Straight from the Source (Paperback)

An Expose from the Former Editor in Chief of the H

By Kim Osorio

Gallery Books, 9781451656947, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/9/2008)

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Kim Osorio had a front-row seat for the biggest beefs, battles, and blow-ups in hip-hop. As the first female editor-in-chief of "The Source," she had come up.

From her corner office, Kim got the goods on hip-hop's hottest names: Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Lil' Kim. She developed close -- sometimes intimate -- relationships with the artists she exposed to the public. But "The Source" couldn't hide its own dirty laundry for long.

Behind the scenes, the magazine's volatile owners puppeteered every issue -- even coveted honors like the 5-mic album rating and the Power 30 list of industry heavy-hitters. Then "The Source" declared war on Eminem and began the notorious assault that would send the magazine into swift decline.

In a culture dominated by men, Kim rose to the top, and after years in the magazine's pressure cooker, she hit "send" on a two-sentence e-mail that would thrust her from the sidelines of the scandalous world she reported on to the center of one of the most explosive scandals in hip-hop history. "Straight From the Source" is the Book of Kim, the tell-all memoir only she could write about her influential years at the Bible of Hip-Hop.