Kim Osorio, the first female editor-in-chief of The Source, is set to release a tell-all manuscript on her days at the helm of the once mighty magazine. “Straight From The Source: An Expose from the Former Editor of the Hip-Hop Bible” will chronicle her ups and downs at the magazine, which included infamous scandals caused by owners Dave Mays and Raymond “Benzino” Scott, as well as ones Osorio raised, according to the publisher.
In 2005, Osorio filed a multi-million dollar sexual discrimination lawsuit against the owners of The Source. Another female employee also filed suit. The women claimed the work environment included physical threats, sexual taunts and inappropriate gestures. Shortly after filing the suit, Osorio was dismissed from her post at the magazine. The owners claimed it was due to poor performance and accused Osorio of promiscuity. A judge, however, awarded Osorio a hefty payout after an 8-day trial that saw Benzino clash with the court official.
Pepa, the outspoken member of legendary hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa, is documenting her life in the music business and beyond with, “Let’s Talk About Pep.” The diary of the rapper will reveal the rise of the group, as well as Pepa’s personal demons. For the first time she will go in detail about her being sexually molested at a young age and physical abuse she suffered from as an adult.
“Straight From The Source: An Expose from the Former Editor of the Hip-Hop Bible” is due September 9 and “Let’s Talk About Pep” is due August 26. Both books will be released by Pocket/VH1 Books. -Jayson Rodriguez