Editorial: Release Therapy

Today ain’t the day, and I ain’t the one. To be perfectly honest, I sometimes get sick of this shit. This editorial shit. This bare-your-inner-soul-on-the-page-next-to-the-masthead mess. This YN persona—the monster I created. You wanna know how I really feel about things? Jay-Z’s return to rap? Diddy getting his swagger back? 50 Cent diving headfirst into the mixtape scene again? Why the Clipse got an XXL in the issue? Is it definitely over for OutKast this time? Will the Nas album really come out this year? Well, I got answers, but I ain’t sharing.

You see, it’s not good for business, so it’s none of your business. The hip-hop industry is so suspect right now I might have to chomp on my pacifier until I retire.

Also trying to hold his tongue is this month’s cover star, The Game. Our favorite Blood doesn’t throw Curtis under the bus. In fact, he reaches out for a cease-fire. (I assume the freestyle he just put out over the Lloyd Banks beat was recorded before the interview. Or dare I say Game is talking out both sides of his mouth?) Hey, didn’t these guys try to make nice before? Wasn’t there some press conference? Anyway, don’t expect to see Fif and Chuck Taylor sittin’ side by side at the VMAs no time soon. And no, at press time we still don’t know if Dr. Dre’s production is gonna be on the Doctor’s Advocate. Or is the shit called Devil’s Advocate? Only time will tell, so go to hell.

Still, I gotta give the West Coast savior his props. I got a stinking suspicion that dude is gonna slide right by the sophomore jinx. Let’s put our money up: I got 5Gs on J.T. You’ll see. In fact, it’s probably the best thing for hip-hop. Great Game leads to a terrific third album by Fif and then comes Em and, dare we say, Dre. Then maybe ’07 won’t suck a big one the way ’06 has. Gotta have hope when shit ain’t dope. Seriously, can you believe that T.I. has the only album to come out this year and move over a million units? What are you fuckers listening to? Downloading all your favorite songs on your iPods now?

This was the year the Internet stuck its foot up hip-hop’s ass. You MCs aren’t making entire albums worth coppin’, so no one’s coppin’ ’em. The kids are just taking a couple of your hot joints and putting them on their own personal playlist, next to their seventeen favorite Southern joints. I went with the wife to a Mets game the other night, and some racist cracker in front of me was really getting his “Shoulder Lean” on. I almost wanted to hurl my hot dog up. Thank God, Yung Joc didn’t come on, or dude might have knocked my beer out my hand doin’ that damn motorcycle dance. Yeah, we keep puttin’ out the hits but the genre’s going to bits. It’s the pits. How many of these scrubs will even be around next year? I think y’all know the answer.

I don’t know how we’re goin’ to get our Games People Play column done now that my homie Just Blaze has retired. I remember betting my former lifestyle editor Paula T. 500 bones that Mr. Smith wouldn’t last a year. Instead, he did three and change. How real is that? Plus, dude DJed my wedding—not on some industry shit, on some real-life shit. So for that, my man will always have a special place in my heart. Let’s just make sure that Saigon album lives up to the hype. Or else!

Also bidding us adieu is Ms. Mary Choi, who leaves XXL after this joint hits the streets. She’s held me down on the personal and professional through the good and the bad days, and I’ll always be there for her if she needs me. She probably won’t though. She’s one tough Korean broad who I don’t worry about. Don’t hurt ’em, H.K. Ha!

I need Jesus in my life,

Elliott “Many Money-Makin’ Ways” Wilson

P.S. Forgot to shout out the dynamic duo Davina and Mike for the dandy redesign. Let’s get it!

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  • lukee lefty

    yo man…..just give NaS the cover okay ??? i know, i know it would be historic to have the two of them on the cover but……just give it to NaS i mean you guys are all hella sucessful and hella stubborn i know yall been going back and forth about but yo…..give it to NaS man dont fight ur giving urself a lot of stress…..we’ll all buy it i promise and then in december you can have jay on the cover oh and

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  • D.S

    I’m startin to belive that 50 has Interscope on lock. I think anything that falls under that umbrella he can fuck wit it. I Think he just d-blocked Jimmy for his shit and he run it. First Jada and dem, now Game. C’mon, people wonderin if he wit Geffen. Yeah he not wit G-UNIT, so Aftermath or Interscop aint gonna pick him up? But, Em got a mix tape and album comin, it’s gonna be a good year 4 me. D.S mahfucka

  • Mr.Me

    YN look like Gregory Hines in Taps

    When are yall gonna do a story about how gunit is the new Murder Inc an start clowinin them?

  • sean

    yo give the cover too jimmy cause u know he got his new album and his movie comin out so i think jim jones deserves a xxl cover i never see him on one and yo elliott i got mad respect for u keep doin ya thing making these poppin ass magazines and imma keep buying em butmy nigga capo needs the cover


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  • younggutta

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  • poppinhoodnigga17

    what´s up with that nigga ! Wayne is the best rapper alive and nobody fuckin with him, that´s what´s up !

  • G Rock

    Ghost writer…….ask Gilly

  • “P”

    I am trying to find the website to an ad in one of your older issues about canary yellow diamond jewelry. please can anyone help me?