VIBE Vixen’s 2011 HOT 25 (Summer Edition)


Bieber fans better back off because we’ll fight for our Vixen Esperanza Spalding. The talented, young instrumentalist won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, but she’s much more than just “new.” Just take a listen to her Chamber Music Society; it’s her third studio album and was the top jazz album upon its release. Recently, she performed at The Roots’ Picnic alongside Nas and Wiz Khalifa proving that she’s infiltrating the hip-hop culture in such a powerful way that reintroduces the art to a new generation. She is respected by a variety of community, and even the fashion world has embraced the big-haired brown girl.

Watch as she freshly remakes an old jam!