Vapors was an independent, underground, Australian, Hip Hop magazine. If there was a Hip Hop magazine that came out before it then I don’t know about it. I knew the man behind the magazine as Blaze through the Loungeroom & Next Level Records.
I bought my first copy after school at Disco City in Parramatta. It was issue 5, December 1989 – the NWA issue. In the pre-internet era this thing was a goldmine of information. To this day I still seek out songs that were favorably reviewed within it’s pages.
I went rummaging through boxes in my Mum’s garage looking for them the other day. When I found them I was surprised to see they had deteriorated. The paper seems to be disintegrating or maybe it has been eaten by some insect? I thought I’d start to scan and share them before they perish beyond salvageability.
I don’t have all the issues. If you have any copies of this awesome resource please get in touch. I hope you will let me scan them and share them here.
Vaporz was the first hip hop magazine in the world. Much as Hype was one of the first full colour graf mags in the world, Australia (despite what some may think) has been documenting, innovating and cultivating the culture as long as most. Vaporz was established by Blaze with the first issue being printed in 1988. Initially boasting a cut and paste format, the magazine predates the empire-like The Source and HHC. It was strong with opinion and, despite coming out infrequently, had a grassroots following around the world. - Mark Pollard