Where is the Source?

First of all, Combat Jack, literally the blackest person I’ve ever seen (think Wesley Snipes), has got another post at dallaspenn.com going at Sickamore.

***

Speaking of which, if it’s cool for Sick (only six days left!) to repurpose garbage from AllHipHop’s message boards, I’m assuming it’s alright for me to do a post about the Source. It was, after all, once considered the bible of hip-hop. Now it appears as if it might actually be out of business.

You’ll recall that maybe a month or so ago I copped issues of both the Source and XXL, just to see what they’re like. I got the XXL with Jay-Z circa Reasonable Doubt on the cover and the special 200th issue of the Source, with Ice Cube – presumably the most prominent non-southern rapper who would agree to be featured on their cover at this stage.

I flipped through both of them, did a post on them, and read about as much of them as I could bring myself to read. While taking a shit, naturally. Another month or so went by, and last week, I figured what the fuck – I’ll go and cop this month’s issues of the two magazines as well. Maybe I could borrow a few ideas for posts from them.

I ended up copping the Lloyd Banks and Fiddy special weed carriers edition of XXL, despite the fact that I’ve now spent almost as much on this crap as it would cost for an actual subscription. But come to find out, there hasn’t been a new issue of the Source since the one with Ice Cube on the cover. In fact, I’m almost certain that the two or three copies of that shit still sitting there at my local Barnes and Noble were the same ones from more than a month prior.

Um, what the fuck?

Did the Source just go out of business and not tell anyone? The “special collector’s edition” of the Source, with Ice Cube on the cover, dates clear back to June of this year (it features album reviews of Mobb Deep’s Blood Money and LL Cool J’s Todd Smith), while the special weed carriers edition of XXL is their September issue. This would suggest to me that there should have been three issues of the Source released since then, i.e. a full fourth of a year’s worth.

I went to the Source’s website to see if there was a Dear John letter or anything posted, but there was nothing there other than a buncha advertisements for Foot Locker. In fact, the whole website has essentially become an advertisement for Foot Locker. (While you’re waiting for all the ads to load, you’re treated to a message that says, “Please wait. The hip-hop bible is on it’s (sic) way!”

There’s a link to something called the Source Blog, which claims it’s coming soon. I wonder if/when that will begin and how bad it will suck. With so many mainstream media organizations trying and failing to create successful blogs, I’m sure it’d be worth a lot of money to them to find someone who actually knew what they’re doing. In theory, at least.

On the outside chance that anyone here subscribes to the Source: What the fuck is going on? Did they send you a letter? Since obviously there aren’t any new issues of the Source to send, do they send you something else in its place? I’m tempted to send them $12 just to see what happens.

  • http://www.sickamore.com Sickamore

    Took him long enough

  • I Fux

    what ^ sickamore is alive

  • I Fux

    YO where is Bilal, 1st born 2nd is a classic

  • http://www.sickamore.com Sickamore

    I just read it…he made that whole thing up…

  • Killaaaaaaaa

    first bitches bol is gay

  • XRAY3000

    3rd..?

  • XRAY3000

    dammit!

  • Mighty Casey

    They got a new source out now with reviews of 6 month old albums. IIts on the newstand in NY. Its about violence in Hip-Hop.

  • http://XXLmag.com Brendan

    that email from Sickamore to Jack is obviously fabricated for a few reasons.

  • Spark

    Ya What the fuck is goin on over @ the Source???

  • I Fux

    I subscribed to the Source in 2001 or something and I would get my issue a month after it hit newstands or I wouldnt recieve it at all, so I called their Customer Service and I got some lady in Colorado and she wouldnt refund my money so I asked her if she could switch my subscription to something like Sports Illustrated and the lady did that and I had to pay like a difference of 10 bucks, best decision I ever made, now the only “hip-hop” magazine I subscribe to is Complex which is okay to say the most

  • http://www.supposedtobubble.blogspot.com buu

    i recently did some work at the source for the follow up issue to the 200th, and because of their recent financial ordeals they were forced to put a hold on the release of the july issue. its done though, and is apparently on its way to stores now….
    …just in time for september.

  • pop a poppa

    i picked up that issue wit Cube on the
    cover too. at the time when i got it
    i had no idea that the “Special
    Collectors’ Edition” meant that it
    would be the last issue.

