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What up all?

Thanks so much for writing your comments to my editorial this month. I wanted to take a moment again this time around to write back to a few of the comments that stuck out the most to me. I noticed not one person mentioned The Commission. How disappointing! Where are you guys?

V

Pierzy says:

Nice work, Nessa, even if I wholeheartedly disagree with your choice of cover subject (I just don’t get down with Jeezy like that).

Nessa XXL says:

Pierzy – You aren’t? That’s too bad. I’ve always liked Jeezy. I have to admit, I wasn’t into The Inspiration so much but thought he came back strong with The Recession so I have good hopes for 103. I also liked the recent mixtape a lot and his whole style. Plus – I’m a Southern fan, which means he doesn’t get a pass but I like what I like. Who do you like in the Dirty?

OG Matt Herbz says:

For real. Jeezy’s wack.

And why don’t that muthafucka step shit up to “Thug Motivation 201″ or something? “103 implies that he’s still spitting freshman-level bullshit…

…okay, he is, but still–for marketing purposes or something.

The Shyne rumor is enticing. I’d be interested in hearing a few bars from homey.

–OG Matt Herbz–

Nessa XXL says:

OG Matt Herbz –

I don’t agree that Jeezy’s wack at all but I do have to agree with you on that “Thug Motivation 201” thing. When we were doing the photo shoot and later designing the cover, I was thinking the exact same thing, that it’s time to take it to the 200 or 300 level classes because if I remember correctly from my college days (which there were only two weird, loose years of) the 200 and 300 level classes stepped it up more than the 102 or the 103. But I let it go because how literal is it really supposed to be at the end of the day? I don’t know. As far as Shyne goes, I’d be interested in hearing a few bars also J

P.S. What are the herbz? ?

geico lizard says:

“It might be just a couple more weeks before the Shyne era begins.”

^
good point, shyne walked the walk while these other rappers lie about everything.

Nessa XXL says:

geico lizard – Isn’t it crazy that we have hip-hop artists that were corrections officers, that exaggerate their jail bids, that are college educated and pretend they are hardcore thugs, that are fake drug dealers who talk about holding streets down when all they did was drive through them yet somehow they all manage to make general rap fans believe the tales they give? We haven’t had a real interesting, true story in so long, I am curious to see what happens when we do. (As long as the music is there.)

John Cauner says:

I can’t believe they deaded the Classic Material section. That was a good reminder of albums you might of missed the first time around.

Nessa XXL says:

John Cauner – When we went over what wasn’t getting any love or attention in the magazine, Classic Material was one of the first things to come up. No one ever writes any letters in about the column, no one online talks about it… If you guys all love Classic Material so much, how come you’ve never said anything? It always seemed to me like the albums we covered were crazy, crazy old and that we didn’t do enough of a variety to begin with. But then it seemed like we could pay a tribute to anniversaries and of albums and history pieces of history albums in other ways…

Silly Willy says:

Keep up the good work, Ness!

But, shouldn’t it be a Slaughterhouse moment ? I mean, if you want to see some real shit take place, you can lend a hand, right ?

Just throwin’ it out there,….how about a female blogger too ? It’s been a while since Tara and Fresh left the building. Their scope was refreshing sometimes. You know like when we don’t want to keep saying and hearing the same shit over and over again in this sausage-fest that hiphopnation has become, from time to time ?
No fishsticks.

Nessa XXL says:

Silly Willy – Thanks! I don’t think a Slaughterhouse cover is the move for us, right now. Argue if you want but that’s the case. As far as female bloggers go, I agree with you, I’m just not sure who that right person is and I think when it comes to the females, it’s difficult because you need to make sure it’s the right female for the job with the right hip-hop voice who all you guys would respect. They are out there, these ladies, there are just not as many of them. I’d blog more but honestly, I am trying to get stuff together with the new position so I find it hard to do. And I don’t think it comes naturally enough for me to do easily. Blogging’ tough! But besides all that shit, who would you all recommend? I am curious. Doesn’t mean we will go out and get her but just wondering…

nicholasdelorejo says:

First off, I am not in any way, shape, or form a fan of Jeezy, but WHY IN THE FUCK IS DAHM NEAR EVERYBODY ANGRY THAT SLAUGHTERHOUSE IS ON THE COVER. I mean seriously, why in the fuck should xxl or any rap mag for that matter give the cover (you know the main feature of the issue) to Slaughterhouse. Young Jeezy is certainly not one of the most lyrical, innovative, or creative rappers present, but he dahm sure knows how to make an entertaining albulm. I don’t even like coke rap like that but Jeezy has made 3 (count ‘em out, 1, 2, 3) albulms that have sold reasonably well, as well as having billboard charted albulms, and kept his name relevant in the RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.

