Vibe was founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones; Smith was a music editor from 1994-96; became the editor-in-chief in 1997; left in 1999 and had recently returned. Smith married a former co-worker, Elliot Wilson, who ended up becoming the editor-in chief of XXL — meaning a husband-and-wife team were competing for magazine covers.
Though Vibe was very successful in the late '90s and early '00s — even branching out with a title aimed specifically towards women, Vibe Vixen — lately, it had reduced its circulation and cut salaries, suffering in the recession. We suspect that this also means there won't be any more new issues of Vibe offshoot The Most!.
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