Though The FADER's inaugural issue with Funkmaster Flex was a solid starting point, it took a couple more issues for the mag to truly come into its own as the genre blind and boundary-pushing publication it is today. "If you were to say where The FADER really was that launching point, I would say it was issue 3, were we brought Beck and D'Angelo together," says FADER's co-founder Jon Cohen in the short film above. "We started meeting some real writers, people with experience. The course was really set and our confidence started to really boom when we finish that third issue."
"Putting Beck and D'Angelo on the cover is like, if we're being honest, a little bit of a middle finger," adds Jon Caramanica, who wrote that iconic cover story. "It's like, we know what these two people have in common. We're not going to tell you what it is, but we're going to put them in a room and by the time you get done with the interview you are going to understand why we went to the lengths that we did."
As we celebrate the milestone of our 100th issue, we are proud to present a series of videos exploring The FADER's legacy. Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes clips tracing our history over the coming weeks.