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Wax Poetics Issue 61 Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Who’s gonna take the weight?

April 16th, 2015 | Andre Torres | Guest Blog

The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson

View image |   On March 4, the Department of Justice released the results of a wide-ranging study on…

March 11th, 2015 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
Nacho Picasso

Nacho Picasso and Blue Sky Black Death do it Stoned and Dethroned style

“Stoned & Dethroned” by Nacho Picasso x B.S.B.D Nacho Picasso raps kind of slow. It makes it a lot easier…

January 22nd, 2015 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah is magical

It’s fitting that D’Angelo decided to share the accolades of his album with his band, the Vanguard, since the meaning…

January 15th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | Guest Blog
The Faces

A tribute to Ian McLagan, organ player and member of rock groups the Small Faces and the Faces

The death of any artist can sting, but the passing of Ian McLagan, aka “Mac,” at age sixty-nine has had an unmistakable…

January 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Guest Blog
The Roots Things Fall Apart

Ferguson and the history of riots and protest

What I have to say is for White people, like me. After researching and writing a book about soul music…

November 25th, 2014 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
Life Is Beautiful

Reporting from the “Life Is Beautiful” Festival 2014

I moved to Las Vegas almost a year ago. I had arrived two weeks after Life Is Beautiful, which was…

November 5th, 2014 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls Christopher Wallace "Ready to Die"

Ready to Die at 20: How Christopher Wallace created hip-hop’s definitive crime epic

Twenty years ago (September 13, 1994) saw the release of a wholly cinematic piece of art inspired by New York.

September 12th, 2014 | Dean Van Nguyen | Guest Blog

Polysom is Brazil’s most popular—and only—vinyl pressing plant

Around the Praça Tiradentes in downtown Rio de Janeiro, used vinyl abounds. Vendors haul crates in with wheelbarrows and prop records up on building façades, lazily keeping an eye out for customers while they chat with taxi drivers and doormen…

July 9th, 2014 | Gregory Scruggs | Guest Blog
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Is Still the King

Five years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. He was one of the very few artists who transcended the world of music and the world as a whole through his irrevocable influence.

June 26th, 2014 | Chris Williams | Guest Blog

Without isolation there could have been no 1520 Sedgwick, no Wu-Tang, no Project Blowed

  One of the things that really fascinates me about art in the contemporary era is that it is being…

May 14th, 2014 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
Dub Sound System

Everybody loves sound systems. Besides venue owners.

Ask around. Everybody loves sound systems, and sound-system culture at large. Instant street cred. So cool! So visual! Really sounds…

April 28th, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog
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Illustrator Wilfred Limonious drew over 150 iconic dancehall LP covers

New book collects artists work, also displayed at Hometown HiFi in L.A.

April 17th, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog

Uptown Top Chinatown Swap Ranking

“I set up my own March Madness bracket…”

April 3rd, 2014 | Logan Melissa | Guest Blog

The film Babylon looks at London’s early ’80s sound-system scene

See this elusive film at Sonos Presents “HOMETOWN HIFI”

April 3rd, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog
Hometown Hifi. Photo © Ralf Strathmann for Sonos.

King Tubby’s salvaged speaker box

Until April 24, Wax Poetics is partnering with Sonos to present HOMETOWN HIFI, an art show about the roots of Jamaican sound system culture

March 27th, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Guest Blog
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Underground King of New York City Salsa Benny Vargas

Much is rightly celebrated about the rich legacy of the Bronx, El Barrio, and the LES and their contributions to salsa and Latin music in general.

March 11th, 2014 | Christian Mártir | Guest Blog
Convergence by Jackson Pollock

Culture Is Cool But Society Happens

All of the folks featured in this post constitute a diffuse community of artists working together in myriad overlapping and divergent configurations throughout the country. They have used the internet to alter their social capacity.

January 14th, 2014 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog

Culture Is Cool…

I’m 32, and I started making rap music when I was 18. More importantly though, I live in the year 2013 right now, I was born in the year 1981, and I’ve been making rap music since 1999.

December 11th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog

Keeping It Real

“Keeping it real,” has long been a proclamation of hip-hop. And while the phrase’s persistence is irrefutable, its recitation has grown to signify a much wider range of things than it may have had at its inception.

October 16th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog

Denzel Curry

When I talked to Denzel last week, I wasn’t really surprised to find a rather articulate eighteen-year-old (he’s been rapping since he was twelve) expressing sentiments that distinguish him from his Carol City peers…

September 11th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog

Humble Trappings

One thing that has made rap music inaccessible in recent times—in spite of its relentless pursuit of ubiquity—is exorbitance.

August 30th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog


The most recent offering from Durham, North Caorlina’s Do$age continues his heavily blunted quest to unearth every possible sample around him, and parlay a philosophy of sound that is universal and transcendent.

August 28th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog/Tracks