I have been asked to publish more excerpts from the book, so here it is… I just put out another release on the wire today so here’s a little taste of a part of the politics that went on behind the scenes. Thanks to everyone who has reached out on myspace and facebook to say how the book has affected them personally. I am currently working on the proposal for the next project which I’m not spilling the beans on just yet.

From pages 172 -173 (the back story to this)


If you ask me, though, we were doing pretty good for a magazine that was blacklisted from the label that controlled most of the genre’s artists. The drama between the Source and Interscope was dying down a little, and we were tapping into the South to help beef up our content. 

I got another call to Dave’s office one night to revisit the conversation that we had left off about the exposes that Ray had instructed us to do. Ray was addicted to them now, and it was probably because they had injected me with so much evil that I was doing a good job of executing Ray’s stories the way he liked. But this time, given the latest victim he wanted to attack, I knew it would be a problem. 

“We’re putting 50 Cent on the cover,” he said as soon as I walked through the door.

“We are?” I was confused because we had been planning a Ludacris cover that month. I knew 50 wasn’t going to grant us an interview, so I automatically figured this was going to be one of Ray’s specialties. But because I was the one who really knew 50, I felt as though anything that was printed in the magazine would be assumed by him as coming from me. Knowing the information that 50 had on me, I didn’t want to keep the war between us going because he had a bigger platform than I did, and I couldn’t risk losing. 

“We need to explain just how fucked-up what he is doing to rap music is.” Ray was huffing and puffing as he talked. He was clearly aggravated with 50’s success, criticizing 50’s influence on hip-hop….He had appeared on the cover of our competitor XXL, and that issue was the first ever to outsell the Source. He had taken a stance against the Source because of his loyalty to Eminem. He was on the other side of the fence, and I was forced to pick sides.

7 thoughts on “Straight From the Source…Another excerpt

  1. hey what happened to ‘morning coffee’???
    the first 2 segments were funny. i was looking forward to getting my ‘morning coffee’ while drinking it

  2. hey kim we wanna interview you! we the hottest up and coming hip hop blog (soon to be website) and we gone take over hip hop websites. We the real hip hop shit, fuck these other websites ya dig? get at us!!!!

  3. LOVE the book! And no…u don’t need to keep making excerpts and putting them on the blog. For all u who don’t have it just BUY IT! Ya won’t be disappointed. A lot of the comments u made regarding Benzino (fragglerock hair) were priceless. Can’t wait for the next one…

  4. Kim! I stumbled upon your book and I must say I’m happy I did. I’m halfway through and it’s just refreshing to get a point of view of the buisness from a woman. Thank you for being so real! Good luck to you in the future!

    p.s.write another book!

  5. I think what you published made a lot of sense. But, what
    about this? what if you wrote a catchier post title?
    I mean, I don’t want to tell you how to run your website, however suppose you added a headline that grabbed a person’s attention?

    I mean Straight From the SourceAnother excerpt Kim Osorio is a little plain.
    You might peek at Yahoo’s front page and see how they create news headlines to grab viewers to click.
    You might add a related video or a related picture or two to get readers interested about what you’ve written.
    In my opinion, it might bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

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