URB (magazine)

URB is a monthly American magazine devoted to electronic music, hip hop and urban lifestyle and culture. Based in Los Angeles, California, the magazine was founded in 1990 by Raymond Roker.

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CategoriesMusic, Urban Culture
PublisherRaymond Leon Roker
First issueDecember 1990
Based inWest Hollywood, California

Publication of the print edition was suspended following the Summer 2009 issue (#158). Plans were announced for the October 2009 launch of issue #159 as an online publication, with further issues to follow, with the hope that the print edition would be resumed sometime in 2010.[1] Roker cited a significant "shift in consumption and media habits worldwide, especially in the magazine market" in the preceding 18 months as a factor in the decision to put the print edition on hiatus.[2]

The Next 100

Prior to 2007, one issue a year was devoted to features of "The Next 100" up-and-coming musicians. In April 2007, the feature was moved to the magazine's website and expanded tenfold to become "The Next 1000". Instead of featuring 100 emerging artists and groups in a single issue of the magazine, 20 artists and groups are featured each week on the website, over the course of a year. The artists to be featured are selected by URB's editorial staff and are rated by the site's visitors.


URB's online presence, URB.com, was minimal until a redesigned site was launched April 2, 2007.

The new 2007 version of URB.com featured a daily music and culture news blog, weekly CD and singles reviews, features from the magazine, and an extensive video collection made possible by a partnership with the online video service Video In My Backyard.

In 2009, a newly redesigned "beta" version of URB.com, designed by The Uprising Creative, was launched with a focus on timely content in a blogroll format rather than the heavily sectioned-off version from 2007. This new version of URB.com boasts over 10,000 posts, capturing the entire online archives of URB.com throughout the years, along with many of the newest web 2.0 features like share tools, RSS feeds, Flickr integration, YouTube & Vimeo Video embeds, audio podcasts, and content in 3 main categories - music, style and culture.

URB.com also distributes a weekly e-zine to over 150,000 subscribers. The site also publishes a monthly podcast which features artist interviews and exclusive music tracks.


  1. Fell, Jason (2009-10-05), URB Magazine Goes on Hiatus, retrieved 2009-10-07
  2. Glazer, Joshua (2009-10-02), URB Magazine Is Taking A Hiatus (Not a Nap), retrieved 2009-10-07
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