Guest Blog

(Johnny) Tough film

Tough: Looking back at an obscure blaxploitation film

As a kid growing-up in Harlem during the 1970s, me and my homeboy crew spent much of our free time…

June 6th, 2016 | | Guest Blog

Star Child: The George Clinton Q&A

For a musician whose creativity orbits around its own funk-fuelled planet, spinning out infectious melodies and dreaming up the most…

May 25th, 2016 | | Guest Blog
Prince Around the World in a Day (original art)

Prince: may u live 2 see the dawn

This isn’t one of those canned celebrity obituaries that you hear about that media companies keep on file in case…

May 23rd, 2016 | | Guest Blog
Prince 1991 MTV Music Award courtesy of MTV

Prince was a prophet. Prince was necessary.

I have a friend who often used to say Prince wouldn’t be truly appreciated until he died. I mention this…

April 27th, 2016 | | Guest Blog
Anita Baker 'Rapture'

Producer Michael Powell helped create Anita Baker’s massive R&B record Rapture

By the mid-’80s, Anita Baker was on the verge of setting herself apart from her contemporaries with her next offering….

March 17th, 2016 | | Guest Blog
David Bowie illustration by Andrew Spear.

So long, David Bowie

  So long, David Bowie! Since the dawn of the Space Age, several cosmic souls have too briefly graced our…

February 4th, 2016 | | Guest Blog/In Memoriam
Natalie Cole promo photo

Remembering R&B legend Natalie Cole

On December 31, 2015, a statuesque songbird flew away from her perch to the heavens above. Natalie Maria Cole was…

January 6th, 2016 | | Guest Blog/In Memoriam
The Show, the After Party, the Hotel

Legendary engineer Jimmy Douglass on his role in constructing Jodeci’s The Show, the After Party, the Hotel on album’s 20th anniversary

By the mid-1990s, Donald “Devante Swing” DeGrate, Jr., Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey, and Joel “Jojo” Hailey—collectively known…

December 23rd, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings It’s a Holiday Soul Party

As I mentioned on the first day of Christmas Jams, there are a few unwassailable classic Christmas albums that have…

December 18th, 2015 | | Guest Blog

Fela collaborator Eji Oyewole is African royalty

Fela Kuti collaborator, jazz legend, and highlife pioneer Prince Eji Oyewole is surely a member of African music’s royalty. But…

November 30th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Young Gun Silver Fox

  Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 65 now!   Features: A Tribe Called Quest Wax Poetics Issue 65 is going back to…