I’m not saying slaughter house is bad, or that they don’t deserve the any exposure xxl can offer, but lets be real. Slaughterhouse is made up of a bunch of rappers that could not generate any interest in their solo albulms and are forced to form a group with one another. People seemed to believe that they are about to bring real hip hop back (whatever the fuck that is) but honestly I don’t see it. they’re a pretty good group of lyricist but I don’t see nothing about them that makes me believe they are serious about being with one another. Ask yourselves this, would any of them had thought about forming any group if they were able to succeed by themselves. I don;t think so. Jeezy at least brought out USDA once he released two successful albulms. That’s more than you can say about any of these other rappers.

In lyrics, jeezy sucks balls, i’ll admit. But he does not intend to be. The only thing you can expect from a young jeezy albulm is to be entertained. Isn’t that what we should want? Some may not be entertained by jeezy but other people are as proven by his sales. I can’t say the same for slaughterhouse, YET. Let’s just wait for their release before complain about how xxl fucked them over. Ain’t it wasn’t like XXL gave solo covers to previous new rappers like lupe fiasco, Wale, or even drake and they had bigger buzzes that SH. shit wayne had to wait until his carter II to grace the cover.

Nessa XXL says:

Nicholasdelorejo, where you working? Besides what I think was a lil’ typo in the beginning of your comment (“EVERYBODY ANGRY THAT SLAUGHTERHOUSE IS ON THE COVER.” I think it was supposed to be “…ISN’T ON THE COVER.”) you basically get the whole idea. You should consider maybe being a magazine editor. They aren’t all out of business, ya know, you’re still reading them. And you know your XXL cover history… Maybe you already were an editor somewhere…?

  • El Tico Loco

    I don’t what the issue is (no subscription)

    Pierzy (my 1st time)

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      JEEZY AINT THE MOST LYRICAL MOFO OUT THERE NEVER WAS NEVER WILL BE BUT HE’S ESSENTIAL IN HIP HOPS SURVIVAL… IM TIRED OF THIS JIBBERISH THAT IS CLOGGING UP THESE BLOGS DISRESPECTING SOUTHERN HIP HOP… THE COVER OF THE XXL TO BE HONEST ISNT A MAJOR ACHEIVEMENT IN MY OPINION… REPEATS OF THE SAME MULTI PAT ARTIST IS A PUNK MOVE(I DID IT FOR THE MONEY)… NEW ARTIST THATS UP AND COMING WITH TALENT LIKE WALE…ETC SHOULD BE ON THERE WITH THOSE EXCLUSIVE NEW INTERVIEWS TO PUT US READERS ON WITH THE NEW NEW… ADDRESS MY STAND POINT AND SEE THE TRUTH… IM NOT A MAG EDITOR BUT BEEN READING THE MAGS SINCE THE S@#@%e CAME OUT…

  • GRAND PRIXX

    HEY V SATTEN,I DIDNT COMMENT LAST TIME BUT I JUS WANTED 2 LET U KNOW I APPRECIATE YA MAGAZINE N YA WORK THUS FAR N THANX 4 THEM TIX 2 SOB’S CUZ IT WAS MY FIRST SHOW EVER!(PAID LIKE 25$ 4 THA RIDE UP THERE BUT IT WAS WORTH IT)N I HAD MAD FUN,1LUV N U SHOULD KEEP FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER(WHY U DROP ME? LOL)

  • El Tico Loco

    Dam P u got a block on 1st comments that ain’t u

    • $ykotic

      Chameleon commenter’s back! Peace homie. Regardless of you killing dudes’ name and flow I don’t wish you any bad vibes.

      Be you.

      p.s. And this is why we re-named “1st!” PIERZY!

  • $ykotic

    HA! Y’all gotta admit the lady is on her job!

    I’m not mad. But we all agree Jeezy never went to college? Hell high school’s even go up levels.

    And real talk, I never messed with the “Classics” section. BUT I WILL MESS WITH THAT SHYNE EXPOSE!

    LOCK THAT ONE IN NESSA! GIVING AWAY IDEAS!

