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Vibe

Founded in 1993, Vibe is a music and entertainment magazine, now published quarterly, which predominantly features R&B and hip-hop music artists, actors and other entertainers.

Check Yo’self At The Door: Cryptoheterosexuality And The Black Music Underground

Essay by Carol Cooper, Vibe, 1993

I) Time Considered as a Helix of Semilegal Nightclubs ...

Digital Underground: The Body-Hat Syndrome (Tommy Boy)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1993

OVER THE roar of the multicolored cosmic Mothership crashing onto Planet Hip Hop, Digital Underground continue to pray in the wild sound factory of George ...

Jody Watley: Intimacy (MCA)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, November 1993

I DON'T WANT a gangsta bitch. Granted, no one's offering, but I don't want one. I don't think bitches ain't nuthin' but hoes and tricks, ...

Larry Levan: Paradise Lost

Retrospective by Frank Owen, Vibe, November 1993

For over a decade, Larry Levan ruled the dance-music world from his roost in the DJ booth at New York's legendary Paradise Garage. Last November, ...

Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Color Me Badd, En Vogue, Intro, Jade, Jodeci, Shai, Silk, SWV: Quiet Storm: The Year In R&B

Report by Frank Owen, Vibe, December 1993

While no one was looking, a new kind of R&B became the dominant force in pop music. And still it gets no respect. ...

One Dove: Disc-O-Tech: One Dove

Profile by Frank Owen, Vibe, March 1994

THEY'VE BEEN called "the Cocteau Twins just back from Ibiza" and "King Tubby meets the Beach Boys." But perhaps it's dubmeister Jim McKinven who put ...

New Kids On The Block: Face The Music (Columbia)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, March 1994

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK have always viewed themselves as a white act making black music, but the young brothers and sisters blasting radios on ...

Schoolly D: Welcome to America (Ruffhouse/Columbia)

Review by Chuck Eddy, Vibe, March 1994

EARLY RAP imitated the world it was created in: celebratory house and street parties that suddenly erupted into bloody crossfire from gangster-leaning, stick-up kids walking ...

Rick James: The Untold Story

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Vibe, April 1994

While Rick James was ruling the charts with hits like 'Super Freak' and 'Give It To Me Baby', he was descending into the drug addiction ...

OutKast

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, August 1994

LaFace's latest rap group is climbing the charts and having a 'Player's Ball' ...

Pete Rock & CL Smooth: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: Smooth Like A Rock

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1994

Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth are blowing up in the biz, but they still got each other's back. ...

Teena Marie: Teena In Wonderland

Interview by Chuck Eddy, Vibe, November 1994

R&B's honorary soul sister, Teena Marie, has a new album, her own label, and a beautiful daughter — it must be magic. ...

Afrika Bambaataa, The Cold Crush Brothers, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, DJ Kool Herc: 15 Years of Hip Hop: Back in the Days

Retrospective and Interview by Frank Owen, Vibe, December 1994

Most of what you know about the old school is wrong. ...

Barry White: Blackberry Jam

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1995

VIBE: You write a lot about — Barry White: Love. VIBE: Love — BW: Always. ...

Various Artists: Law of the Jungle (Moonshine Music);Various Artists: Speed Limit 140 BPM Plus Five (Moonshine Music)

Review by Simon Reynolds, Vibe, March 1995

AFTER YEARS of lamely aping U.S. rap, Britain has finally come up with not one but two responses to hip hop. There's trip hop, also ...

Don Cornelius: The Don

Profile by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1995

JUICE? YOU want juice? Bust this: Long before Arsenio or BET, Don Cornelius single-handedly brought black music into living rooms nationwide. And he's kept it ...

PM Dawn: P.M. Dawn: Diff'rent Strokes

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1995

Lost in space? No. P.M. Dawn return with a pretty (yet slammin') third album — and a rebel whisper that says there's nothing wrong with ...

The Pharcyde: Pharcyde: Labcabincalifornia (Delicious Vinyl)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, December 1995

WHEN THE Pharcyde dropped 1992's Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, it was obvious these hip hop cats had spent many evenings with the stereo and ...

