Intro

Shoulders. Chest. Pants. Shoes. What’s YN gonna do? I don’t know fuckers. Contrary to popular disbelief, I don’t have a masterplan. I’ve just been running this rap media game so long I’m exhausted and I gotta stay coming up with new shit to stay inspired. My mouth wrote a check about this idea last summer and it’s time for me to cash it. Why not share my thoughts with the world for 24 straight hours? (“Dear Diary” was always one of my favorite tunes off Akinyele’s Vagina Diner. I see you Keirna!)

OK, here’s how I think it’s gonna go: I’m gonna try to drop a new post at the top of each hour til tomorrow’s Knicks/Lakers game starts (why did my dumb ass schedule it like this. I’m gonna be dumb tired but I gotta watch Kobe’s punk ass). Oh well no sleep. And I’m in Brooklyn, baby. Ha!

I’m gonna try not to post any audio (I don’t know how to post video). It’s just my thoughts what I was thinking at the time… Actually that’s not completely true. Like that Noz post he put up awhile back, I’m sure in my gmail I have some half-baked ideas of things I wanted to touch on but never did. I’ve also asked a few fine folks for topics that they would like me to write about, and I’m even asking you 2 or 3 guys out there too.

That’s right you Purple Hulkamaniacs if you’re not out Xmas shopping, I’m down to answer any and all questions and comments. That’s right, it’s the rare occasion where the King is at your disposal. If you don’t wanna participate, fuck it though. Help me make history happen. Watch it happen. Or ask what happened? And go back and read it later. It all gonna be documented. Like the rise and fall of Chuck Taylor. Ha! Man down! The saga begins.

Sidebar: I plan to be bumping some music to keep the blood flowing so I’m glad Hot 97 is on that mastermix shit (which basically means a Jay-Z song gets played every 15-20 mins. Sweeeettt!) Or I got my Sirius box downstairs (publishing a Shade 45 mag has its privileges) and maybe on G-Unit radio I can catch Curtis crapping on his enemies live from Kazakhstan. I also got the big brown box of old tapes in arms length. The other day I found a MC Shan interview on the Mr. Magic show and when I rewound the TDK 90 min tape to record it—the tape popped! I almost cried. Somewhere Justin Smith is gonna sob when he sees this.

  • http://XXLmag.com Brendan

    First!

    • ill G

      FAG!!!!

  • http://www.hiphopdx.com/blogs/meka Meka Soul

    some things i’ve always wanted to ask:

    * what happened @ the source? why do you have so much disdain for them?

    * what inspired you to get into journalism?

    * what keeps you inspired to stay in journalism?

    * any advice for those [like me] on how to move up and stay on top in this proverbial world?

    i’d also like to hear any and every story you have of any funny/crazy/bananas experiences you’ve had since jumping into hip-hop journalism.

    i hope this works…

  • rashaan

    2nd! whut up YN. how is the 100th issue coming. i been down with xxl since the 1st issue. anyway i look forward to your 24 in 24.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dviousmindZ dviousmindZ

    Great idea, i hoep you the best, and since we’re allowed to ask questions… heres mine.( its kinda lengthy, hope you don’t mind)

    Do you think you will ever pick up my blog, and have me blogging for you?
    My blog is icantlivewithoutmradio.blogspot.com.
    On my blog i give out free beats, for under privileged mcs who do not have the access to decent beats, the beats are completely un tagged and free. What kind of stats would i need to show you before you are interested in the blog?
    I believe that this is a new idea, i haven’t really seen any other producer give out beats for free, especially over a blog.

    Thank you for your time, i look forward to hearing from you.
    - dviousmindZ

  • rashaan

    whut up yn. how is the 100th issue coming. looking forward to your 24 in 24.

  • RJ

    Why does Hova release the artists from the Roc so close together? Young Gunz and Bleek flopped when he did it last time and now freeway and beans are going through the same thing.Is Hova letting American Gangster get all the marketing money over at his label. Maybe 50′s right, about the greediness? As a journalist in the industry how do you call it?

