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Music-Loving Freelancers Can Land a Byline at XXL


What better time to pitch a pub than after its 16th anniversary issue?

XXL, a publication aimed at representing ‘hip-hop on a higher level,’ is all about speaking in the language and attitude of the culture — bold, cocky, smart.

As for content, music is undeniably the keystone. “People get it confused and think that if you’re African-American and in entertainment that you automatically go in the book. But we’re a hip-hop music magazine. So, if you’re Asian and you’re an artist, you have a better chance than just being a Black actor or something,” explained editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten.

Editors are always on the lookout for fresh content from new writers. So if you want to avoid the slush pile, check out How to Pitch: XXL.

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XXL Staffers Suspended Over Offensive Video

Not sure how anyone thought this was okay.

Some XXL staffers posted a video of rapper Too $hort advising young boys to sexually assault young girls. Naturally this stirred a firestorm that played out on Facebook and Twitter. A petition was started calling for the firing of the magazine’s editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten.

Satten has since apologized and released a statement airing her disappointment and saying that she didn’t know of the video’s contents before it was posted.

“I do not see all content before it goes live. When I saw this video, I was truly offended and thought it crossed the line. I had it taken down immediately. I am disappointed that an employee decided to post it and I am putting internal procedures in place to make sure content like this does not go on the site. The video goes against my value system and represents poor judgment on behalf of the individual who posted it.”

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XXL Magazine Launches iPhone App

XXL magazine has launched its first iPhone app, and if you’re an aspiring emcee, this is a must have. Features include a hip-hop news feed, trivia section and a geo-tracking section that allows users to find their friends.

The app is already a hit, having reached number seven in the iTunes music apps category with 10,000 downloads in a little under a week. The reason for such quick success? The “Ready or Not” function, which allows users to upload 30-second freestyles and submit them directly to XXL editors to be judged. If they like your mic – er, iPhone – skills, your freestyle could be feautred on the magazine’s website.

Every aspiring rapper knows how hard it is to get noticed, so this app – and specifically the Ready or Not function – is actually very cool. Vanessa Satten, Editor-in-Chief of XXL, calls the app an American Idol for hip-hop:

Singers have American Idol but aspiring rappers have limited outlets. ‘Ready or Not’ lets aspiring rappers get heard by those who can actually help launch their career.  Established artists, label A&R executives, XXL editors and industry heavyweights will all be reviewing submissions.  We believe this can be a really important tool for hip-hop.

So what are you waiting for? Download the app and submit some rhymes. Hey, you never know. If Yelawolf can get signed, there’s hope for all of us.