YN RESPECT. Editorial Vol. 2 Issue 3

My new magazine is officially on stands manana. Let me tell you all about it. Let me know if I still got the Editorial King Crown. Ha!

RESPECT.

Ski Mask Way

Three the hard way? Yeah, it felt a lil’ like that at times. Guess the problem is I don’t really have a plan. Or, scratch that—I have one but then I change it. And probably change it again. I tinker like Grant. And you wanna know why? Well, each issue of RESPECT. is special, and not everyone is worthy of being in these pages. These other mags are disposable. But no, sir, not we.

Decisions are tough but they have to be made. Adapt and react—quickly. Thankfully, JR still believes in my vision, and this time I hired a new co-D to help me craft the creative well. You might have heard of him: Benjamin Meadows-Ingram, longtime former editing force at VIBE and one of the sharpest minds in the game. BMI and I took refuge in the Rap Radar Mansion and instituted an issue plan that I firmly believe will deliver the best-selling edition in this mag’s history.

But truth be told, it’s not about ABC stats for the kid anymore. That’s my old style. All I really want to do in 2011 is impact culture. Hip-hop culture. Our culture. No shots to any of my super disciples, but the thought of my final product resembling yours gives me the shakes and shivers. So I dig deep for something that may take longer to come to fruition. Tick tock. Fuck a shot clock. I got the game on lock. Rock with me.

Enter Eminem. Never met him, but finally got a chance to chat with Mr. Mathers and his new/old right-hand man, Royce Da 5’9”. Someone rekindled my inner rap-nerd gene; the Bad Meets Evil concept has been resurrected! We see you, Shecky Green! Who says you can’t go home again? The besties are back, and they could never be the wack. Winning!

It’s damn near impossible to find someone who hasn’t hopped on the Odd Future bandwagon at this point. So I took my caboose to Cali to check in with Clancy’s cash cow, Tyler, The Creator. This ADD lad lived up to the hype. He’s out of his mind and talented as fuck. He hates you gate-keeping bloggers so much, I must admit I’m jealous. I missed the boat on that one.

After a couple of missed opportunities, I couldn’t wait to connect with DJ Khaled. You talk about thug motivation? This dude makes me feel like I could make an album. Y’all ready for YN Records? Seriously, Miami’s favorite adopted son hit me with some nourishment at a five-star telly, and we had a long talk like two real Gs. I appreciate my Palestinian pal for his passion and sense of purpose. I would never bet against him.

I also believe in Killer Mike, who, despite a few missteps, is finally back on his path to present us with some intelligent but equally tantalizing rap tunes. From Georgia with a mind that won’t stop racing, Bigga can make you think and wanna punch somebody in his face. He’s a double threat. Ha! The outcast from OutKast? Nah, a complex artist who’s gonna last.

Nothing leaves a mark like a powerful photo and we stay true to RESPECT.’s roots. Our amazing images continue to astound and are leaps and bounds above any and all comp. Saluting the men behind the lenses, in this issue we profile Jason Goldwatch and my dude from the South, Motion Family’s Diwang Valdez. Yeah, you can rip the page and hang it on your wall, but first read the stories behind the making of those captivating flicks.

In a nutshell, you can go to hell if you think Half isn’t enjoyin’ his return to print. In fact, I’m just gettin’ started. Again. Lord knows that I know independent publishing ain’t easy, but I’m committed to making RESPECT. a true success. Check my track record—I’m pretty damn good when I put my mind to something. My goal list got a lot of red check marks on it, chump. I dare you to beg to differ.

And I double-dog dare you to assemble a better team than the aforementioned BMI, our design machine Davina, anchor Rachelle, photo-editing duo KWC and the rest of the maniacs on our masthead. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Don’t forget the period! We’re always worth the wait, we’ll carry the weight, and it’s gonna be great to see what we cook up next. Swag!

Doin’ the Lil B dance,

Elliott Wilson

P.S. I want to do Drizzy next. Shhh!

Dedication: Dany, 1; Surgery, 0.

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  • Aww you must be so excited to be back on the mag ish! I must admit I’m interested to see how RESPECT delves into our culture. props

  • Peter Pankey Jr.

    2nd!!!!!

    From now on I will be typing my comments in ALL CAPS to follow the footsteps of the great mac DEISAL.

    HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!! ( mac DEISAL now used 5 exclamation points )

  • Shark

    Read it in one sitting this afternoon. Incredible issue, except for the conversation with the Atlantic executive. Could dude have avoided the real questions any more? “Uhh, yeah, an intern wrote Airplanes so, uh, that doesn’t count.”

    Royce / Eminem / Tyler, the Creator / Big K.R.I.T. features were all amazing, though.

  • Peter Pankey Jr.

    ” Elliott Wilson

    P.S. I want to do Drizzy next. Shhh! ” <<<<<< HOW HOMO WAS THAT STATEMENT

    HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!! ( 5 exclamation points )

  • let me get this straight.

    you wrote an entire article about how you are such a great journalist?

    tooting ones horn eh?
    got one question for you

    AM I PSYCHO????

    http://www.youtube.com/view_comment?gl=US&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=4c1WKZ_i5Mk

  • Fap Fap

    i just don’t understand the magazine format anymore people still buy mags??..
    …They already sending out Free test models of iPad 2..but ONLY if you live in United States..i got 2..sent 1 to my mom house & 1 to my dorm..lol http://owl.li/54DlU

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  • still best rite now!!

    man..i remember i use to skip over the XXL editorial every month lol, then one time i read it. I had to check what the Yellow Nigga was hatin on next from then on out! good sh*t

  • goddamn i hate these fucking trolls. YN, while you’re at it, make a legitimate commenting system. there’s no point in having comments when none of the comments have to do with the post. 90% of the comments are “____ is so gay” or “that guy is fucking pop” or something else. nobody says “hey i liked this. here’s why” or “ew this sucks, here’s why” or something. it’s all bullshit. please, somebody, for the love of god, change the fucking commenting system. make people have to log in. let your rapradar interns moderate comments & ban the trolls. god dammit. i’m gonna leave if y’all don’t change it.

  • Tim Lee VA Stand Up

    Leave Swag Puff

    Only thing i hate is all the spam. Tyler the Creator is going straight to the 7th circle of Hell.

  • mac DIESEL

    WHERE’S NAS WHEN U NEED ‘EM TO BURN A MAGAZINE!!!!

    ….HA!!!! GET OFF YA YELLOW DICK YN!!!! NARCISSISTIC BASTARD!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Word

    “P.S I want to do Drizzy next. Shhh!”

    ^

    Pause. Pause. Pause.

  • Peter Pankey Jr.

    I am honored to comment in the same post as the great mac DIESAL

    is that really you?

    ….o yea ALL CAPS HA!!!!

    IS THAT REALLY YOU?

    HATE ON MY OPINION!!!! ( mac DEISAL USES 4 EXCLAMATIONS POINTS )

  • mac DIESEL

    ^

    THANKS FOR THE SHOUT OUT KID!!!! BUT IT’S “DIESEL” NOT “DIESAL”!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Peter Pankey Jr.

    EXCUSE MY TYPO MR.”DEISEL”

    I WAS JUST SO EXCITED ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU ACTUALLY COMMENTED ON A POST I COMMENTED ON AS WELL.

    BEING THE RAPRADAR LEGEND YOU ARE, ITS AN HONOR.

    HATE ON MY OPINION!!!! ( mac DEIS(E)L uses 4 EXCLAMATION POINTS )

  • petey

    faggot looks like a gay bokeem woodbine

  • Black Shady

    @YN ; First off…congrats. keep doing your thing. RR is the best blog online..hands down. Second, on some serious shit…do you plan on having Banks in your magazine?? or maybe an interview?? Im sure Banks is hot enough now..and people would like to hear what he got up his sleeve for 2011.

  • Yung Silv

    the last mag was dope and this one is gonna be better

  • Converse

    ^

    Who? monotone?whisper nahh but big up to bigga? very underrated its CRAZY

  • bigg5364

    Yes i love rapradar keep up the great work!

  • pushakey

    you are a brave man. i think it will be a cool mag that not enough people will buy. im hoping to steal a few copies from my local barbershop’s coffee table. If it by some chance is a graphic design masterpiece, and is as equally visually stunning as it is intellectually stimulating, then maaaybe, just maybe, i might maybe buy an issue. print is dead, word to david carson.