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Editor-in-Chief

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XXL Magazine
1115 Broadway 8Th Floor
New York, New York 10010
United States

Company Description: XXL is an urban lifestyle magazine that covers all aspects of hip-hop culture. As the new voice of the hip-hop generation, XXL focuses on music, style, sports and...   more
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Vanessa Satten, XXL's current Editor-in-Chief, has been an executive on the editorial team since 1998.
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Vanessa Satten And Dan Rys With Ali Shaheed Muhamamd And Frannie Kelley
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Vanessa Satten, center, with Lil Durk to the left and August Alsina to the right.
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For their perspective, Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley sat down with Vanessa Satten, the editor in chief of XXL who's been with the magazine since 1998, and senior editor Dan Rys, who's been there 11 months, making this his first Freshmen cover.
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SATTEN: Yes, the big reveal was yesterday evening and we've been gearing up for it for a minute so it's nice have the secret finally out, you know?
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SATTEN: It's all good.
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SATTEN: We start talking around September, October. Most of it is done in my office.
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SATTEN: And you'll get the look at a show at SOBs or Highline or Webster Hall, where we can really see you perform - and also you're doing it for an audience.
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SATTEN: There's definitely voting. There's not quotas.
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SATTEN: That was switching it up for us.
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SATTEN: I think that we've got one other person that was on staff last year for Freshmen and then a few other people it was their first year.
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SATTEN: It used to be like, "Oh there's gonna be a Freshmen meeting? Yay!" "Oh, there's gonna be a Freshmen meeting? Oh, not again. It changes cause how many you have.
RYS: And what I mean by Vanessa having seniority in those meetings: mostly just, like, directing traffic.
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Everybody comes in with everything that they want to say about the rappers that they feel most strongly about and then Vanessa will play devil's advocate. We'll start arguing and then, you know, she'll be directing traffic in a certain way, always just making you think harder or differently about everything like that. It's a long process.
SATTEN: I mean, I might really believe in somebody and try to play devil's advocate just to get them to think differently, or myself to, and do what the cons are to picking that person even if I think they should already be on the list in my head, just so we can play out for them to see, for me to see, to get to kind of a different place.
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SATTEN: For the Freshmen, I mean, we want to --
MUHAMMAD: Well, maybe both, actually.
SATTEN: Listen, you know what?
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SATTEN: I think it's become that over the years.
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SATTEN: Freshmen never hurt anybody.
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SATTEN: So if we can create a moment where it has synergy, and have a cypher where they're rapping together and that they go there and create relationships - where you never would have seen an August Alsina and a Troy Ave cross paths.
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SATTEN: Yeah, definitely. We've had people - I mean, everybody's different. And you have to understand in the sense that you come out once a year, a lot can happen in that timeframe, especially with digital the way it is. So take a Trinidad James, who doesn't exist and a month later he exists and he's got two songs with a remix that are huge and he's on everybody's mind.
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SATTEN: We didn't do it that way this year. We did it a little bit different. We accepted our loss there, on that, and it is what it is.
KELLEY: Why did you add the People's Champ?
SATTEN: Add the People's Champ?
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SATTEN: Yeah we didn't - we had no idea.
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SATTEN: I look forward to the meetings.
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SATTEN: You want to come prepared with your research if you're going to fight for somebody.
KELLEY: We have best music of the year, best music of mid-year. We have meetings like that, and it can get ugly - like really, really quite bad. I apologize again.
SATTEN: A lot of people have said over the years to do a making of. And our thing is, we speak very freely in the Freshmen meeting. We might say, "Yo, so-and-so has no chance of ever blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."
KELLEY: Right.
SATTEN: I don't know if we want some of that stuff on tape sometimes. They do get kind of crazy.
KELLEY: We tell people, "No Tweeting during this meeting."
SATTEN: Yeah, I mean, we don't want this stuff to get out, because you're just very real there.
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SATTEN: Unanimous?
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SATTEN: Troy was interesting.
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SATTEN: We weren't sure how serious to take it until we were able to talk to the Atlanta dudes and the L.A. dudes and the people from all different places and see if Troy was making that connection. He was and, in the meantime, his buzz was getting bigger with that and in New York, so it made sense at that time.
