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Former Source Editor Kim Osorio Drops New Book
Posted by Steve Juon at Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 at 7:30PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

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Former Source Magazine E.I.C, Kim Osorio, Drops New Book! 

Former Source Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Kim Osorio, releases her expose' of Hip Hop in her new book, Straight from the Source. The book is to hit stores September 9th but of course Ms. Smalls got the exclusive. Before I read the book, all I saw on these hip-hop blogs were the names 50 Cent and Nas associated with it. These sites made it seem like Osorio has changed her name to Superhead and had traded her law school degree (yes, home girl graduated from law school) for a for a new car from a superstar lover.

I just think readers never understand the point of a book especially once they see that you placed in a famous name or two. All of a sudden good content is out and gossip is in. Well Ms. Osorio, who is not one to be shy with words, has discussed her associations with rappers in the book but I don't understand what's the shock. She was the head hauncho at a "hip hop bible" of course anyone would partake in the Disciples. Wait...that came out wrong.

No but seriously, she does mention the times she got her groove on but its not in a "oh my God his penis was so..." type of a way. It was more of a confessional way in which helped to tell the story not blow up the spot (as she would say). I wish she would have gotten into more details about her sexcapades because I was dying to know if 50 Cent really could blow that back out like he brags about in his songs but like a real woman, she never tells. Besides, no one wants to hear anymore lies from 50 Cent talking about someone blowing his balls. Anything can tick him off these days especially with the sad sales of G-Unit's latest effort, Terminate on Sight.

I think the book is good for anyone to read but it's mostly geared to women and not just any woman- a woman on the come up of her career. Men will see the background bashment it takes to run a magazine and the minuet beefs that can get started in the entertainment industry in a New York minute if you're not paying close attention. Women, on the other hand, will get lots more from it if they really sit down and read it. They will understand what it's like to be a woman in a male dominating industry and how lots of times if something went wrong, it would be automatically be blamed on your emotions. It will also show you how petty the entertainment industry is and why you shouldn’t deal with these cornballs in the industry because one moment you're enjoying nice love sessions in your favorite telly, the next you know your dessert of choice is blowing you up on the radio. Sad but true, there is a double standards when it comes down to men, women, and sexuality.

Dudes who work in the business and bust down chicks like Trina and Mya are given hand claps and looked up as playas and pimps while a female who gives up the booty is considered a tramp. It killed me when 50 Cent said that Rosci (who isn't one of my favorite people) was a ho because she slept with 8 guys. Newsflash 50, if every girl who slept with 8 dudes is a ho then induct almost every female in the land-of-hobelieve because it happens. I think that's what I find most disturbing about this book is the amount of references that Ms. Osorio claimed that Benzino made regarding who she messed with. Man, one thing for certain, two things for sure, you're not going to like Benzino's corny ass more after reading this book. He comes off as a power driven, Puff Daddy type but without the swag, money, or fame.

The title Straight from the Source is appropriate because most of the book is about her time at the Source which goes from exciting, to moderate, to damn near a hell zone and you start to feel sorry for their workers as if you were there. A great thing about the book is it has a lot of names and you can learn a lot about their journey in the industry and she tells the behind the scene drama behind the Eminem and Source Magazine beef. I chuckled when she explained what went down with the Eminem cover when he had his middle finger up that came with the CD in which he was talking badly about black girls, because I still have that issue in my stash. I deem that a collector's item because it was a mirror image of how dumb consumers are when it comes down to the disrespect of black woman. I was S&A (shocked and appalled) back in the day when I read that Eminem had confessed to the tape-I never liked him since. Um, goes to show ya.

Anyway, Ms. Osorio works hard to show you her personal journey during the maniacal days at the Source and under the rule of Dave Mays (wanna-be-black behind) and Benzino. I think it's a good read if you're interested in getting in the industry or was a avid reader of the Source during her tenure, 2000-2005. I give this book 8 out of 10 stars respectively because everyone knows that Kim Osorio is a legend in modern-day Hip Hop in her own right.

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