Dear Readers: An Open Letter From the Editor

Dear Readers,

First off, I must tip my hat, give a bow and thank you personally. If you are reading this letter, then you are reading Bonus Cut, and for that I thank you immensely. It means so much to me just to have readers and people viewing Bonus Cut and I am blessed with everyone that visits and continues to visit in the future (I promise that every issue will have great stuff).

If you’re wondering what Bonus Cut exactly is, I will try to help. But first: did you read our “about” section? If not, I suggest you do that, because really, that’s what we are. If you’re still confused, then here’s a short story for yall.

I initially came up with the idea for Bonus Cut about two years ago, although it was nothing like it is now. Back then I had become part of a small thread online that discussed Hip hop, shared music and introduced new artists. It was a relief at first, but as time grew I soon realized that I wanted to delve further into the culture. A year later I started a small blog that posted music and photos, but that wasn’t enough. Simply sharing music had good intentions, but there was so much more to this great culture that I wanted to share and discuss.

By the near end of 2012 I came up with the idea to start a site that touched on more than just music. I wanted to it to discuss Hip hop culture in general, its impact on worldview culture, worldview culture’s impact on Hip hop, the genre’s reflection on politics and humanity and its portrayal of everyday life. Of course, I also wanted the site to share new and old music alike, but I wanted to make sure that wasn’t the only thing Bonus Cut was after.

I realized soon that I couldn’t do this alone. I’ve tried running sites and blogs by myself, and slowly they became monumental to the point where it was too much for me to handle.

With that on my mind, I contacted one of my good friends, who was perhaps the one guy who understood the underlying theme I wanted Bonus Cut to reflect. It’s taken quite some time for us to prepare this, but Gus and I are finally ready to unleash Bonus Cut to the public.

It’s quite weird sitting here now, because I want this to become something people look forward to every week, and I want it to succeed beyond my imagination, but that’s not the most important thing about Bonus Cut. The most important thing to me is that no matter how many people will read this week by week, we’re going to be spreading the love of Hip hop to at least someone. And for that I’m grateful.

With that being said, the buck doesn’t stop here. There are improvements to be made, more writers to contribute and ideas to be shared. I expect this to be a gradual process, but a successful one, and once again, thank you readers. Thank you.

Also, not to sell myself here, but if you’re a fan of Hip hop and want to talk about it and what it means to you, why not write for Bonus Cut? Information can be found under the “about” drop-down box near our header!

-Daniel

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