Magazine, America’s leading voice of independent
hip-hop, electronic dance music and DJ culture, will celebrate
it’s 10-year anniversary with it’s upcoming January/February
2001 issue (Issue #81, on stands January 2, 2001).
To commemorate the
occasion URB is planning a three-cover issue, each featuring an
artist that has represented the different musical tastes that
have been chronicled in the magazine throughout the years. Also,
URB will host a major event in Los Angeles sometime in January
2001 with smaller issue release parties to be held around the
country. Plus, URB Music, URB Magazine’s music label will
release a compilation CD themed on music coinciding with the 10-year
anniversary of the magazine in March 2001.
Founded by publisher, Raymond Leon
Roker, URB Magazine made its debut in Los Angeles on December
21, 1990. It has grown from a 24-page Southern California regional
free newspaper to an internationally distributed 164-plus-page
full-glossy monthly. Circulation nears 100,000 per issue and boasts
the longest life among underground music publications. The URB
banner also encompasses a marketing agency, the Rebel Organization
Inc., record label, URB Music, and web site, URB.com.
URB recently entered the world
of radio with URB Presents Essential Mix, bringing Pete Tong’s
BBC radio show, Essential Mix, to college radio across the country
with Roker serving as the show’s host.