“Die Young” singer Ke$ha is making history as the first white solo artist to be on the cover of VIBE magazine.
VIBE magazine, which was founded by legendary music producer Quincy Jones, has been a vital part of the hip-hop community since its first issue was published in 1993, and has always featured hip-hop artists. To have pop artist Ke$ha gracing the covers is definitely a change for the elite publication.
It remains to be seen if the October/November 2012 cover of VIBE will cause controversy.
In February, another hip-hop oriented magazine, XXL, sparked outrage when it featured Australian rapper Iggy Azalea on its cover.
Fellow female rapper Azealia Banks expressed her displeasure on Twitter, writing, “Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong,” Banks tweeted. “How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a 'runaway slave master’?”
On her track “D.R.U.G.S.” Azalea rapped “Tire marks, tire marks/Finish line with the fire marks/When the relay starts I'm the runaway slave/Master.” She later apologized, writing in a letter, “I don't hate any race of people, and it pains me to wake up to other young people being misled to believe I do. I am for unity and equality.”
Meanwhile, pop star Ke$ha has never really had lyrics that involve anything aside from drinking, drugs, partying, and love.
On the cover of VIBE magazine, Ke$ha rocks platinum blonde hair and a lace bra, with her hands strategically placed over her private parts. The cover title is “Hip-Hop’s Guilty Pleasure Ke$ha.”
In her interview, Ke$ha defends her hard-partying ways, saying “I drink like a champion. But I can also do other stuff. I have a sense of humor about my lyrics. I'm not a train wreck -- I'm just having fun.”
Ke$ha also says that she has no plans to change who she is for anyone.
“I would've gotten eaten alive if I tried to be a heel-wearing little princess. It's just not who I am. I've had people try to make me act right, but it's just not gonna happen. I just can't not say inappropriate things,” the artist admits.
Check out the rest of the interview in the latest edition of VIBE magazine, out now.