    PEACE

    • $ykotic

      “I noticed not one person mentioned The Commission. How disappointing! Where are you guys?”

      V

      You know the team’s in the house. The hatred is on Level Orange…

  • http://youtube.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    I’m not upset with what’s taking place at XXL at all and I personally will check out the issue when it arrives at my barbershop in a few days. Get em, Nessa!

    On another note, what’re the chances Eminem gets a 2nd cover when Relapse 2 comes out?

    Commission!

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Here’s my late pass…

    Dear Nessa:

    No, I never really liked Jeezy because I like my lyrics with content. Even The Clipse, who rap about the same basic concepts as Jeezy, do it in a much more original and clever way. I’m sorry but beats, voice and ad-libs can only get you so far [on the cover, apparently] but I’ll take my hip-hop with a heavy dosage of lyrical content and thought-provoking rhymes. You’re a snowman. You’re surrounded by white stuff. You sell tons and tons and tons of coke. I get it. We’re very impressed.

    And, I’m sorry, but “My President Is Black” doesn’t qualify. Simply naming a song or an album about a certain current event [The Recession] doesn’t make you a conscious artist…especially when your hook brags about the color of your Lambo. Step your game up, Jeezy, and maybe we can talk.

    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYUM

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      And as far as artists from down low, I’ll take the following over Jeezy:

      Scarface [I know he's retired but I feel like he's never given credit as one of the greatest ever]

      T.I. [He's better than he's given credit for]

      Ludacris [his albums were always subpar compared to his guest appearances and mixtapes until Theater Of The Mind]

      Outkast [Idlewild or not, they still can get it done when they want to]

      I’m sure there are others but those are the ones that come to mind. Like I said above, I like lyricism and worldplay in my hip-hop and that can come from anywhere so I’m not hating on the South. I want more than just a fad or a dance or a beat & a hook…and I’d say the same thing to 50.

      • DETROIT

        what up p,

        listen to that “trap files” by jeezy, that shit go hard!

        also, luv him or hate him, thug motivation 101 was a classic cd. 90% of the rappers out don’t have a classic to their name. he is a dope rapper tho, kinda like the new version of master p.

      • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

        DETROIT – what it is, kid?

        I didn’t say dude was terrible, I’m just not feeling him. I know he ghostwrites for others and he has his lane and that’s all good…no hate at all. However, I was just saying for myself that I don’t think he’s the caliber of artist that deserves an anniversary cover when his album isn’t even dropping.

        Just my opinion, that’s all. When (IF!) The LOX ever come back with a group album, I’d love to see them on the cover but I’m sure there are tons of people that disagree. It’s a simple difference of opinion.

        Personally, and this is just me, I feel like Jeezy talks about in-depth issues at a very superficial level and wants to be treated as though he goes deeper. I could be wrong. I thought his first album was (obviously) his best and it was a good album, but it wasn’t amazing to me.

        Then again, I’m still thinking of classics in the mid-90s era and NO ONE is doing that anymore so maybe I’m just expecting too much.

        If he had an album dropping, that’d be one thing, but a gratuitous cover? Ehh, not feeling it.

  • Detroit P

    If you listened to Jeezy and all you took from it was that he raps about selling drugs: You Lost

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      I don’t respect your opinion at all so I’ll just keep it moving…

      • Sleepy Wonder

        Damn Pierzy, You Cold As Ice LOL!

  • http://danjlovesthe90s.wordpress.com DANJ!

    @Vanessa: in relation the ‘Classic Material’ joint, I think it would be hot if y’all did full articles on certain albums instead of the lil’ sidebars. The same way y’all have done for the Biggie, Pac, Raekwon, Jay, Pun, DMX, and Nas joints. There’s still a lot more of those y’all could do- i.e. Chronic, Doggystyle, 36 Chambers, Amerikkkas Most, Death Certificate, 2001, Paid In Full, Nation of Millions, etc. I think that’d be crazy to get breakdowns on those.

    @Pierzy: I feel ya, but sometimes wordplay and lyricism isn’t the end-all be-all… take for example, Ice Cube in his prime. He really wasn’t the most lyrically-dazzling with a bunch of multis and crazy flows… I’m sure Kane, G Rap, Rakim, and others had him topped in that category. But he brought it to you simple and plain, and made some of the best music of the time. That’s in no way insinuating that Jeezy is on some kinda Cube-level… but all the gymnastics don’t really make a diff when your voice/songs are getting the points across. To Jeezy’s credit, he’s definitely gotten better than he was when he came out with ’101′

    -D!
    danjlovesthe90s.wordpress.com

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      What up DANJ!

