Kim Osorio joined The Breakfast Club to talk about her new (and old) position as editor-in-chief at The Source magazine. Kim was the first and only female EIC at The Source from 2000 until 2005. She talks about her lawsuit against the magazine and the rumors of an $8 million verdict in her case. She talks about the lawsuit and her time at the magazine in her book Straight From The Source.
“It is a full circle type of thing,” Kim says about rejoining The Source. “And I think for me and where I was at in my career, it was good to come back. I always felt like there was a lot of stuff I didn’t get to finish because of the way things ended. And I been talking to Londell [McMillan], who owns the magazine now, about how we can move it forward. In the past couple years, I think the brand, it’s been there and it’s survived, but there have been a little bit of bumps in the roads. I wanted to see it prosper. I’ve always believed in The Source brand, as many people in hip hop have.”
After her stint at The Source, she worked for BET.com and GlobalGrind.com. She discusses the presence of blogs and websites saying: “I don’t think people are doing it well. It’s not to knock the blogs. I love that they are very informative and entertaining and I love being a part of that. I look at them everyday but I think with magazine jounalism, we have to take it a step further. We have to do a lot of things you can’t really do online.”
She talks about the legendary 5 mic rating in The Source saying: “The mic ratings are very important so one of the things I want to restore is the credibility of the mic ratings system.” She stands by her claim that Lil Kim didn’t receive 5 mics and that it was indeed a 4 1/2 mic rating. She discusses blowing money fast early in the game, dealing with men in the industry, and Eminem.