Exposé: Greatest Hits (Arista)

Review by J.D. Considine, Vibe, March 1996

THESE DAYS, most people think Gloria Estefan was queen of the pre-bass Miami dance music scene. But the real rulers were Exposé, three women who ...

The Impressions, Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield: Mighty Mighty

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, April 1996

From the Impressions to Superfly, he's left an indelible mark on American music. Now, six years after a paralyzing accident, Curtis Mayfield is down but not out. ...

The Isley Brothers: Mission to Please (T-Neck/Island)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, June 1996

MY MAMA HAS informed me that when I was six and shaking my booty in front of the stereo, whenever the radio DJ played the ...

Total: Like, Totally Awesome

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, June 1996

First they were just Biggie's background singers. Now with their slammin' debut album, Total prove they are definitely more than the sum of their parts. ...

Billie Ray Martin, Kristine W: Billie Ray Martin: Deadline For My Memories (Sire); Kristine W: Land Of The Living (Champion/RCA)

Review by J.D. Considine, Vibe, September 1996

BEATS AREN'T the only things that change as dance pop evolves. When Madonna first made club music safe for the masses, she did it with ...

Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., TLC, Whitney Houston: Clive Davis: Big Poppa

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1996

The VIBE Q: CLIVE DAVIS, ARISTA RECORDS' LEGENDARY PRESIDENT AND CEO, IS TRULY RUNNING THINGS. THINK NOT? ASK WHITNEY HOUSTON, PUFFY COMBS, TLC, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., OR L.A. AND ...

Jermaine Dupri: Song Of The South

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1996

Whether shooting pool or making hit records, hotshot producer Jermaine Dupri has one goal: to be the best. By Michael A. Gonzales ...

Blackstreet: Another Level (Interscope)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1996

IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to remember the way R&B sounded before producer Teddy Riley created the urban-jungle grooves that became known as new jack swing. ...

The Roots: Deeper Roots

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1996

THE FUNKY FOUR FROM ILLADELPHIA GET ECLECTIC. ...

Tony Toni Toné: Family Ties

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1997

The trio who helped resurrect the true soul sound say their stunning new album might be their last. Are the brothers going to work it ...

Toni Braxton: Toni's Secret: Miss Braxton Lets It All Hang Out

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, June 1997

"YOU'RE KILLING me," says Toni Braxton breathily when I tell her I want to talk about sex. A heartbeat later, though, the shyness falls away ...

Adina Howard: Welcome To Fantasy Island (Elektra)

Review by Miles Marshall Lewis, Vibe, August 1997

WHEN YOU'RE a sexually liberated sista like Adina Howard, erecting a scale on which to balance your acute holike tendencies and your astute, self-styled feminism ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Vol.2…Hard Knock Life (Roc- A-Fella/Def Jam)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, 1998

ALTHOUGH RAPPER Jay-Z may be new to mainstream America, he has been a rising star in the hip hop community for years. ...

Goldie: Saturnz Return (Ffrr Records)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1998

AFTER YEARS of failing to cultivate any homegrown hip hop talents comparable to the likes of Rakim or the Notorious B.I.G., the infamous noise scientists ...

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eazy-E: Ruthless Records: It Ain't Eazy

Report and Interview by R.J. Smith, Vibe, June 1998

What would you do if you inherited an infamous rap label with a catalogue of old hits and a fading reputation? Sell it for a ...

Maxwell, The Tony Rich Project: Maxwell: Embrya (Columbia); The Tony Rich Project: Birdseye (LaFace/Arista)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, August 1998

AT THE END of the day, chances are that 92 percent of all pop songs are about getting laid. Granted, that's a random number, but ...

Gerald Levert, L.S.G., O'Jays: Gerald Levert: Daddy, I Wanna Sing

Profile and Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, October 1998

SECOND-GENERATION LEVERT SINGER AND LSG GURU GERALD HAS SONGS FOR DAYS — ASK HIS POPS, EDDIE ...