  • http://www.myspace.com/dviousmindZ dviousmindZ

    Great idea, i hoep you the best, and since we’re allowed to ask questions… heres mine.( its kinda lengthy, hope you don’t mind)

    Do you think you will ever pick up my blog, and have me blogging for you?
    My blog is icantlivewithoutmradio.blogspot.com
    On my blog i give out free beats, for under privileged mcs who do not have the access to decent beats, the beats are completely un tagged and free. What kind of stats would i need to show you before you are interested in the blog?
    I believe that this is a new idea, i haven’t really seen any other producer give out beats for free, especially over a blog. !

    Thank you for your time, i look forward to hearing from you.
    - dviousmindZ

    * for some reason i cannot see my comment? Sorry if this comment double posts. *

  • sam

    Got a question: What do you think of The Game and who do you think are the best rappers right now?

    Another: What are you looking forward to next year?

  • rashaan

    looking forward to the 24 in 24. how is the 100th issue coming along. the 10th anniversary issue was crazy.

  • rashaan

    why is my comment not posting

  • http://stuntinonprose.com J. Burnett

    first and foremost, this is inspirational as a blogger for me to witness. to see a media mogul take it at our necks from the ground level is pretty sweet.

    questions, hmmm, have you ever done an interview with a street cat that has compromised your safety?

    seconding meka soul, what’s all the anna for the source about?

    when it comes to xxl mag, do you value the journalistic integrity over the guap or is it vice versa?

    do you have any stories where you had a personal relationship with an artist and wrote something that you regretted writing?

    what if an artist outted himself or herself in an interview and asked you to keep that on the lowski woski. would you?

    do you have nudie photos of the eye candy?

    give us the storyline for the xxlmag reality show (if there was one). i.e. mofos getting slapped out over late assignments. neo soul writer chicks getting their eagle on in the office. frontin ass rappers actin bitchmade in the office.

  • Just Wondering

    This is a great idea!

    -Who is the biggest asshole in the music biz?
    -Who is your Goat MC Doa?
    -Why do all these other Hiphop mags run out of business?
    -When will you admit that G-Unit is wack?

  • The Dynasty

    I’ll be here all 24 hours YN:

    1.) What do you know about Hov’s executive prowess. Does he really need to be fired? At first I thought all the washed up stars were just hating, but now Beans and Free seemed to throw him under the bus too, and Free’s cd was fire.

    2.) I was shocked there wasn’t more coverage about the Fifty coke incident on the website, this was the only hip hop site that didnt even acknowledge it and you guys usually break this kinda shit. Did Interscope Jackson and Jimmy Iovine stop that shit?

  • DG

    Other things you could possibly blog about:

    In your anniversary issue under each cover there were little comments underneath each cover. You could tell the stories about what some of those comments mean exactly. Because you have definitely had some people on the cover that came out of left field (Petey Pablo & Suge Knight, Chingy etc)

    Which artists are/were the biggest pains in the ass? Always rescheduling, telling you what they dont want to talk about, trying to get one of their artists on the cover with them, or even talking shit about other artists but not letting you put it in the mag.

  • turnerclassicmovies

    “Which artists are/were the biggest pains in the ass?”

    pls answer this

  • Smoove

    my friend and I are starting a Hip Hop magazine (we’re coming for you), and i was just wondering if you could give us any advice, or any words of wisdom…anything would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.YOUHEARDTHATNEW.com LowKey

    Aye YN, let me know what you think of my website….I would appreciate it homey!

    http://www.YOUHEARDTHATNEW.com

  • PURPLE HULK

    DAMN, I WAS OUT TODAY
    I HAVE A QUESTION, WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE INFAMOUS BENZINO INCIDENT? WHO BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF WHO?

  • diaZ

    whos on the next cover?

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

    Heres something I’ve always wondered about……

    What does it take for a rapper to appear in the Show&Prove article???

    And to Purple Hulk…..

    This is the same Donny Goines from Oh Word blog. I just like to comment on shit all over the net lol

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

    And yeah and its dope you stepped up to the challenge homie. I love real writers (hence my name)

  • brian

    Best album of 1996….please settle this…my vote “it was written”

  • DXL

    YN, what it is.
    What if I told you I’ve copped every single edition of XXL from 1997 until now? I’ve tried to keep every single one too,
    I’ve lost some, like my boys borrowing and never returning them…you need to give me at least an XXIT shot with all my collection,
    what ya think? I’ve invested a lot of money on your magazine, that’s 10 years, thats long time to be loyal or is it an addiction that I’ve got.
    Better XXL than crack or heroinI rememember your beef with Em, I remember a platinum cover you had with Baby and there was no fucking content, you even admited on a later date that issue was soft.
    Being there from the birth of your magazine, I have to say your review sucks gorilla balls, imagine how big (no homo), I remember you giving a Silk The Shocker
    album XL and me like a fool went and bought it, needless to say I returned that shit and eversince then I’ve never trusted your reviews again, time and time again, I’ve been proven right.
    XXL review sucks!.