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SATTEN: Yeah, he lost one. Well, no, he had a really funny shirt.
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SATTEN: And Michael Jordan together on it. It was a pretty out-there shirt but he took it off for the cover I guess. He's got it on in the rest of the content.
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SATTEN: You know, I think last year's class was a little bit more serious.
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SATTEN: Well, we appreciate that very much. Thank you.
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SATTEN: One day. Everything.
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SATTEN: Every rapper usually says the same thing.
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SATTEN: "It was the hardest day I ever worked.
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SATTEN: We've had that comment several times.
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SATTEN: But we did add two more guys that we had to get everything with.
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SATTEN: Oh, you take your notes home with you so you don't throw them in the garbage at work, just in case. I mean, I'll take my notes home, rip them up if they've got Freshmen stuff on them and throw them in different garbages on the way home.
KELLEY: Oh my god.
SATTEN: You just don't know.
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SATTEN: Tresa, right?
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SATTEN: Tresa Sanders, who I love, so just shout out to Tresa.
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SATTEN: They flew him in - I don't know if it was coming from Chicago - but they flew him in that morning and he didn't know. And he told us, "Well, I kind of had a feeling cause they told us I was going back to XXL and I had just been to you guys.
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SATTEN: We work with TDE a lot and, actually, TDE has had five Freshmen?
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SATTEN: All of them, yeah.
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SATTEN: I think the culture's ever evolving - regularly evolves.
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SATTEN: It skews all different ways.
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SATTEN: Chance is 21 now.
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SATTEN: It's interesting.
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SATTEN: You definitely have the ability for the 28-year-old, and up, to blow up now. To get the opportunity now in a way that he couldn't before.
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SATTEN: Well, I mean, taking it at a certain level, I think we're missing - not all of them - but a big chunk of some of the people who could guide some of these rappers.
MUHAMMAD: Yeah.
SATTEN: The older rappers or industry people who, not completely abandoned it, but don't play the same role as far as cultivating the young talent that could exist.
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SATTEN: I think that's a little bit of the challenge.
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SATTEN: I think there's a lot of politics in hip-hop and a lot of politics in making things happen.
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SATTEN: And you're like, "Boy, you feel very passionately about that.
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SATTEN: We have a certain way we do things.
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SATTEN: I think the reality is we can respond, or we're comfortable responding, to anybody or anything that anyone brings up, but we don't have to go through all of them to do that.
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SATTEN: We're doing the right thing.
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SATTEN: So that they all get the look and you see their face and they've got a presence.
KELLEY: Why does this have to happen in hip-hop and it doesn't have to happen in other genres? Or why does it and it doesn't elsewhere?
SATTEN: I'm very ignorant to other genres so you're gonna have to --
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SATTEN: We have elektro magazine, which is an EDM magazine.
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SATTEN: Well, what's the rock magazine? Just rock.
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SATTEN: Oh, of course it was Tupac.
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SATTEN: What do you mean?
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SATTEN: I listen to - we've listened to a lot of the new guys. I love Kendrick; I love the success of Kendrick. I love XXL being on him early and being in support of him. I love Eminem, and seeing anything that he has going on. I'm really interested in Chance just because that's pretty creative. I love Tech N9ne. I think he's got a great live show and is totally underrated and is getting more credit. I love Wayne. I like lyricism a lot, and I like a lot of Southern music. I love Southern beats.
It's definitely harder than ever because, you'll know, once you meet people personally your whole dynamic changes.
MUHAMMAD: Absolutely.
SATTEN: Your
XXLmag.com - Contact
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Editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten
XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa ...
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XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten took some time with Kendrick Lamar backstage at his NYC show to record his acceptance speech for his three XXL Awards. Jay Rock chills ...
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In this podcast, XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten & Lifestyle Editor Ralph Bristout talk XXL Freshmen, Smokers' Club and go behind the rap game with insiders ...
Editor-In-Chief of XXL, Vanessa ...
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Editor-In-Chief of XXL, Vanessa Satten speaks on the Dominican beauty gaining the coveted XXL Magazine title
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If we could only all be that sexy," says Editor-In-Chief of XXL Magazine, Vanessa Satten.
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