      I never said Jeezy didn’t appeal to certain people but, like I said, for me personally, he just doesn’t impress me at all.

      And, I can’t really agree on the Ice Cube tip because starting with his debut, he always had socially conscious songs and story rhymes. Something like “Alive On Arrival” may sound dated now but at the time it was groundbreaking…

  • Enlightened

    Jeezy is basically a more charismatic, more refined, OJ da Juiceman with a better rap voice and delivery and of course better ad libs.

    Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh>>>>>>>> Aye

    • Detroit P

      Surely you jest!…?…..replace the name Jeezy with Gucci and I’ll cosign allday

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    I would nominate MC Lyte if you need a female blogger. Recently, she answered a few questions from the commenters over at HHDX, so she shouldn’t have a problem hanging out over here for a few days.

    Plus, she’s still fine as hell and she still can spit! That’s who I would pick.

    • $ykotic

      OOOOOOOO! Nice example Mall!

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    yo, i agree wholeheartedly with your reply to Pierzy. it was on point. & Pierzy your reply was on point too, i gotta respect that. but i got mad respect for you Nessa, keep it up.

    Commission too, ya’ll liven the fuck out of this comment section. i got mad respect for err’one of ya’ll. keep doin ya’ll thing.

    p.s. i’m gonna go back to coppin ya’ll (the actual mag) out the store, 4real. last one i bought was the Juelz, Freaky Z, & Mr. We Fly High. i was disappointed to say the least, i’m almost sure that was before Nessa became E.I.C. now that it looks like you’re headed in a good direction (4real though, good lookin on that Jeezy cover) it’s only right.

    • $ykotic

      “Commission too, ya’ll liven the fuck out of this comment section. i got mad respect for err’one of ya’ll. keep doin ya’ll thing.”

      You’re part of it too S.A.T. Our ATL correspondent!

      • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

        YOU AAAWWWWREADY KNOW!!!

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Damn Nessa. U just said u like southern rap, so there’s already a bias to true lyricists. Not saying the South doesn’t have lyricists. However, if ur the editor-in-chief then if it doesn’t meet YOUR approval, then screw the rest of us. I personally dont wanna see Weezy, Jeezy, Sleezy, or any of the rest of that garbage in the magazine. If the goal is to sell mags then fine. Stick with that formula. I won’t be brainwashed into believing that these guys represent what’s true to me as far as hip hop is concerned and that they’re “dope”. I’ve followed Royce da 5’9 for years. The same for Joell Ortiz. Man, it’s getting to the point that maybe XXL should just fuckin die too!!

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    As far as female bloggers, BRING BACK TARA HENLEY!!! Where did she disappear to? I aint seen her name on the interwebs in years now.

    I would love to see Miss Info over here but I know she’ll never come. (I remember YN saying he tried and tried to get her to blog here but she wouldn’t) But its still worth a shot.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    I see you, Vanessa. Respect due for the response.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • David HussleSoft

    Shout out to the EIC Nessa holdin it down for all the Jeezy fans Jeezy is the truth.
    He stays true to his core fan base everytime and his albums stay bangin.
    I like lyrics just as much as the next man but Jeezy has created a whole new style his own lane in hip-hop. Not many can say the same.

    “Im not into all that rap city shit I rap for the niggaz in the streets I dont care if another rapper think I can spit or not fuckem Ill spit in nigga face”-Jeezy Trap or Die Dvd

    David HussleSoft cuz I stay on Ye watch

  • John Cauner

    To Vanessa, You’re right about the decision to dead the Classic Material section. We didn’t exercise our voices to be heard by the staff on this matter. It was good while it lasted. Classic Material R.I.P.

  • John Cauner

    Oh yeah, peace and respect to The Commission!

  • Sleepy Wonder

    I Don’t Know Vanessa. The Majority Of Us Don’t Like Jeezy, But He’s Still On The Cover Because YOU Like Him? The Majority Of Us Want Slaughterhouse On The Cover, But YOU Feel It Isn’t A Right Move For XXL? Who’s Buying The Magazine Editor?

  • mazemayhim

    Oh…that’s why the “Classic Material” section left. Usually, I would just go find and buy the album to see why it made it to that section. If I woulda known ya’ll was waiting for me to write in about it then I woulda wrote every month. My bad. Sometimes tho U gotta be able to do favors without expecting a favor in return. I bought “93 Til Infinity” for the 4th time due to the fact it was in the Classic Material section.

