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20 Vibe Magazine Covers That Perfectly Define The '90s

The venerable R&B and hip hop publication that helped document the history of pop culture in the ‘90s is reportedly set to cease publication at the end of this year. Here is a look at some of the memorable covers from the decade.

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1. Snoop Dogg (September 1993)

22-year-old Snoop appeared on the cover of the magazine's first issue, his cover story was in advance to his debut album, Doggystyle (which was highly anticipated following his contribution’s to Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, the previous year).


7. Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac and Suge Knight (February 1996)

In less than a year Death Row would fall apart, with Dr. Dre decamping that summer, Tupac’s murder in September and Snoop forever distancing himself from Suge.

8. The Notorious B.I.G and Puffy (September 1996)

In the candid interview, Puffy and Biggie opened up about the events surrounding the 1994 near fatal shooting of Tupac, at a Manhattan recording studio, their feud with Suge Knight and Death Row, and the on-going East Coast/West Coast rivalry.


20. Tupac Shakur (February 1994)

The classic Tupac cover, summed up best by Complex:

"The world might never truly understand Tupac. What, if any of his persona was an act and what was reality? Was he a calculated genius? Was he crazy? Was he both? We'll never know. But the image of him on this classic VIBE cover captures the dichotomy of his character. Even in an insane asylum he maintains a 'don't-give-a-fuck' look on his face."