URB Magazine Celebrates 16 Years, 150th Issue

2 11 2007

With over 16 years under their belt and 149 issues, URB Magazine is celebrating the release of its 150th issue with its November/December issue.

Committed to “delivering an authentic and credible voice to the music and culture that simmers below the surface of mainstream media,” according to their press release, URB takes a very different stance on music, separating themselves from their competitors.

They are heralded as the longest running and most read underground music magazine in America.

Gracing their monumental issue’s cover is Wale, an up-and-coming rapper from Washington DC, who shares the cover with France’s Justice, who has been causing a national stir with their sensational dance hit “D.A.N.C.E.”

The choice of the two artists demonstrates the ultimate convergence of URB’s three worlds — underground rap, dance music and indie rock as a completely organic result of the current remix culture.

The 150th issue is a front-to-back special edition featuring the magazine’s “150 Things We Love,” covering everything from Ameoba Records, Shepard Fairey and Rick Rubin to a special report on Southern California’s Latino hip-hop community and Chicago’s juke scene. Music, art, fashion, technology, food, health, drugs, games, toys, cars — and even porn — are covered.

In celebration of the theme of the issue, URB is planning several major events.

On Sunday (November 4), they will host a giant 150th issue blowout with Peaches and Tone Loc along with special guest Tigarah with a free event at Avalon in Hollywood, CA in conjunction with Delicious Vinyl and Going.com.

A party in New York City will follow on Thursday (November 8) with Mr. Flash, Lacrate & Samir plus a live performance from Masta Ace.

And a VIP holiday party featuring Wale and Mark Ronson is currently being finalized for December.

The festivities will close out in Los Angeles during the URB-sponsored massive HARD New Years Eve event happening in downtown with Justice, Peaches, Steve Aoki, A-Track, Klaxons (DJ Set), Whitey, Uberzone, Jason Bentley and more.

For more information, visit Urb.com.

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