  • mazemayhim

    And if I wanna see Jeezy on the cover, that’s what Ozone is for. Still shoulda put Slaughterhouse on the September cover.

  • nicholasdelorejo

    Sorry about the typo. I wasn’t working at the time but I should have proofread my comment. It won’t happen again.

    But anyway, I think that you guys are right to put an artist such as jeezy on the cover this month. I’m not saying Jeezy deserves in terms of talent or influence, but you gotta give props to him as an artist. Jeezy was able to succeed in an avenue of coke rap that not many artist were able to do. Not even the Clipse and the Neptunes assistance were able to succeed as well as jeezy (but maybe Jive records could be blamed for that). He may not be your favorite rapper along with Soulja boy, Plies, or Lil Wayne but at least they are successful rappers who produce music for a demographic that still supports hip hop.

    I can understand some of the complaints for not having Slaughter House on the cover because I remember xxl making two covers that featured artists who have not released any material but were poised to blow up. One cover featured Dre and his supposed new line-up (Eve, Busta, and the Game) and the other was that extended g-unit spread which was intended to show us that 50 and the gang were going to take over rap. Both covers featured artists that many of us thought were going to blow up. But none of them, not one succeeded to our expectations. My point is that the folks who complain about a Jeezy cover or any other artist over SH seemed to forget that xxl has given the cover to artist that were expected for success but flopped in the end. Who can say that Slaughter house is any different? Soulja boy and Jeezy are shit bag artists in the criteria of being an “artist” but they were succeed in the condition rap is in. Slaughter house has yet to make me believe they will leave an imprint in rap (the dre’s the firm) let alone generate record sales. Only time will tell.

  • nicholasdelorejo

    IGNORE THE POST ABOVE:

    Sorry about the typo. I wasn’t working at the time but I should have proofread my comment. It won’t happen again.

    But anyway, I think that you guys are right to put an artist such as jeezy on the cover this month’s issue. I’m not saying Jeezy deserves it in terms of talent or influence, but you gotta give props to him as an artist. Jeezy was able to succeed in an avenue of coke rap that not many artists were able to do. Not even the Clipse and the Neptunes assistance were able to succeed as well as jeezy (but maybe Jive records could have been blamed for that). He may not be your favorite rapper along with Soulja boy, Plies, or Lil Wayne but at least they are successful rappers who produce music for a demographic that still supports hip hop.

    I can understand some of the complaints for not having Slaughter House on the cover because I remember xxl making two covers that featured artists who have not released any material but were poised to blow up. One cover featured Dre and his supposed new line-up (Eve, Busta, and the Game) and the other was that extended g-unit spread which was intended to show us that 50 and the gang were going to take over rap. Both covers featured artists that many of us thought were going to blow up. But none of them, not one succeeded to our expectations. My point is that the folks who complain about a Jeezy cover or any other artist over SH seemed to forget that xxl has given the cover to artist that were expected for success but flopped in the end. Who can say that Slaughter house is any different? Soulja boy and Jeezy are shit bag artists in the criteria of being an “artist” but they were able to succeed in the current condition rap is in. Slaughter house has yet to make me believe they will leave an imprint in rap (like Dre’s the firm) let alone generate record sales. Only time will tell.

  • Silly Willy

    Thanks, Ness ! Appreciate the shout-out!

    For the cover, I get your point. Plus, I’ll be mad if someone tried to tell me how to do my job. I guess I got carried away. But the fact that it was Jeezy, I’m not really feelin it. The homie nicholasdelorejo got some valid points, but if we talk about seasoned vet, how about Kamal the Abstract about to drop the shelved album, how about OB4CL2, how about Scarface who made a dope album lately with Emeritus, how about ……..see where I’m getting at? I don’t dislike Jeezy. He is quite entertaining. But a cover, for me but of course it’s only me, is like a statement about what’s the lane the edition is puttin itself in. You know, like a theme, an editorial for the whole issue, so a mag who’s gonna talk about anything Jeezy-related is good, but not enough to make me positively giddy. The again I have no credentials on the matter………….

    Co-Sign Mc Lyte for female blogger. Most of all, bring Tara Henley back. And if you should ever step to the plate for this, I promise you I’ll do my best not to try to ask for a naked picture. Lol!

