During a daily music news meeting, the I'm From Rolling Stone writers pitch stories to the magazine's editors. Krishtine remains frustrated, feeling that she's not being given opportunities to cover hip-hop which would allow her to show what she...... Read Full Episode Summary »
During a daily music news meeting, the I'm From Rolling Stone writers pitch stories to the magazine's editors.
Krishtine remains frustrated, feeling that she's not being given opportunities to cover hip-hop which would allow her to show what she does really well. To add insult to injury, Tika gets assigned to work the red carpet at a Jay-Z concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of his landmark album, Reasonable Doubt. When Krishtine frowns and yells, "Damn!" (pronounced more like "day-um"), Tika responds, "Hard work."
Krystal is assigned to interview Atmosphere after the Minneapolis hip-hop act's New York performance. On the group's tour bus, lead singer Slug refuses to respond to a rumor that he bought a dildo for an ex-, then asks Krystal to make out with him. She laughs, but declines.
Giggles abound when Joe asks Krystal about the interview, and a smiling Krystal reveals that Slug came on to her and wrote a dirty note in her journal. However, she assures them that the interview went very well. Although the mood is light, Joe calls Krystal into his office for a serious discussion about what happened. He lets her know that if anyone makes her feel uncomfortable in such a situation, she has the support of his staff. She assures Joe that she didn't take the situation too seriously, but appreciates his support.
Meanwhile Krishtine, who hasn't gotten an assignment, admits she's envious that everyone's getting cool assignments while she's assigned to "little people." She rants, "My life is so much cooler than my assignments are."
Tika sits quietly, but later unloads her feelings about Krishtine via her webcam. "Maybe you were a superstar writer wherever the f--- you were, but now you're here," she says. "Nobody gives a f--- about your superstar status?before you were at Rolling Stone magazine. Nobody cares about that s---."
In the next news meeting, Krishtine pitches a story about rapper Lil' Kim's fresh release from jail. Joe appreciates the pitch, but admits a more experienced reporter would be assigned if they land that story. Her response: "I probably know more about Lil' Kim than anyone in this whole office."
When rants about how Tika gets to interview big groups like The Roots and Jay-Z, Krishtine's mentor, associate editor Austin Scaggs, tells her not to take it personally. He explains that it's her job to do the assignments, and that drama is unnecessary. Afterward, Krishtine determines that she has to act like she wants it.
Three hours before the final version of Krystal's Atmosphere article is due, Alex wants a rewrite with something about "new songs he's [Slug] writing now." Krystal says the band doesn't have any new recordings yet, just ideas. Alex pushes her for more of a story with quotes.
Put off by what she perceives as Alex's "condescending tone," she questions among the other writers whether the editor has ever gotten laid. When she blames the lack of interview material on Slug's flirtatiousness, Alex doesn't accept Krystal's excuse. Tika agrees, citing Krystal's prior "all in good fun" attitude toward the incident.
Krishtine finally gets an article published in a New York magazine, but it's not Rolling Stone. When she leaves early to review that piece in the Brooklyn offices of Mass Appeal magazine, Tika and Peter question her departure, but Krishtine is excited, telling her webcam, "I am the star and I shine."
Outside of Radio City Music Hall, Tika stands by, waiting for Jay-Z. When the legendary rapper arrives on the red carpet, she asks, "How do you think Reasonable Doubt changed hip-hop?" Jay-Z responds, "I don't know how it changed hip-hop." She quickly restates the question, asking, "What is the effect it had or why is it so special?" Jay-Z responds, "I don't know, you're asking the wrong person," and walks away, leaving Tika to go home with the feeling that she choked.
Tika's red carpet coverage ran the next day on rollingstone.com without a Jay-Z interview. Krystal's Atmosphere article was never published. Although Krishtine got a major ego boost after finally getting published in another magazine, she is still unpublished in Rolling Stone.