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Ozone magazine, the preeminent name in Southern rap periodicals, recently released its sex issue, a collection of interviews where your favorite rappers discuss sex-related topics. Naturally, it's a very interesting read. Say what you will about Ozone, and a lot of people have, but one thing the magazine does not do is pretty up interviews to make rappers seem any more or less culpable/menacing/unintelligent than they actually are. This is why those regular features they'd run where Pimp C would just go nuts on people were so entertaining. So we sent word to Ozone founder and one of the most important people in Southern rap journalism, Julia Beverly, to see if she'd be game to answer a few questions about it. Surprisingly, she was. Hit the jump to see what she had to say about why it was or wasn't cool to tell Soulja Boy to eat a dick, Denny's Grand Slam Breakfasts and, of course, His Highness Bun B. Rocks Off: So what we were thinking was we could play the "How Many Times..." game. The way it works is simple. We've grabbed a couple of quotes from various interviews from the sex issue and pasted them below. You tell us how many times you [whatever] when you read/heard them. It's easy. Check it: From Soulja Boy: "I think everything happens for a reason."
RO: How Many Times... Did you wonder, "Well what was the reason that Ice-T came out and told you to 'eat a dick'?" We actually enjoy Soulja Boy. We think he's way smarter than people realize. Ice-T is great - we loved him in that movie where Rutger Hauer was hunting him - but him going after Soulja Boy was kind of a dick move, right? Julia Beverly: At this point, Soulja Boy's proven a lot of his detractors wrong. Everyone labeled him a "one-hit wonder," but he's still around and doesn't seem like he'll be going anywhere anytime soon. I admire his business savvy and the way he's continued to brand himself. I think he's very intelligent and more focused than a lot of artists his age (he's 19). I'm not sure how the beef between him and Ice-T got started, but I think Soulja Boy won that round. From Wale, regarding how a groupie tried to sleep with him and what he did after turning her down: "So I just took her and her homegirls to Denny's instead." RO: How Many Times... Did you say, "That's fly right there"? She was trying to get at some famous rapper's dong and he ordered her a Grand Slam? That's a G move. More dudes should do that. It would totally flip the sex game on its ear.
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JB: Wale's interview was definitely a breath of fresh air amidst some of the other artists we've interviewed. [Note: Agreed.] That was nice that he didn't want to dog her out. I agree that more dudes should have more respect for women. However, it goes both ways. Women should have respect for themselves and not put themselves in that [situation] in the first place, because most dudes will take advantage. From Lil Wayne: "I'm not on child support with none of my kids cause I'm a great father. So it's not determined by how much money you're paying at all. That's not what it's about. It's about being there and being that important person in their lives." RO: How Many Times... did you say "Yeah, friggin' right" to yourself? We mean, it's a good look, and we love Wayne, but you know those "Take time to be a dad" commercials Obama does? I'm pretty certain he wasn't talking about Weezy F. Baby.
JB: Actually, I really like Wayne, and from what I've observed - at least with his oldest daughter - he is a great dad. While I agree that having four children by four different women isn't the ideal situation, I feel like he gets labeled unfairly by a lot of people and in the media. It's strange that people form such strong opinions of an artist's character, someone they've never met or interacted with. So in this interview, I wanted to give him a chance to respond to some of those criticisms. All of his baby mothers are on record saying that he's a great father, and his oldest daughter always Tweets that he's a great father - so if they're okay with the situation, I don't see why anyone else is in a position to criticize. The excerpt from Marcus the Porn Star's book, The Porn Star Guide to Great Sex: Everything he said. RO: How Many Times... Did you feel absolutely grossed out? We mean, he seems to know what he's talking about, but when he uses phrases like, "She wants to be filled, she..." it's just kind of icky. Plus, he has dirty eyes. Does that make any sense? JB: I have to disagree with you on that one. I thought the excerpt from his book was sensual, but not over-the-top raunchy or disrespectful, like you might expect from a porn star. And that was actually one of the things we talked about in a previous interview - he hates the way porn stars are perceived as gross or nasty when sex is a natural part of life. I guess everyone's entitled to their opinion. From Bun B, regarding being why he likes his wife on the road: "Sometimes it feels weird when my wife is not around. I get to go to a lot of places and do a lot of things that most people never get to do or see. So more than anything I want my wife to be around to experience those things too. I want to experience those things with someone I can talk about it with 10-15 years from now." RO: How Many Times... Did you want to hug this guy? Bun is a bit of a demigod among Houstonians. Outside of Houston, what's the general consensus on His Trillness? J: Bun is definitely an O.G., and one of the best rappers to interview because he's extremely intelligent and well-read. He's held in high regard as a legend all over the world. We interviewed him, Paul Wall, and E-40 for an article on married rappers. We thought it would be an interesting piece because marriage is generally such a taboo topic in Hip Hop. We wanted to show the diversity of the genre.