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DJ Cassidy

Digging in the disco crates
with DJ Cassidy

Most people know DJ Cassidy from his smash hit single with R. Kelly, “Make the World Go Round.” After Puffy…

April 25th, 2016 | | Record Rundown
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Cosmic Heights

That’s the handsome MC Perry Jones onstage. It’s 1974 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and Jones is looking out…

February 5th, 2016 | | Articles
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
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New Zealand duo Electric Wire Hustle recalibrate electronic R&B

Straight out of Wellington, New Zealand, hails the type of steam-sexed soul we all thought died in the ashtray of…

August 13th, 2015 | | Articles
Nina Simone

Natural Fact: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone had no filter. She spoke with candor about civil rights when many in her position didn’t dare. She sang about uncomfortable subjects and made sure her audiences understood what those songs were really about. Whether due to the demons that haunted her or the overpowering desire for social justice that burned deep in her heart, Simone always told the goddam truth.

June 25th, 2015 | | Features
Richard Evans "Dealing with Hard Times"

Bassist-turned-arranger Richard Evans put the soul in Cadet Records

As reported by friends and family, Chicago music heavyweight Richard Evans has passed.

October 8th, 2014 | | Articles
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André Cymone plays the records that changed his life

  In 2012, writer Ericka Blount Danois searched out André Cymone and secured one of the first interviews from the…

September 18th, 2014 | | Articles
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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 | | Articles
Colin Wolfe Dr. Dre

Musician Colin Wolfe built beats with Dr. Dre for The Chronic, NWA’s Niggaz4Life, and Jimmy Z’s Muzical Madness

Venice, California, is a haven for creative types. The beachside city is permeated by a beatnik postmodernism vibe, influenced by…

June 3rd, 2014 | | Articles
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Working-class Scots Average White Band found R&B magic stateside with soul-music maestro Jerry Wexler

Confounding conventional racial stereotypes, resulting in transmissions of cognitive dissonance across the radio waves, these five White Scots became the green-eyed soul group for the blue-collar U.S. soul scene, most of whom were Black.

January 3rd, 2014 | | Articles
Young Gun Silver Fox

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

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