1st Michael now Vibe. Although they don’t compare (because Vibe is no where as epic as Michael Jackson) Vibe Magazine has carved it’s own place in our history.
Today is a sad day in the world of Hip Hop culture. According to various sources, Vibe Media who is responsible for the publication of Vibe Magazine is the latest victim of media recession. For those of you who are not familiar with the beginings of Vibe, I’m happy to give you a bit of insight. Vibe magazine originially began as the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones.
Vibe’s closure leaves just one large-circulation magazine, The Source, focusing on hip-hop and R&B. The Source has had its own troubles, going through a bankruptcy and emerging under new ownership last year. A rock-focused magazine, Blender, folded last year.
Vibe made great strides throughout it’s 16 year run with groundbreaking editorials and controversial covers. Vibe magazine has continuously remained the voice of R & B /Hip Hop culture for years. According to Angela Zucconi, “We will be making a statement by the end of the day. That’s all I can say at this point.” Prior to this announcement was the folding of Vibe Vixen in 2007. Vibe Vixen was created as the voice of the women of this generation. The closing of Vibe is no surprise to some considering that earlier this year they went from publishing a monthly issue to 10 months in a 12 month period. Vibe Magazine will truly be missed and anyone attempting to follow in their footsteps should come correct.