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It’s about time a Southern-based magazine put it down. I’m up here in Virginia, a.k.a. the Top of the South, and I got ahold of your mag. I’m gonna be following y’all from now on. It’s good to see underground and mainstream Southern artist gettin’ their shine on. Keep up the good work and keep it gangsta! JB I fuck with ya! – LadyDWell, firstname.lastname@example.org (Virginia) I’ve been following your mag for about a year now and I must say that I’m genuinely happy with your success. I thoroughly enjoy your publication and actually look forward to my copy each month. As a female, I just wanted to send the support and let you know that you’re doing your thing, withstanding obstacles, and most importantly, facilitating a connection. I see the growth with the website and the magazine and know that you have so much more in the works. Do your thing, stay on the scene, and all you deserve will surely be at your feet. And all those who oppose you without reason will come to regret ever fucking with you! – Skyy, kasmith@ radio-one.com (Houston, TX) I been peepin’ your editorials lately in the mag. I must say I’m impressed with your heart. You goin’ real heavy against some big dawgs. – Keinon Johnson (Atlanta, GA) First off, I’d like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to speak my mind in your magazine this month. I don’t want to beat around the bush, so I will get to the point. I am Dame Dozha. There’s an uncanny resemblance between me and another rapper from Jacksonville, Pimp G. So weird that we are from the same town, Jacksonville, and we are both involved in the same industry, but there is one thing that is not
the same: our talent. I used to be approached all the time while hustling my music, and the people would say that they knew of me and would call me Pimp G. Everyone says we look just alike. I used to be in denial but I have accepted the resemblance for what it is worth, free publicity. When he is in your mag, it’s almost like I am in your mag. I actually met him and told him about how I felt, that we looked alike, and it was weird that we do the same thing. After meeting him, I traded CDs with him, but didn’t pay much attention to it the first time. Then, tonight, my evil twin has come to the city I dwell in, Tallahassee. He was at The Moon, a place I like to consider my night sanctuar. We greeted each other and he gave me his mixtape. I felt the need to separate myself from him because of the confusion it would cause to have us in the same place at the same time. Now, I did expect the guy to be good at what he does. I had high expectations, thinking that he looks like me, so he must be blessed with talent as well. Besides, he is in OZONE. Paid for the ad, but he is also in the O of OZONE. So he must be doing something right that I am not, and I commend him for that. So, I was excited, in fact. The suspense was killing me, wondering what his CD sounded like. I just got through giving it a thorough listening session. Well, as thorough as I could stand, because the music was garbage. Beyond garbage. Words can not explain how bad it was. I even called in reinforcements to come listen, because I tend to be a hater. I don’t give anyone much credit. But this guy made me feel the need to write you. I am baffled at the quality of the sound, stature of the cadence he uses, and even the appearance of the CD. It’s all god awful. If you don’t believe me, ask someone, and listen yourself. I plan to let him know my-
self but I had to tell you and the world how I felt. Also, I respect Young Cash for the drive he appears to have, but he too is on Pimp G’s mixtape (which doesn’t even have a name). The fact that he has the audacity to rap with this man lowers my respect completely. Again, I am a hater even to my crew, but I am also honest. If you print any of this, and he wants beef on wax, I’m ready. Your move, twin. Dame Dozha, email@example.com (Jacksonville, FL) The new issue looks great. Spent the morning reading it. Thank you for putting up with the bullshit interviews, doing graphic design, and draggin’ your camera around to get pics, cause it’s worth it when you put out this good of a product. To people who are tryin’ to come up in the game, you do have a true medium set up to offer an inside look at the real Hip Hop game. We appreciate it, and even though you may have some competition, that just shows that you’re on to something. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and none I have seen have anything on OZONE. You do a consistently great job with the publication. It helps us, and many more like us, more than you will ever know. - Trey Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org (Enterprise, AL) I think you should put my baby Pitbull in the magazine more. He is the finest and most talented Latino rapper. Nobody can outdo him. Everyobdy should know his name. If you’re not a fan you should be. It’s the sound of his voice and his fine-ass looks that drive me wild. Pitbull, we love you and what you stand for. Tell the haters to be gone. You’re #1 in my book. - MissPittbull07@aol.com < You see, kids, this is what happens when you write bad checks, won’t pay your OZONE invoice from last year and threaten the editor via Blackberry: you get put on blast! Hint to aspiring record label owners: you’re supposed to pay your bills before you buy the fleet of wrapped vans! The Source is next! Final warning!
OZONE AUGUST 2005
Ozone Mag #37 - Aug 2005