  • Mr.Me

    Bol ya gay ass is in cahoots wit Combat Jack? Dont nobody repy to that guy so he musta paid you off to post his link. I notice you mentioned he’s black cuz everybody’s sayin he’s a white guy callin niggas jigs.
    Who cares about the Source? They been trash since 2000. Where’s Benzino at an how come he aint talkin now?

    3zUp!!!

  • http://thesource.com Tom Krackerman

    How do you guys like the new source site? I work for the marketing dept. at Footlocker and set up the deal. We had to sign up for 10 subscriptions to the magazine, and in turn got to have ads for our gnarley sneakers placed all over their site. Cool deal right? On top of that, for getting Benzino a job in our janitorial department they put our background up on their site too!
    Maybe we can work out a similar deal with your hip hop mag?

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    There’s another issue out on the news-stands right now. I saw it in my local 7-11 last nite. I can’t remember who was on the cover, but there is a new one.

  • http://www.myspace.com/xadam22 Adam22

    that’s a good point, i haven’t seen a new issue in forever. i wonder if bol is circumsized, you should write a blog about that.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    C. Jack vs S. More?

    zZzXxxZzzXzzxz

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >There’s another issue out on the news-stands right now. I saw it in my local 7-11 last nite. I can’t remember who was on the cover, but there is a new one.

    I read that somewhere else after I wrote this this morning, but then I also realized there’s been another issue of XXL since the special weed carriers edition, this one with ‘Pac on the cover.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    Well I definitely hope that the email was fabricated, but for wat its worth, that shit was funny.

    But i know Sic got more heart than that to go out like that.

    Its DIPSET Bitches!!!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Right, I skipped this quarters Curtis Jackson Suck Fest, but I got the ‘Pac issue, and at some point I’m gonna punch YN in the head for publishing pics of ‘Pac on a slab in a morgue, that shit was Missy-Naked fucked up.

    Only thing I remember about the Source cover is that there was some kinda r’n'b special in there…nullus.

  • thoreauly77

    for excellent hip-hop analysis on par with the sourse, please refer to its online counterpart, sohh.com.

  • thoreauly77

    shiot, i gotta go get the new copy. pac on a morgue-slab? surely you jest rey? though to be fair, he probably still has more swagger than anyone from g-unit, deader than ever.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    “You’ll recall that maybe a month or so ago I copped issues of both the Source and XXL, just to see what they’re like.”

    u a faggit ass nigga bol..a lyin ass faggit ass nigga..u know damn well u told us u didnt buy dem but u sat readin’ dem in barnes and noble drinkin’ milkshakes like sum turtleneck james van der beek faggit

    coward ass yello belly wilson really should give yo fat dumpster dwellin’ muskrat lookin ass a subsciption since u manage 2 hack a blog out on hea 5 days a week

    whu a cheap ass yello nigga..up yo subsciption game fo yo # 1 blogga, wilson u splinter lookin faggit

  • Tony Smalls

    Some of you may have issue with the email that I did indeed receive from Sickamore, but there is definitely no issue with the picture. Lip gloss man? I dunno dude.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    it wouldnt suprise me if dat email wus real..sickamore a funnystyle bitchmade ass nigga to go out like dat

    i heard he wus da personal cheesecake fetcha for beat street

  • John

    I saw the new issue this weekend. It has a gun on the cover and talks about violence in hip-hop. Step your game up Bol.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    lmao @ da gay sickamore pic doe..

    dammnnnnnnnnnnn, homie….u dont even look like a man, homie

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    dis comment on da dude blog made me laugh :

