Former publishers of "hip hop bible" The Source Magazine, David Mays and Ray "Benzino" Scott (right), have announced their new effort will be called Hip Hop Weekly, and not The Truth, as previously announced.
Hip Hop Weekly will hit newsstands on nationwide on Oct. 16 and will be, you guessed it, a weekly publication. Go figure.
The new magazine finds Mays and Scott getting back into the publishing arena after being thrown out of The Source by corporate board members in January 2006. Why? Well, allegedly because they were jerks, everyone hated them, and Benzino used the mag to push his fledgling rap career.
How much did they hate Benzino over at The Source? So much so that the issue after he got axed features a banner on the cover that read, "100% Benzino Free"! LOL.
"I am extremely proud to be breaking new ground with the launch of Hip Hop Weekly ," Mays said. "Hip hop culture and its celebrities are making news every day, so there is a need for a magazine that can keep up with the much faster pace of news and information flow in the multimedia, Internet-driven world that we are living in today."
"Readers can depend on us for insight, criticism, and perspective on how hip hop influences the world,'" Valdés added. "Our entire team, both business and editorial, is filled with passionate fans that understand the Hip-hop lifestyle. Believe me, that's going to make all the difference."
Mays will serve as the CEO of Hip Hop Weekly's backing company, Hip Hop Global Media, while Benzino will act as the company's chief brand executive. Also board is former Vibe editor editor-in-chief Mimi Valdés, who will serve as the executive vice president and editor-in-chief. Valdés is also a co-owner in the new venture.
Mays established The Source in 1988 as a student at Harvard University, while Benzino jumped on board as a financer with an editorial voice a few years later.
Hip Hop Weekly will cover film, TV, music, fashion, sports, and celebrity news, and will feature new columns from Wendy Williams and Star & Buc Wild…thereby ensuing they have the most obnoxious and opinioned staff in the publishing world. Should make for good, spicy copy though.