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Pete Rock

Back to basics with Pete Rock

Pete Rock keeps active nowadays by doing what he perfected as a teenager: putting sounds into his sampler and banging…

February 20th, 2015 | David Ma | Record Rundown
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

December 5th, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
Bob James One

Jazz keyboardist and arranger Bob James talks about his first three albums on CTI

#102683350 /   “I’m flattered to be a part of hip-hop’s history,” says Bob James nonchalantly. “But I believe…

July 10th, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
Epic Records/Cold Chillin' promotional photo for 4, 5, 6 (1995) by Sue Kwon

Kool G Rap talks about Marley Marl and the Juice Crew, crime raps, and his extensive catalog

  Kool G Rap’s early career was a minefield of shifty fictions anchored in large by a dizzying cadence and…

June 12th, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
GZA / Genius "Liquid Swords"

Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA runs down every track off Liquid Swords

  I represent from midnight to high noon / I don’t waste ink, nigga I think / I drop megaton…

May 30th, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
Painting by Dion Bello

10 top records from world-famous Beat Junkie DJ Babu

  “Up until I was eight or nine, I was bouncing around a lot, all the time as a kid….

May 23rd, 2014 | David Ma | Record Rundown
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Lord Finesse digs through his crates and shares 10 of his favorite gems

As founding member of the D.I.T.C. Crew, Lord Finesse’s search for vinyl is routine and has remained so for decades.

May 20th, 2014 | David Ma | Record Rundown
Action Bronson by Tom Gould

Queens rapper Action Bronson burst onto the scene with a penchant for words and the culinary arts

  In only one year, considered as a veteran…   Picture thirty-year-old Action Bronson (born Ariyan Arslani) laughing while in…

May 5th, 2014 | David Ma | Articles

How He Got Over

There’s a certain espirit de corps in the following posts, all of which stem from our basic love for Darondo and his music.

July 3rd, 2013 | David Ma | The Lift
Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Blood Orange is the newest moniker of prolific producer and multi-instrumentalist Devonté Hynes

In tight, ripped jeans, glasses, tank top, and backwards cap, Devonté Hynes records as Blood Orange, a recent handle for…

June 5th, 2013 | David Ma | Articles
Press photo courtesy the Adler Archives

The Kurtis Blow Interview

Squeaky clean and well spoken, driven and young, Kurtis Blow adored the spotlight as much as it adored him. And while there were notable contemporaries—Melle Mel, Lovebug Starski, or DJ Hollywood, for example—they all lacked the charisma that made Kurtis a mainstream figure.

August 13th, 2012 | David Ma | Articles
Photo courtesy of Stones Throw Records.

Drummer Tony Cook laid down beats with James Brown and the J.B.’s as well as on early rap and house records

  In 1972, Tony Cook was fifteen, playing drums with his buddies onstage at an event sponsored by local radio…

February 14th, 2011 | David Ma | Articles
Cut Chemist

Cut Chemist releases Sound of the Police

  Cut Chemist’s selection has always worked in lockstep with his techniques. On Sound of the Police, his latest project,…

September 7th, 2010 | David Ma | Articles
Whitefield Brothers

Poetry in Motion

The Whitefield Brothers are a somewhat mysterious group featuring members of the German funk band The Poets of Rhythm. Their music includes world, funk, soul and psych touches, all of which they plainly refer to as “raw soul.”

May 10th, 2010 | David Ma | Articles
Photo courtesy of Adler Archives

The funky technician Lord Finesse of D.I.T.C. speaks out

  I ran into Lord Finesse in a dimly lit Brooklyn bar about a year ago while he was spinning…

October 30th, 2009 | David Ma | Articles

The Kool Keith interview

Keith Thornton’s ability to stand out in a crowd has been his greatest asset, which has allowed him to shift…

October 23rd, 2009 | David Ma | Articles
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II

Raekwon speaks on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II

  Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… surpassed all expectations in 1995. Wu-Tang was hurling towards greatness and Raekwon, the MC…

July 30th, 2009 | David Ma | Articles
Pete Rock by Beth Fladung

As one of hip-hop’s most respected producers, Pete Rock wants to continue forever

Pete Rock was reflective when I spoke to him for Wax Poetics Issue 29. He was open to all questions, candidly…

September 18th, 2008 | David Ma | Articles

Thes One

For Issue 23, David Ma spoke to Thes One about the history behind his debut instrumental album, Lifestyle Marketing. The…

June 4th, 2007 | David Ma | Articles
On the bass in Berkeley, 1984, and skating circa late '70s.

Double Time

“I’ll take the dusty sound of a 45 over slick studio tracks any day,” so says Tommy Guerrero, whose name…

June 1st, 2007 | David Ma | Articles

Made in NY

This year, Gang Starr frontman Guru is starting a new phase in his already remarkable career. He recently released a…

September 28th, 2006 | David Ma | Articles

Lord Jamar

While a younger generation will most likely recognize Lorenzo Dechelaus for his recent acting stints on HBO’s The Sopranos and…

June 26th, 2006 | David Ma | Articles

Dan the Automator is a musical Merlin

While many musicians excel in an underground setting only to have their careers fatally mishandled upon moving to a major…

December 14th, 2005 | David Ma | Articles

Brand Nubian

Sadat X, Grand Puba, DJ Alamo, and Lord Jamar, collectively known as Brand Nubian, will be releasing a new LP…

August 4th, 2004 | David Ma | Articles

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