    ORT GREENZ PROJECTZ FINEST Says:
    August 28th, 2006 at 12:43 pm

    THANK GOD SOMEBODY BLEW THIS KID UP I MET THIS KID A FEW TIMES HE A REAL FAKE IT TO MAKE IT TYPE DUDE. REAL BUGI TYPE NEGRO TRYIN TO SIGHN PEOPLE BUT HE THINKS HES A RAPPER HOW HE ACTS. BUT AS SOON AS HE OPENS HIZ MOUTH U KNOW HES SOFT AND AS FAR AS THE COFFE AND NUTZ I CAN BELIVE HE WROTE THAT THE BOYS STR8 METROSEXUAL TRUST ME MEET HIM AND YOULL KNOW WHUT IM SAYIN IS TRUE OVER ALL THE BOYZ CONFUSED. CATZ THINK BEING REAL AND AND REALLY COMMING FROM THE STRUGGLES LIKE BUYING A FITTED CAP OR A CHAIN IN FULTON THEY THINK THEY WEAR THAT AND ALL OF A SUDEN THERE KILLA BEN OR SUPREME MAGNETIC YA NIGGAZ IS MORE LIKE WILL & GRACE – P.S. DONT MEAN TO HATE DOGGIE BUT I MET THE KID AND HE ALWAYS LEFT ME WITH A BAD TASTE IN MY MOUTH MUST BE THAT GAY ASS PERFUME HE WAS WEARING – 1

    ^^ LMAO…Sickamore be gettin’ sunt left right and center

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Tho–I shit you not. It’s not even that old rotten.com pic where it’s just him, they got cuts and shit all in him. It’s really disrespectful, not cuz he’s ‘Pac, but cuz he’s a human being. Not cool.

    lol @ Transi. I might ether Transi’s ass (oh man..no homo to the 4th power) every day (nohomonohomonohomo), but Transi’s shitting on YN (possibly some homo) makes me laugh every time.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Sickamore deserves it for all that 70s baby bashing shit he does.

    I still think Dude looks like Daddy Mac.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i dont think u could possibly ether any1 on hea rey..least of all da most g muhfucka da blog comment section game has eva seen aka me

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i think sickamore may be about 2 replace bol, drama and splinter nigga fo bein’ xxl’s most sunned blogga

    at least bol take his sunnings like a pro and keeps it poppin..drama and splinter shook as fuck and scurred nowadays

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Sure.

    Dude, pretty soon they’re gonna stop calling it ethered and start calling it “transi’d”.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Word, Drama & Splinter bounced.

  • Meka Soul

    “the source” is now competing with esteemed snot rags like “murdedog,” “don diva” & “word up!” now.

    losers.

    btw, “idlewild” flopped.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    yea..becuz i be knockin’ niggas out da game like dat..i be transi-in’ niggas..fo sho

    when you been rey’d dat mean u been dumped by sum wack ugly bitch and are now a fat emotinal spic kid who like fall out boy and who shop at tk maxx

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    >>>tHe tRaNsIeNt Says:

    August 28th, 2006 at 2:38 pm
    “i dont think u could possibly ether any1 on hea rey..least of all da most g muhfucka da blog comment section game has eva seen aka me”

    Uh…was any of that english? Or even ebonics?

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    i see dem homeless dirty ass niggas pushin shoppin carts and be like “yo.. disnigga been rey’d”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Hmm… It’s Marshalls, actually.

    Touche.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    LOL…

    Yeah, and then I see crackheads blowing some dude for money and I don’t really know which one I should say got “Transi’d”

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    # SICKAMORE (THE REAL ONE ) Says:
    August 28th, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    SICKMORES NEW MIXTAPE DROPPIN LIKE A HOMOZ DRAWZ YA HEARD !

    “YOUNG GAY & MUTHAF**IN ANUS” IN STORES NOW HOSTED BY RU PAUL

    FEATURING GUEST APREANCES BY QUEER EYES WHOLE CAST , WILL & GRACE

    AND OF COURSE RICHARD SIMMONS DONT MISS IT ITS BE A CL-ASS-SICK

    ALSO DONT MISS SICKAMORE IN HIS FIRST TELEVISION DEBUT ON QUEER AS FOLK STARING AS THE GAY RAPPER SHOWING ITS OK TO BE YOUNG GAY AND MUTHA F IN ANUS AS HE LIKES TO CALL IT FOR MORE INFO CONTACT : ARI GOLDS SECRATARY AT MAN2MAN@GAYOL.COM OR Sickamore.com

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Oh shit.. They beat you to it, huh Transi?

