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De La Soul is Dead 25 Artwork

De La Soul De La Soul Is Dead 25th Anniversary Mixtape

  The artwork says it all. A broken flower pot, soil spilling out like blood and three daisies wilting away….

May 13th, 2016 | | Mixtape
Sly Stone Small Talk

A collection of art director John Berg’s iconic album covers

Former Columbia Records art director John Berg passed away last week. When we read his obituaries and other blogs that talk…

October 19th, 2015 | | The Album
Wu-Tang Clan on Arsenio Hall Show

Golden Era hip-hop squad cyphers on final Arsenio Hall Show

  We recently discussed how David Letterman supported the Golden Era of hip-hop, but it’s more well known that Arsenio…

July 30th, 2015 | | Videos

Melody Maestros: As Ratatat, Mike Stroud and Evan Mast have a penchant for making catchy yet cerebral instrumentals, featuring smart interplay between guitar, synthesizers, and crisp beats

“I was so into [Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass]. I had all of his records,” says multi-instrumentalist/producer Evan Mast,…

July 8th, 2015 | | Features
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 | | Articles
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Father of beatdigging and hip-hop itself Afrika Bambaataa donated his record collection to Cornell University

Last summer, we made our way to the Master of Records Open Archive to take a look.

September 10th, 2014 | | Gallery
Adrian Younge

10 records that influenced Adrian Younge while producing the new Souls of Mischief album

Adrian Younge recently got together with Bay Area golden boys Souls of Mischief to create a new album that harkens…

August 15th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Bob James One

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

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

July 10th, 2014 | | Articles
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A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders 20th Anniversary Mixtape

On November 9, 1993, A Tribe Called Quest also released their third studio album, the classic and oh-so-sublime Midnight Marauders.

November 12th, 2013 | | Mixtape
Outlaw

10 tracks that session guitarist Hugh McCracken graced

In honor of one of R&B, jazz, and rock’s most prolific session guitarists, Wax Poetics looks at ten tracks graced by the great Hugh McCracken.

April 2nd, 2013 | | In Memoriam/Record Rundown
Young Gun Silver Fox

Yo! MTV Raps, The Internet, Kashif, Mary Wilson, Miguel, Cool Uncle, Mia Doi Todd

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