Quincy Jones Wants His Vibe Back
After revelations that Vibe magazine is shutting their doors, Vibe founder Quincy Jones has spoken out. In a brief interview with Ebonyjet.com, Jones stated "I'm trying to buy my magazine back now. They just messed my magazine all up, but I'm gonna get it back. You better believe it, I'm'a take it online because print and all that stuff is over."
Which means he wants to pump a ton of money into resurrecting the magazine solely online, a move that a handful of publications in many genres have struggled with over the last several years. Jones compared the world of publishing much to something he intimately knows: the music business.
"We gotta get into the 21st century you know," Jones said. " "Print and all that stuff is over, we gotta remember that. The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Post Intelligencer. The Miami Herald. They're over the same way as the record business. We have got to get into this century."
As we said yesterday, with Vibe's demise the magazines left at the top of covering hip-hop culture in print are the Source and XXL. This of course doesn't count places that never had any print to contend with from the get go, ahem, like say TheBoombox.com.
Should Vibe resurrect itself just as an online entity, it'll be interesting to see how much of a stake Jones has in his former property. Will he over see it the way he does his musicians and other endeavors? Or will it remain largely the same? We hope it's the latter and while we respect Jones's sincerity, it might be a bit too early to tell whether or not he's serious. At the very least, they need to keep the "Best Rapper Alive" tournament going. March Madness is just not enough anymore.