Dru Hill: Enter The Dru

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, December 1998

THERE ARE TWO WAYS to consider Dru Hill. One is that the Baltimore quartet is methadone for those experiencing a serious Jodeci jones. Not the ...

Eric Benet: Loveséxy

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, 1999

In an R&B world where diamonds and champagne are king, singer/songwriter Eric Benét is a genius prince who dreams of the big takeover. ...

Mya: Oh, Mya

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, February 1999

When Mya Harrison makes moves, people move over. Amy Linden steps aside. ...

Everlast: House of Blues

Profile and Interview by Marc Weingarten, Vibe, April 1999

Having survived the end of his group, a coronary attack, and open-heart surgery, Eric "Everlast" Schrody scores big with a honky-tonk rock 'n' rap record. ...

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Krayzie Bone: Krayzie Bone: Bone Thug, Not Boneheaded

Interview by Marc Weingarten, Vibe, May 1999

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's Krayzie Bone isn't all that bananas. Especially when it's time to make moves that make serious dollars and much sense. ...

Angie Stone: Precious and Pure

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, October 1999

WHILE the sumptuous and soulful Black Diamond (Arista) may be Angie Stone's solo debut, it's not the first time the singer/songwriter/producer has rocked the mike. ...

Brian McKnight: The Professional

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, November 1999

Writer. Singer. Producer. Arranger. Player. Brian McKnight is a musician's musician. So Amy Linden has to wonder, why does this highly trained master at his ...

Mariah Carey: Rainbow (Columbia)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, December 1999

YES! YES! YES! Mariah Carey is still a skilled singer. The fans will always adore her. Her seat among the pop music hierarchy is secure. ...

20 Classic Love Songs: Nuthin' But Love

Guide by Michael A. Gonzales, Amy Linden, Vibe, February 2000

Turn the lights down low, put the champagne on ice, and load your CD player with these modern romance classics ...

Tina Turner: Tina Tuner: Twenty Four Seven (Virgin)

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, April 2000

SOME PEOPLE you just can't fathom criticizing, one of them being Tina Tuner. Miss Tina has always been larger than life, an iconic figure of ...

Jennifer Brown, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Neneh Cherry, Robyn, Stephen Simmonds, Titiyo: Swedish R&B: Home Brew

Report and Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, May 2000

In the urban global village, SWEDEN is holding its own — pumping out some of today's most popular chart-topping teen R&B tunes and boasting its ...

Kelis: Tasty

Review by Amy Linden, Vibe, 2003

SHE'S THE NEPTUNES' fave session chick, critics dug her 2000 debut Kaleidoscope and the fashion world (and Nas) thinks she's the shit. ...

Jay Z: The Jay-Z Interview

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, 2003

NOTE: The Black Album was not only Jay-Z's eighth studio album, reportedly it was also meant to be his swansong: a collection of jams meant ...

Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson: Jermaine Dupri: In Control

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, October 2004

JERMAINE DUPRI maps out the path to Ms. Nipplegate's heart, fights for P. Diddy-style props, and reveals his secret for crafting hits. Michael A. Gonzales ...

Chris Brown: Ladies' Knight

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, August 2005

IT'S SPRING BREAK in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, and the rowdy bowling alley at Chelsea Piers has become a teenage refuge in the heart ...

Ne-Yo: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, June 2007

Ne-Yo couldn't step to the left if he wanted to. He's actually stepping forward on to superstardom — and there are rumors and X-rated photo ...

The Dap-Kings: Boss Players

Interview by Amy Linden, Vibe, October 2007

THE DAP-KINGS — PURVEYORS OF THE FUNK BEHIND AMY WINEHOUSE, LILY ALLEN, AND SHARON JONES — BRING THE OLD SOUND BACK WITH NEW STYLE, AND ...

DeBarge, El DeBarge: The Rise and Fall of The DeBarge Family

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, October 2007

The DeBarge family – El, Marty, Randy, Bunny and James, not to mention Thomas, Bobby, and baby brother Chico – were supposed to be Motown's ...

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