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    PLAYA U MAD FALSE
    ACTIN’ HARD WHEN YOU PUSSY AS REY-PAUL

  • BELIZE

    Bol SAys:
    While taking a shit, naturally.
    ^thats the only way i read xxl..haaa

  • Meka Soul

    i’ve decided to simply ignore the crack baby generation. they are responsible for the masterpieces “chicken noodle soup,” “chain hang low” & “peanut butter & jelly.”

    though those “pb ‘n j” guys look about 35 years old.

  • Meka Soul

    >^thats the only way i read xxl..haaa

    that’s the only way i read period.

  • BELIZE

    what up slow-fuk

  • Pingback: » Elderly Abuse - XXL

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    “rey-paul”?

    That’s honestly the best you could come up with?

    Do YOU, Bruce Lee Head Transi Milonakis.

  • BELIZE

    Meka Soul Says:

    August 28th, 2006 at 3:01 pm
    i’ve decided to simply ignore the crack baby generation. they are responsible for the masterpieces “chicken noodle soup,” “chain hang low” & “peanut butter & jelly.”

    ^Its funny how NY rappers wanna bring NY back….so they decided to chicken -noodle soup the game…haaaa whats next Dr.Phil’s hoez?

  • BELIZE

    Anybody remember when i told yall about that Dj Unk “walk it out” song? Its wack aint it…

    Meka…i proud to be a crack baby though…wouldnt have it any other way

  • LBDII

    It does seem as if the Source is done. But I just got the Pac Issue like yesterday and I saw the Cube Issue. Either way you do notice that the Source takes longer to release magazines now I think there about to go out of business.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I still haven’t heard chicken noodle soup.

    I heard the “walk it out” song…it gave me cholera.

    Hollaback Girl > Peanut Butter’n'Jelly & Chain Hang Low—and Hollaback Girl is the worst song of all time.

  • Meka Soul

    “the source” is now bi-monthly. which means they now have to compete with the likes of “king” & “smooth.”

    personally, i’d rather spend my hard-earned [no liberace] on magazines with half-assed women than on mags that showcase upcoming “rappers” from wyoming.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    switched up “rey-paul” sheek lyrics from “benjamins” (see how i got a reference 2 yo favorite label bad boy in dere, rey) >>>>>>>> any of rey corny ass disses

  • Meka Soul

    lol @ “cholera.” that takes me back to my “look what we learned today” days in junior high.

    if “pb ‘n j” gave you the heebie jeebies, “chicken noodle soup” is the audio equivalent of the bubonic plague.

  • http://myspace.com/belizeanbway Belize

    chicken noodle soup is a dance ala snapin and gay shit like that

    Dont know bout Hollaback Girl > Peanut Butter’n’Jelly & Chain Hang Low
    …dont think i can listen to dat BANNANA shit again..matter of fact i might hurt somebody hearing that shit again…

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    fo once i gotta agree wit da faggit ass dumped kanye stan – “hollaback girl” really is da worst song eva

  • Prince Of The South

    I been wondering when XXL was going to say something about this. I been looking for the new issue, but haven’t seen it, so I just assumed that they went out of business and that Elliot Wilson got a good laugh off it. Glad I’m subscribed to XXL than the Source because I get my issues on time. Benzino and Dave messed that magazine up. It’s sad that they that far into debt that they can’t put out a mag a month. Guess XXL do run things.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    It’s called an apostrophe, Transi.

  • Belize

    I fthe source got thier shit str8, id cop em again…especially since XXL been goin the Blaze route…whetevr happen to that mag anyway?

  • Meka Soul

    blaze went the way of “ego trip.”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I caught a couple of issues of the source after Ray & Dave were ousted and it wasn’t bad. They seemed to sincerely be sorry about how fucked up the magazine got.

    I’d read them if they had articles on A-List rappers.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    The best part of blaze was Jeru the Damaja slapping the shit outta someone who gave his album a bad review.

  • Meka Soul

    now people just make idle threats in “smack” dvds about shooting someone.

