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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
Idris Muhammad

Legendary funky drummer Idris Muhammad, 74, has died

  The legendary New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, born Leo Morris, has died, the New Orleans Times-Picayune has confirmed. This…

July 31st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News

The Incredible Bongo Band

Mr Bongo is giving away a set of LPs

February 26th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | New Releases

Subsuelo Presents “Los Tres Marks”

“Los Tres Marks” was an experimental collaboration organized by Subsuelo, who brought together Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), and Mark de Clive-Lowe

December 18th, 2013 | Wax Poetics | Videos

Souls of Mischief 93 ’til Infinity 20th Anniversary Mixtape

After appearing on the B-side of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s “Mistadobalina” in 1991 on a track called “Burnt,” a young rap quartet hailing from East Oakland, California, gained due attention…

October 4th, 2013 | Alice Price-Styles | Mixtape
Soul Train book

An excerpt from the book Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show Soul Train

By 1979, the music industry was changing fast, and Soul Train and Don Cornelius were struggling to keep up.

October 2nd, 2013 | Ericka Blount Danois | Articles
E.Z. Mike, circa 1989. Photo courtesy of Mario Caldato Jr.

E.Z. Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers pulls endless possibilities from the funky past

Upon my first occasion to visit the Dust Brothers’ legendary studio, PCP Labs, in the Los Feliz area of Los…

May 20th, 2013 | Aja West | Articles
photo courtesy of Cosmo Baker

Adam Yauch Park

“It’s fitting that we’re here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch,” said friend and bandmate Adam Horovitz during…

May 3rd, 2013 | Wax Poetics | News
Beastie Boys


Check Your Head, it’s where your memories are stored

April 29th, 2013 | Wax Poetics | News
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
beatswap 19-5

Put some clothes on that ass

Most trained record-scavenging machines out there only need a big fat ATM withdrawal before a Beat Swap Meet. They’ll usually get coffee and a muffin too, time permitting.

July 26th, 2012 | Logan Melissa | Guest Blog

On the Job Training: Part Nine

Read Part One. Read Part Two. Read Part Three. Read Part Four. Read Part Five. Read Part Six. Read Part…

June 22nd, 2012 | Eric Ducker | Articles

On the Job Training: Part Two

Read Part One. By the late 1980s, MTV had established itself as a star (and profit) making force within the…

June 5th, 2012 | Eric Ducker | Articles
Beastie Boys

Adam Yauch (MCA), 1964–2012

I can still vividly remember my first rap show. It was the spring winter of 1986 1987, and the Beastie Boys were…

May 4th, 2012 | Brian DiGenti | In Memoriam
Logan Melissa, guest blogger extraordinaire

No worries bout nothin

My grasp of what constitutes “style” is limited, but I know that ladies should always accentuate the indent where the waist meets the hips and that the cotton sundress is timeless…

March 28th, 2012 | Logan Melissa | Guest Blog

Issue 48

Nina Simone / Theophilus London / Shock G / Billy Cox / Yabby You / Dom Salvador / Neu! / Hudson Mohawke

September 6th, 2011 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine
Optimus and Mace of Fremdtunes

Mellow Madness Mix

June 22nd, 2011 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Beastie Boys

Licensed to Ill

Today is Frederick Jay “Rick” Rubin’s forty-eighth birthday. Rick was born on March 10, 1963, in Long Beach, New York,…

March 10th, 2011 | Wax Poetics | Today in History

Mmmmmm… Drrrrrop!!

Casual Beastie Boys fans will shout “mmmm… DROP!” when “Intergalactic” comes on the radio, not realizing its origins. Originally from…

January 14th, 2011 | Wax Poetics | The Album


Often downplayed are the vocal ad libs and shouts sampled in hip-hop, especially if they’re on tracks better known for…

November 5th, 2010 | Wax Poetics | The Album
Basquiat 2

Basquiat in the Place to Be

Ever since Jean-Michel Basquiat created the cover art to Rammellzee and K-Rob’s immortal 1983 Tartown single, “Beat Bop” (the theme…

October 26th, 2009 | Peter Relic | Articles
Issue 25

Issue 25

Twenty-five issues strong, Wax Poetics delivers its first photo issue featuring original pieces on New Orleans and Brazilian musicians, a…

October 31st, 2007 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine
The Mackrosoft

The Mackrosoft

As above, so below, wrote magician-philosopher Hermes Trismegistus. It’s the key to all the universe’s mysteries: the macrocosmos is the…

February 12th, 2007 | Brian DiGenti | Record Rundown
Issue 10

Issue 10

  Beastie Boys Antibalas Left-Field Americana The Montgomery Express The Texas Stage Bands Part II: Leon Mitchison Pierre Jaubert: Lafayette…

September 21st, 2004 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine