Vibe Lifestyle Network, parent company of Vibe Magazine and Vibe.com, announced the inaugural “Resurrection Issue” will feature two different covers: controversial R&B singer Chris Brown and up-and-coming triple threat singer/rapper/actor Drake. In the last six weeks Vibe has expanded its content mix, improved its paper, increased its size, re-designed the book and re-launched Vibe.com.
“The Resurrection Issue of Vibe is about recreating and redefining hip-hop culture. We can reset the tables, embrace how far culture has come and most importantly, take it to the next level,” said Vibe Lifestyle Network Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer Brett Wright. “Chris Brown and Drake represent the next generation and both have insights to share regarding their respective futures,” commented Jermaine Hall, Vibe’s Editor-in-Chief.
“The Passion of Chris” allows fallen R&B idol Chris Brown the chance to discuss his side of the very public altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna, his upcoming album and his plans to reclaim his place on top of the music industry.
“Rookie of the Year” is a comprehensive interview with Canadian singer/rapper/actor Drake. Discovered by soon-to-be-jailed rapper Lil Wayne, Drake explores the pressures of putting together 2010’s most highly anticipated release.
“Vibe was an iconic publication that was always the first to spotlight new artists and music they believed in,” said Drake. “To be part of the new regime is a true honor.”
The issue also takes Vibe back to its roots in investigative reporting with “Death of a Salesman,” a look into the 2008 suicide of Island Def Jam Executive Vice President Shakir Stewart. The issue also contains a fashion shoot with model Amber Rose.