    Thanks for the time !

    • nicholasdelorejo

      I see what you’re saying Silly Willy but I think we need to be a little more understanding about the position Nessa is in. Your right in that artists such as Scarface should grace the cover every once in a while because at least they’ll have something more interested to talk about as opposed to Jeezy. But I think you gotta consider what rapper gets the most attention in both record sales and the media. Shit Micheal Phillps stated that Jeezy’s music helped him to win the gold medal in swimming. I’m not saying Scareface or any rapper hasn’t helped influence a listener. We don’t know how many young, unfortunate men refrained from committing a crime after bumping ‘face. But in the eyes of the music industry, Jeezy is perceived as the g.o.a.t in terms of generating a profit. I’m not saying it makes him better than the lyrical rappers, but xxl is a media publication and it’s only acting as a business.

      Also I think that if there is anyone to blame for the Jeezy cover it’s us rap fans. I gotta say us rap fans today are the biggest hypocrites due to the fact that we like to complain about the quality of the music that is popular yet damn if we don’t support the artists that do provide good quality. People may respect artist such as Slaugherhouse or ‘face but the majority won’t buy their album. Jeezy on the other hand is hated by many but those same haters are likely to buy his music. My point being is that you can be one of the least respected rappers with low talent and still be successful in music as opposed to a rapper who is praised for their talent but not given any support. Hell it worked out for Ross, wayne, and soulja boy. I’m not saying that they’re bad artists just that they’re lyrics are nothing revolutionary.

      And that’s the problem that Nessa and xxl is facing: to either promote a talented rap group that who, as of yet have not shown to be profitable in an endorsement or a rapper that is uninspiring but is successful even when he is disliked. If you were the head of a magazine, what’s the most reasonable choice? While I’m not excited for a Jeezy cover, I do understand the choice of the particular artist and I will respect the staff’s decision. Until people show as much appreciation in terms of sales for rappers like Scareface and talib kweli, I think we should stop complaining about what artists featured or not featured on the magazine. Let’s be happy that there are artists that people are willing to go out of their homes in order to purchase their albums. Hell lets be happy that a woman is even interested in hip hop and that interest is based on the love of it rather than to be a vixen.

  • Silly Willy

    It’s all good, brother ! It’s just that if I’m asked to add my 2 cents, that’s what I’ll do.

    But I respect the decision and I’ll support it somehow. I’ve been hanging around those corners of the innanet for a minute but I’m still in the X-spot ’cause there are good stuff in here, regardless of some decisions or opinions that don’t relate to me. And that’s what’s fuckin great about it !

    For the sales figure with the likes of ‘Face and Kweli, it’s like a catch-22 sometimes. In that you should sell to get exposure, and you need exposure to sell, and talent and content don’t weigh that much in that equation. And I can see how Ness, being the one in charge, will make decisions that can’t be unanimous. I’m just saying, if you ask my opinion, here it is. If you don’t, it’s all good, I’m still with you, ’cause this is still a good-ass mag. I just hope that Ness give us some In My Lifetime-Hard Knock Life run just to cook us up a Blueprint at one point. Gotta give her the time. That’s all….

    You’re spot on with the hypocrites. And for us to allow this to go on is just as bad as people letting hiphop go the fast-food lane. Anyway we talk about the same thing, pretty much. So I’ll leave it on this note:

    Hiphop lovers, show and prove !
    Ness’, happy to have you, best of luck and hope to see you around often.

    Peace !

    • nicholasdelorejo

      Aye man I feel what your saying. And I respect your opinion and veiws on the cover. There’s nothing wrong with objecting to a Jeezy cover. I’m not excited for the cover either. But I just don’t like how some of the commenters criticized the staff’s decision as if it was just plain stupid. A Jeezy cover isn’t edgey but based on his record it seems reasonable.

      Also your right, exposure does generate sales but like Ness mentioned, xxl ain’t the only rap mag out there. I’m just saying let’s not criticize xxl alone when other rap mags like the source can still give underrated artists exposure. Any, like you said, let’s just support hip hop and give Ness more of a chance before we declare xxl of killing itself.

  • geico lizard

    “I am curious to see what happens when we do. (As long as the music is there.)”

    ^
    Thanks for replying to my post and I agree with you. Maino has a chance to put out good music and present us his real story. Shyne cant just drop junk and expect people to care. More “Bad Boys” and “Thats Gangsta” type of hits.

    Commission!!!