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Vibe magazine views music, fashion, business, and celebrity culture through the stylish shades of hip-hop. In a cheeky, conversational tone, writers keep up with the beat as rappers and other scene stars drop new hits, branch out beyond the studio and stage, and make and break alliances, chronicling everything from new-media ventures to diss tracks. In glossy photo spreads, players such as Kanye, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj show off their style, and other features share scoops on fresh talent still poised at the brink of fame. Vibe's scribes also delve into related social and political issues, proving that hip-hop is good for more than coaxing one's houseplants to grow diamonds.