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Just Blaze illo by James Blagden

Producer Just Blaze gets in where he fits in

  Wax Poetics Presents Just Blaze at the Jazz Cafe in London   Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is too humble…

May 26th, 2016 | | Articles
Dilla-splash-B+

Son of Detroit:
The Oral History of J Dilla

  James DeWitt Yancey. Deep down, he may have been thinking, “I’m killing it with this beat thing,” but that…

May 19th, 2016 | | Articles
Norvis Junior by King Texas

Vocalist and producer Norvis Junior’s “space gospel” stretches the boundaries of rhythm

  Beat conductor and Dallas native Norvis Junior exploded onto the global electro scene in 2013 with his first EP,…

May 12th, 2016 | | Articles
Eddie Palmieri

Pianist Eddie Palmieri is a true Latin-music visionary

Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, nine-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri is undeniably the preeminent worldwide ambassador for Latin American…

May 10th, 2016 | | Articles
Kamasi Washington by Mike Park

Kamasi Washington and the grand arrangement

  The first time Kamasi Washington touched a saxophone, he was thirteen. He was no musical novice, already playing drums,…

May 5th, 2016 | | Articles
Eric Leeds in the Madhouse promo photo (original photo B&W).

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse. Perhaps looking to exorcise jazz demons inherited from his father, Prince masterminded a lighthearted and funky sound that anticipated the “acid jazz” genre that would break years later.

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Illustrations by Joshua Dunn.

33 reasons why Prince is hip-hop

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a drummer, a tweeter, a political provocateur, a music encyclopedia, a founding member of hip-hop royalty the…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Courtesy of Chuck Statler

Prince tapped “godfather of the music video” Chuck Statler to helm the ill-fated film The Second Coming

Director and producer Chuck Statler—widely considered as the “godfather of the music video”—was tapped by Prince & Co. to helm The Second Coming and execute the twenty-three-year-old’s creative vision.

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Grand Central: Linda Anderson, André Cymone, Morris Day, Terry Jackson, Prince, and William Doughty.

Prince and André Cymone formed the band Grand Central while still in high school

  In the early 1970s, the Way Community Center, a local recreation center in the heart of Black Minneapolis, hosted…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Kelela by Yev Kazannik

After leaving her native D.C., Kelela couch-surfed her way through the L.A. electro-bass scene

  Behind Kelela’s intoxicating locks and soft-spoken nature lies a fierceness, a simmering urgency, which serves as the true source…

April 13th, 2016 | | Articles