    Now get back at me.

    • Krime

      Dats real shit

  • jg420

    I’ll be here all 24 hours YN:

    1.) What do you know about Hov’s executive prowess. Does he really need to be fired? At first I thought all the washed up stars were just hating, but now Beans and Free seemed to throw him under the bus too, and Free’s cd was fire.

    2.) I was shocked there wasn’t more coverage about the Fifty coke incident on the website, this was the only hip hop site that didnt even acknowledge it and you guys usually break this kinda shit. Did Interscope Jackson and Jimmy Iovine stop that shit?

    I agree with the 50 shit for the fact that XXL never gave a review for Curtis. Why is that YN? Where is the Curtis review???

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Aiight…

    I predict sheer, unbridled fuckery after the fifth blog. I’m looking forward to that. I want to see how far you’re going to go with this. Some real feelings, emotions (NOLO), and honesty. Not that you don’t normally do your thing in the editorials, but I want to see just how much fuckreation is going to occur.

    I’m going to try to catch most of these.

    STAY UP, NEGRUS!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com YN

    Yo jg,

    We gave Curtis an L in yr end issue but don’t tell him. Mums the word!

  • Pingback: Myspace Sunday vol. 3 « Aznavour, Dreyf et moi

  • God Mc

    Yo YN, please tell me Lupe Fiasco will get a XXL for his album man, I aint even into conscious rap but that record is dark on some Mobb Depp Hell on Earth steez man dude really came through.

  • Aidan

    Hey what do you know/feel about Jay-Z (or “Coleen” if you will…) turning down the Make-A-Wish foundation’s request of him to fulfill a terminally ill kid’s wish? Which apparently was to just simply spend 30 minutes with the “God MC,” leaving the kid w/o even hooking up a signed album or concert ticket. Dayuummmn.

    (http://www.byroncrawford.com/2007/12/jay-z-to-kid-wi.html)

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Hatsinis

    oh shit D.Goines in da building, well in all the buildings…. whats good blog world, just creepin from da shadows on ya’ll nukkaz!!!!1

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

      Yes sir!!!!

  • THAT BOY NOAH

    who do you think will make it to the super bowl?

  • http://1290wmcs.com “The Party Killa”

    Y does radio suck balls, evrywhere outside of N.Y

  • micheal mat

    dont cry dry your eyes, all you have to do is take the tape and some scotch tape carefully pu it together and whala your tape is back in place with the exception of edited seconds. i use to do do it when the tape pop way back listening to eric b. & rakim krs and scott larock.

  • bryant wilson

    i can’t wait for this. i’ve been a fan of the magazine ever since the old source dudes took it over. you’ve done an amazing job since then and nobody is touching you. you are the very best of the best (no homo) and i’d love to be on your team (no homo).

    i want to know how you got your start in the industry. like, who put you on? did you start out real small and get big, did you come into the game big? like, how does somebody get on?
    i’ve got my own little blog and i’m making some noise. you’ll see.

    b willz

  • Tyler

    I should really peep the artist, music and production at SolutionGlobalMedia.com dawg. . . It is put down by the same dude ‘dat put Timbaland in the game among other things. U should try and get them on bro cause they shit is crazy heat and U could collect a phat check 4 the hook-up ya’dig. . Since U are lookin’ for something 2 vibe 2 for the next 24 then these are the vibes 4 U. SolutionsGlobalMedia.com
    Let a brotha’ know sumthin’

  • Pingback: Jay-Z » Blog Archive » Intro

  • Pingback: live music » Blog Archive » Intro

  • bk chick

    yo you can fix that tape – you just have to unscrew the case, put a tiny piece of scotch tape on the acetate to hold it together, screw it back together and voila. it’s how i made mixes in the ’80s when i had two tape decks but no turntables.