The shock of being selected quickly wears off as the interns realize that if they want to be the one to say I'm From Rolling Stone as a contributing editor, they're going to have to work hard to prove their worth to the magazine's brass. To that...... Read Full Episode Summary »
The shock of being selected quickly wears off as the interns realize that if they want to be the one to say I'm From Rolling Stone as a contributing editor, they're going to have to work hard to prove their worth to the magazine's brass.
To that end, Rolling Stone executive editor Joe Levy gives Russell, Colin and Krishtine their first assignments for rollingstone.com. As Krishtine wants to be known as "Rolling Stone's hip-hop celebrity," her mouth drops open when Russell is assigned to interview Kanye West's protñe, rapper Lupe Fiasco, and Wu-Tang Clan mainstay Ghostface Killah.
Russell is dispatched to Chicago to meet the Lupe Fiasco after a hometown performance. When Russell asks about his "skate rap style," the artist bristles at the tag, saying it's just a new style. In an effort to be a journalist who stands out, Russell challenges Lupe to a game that involves jumping over a garbage bin. When Russell falls in head first, an amused Lupe tells him he's accomplished his mission.
Colin, meanwhile, heads north to meet with We Are Scientists in Toronto. A testament to his inexperience, he compliments a band member's shirt, fumbles with his papers and tries to make a joke. The band plays on the scribe's nervousness with witty, insincere answers to his questions. He leaves feeling less than confident about his interview skills, but nonetheless later enjoys watching the band's concert performance.
In New York, Krishtine sits for a casual chat with progressive indie rapper El-P after a concert sound check. During the interview, she compliments his intelligence and asks how he compensates for his lack of textbook education. When he replies, "It's the penis," Krishtine falls over laughing.
Russell talks to Ghostface Killah after a concert where he performs a song by his late friend, Ol' Dirty Bastard. The interview about Wu-Tang's reunion project hits a snag when Russell asks, "Who's filling in for ODB?" Taken aback, Ghostface answers, "Nobody fills in for ODB," and Russell recognizes his error in asking such a question so casually.
Back at the Rolling Stone office, each writer's drafts are reviewed by the editors. Krishtine is disappointed to learn that she has to re-interview El-P to get more facts and complains that rewrites are a "pain in the ass."
Singer Nelly Furtado stops by the cafeteria to speak to the group of young hopeful writers. Once a Rolling Stone artist to watch, she's now a very successful hitmaker. Ever fumbling, Russell requests a photo with Nelly, but in doing so makes the comment, "I won't touch you anywhere inappropriate." Awkward!
Later, Colin sees that his We Are Scientists article has been published on the magazine's Web site, making him the first in the group to see his name on a Rolling Stone article.
Not far behind, Russell's blog entry about his exploits was posted the next day and he's working on a Lupe Fiasco feature for the print edition of the magazine. Krishtine's El-P story was never published.