VIBE, the definitive voice of urban culture, launches a new iteration of its VIBE Verses competition giving aspiring artists a global platform to showcase their skills for a chance to be personally crowned by Eminem as a finalist in the “VIBE Verses Presents No. 1 Stan” contest. Launched in May 2007, VIBE Verses is VIBE’s proprietary rap battle property which has attracted more than 100,000 rappers and hip hop enthusiasts to date to create profiles in its online community.
In the contest’s first phase, all entrants will rhyme for 60 seconds over a specially selected instrumental track and submit video clips of their performance on numberonestan.com. 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 VIBE magazine and on VIBE.com.