News: DJ Kay Slay Tells Mags To Step Their Paper Up, "N*ggas Always Trying To Cut Cost"

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 11:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

DJ Kay Slay has issued a message to all men's magazines by telling them to stop disrespecting the models by using lesser quality print formats.

Referring to his own Straight Stuntin' Magazine as an example of good quality, the deejay veteran blasted his publication's competition.

"StraightStuntin magazine!!!!! We Refuse to lose!! 250 pages and better! High quality paper 80! i see yall n*ggas using that cheap paper..," Slay wrote via Twitter Monday (February 15) night. "Stop using that cheap paper on them women mags.. it makes the ladies look like they got rashes on their skin you a**holes! @FoundationMag cause they 2 used 2 using 40lb.. you can use 40lb and 50lb on rappers but not women!! @FoundationMag n*ggas paper so thin u can roll a blunt in that sh*t! N*ggas always trying to cut cost.. you threw 2 much b12 in ya crack an lost ya customers now u doin the same sh*t with ya magazines!" (DJ Kay Slay's Twitter)

Publications like KING and VIBE re-launched their magazines with new looks and names last December.

The cover with Chris Brown actually shares the print run with covers featuring Drake, another hip-hop artist. But it's the Chris Brown cover that's more likely to get people talking. Now the print edition is coming back with a reduced frequency, four issues next year compared with the 10 once planned for 2009, and a smaller paid circulation guarantee, 300,000 now compared to 600,000 at shutdown. That partly reflects the tough economy. It's a result, too, of abandoning all subscribers to the old Vibe, who now have to buy new subscriptions if they want the new print edition; InterMedia didn't take on liability for prior subscribers when it bought Vibe's assets. The return issue, out Dec. 8 in a slightly over-sized format, is expected to include more than 40 pages of advertising. (Ad Age)

Slay recently spoke on why print publications should not make the move to online editions.

"I figured the modeling thing would be simpler if I gave them a platform to show their talents and It would be good to come through a magazine. It's female DJ's, rappers, models, adult entertainers. No requirements, just come correct. Everything is run right like any other magazine you see. I didn't do an online magazine because that's how you lose. This downloading sh*t f*cked up the whole music industry. The last thing you want to do is put it online cause people won't purchase it. You can't bootleg a magazine. The time that it takes to do it and the money, a n*gga aint gonna take the chance to do it. The only way you could lose if you did an online version. I don't care if you have to pay for it, a motherf*cker will figure out how to get that sh*t for free. It's a gift and curse." (All Hip Hop)

Giant Magazine recently said it would transition from print to an online counterpart called GiantLife.com.

Interactive One, LLC the digital connection for Black America and the digital division of Radio One, Inc., the largest African American multimedia company, today announced the launch ofGIANTLife.com to super-serve a highly underserved audience, affluent African Americans 21-34 and will suspend printing the bi-monthly Giant Magazine. GIANTLife.com will continue and expand upon the magazine's original vision by providing a larger audience with superior original content and access to an exclusive lifestyle. (PR Newswire)

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