Losing the VIBE

VIBE Magazine is closing its doors after nearly 16 years of bringing hip-hop news and interviews to its readers. Check out a few of our favorite VIBE covers.

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  • Snoop Dogg

    Snoop Dogg

    In September 1993, VIBE Magazine, founded by music legend Quincy Jones one month prior, published its very first issue, which featured Snoop Dogg on the cover.

    Captions by Tabitha Peyton Wood

  • Tupac Shakur

    Tupac Shakur

    In April 1995, VIBE ran an interview with rap legend Tupac Shakur, in which the artist famously anticipated his death before being killed the following year.

  • The Notorious B.I.G.

    The Notorious B.I.G.

    In October 1995, Brooklyn-born rapper Christopher Wallace and his wife, R&B singer Faith Evans, graced the cover of VIBE.

  • The Fugees

    The Fugees

    For the June/July issue in 1996, VIBE gave readers the scoop on Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel–members of the award-winning rap/R&B group, the Fugees.

  • Dr. Dre

    Dr. Dre

    In October 1996, VIBE’s cover featured Dr. Dre.

  • Janet Jackson

    Janet Jackson

    In November 1997, singer Janet Jackson was VIBE’s cover starlet. Inside, she dished about “Michael, masochism and mastering the game.”

  • Will Smith

    Will Smith

    In September 1998, actor, rapper and producer Will Smith was featured on the cover of VIBE’s five-year anniversary issue.

  • Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey

    In November 1998, Mariah Carey appeared on the cover of VIBE.

  • Jay-Z


    Rapper Jay-Z appeared on the cover of VIBE in April 1998.

  • J-Lo


    In August 1999, Bronx-born singer Jennifer Lopez was featured on the cover.

  • Nelly


    Rapper Cornell Haynes Jr., better known by his stage name, Nelly, was featured on VIBE’s cover in January 2001.

  • Destiny's Child

    Destiny's Child

    In February 2001, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, members of the popular R&B girl group, Destiny’s Child, were featured on an extended cover of VIBE.

  • Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz

    In January 2002, VIBE’s cover pictured popular rocker Lenny Kravitz.

  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson

    In March 2002, VIBE’s cover featured the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

  • Sean Paul

    Sean Paul

    Rapper Sean Paul was on the cover in December 2003.

  • Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys

    Soulful singer Alicia Keys stunned readers on the March 2004 cover of VIBE.

  • LL Cool J and Tyra Banks

    LL Cool J and Tyra Banks

    Rapper and actor LL Cool J was on the cover in January 2005, along with supermodel, actress, talk-show host and reality TV star Tyra Banks.

  • Keyshia Cole

    Keyshia Cole

    Singer Keyshia Cole made her first appearance on the cover of VIBE in August 2006.

  • OutKast


    André 3000 and Big Boi, members of the eccentric hip-hop duo, OutKast, were interviewed for the July 2006 issue of VIBE.

  • T.I.


    Rapper T.I. was featured on the cover of VIBE in August 2007.

  • President Obama

    President Obama

    President Barack Obama appeared on the cover of VIBE in September 2007, as he campaigned against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary for the 2008 presidential election.

  • Kanye West

    Kanye West

    In February 2008, Kanye West talked to VIBE about love and his big ego.

  • Rihanna


    Pop artist Rihanna was featured on the cover of VIBE in May 2009–the famed magazine’s second to last issue. Inside, VIBE explores her relationship with Chris Brown.

  • Eminem


    VIBE’s June 2009 issue with Eminem on the cover.