So I was excited to crack this magazine open and get down to business on that Top 100 list until the first page when a three page fold out poster of R. Kelly and Aaliyah popped out. Everything about that poster is creepy. They are on a dry deserted area that a kidnapper would take a victim, Aaliyah (14) is wearing a Mickey Mouse sweater looking unhappy at the camera as Kelly is staring away in the background like he ain’t done shit. It gets worse when you read her answers to the interview inside talking about her first album being recorded in Chicago with Kelly. Article reads: But it wasn’t all work and no play. On their time off, the two would rent movies, grab a bite to eat, and even play cards. (what a great mentor!). Another standout cut is the title track, which is a song about passion between a young woman and an older man.
8 years later we come to find that this child molester also likes to urinate on his victims. Pretty sad, so I’ll just say a few words, a big fuck you to R Kelly and Aaliyah’s parents, and R.I.P. to Aaliyah.
This could have been one of the most iconic and sought after Vibe issues if they would have just put some thought into the cover. Instead they go with another illustration. This issue came out the same month she left us and if they would have used the picture of her from inside, it would have been perfect. Article on Pastor Troy is inside (underrated). Foxy Brown interview (when she was hot). Black Eyed Peas add (before the white girl). Funny Ad: T-Boz for Lawry’s Seasoned Salt?? Headline “T-Boz Confesses to late night run for favorite seasoning”
Pretty good looking cover, better than the last Vibe I covered. There is a FUBU ad with Daymond John in it, looks completely different that the Daymond you see on Shark Tank. Missy and Timbaland take out a one page ad to tell Aaliyah they miss her. Also looking back at a young Trick Daddy, didn’t realize how much he looks like the Grizzlies Tony Allen. Good little article on whether the hard economic times will sway the bling era into a more gritty musical direction. Not sure if that happened or not, but one thing you can always count on in the rap game is B!&#@’s, From B’s ain’t Sh!t but Hoes and Tricks… to I love bad B’s, that’s my f#$%%’n problem…. Bitches be economic proof! Jay-Z’s Blueprint gets 5 Star Rating in this issue.