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R&B crooners Mack Wilds, August Alsina and Ed Sheeran all grace the cover of the latest issue of VIBE magazine.

Inside the summer edition are detailed profiles of the burgeoning stars, all of whom are in one way or another rooted in the Hip-Hop culture. Wilds, Alsina and Sheeran, respectively, delve into transitioning from actor to recording artist, going beyond the acoustic player image, and coming from a crack-ridden home.


In a unique photo shoot experience, the three crooners with a hip-hop heart invited a few of their biggest fans down to a single-level house in Los Angeles to be featured in the spreads. Ed and August compared their colorful tattoo sleeves. Mack charmed the entire set. August sipped mimosa after mimosa between looks. Ed played Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid” on his guitar. Everyone turned up to Chris Brown’s “Loyal” blasting from a car radio.

But beyond the images, these three rising stars are depicted with insightful profiles that tell their intricate stories and blueprints for success. VIBE Deputy Editor Clover Hope details Mack Wilds’ Shaolin-to-Hollywood-and-back-again trajectory. Music Editor John Kennedy explains Ed Sheeran’s intense love affair with hip-hop, while VIBE Vixen Editor Shanel Odum tells August Alsina’s hard knock life.

VIBE’s Summer 2014 issue hits newsstands on July 22. In the meantime, hit the flip to see behind-the-scenes footage of their photo shoot.

Photo: VIBE

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