This issue is dedicated to 1993. But at its core, it’s about the future.
We wanted to shine a spotlight on a selection of emerging musicians, actors, photographers, models and artists born in that year because their generation is the first to live wholly in the age of the browser. As they turn 20, that pivotal moment in time when all those teen dreams need to start becoming a reality, we look at how they are redefining pop culture on their own terms, from London to New York. As Howes, a rising producer, puts it in our “20/20 Visions” portfolio: “Twenty is a weird age because you’re too old to call yourself a kid, but not old enough to really have your shit together. That’s a really good thing though. It makes you feel quite invincible.”
Without harnessing the power of the web, Chance The Rapper wouldn’t be staring at you from our cover. In just one day, his mixtape Acid Rap was downloaded 50,000 times. Twenty years ago, that kind of exposure was reserved for artists with a major-label deal and a hefty PR budget. Chance is still willingly unsigned. He’s in no hurry to change the situation.
Throughout the issue you’ll also read amazing insider stories from the year that brought us Bikini Kill’s Pussy Whipped, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides, Gregg Bordowitz’s Fast Trip, Long Drop and Miuccia Prada’s first Miu Miu collection, as well as a superb head-to-head between Donatella Versace and J.W.Anderson. There's also interviews with Ice Cube, RZA, RuPaul, Hussein Chalayan, Pet Shop Boys, Goldie, DJ Muggs, Stereolab, Shy FX, Sepultura, Alan McGee, Claudia Schiffer, Irvine Welsh, Sarah Lucas and much more. As Chance would say, enjoy the trip...