his life than mourn his death.

Speaking exclusively, Slim Shady assures us that he’ll still persevere through the pain. He pays homage to his friend who gave him the courage to believe that, even though he was White, his talent would silence the nonbelievers. Bizarre makes it clear that D12 will carry on ’cause that’s what Proof would want. Kon Artis reveals that this tragedy has affected his health. Kuniva reminisces on dude’s rambunctious side. Regrettably, Swifty’s thoughts couldn’t be included, due to his incarceration. So, instead we include the voices of the group’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, and Obie Trice. You will also hear from Proof, as we secured the final interview he ever gave. Unfortunately, all that is merely half the story.

Almost as disturbing as Proof’s death is the media frenzy that has surrounded it. I wasn’t there that night. Neither were any of the members of D12. Despite what you may have read elsewhere, the investigation is still ongoing. Nothing has been proven yet. Who shot whom? Who shot first? All we know is two people are dead and one is out on bail. Still, we at XXL take documenting this culture seriously. So we sent my homegirl Tamara Warren home to Detroit to sniff around, get the pulse of her city. She spoke to many people and got a witness who was there to bare all. This individual hasn’t even spoken to the police yet. We’re not saying his account is gospel, but this is quite a coup for the mag you hold in your hands. Once again, for the record, the investigation is still ongoing. Hopefully, by the time you read this, the truth will come to light.

On a lighter note, I want to shout-out my entire staff for their tremendous hard work in closing this very difficult issue. We might need to go on one of them Def Jam–like retreats soon if I keep working y’all muthafuckas down to the bone. The morale may get low at the corral every once in a while, but da boss man ’preciates the hard work. Those jerks out there will never know how hard it is to make it to the top and stay there. We falling off? They’ll be none of that.

In fact, as everyone knows, I’m expanding the brand and taking a stand against fraudulent rap Web sites that never lived up to their potential. The saddest thing in the world is wasted talent. We’ve done more in 11 weeks than you’ve done in 11 years? Allhiphop flip-flopped over you, and I’m gonna finish the job. Who stole the soul from sohh sohh? Your boy YN did. Convicted guilty, along with his co-D BFred. Shit, I went from hating on the blog world to running it. How real is that? Swagger-jack these nuts! Props to Fresh and Eskay for joining the team. And to the boy Byron “Heartless Bastard” Crawford: Can you slow your crazy ass down before I catch a case? Jesus, I might have to Billy Martin your ass in a minute.
XXL magazine and xxlmag.com. That’s pretty much all you need in your life.

God bless,

Elliott Wilson
Editor-In-Chief

  • http://cdbaby.com/606clique ICE MIZIKE

    don’t drop the ball on pacs 10 years gone please get on that a do a whole magazine on him not just some story dummies still talking bout big was better…yeah and dude done sold more than pac 2 right? yeah right. it’s 2 late to do it for his bday so for sep yall gotta shit on the sauce and vibe-rator…they know they shit is a mess..just full of adds no stories….fuck’em yn i’m with you…oh yeah i need a job nigga..lol

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  • Hannah Smith

    “Still, we at XXL take documenting this culture seriously.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new comedy winner…

  • bob

    you arent running anything but your mouth elliot.

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  • http://None RoJo

    How about a Hypnotize Minds cover, or how about some news on the release date of the new Lil Wyte Album, or any other album coming from that label.

  • Charles

    You must be kidding me?!? This is your idea of a serious story about the shooting of Proof?

    This is honestly the most vacuous piece of tripe I has ever seen published.

    C’mon! I have never read anything like this in any national magazine. PERIOD.

    The so-called editors of this rag should be lined up and slapped in their asses with the credentials that got them their jobs.

    You have lost all semblince of credibility. I hereby revoke your press passes.

    That was utter bullshit!

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  • hannah smith

    Yup, XXL has become everything the Source was when they rallied against it. Congratulations!

  • khalil

    i love how you remember a murderer so eloquently.When are we in the african american community going to recognize that just because proff was “famous” does not mean he was innocent he shot first killing a man he was killed by the other gaurd end of discussion a murderer with a record deal is still a murderer

  • John

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