“VIBE’s third issue features two of hip-hop’s most buzzed about female artists, further defining the nature of the music industry,” said VIBE Lifestyle Network Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer Brett Wright. “Erykah and Nicki inspire women to sing, rap and find a place for themselves in the music industry,” commented Jermaine Hall, VIBE’s Editor-in-Chief.
Erykah Badu discusses her upcoming fifth studio album “New Amerykah Part Two,” disrobing on the streets of Dallas for art and the resulting media storm in “Art & Craft.”
“Character Study” gets behind the costumes and mind of the female MC who has appeared on the singles of everyone who’s anyone in the hip-hop world – Young Money, Lil Wayne, Usher and Ludacris. With her first solo album about to drop, Nicki reflects on her upbringing in Trinidad and Queens and her quest to make people see her as more than another Barbie doll.
The issue also features NY Times best-selling author Aliya S. King’s expose on the mysterious 1972 death of Melvin Combs, Sean Comb’ father, a fashion spread featuring dancer/footballer Chad Ochocinco and Keith Murphy’s interviews with Akon, Ne-Yo, Will.i.am and other artists who collaborated with Michael Jackson on the songs left behind.
“We are pleased to welcome new print advertisers including Colgate, Coty’s new Baby Phat fragrance, BMW, TNT’s drama Hawthorne and Crest,“ said VIBE Publisher Jeff Mazzacano.
“Vibe has developed multi-platform campaigns including print, online and events for partners including AT&T, Ford Fiesta, Coca Cola and Crown Royal Black,” said VIBE Director of Sales & Associate Publisher Asten Morgan Jr.