Whoop, here it is!
Now unmasked on the (first) official cover, heart stealers Mack Wilds, August Alsina and Ed Sheeran represent for the future of R&B on VIBE's Summer 2014 Issue.
In a unique photo shoot experience, the three crooners with a hip-hop heart invited a few of their biggest fans down to a single-level house in Los Angeles to be featured in the spreads. Ed and August compared their colorful tattoo sleeves. Mack charmed the entire set. August sipped mimosa after mimosa between looks. Ed played Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid" on his guitar. Everyone turned up to Chris Brown's "Loyal" blasting from a car radio.
But beyond the images, these three rising stars are depicted with insightful profiles that tell their intricate stories and blueprints for success.
VIBE Deputy Editor Clover Hope details Mack Wilds' Shaolin-to-Hollywood-and-back-again trajectory. Music Editor John Kennedy explains Ed Sheeran's intense love affair with hip-hop [read here], while VIBE Vixen Editor Shanel Odum tells August Alsina's hard knock life [peep!].
VIBE's Summer 2014 issue hits newsstands on July 22, but in the meantime read the full feature on Ed Sheeran—whose x album drops today—on vibe.com along with August Alsina and Mack Wilds' individual stories.
And we've got yet another surprise: A second Summer Issue cover hitting the web tomorrow, June 24 (Good luck guessing who's on that one).
Read excerpts from the stories below:
“Where am I gonna survive in a world of 2 Chainz and Drake? Frank, Miguel and all of these guys. I remember coming across them and being like, ‘Yo, bro, I got some music coming up.’ And they’re like, ‘Okay, cool, how’s that movie going?’” —Mack Wilds
“Just because I’m a man with an acoustic guitar doesn’t mean I have to play love songs. I want to straddle all worlds at once. I want to do my acoustic stuff, write for the biggest pop acts in the world, and also work with all the rappers I like, underground or not.” —Ed Sheeran
“Crack fucking ruined my family. So to be selling that shit and seeing what it do to people, you start to realize, ‘Damn, my heart might be a little too big for this shit.’” —August Alsina