  • Belize

    Smack is joke..matter of fact most of these “hood” dvd’s are jokes. Its entertaining when im blowed though

    I liked the blaze issue with nas, when he was rockin the laker uniform (GO BULLS)

  • Belize

    Dont tell anybody but true story…
    transi=John Mark Karr
    congrats on not goin to jail…

  • Belize

    Mef album in stores tommorow…im actually excited..high hope playa…

  • RANDOMNAME

    Yo, Combat Jack long time no see. Can we get some more of your industry stories. I’m still putting people up on you’re top 5 Gulliest Moments in the industry from Byron’s site. Maybe he can post them up here but hopefully you can post some new stories.

    http://www.byroncrawford.com/2005/03/pete_rock_not_a.html

    http://www.byroncrawford.com/2005/03/p_diddy_gorilla.html

    http://www.byroncrawford.com/2005/04/i_smoked_a_blun.html

  • >>>>>>>>>>>ROC

    Ayo…can somebody tell me wtf are ya talkin about with that sickamore picture?

  • Adam_K

    There was a LONG fucking wait for the 200th issue. I remember getting the one before it with DMX on the cover right before school let out for the summer in late April-early May, and getting the one with Cube about three months later.

  • JLY

    FUCK THE SOURCE

  • JBeez

    Jesus, you weren’t kidding about the Foot Locker ads!

    What a bunch of nigger bullshit!!

  • nation of thugacation

    maybe the stockboy was slacking

  • New York Nigga

    INTERENT WARS HAZ BEGUN when that blog shit com on their gon be mad taggin between us and tha source shit iz gon be hilarious

  • http://www.myspace.com.com/donnygoines Donny Goines

    I hope it anit go outta business cuz I’m gonna be feautured as Unsigned Hype in the issue after A Pinks
    (I already seen that issue tho, it’s done)

  • Elijah NYROC

    Yo! on the source… dem muthafuckas aint been on point in years, with their subscriptions! I had a script for one year 03-04. I got 5 fucking mags!!!! called customer service and got an answer machine…fuck the source!!! Benzino free or not! sometimes you loose your shine…and someone else stands in the spot light…what it do, Green Lantern???? ROC

  • pop a poppa

    Bol likes his hip-hop smoothed out on the cafe latte tip.

  • XICO

    Eminem probably had a lil something to do with the fall of the Source.

  • ShadyNigga

    Fuck the Source

  • alleyeCNtower

    i hope its not true.
    they just cleaned up their staff, and we need a counter-point to XXL’s perspective…
    I hope The Source is still alive…

  • DeathrowInmate

    First off XXL a feds magazine, ya’ll some corporate HOUSE NIGGAZ workin for Interscope, thas y Gay Unit or Eminem almost always on tha cover, second off Source is THE HIP HOP bible, I think Dave Mays and Zino gonna get it back, and hopefully it’ll be number one again, cuz we cant have no feds magazines runnin hip hop.

  • icon

    Damn, u weren’t lying about the Foot Locker aspect of the Source’s site…I mean, what the fuck? Commercialism/selling out at its finest- I’m surprised it’s not Interscope logos, instead, though.

  • 11kap

    If the source is out of business, rap is dead.

  • The Originator

    BOL! You dumb ass The Source Is Not Dead. BOL! how the fuck did you get this job!!!!!!!!!

  • DeathrowInmate

    Source 4 Life, XXL a fukkin House magazine.

  • DeathrowInmate

    Bol u look like a house nigga too, cot damn.

  • Freshman_Woes

    XXL is better right now than the present Source but they have yet to be up there with the back in the day Source (Dre on the cover with a gun to his head). The only classic cover they have had is that first one with Em, Dre & 50. Other than that they’ve dick rode there way to the top.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mientrasviajo neutroweb

    why this magazines never land in other countries??? i mean… i only know about it cause the net but i’d wanna have that zine in my hands you know…

    to me SOURCE & XXL are one of my first viewing magazine…

    a todo esto, soy chileno. de santiago. me gustaria saber si puedo suscribirme a la revista y que hago para recibirla @ home.

    byte!.
    NEUTRO.
    http://www.delalmapro.cl

  • http://www.byron.com bol

    I eat shit.

  • http://myspace.com/hunterwun fosterakahunter

    Bol, you are whylin’! You should do like I used to do back in the 90s, before I completely stopped reading The Source (of that horrible smell.) Lift it from the newsstand. I did that for maybe a full 9 months before I just gave up hope. F@#k that rag. The print version of XXL is not much better, either, what with the obvious G-Unit bias/nutjocking.