Twenty years ago, Quincy Jones went on a mission. Ever since the legendary producer launched VIBE in 1993 (following a test issue in ’92), Q’s dream publication has been the cornerstone of a culture, cranking out iconic stories and snapshots, from hip-hop to soul to hollywood, fashion and politics. Now, it’s time to toast and two-step.
And who better to jump-start the party than Robin Thicke and Janelle Monáe. While Thicke, in all his falsetto glory, has finally hit a professional climax—landing his first No. 1 album, Blurred Lines, and a chart-topping single (see album title)—Janelle continues her own progressive path toward greatness. So we paired up Mr. Blue-Eyed Soul and the eccentric lady to help VIBE celebrate 20 strong years.
Click through for the full cover story featuring Robin and Janelle, plus more exclusive content throughout the week. And stay tuned. We’ve got two more covers in the chamber and more than a few bottles to pop (for real).