D’Angelo

 
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A look back 20 years to the debut album of Aaliyah, the R. Kelly scandal, and her Timbaland-produced follow-up that set the R&B format on fire

  On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a…

August 5th, 2014 | Michael Gonzales | Articles
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5 R&B records that producer/ engineer Bob Power put his stamp on

What’s in a name? Well, no one’s accusing Bob Power of false advertising. Since the mid-1980s, the esteemed producer and…

May 28th, 2014 | Brad Farberman | Record Rundown
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D’Angelo and the organic sweet soul of his debut, Brown Sugar, shook up modern R&B

  Singer, songwriter, and musician Michael Eugene Archer, who later adopted the jiggy stage name D’Angelo, released his groundbreaking album,…

May 21st, 2014 | Michael Gonzales | Articles
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Madlib revived the crate-digging tradition before flipping the script and embracing live playing

In our very first issue twelve years ago, we profiled a then relatively unknown producer we felt signaled the next generation of beatmaking…

November 19th, 2013 | Andre Torres | Articles
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ATL’s Sleepy Brown and Organized Noize created a slept-on gem

Beginning in the mid-’90s, Organized Noize was one of the in-demand production teams to emerge from Atlanta, Georgia…

September 17th, 2013 | Michael Gonzales | Articles
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Curtis Mayfield injected his own cultural commentary into the Super Fly legacy

The streets of New York City weren’t very pretty in the 1970s. Littered throughout once welcoming communities, an influx of…

June 3rd, 2013 | Michael Gonzales | Articles
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“They’re never gonna know that I move like hell”

D’Angelo’s set at Bonnaroo contained nothing from Voodoo except for a snippet of “Chicken Grease.” But because it’s D’Angelo, earnest and sober (I think?) and in front of some keys, the audio from the show is still on daily rotation in my headphones…

June 20th, 2012 | Logan Melissa | Guest Blog
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Wax Poetics Issue 50 • Prince b/w Frank Ocean

The ten-year-anniversary, resized, and redesigned Issue 50: The Prince Issue, with Frank Ocean, Larry Graham, Morris Day, Jesse Johnson, the Family, Grand Central, Madhouse, DJ Quik, Questlove, Toro y Moi, and Blood Orange.

February 10th, 2012 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine
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Esperanza Spalding and the future of fusion

With the release of Miles Davis’s revolutionary records In a Silent Way in 1969 and Bitches Brew the following year, the genius trumpeter, with the invaluable assistance of an amazing crew of young collaborators, created the musical future shock later called fusion.

May 31st, 2011 | Michael Gonzales | Articles
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José James dances effortlessly between classic vocal jazz and electronic funk

If it’s true what Zappa said, that “jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny,” then its oft-maligned and sickly cousin,…

January 13th, 2011 | Allen Thayer | Articles
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Can’t Knock the Hustle

“We’re all over the United Colors of Benetton,” jokes Electric Wire Hustle drummer Myele Manzanza from Berlin. On the other…

October 12th, 2010 | Marisa Aveling | Articles
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Issue 42

re:Discovery Tito Ramos, Curtis Mayfield, Joi, Jeff Redd, D.J. Rogers Bilal Philly soul cat comes full circle Spree Wilson Singer-songwriter finds his niche The…

July 22nd, 2010 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine

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