Vibe magazine has announced the launch of their Vibe Verses competition, giving aspiring artists a chance to showcase their skills for a chance to be personally crowned by Eminem as a finalist in its No. 1 Stan contest.
Launched in May 2007, Vibe Verses is the mag’s proprietary rap battle property, which the company says has attracted more than 100,000 rappers and hip-hop enthusiasts to date to create profiles in its online community.
Vibe launching the new contest with Eminem to support the rap superstar as the mag’s 2nd Annual Real Rap Issue cover artist, as well as his highly anticipated forthcoming project, Relapse.
“Battling is the way I came up, so it’s gonna be interesting to watch a rap battle unfold online,” said Eminem in a statement. “Vibe is taking it out of the clubs and street corners and putting it on the net. MCs better bring it, because I’m watching.”
Currently, the contest is in its first phase, where all entrants will rhyme for 60 seconds over a specially selected instrumental track and submit video clips of their performance to the website. Due to popular demand thus far, the first round of the competition has been extended a week until April 30, 2009.
Vibe will send the Top 10 finalists (determined by VIBE.com user votes) a second instrumental track to rhyme over for 60 seconds, which will then be submitted to Eminem for careful review. His personal selection of the final two will be made by May 8, 2009.
Arrangements will be made for the two finalists to be flown to a Vibe event where the winner will be crowned by audience response, presented with an engraved microphone certifying them as Eminem’s “No.1 Stan,” and featured in the magazine and website, Vibe.com.
For more info on the contest, visit NumberOneStan.com.
Vibe’s June/July Real Rap issue featuring Eminem will hit newsstands everywhere on May 19, 2009.