April 26, 2023

Episode 3: Ten Dollars and a Dream


  1. “Simba” – J. Cole (2007)
  2. “Say Yeah” – Wiz Khalifa (2008)
  3. “Reagan Era” – Curren$y (2008)
  4.  “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E” – Wale feat. Justice (2008)
  5. “UKNOWBIGSEAN” – Big Sean (2003)
  6. “The Calm” – Drake (2009)
  7. “Successful” – Drake (2009)


What starts as a small outlet for Eskay to celebrate underground music, in two years becomes a destination for artists like J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Wale, Big Sean and so many others looking for a co-sign outside MTV, Hot97 and XXL Magazine. When NahRight, a rappy-rap paradise, bends its unwritten rules to post Drake, he becomes a huge deal. XXL’s editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson, once an enemy of the blogs, turns to Eskay to revamp XXL’s site in his vision.


  1.  Jay-Z & Nas – “Black Republicans” on NahRight
  2. The legendary ‘XXL’ Jay-Z, LeBron James, Kanye West and Foxy Brown cover
  3.  Elliott Wilson on “YN”
  4.  Elliott Wilson buys an ad in Dec. 7 2002 issue of Billboard declaring XXL the best rap mag out
  5.  Rapper Wiz Khalifa drops ‘Deal or No Deal’. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  6. Datpiff in 2006
  7. Drake Talks Young Money, Kanye Comparisons & Ghostwriting – Complex