Good Times

 
Kaytranada

Producer/DJ Kaytranada pulls 10 records while beatdigging at New York’s A-1 Records

If you’ve ever bore witness to one of Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada’s DJ sets, you’ve likely been shuttled through an aural…

August 8th, 2014 | Rico Washington | Record Rundown
Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke Portrait of a Legend gets a double-vinyl reissue

It turns out that Sam Cooke’s Record Store Day reissue of Ain’t That Good News was just a warmup for…

July 2nd, 2014 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
6-yrs-old-Shock

Digital Underground frontman Shock G went from music-store clerk to rap superstar/alter ego Humpty Hump

Some people in this world are true originals. And though we may all possess the potential to carve out beautifully unique identities, there are a few who manage to channel their inner beings to distinctly magnified proportions.

January 28th, 2014 | Alice Price-Styles | Articles
daft-nile

Producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers and the future of dance music with Daft Punk and Avicii

When you’re a musician and you’re working with other musicians, there’s something magical that happens when the process starts to unfold.

December 19th, 2013 | Andre Torres | Articles
Photo by Eric Coleman.

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
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 | Articles
BeautifulLou

“Short Tex Jr.” Video Premiere

Mobbin No Sobbin, the duo of producer Beautiful Lou and rapper Western Tink , released their highly acclaimed, self-titled album on Mishka earlier this year….

September 17th, 2013 | Zach Moldof | Videos
Nile Rodgers

Chic producer/guitarist Nile Rodgers is an unsung hero of modern dance music

Though he’s sold over a hundred million albums, Nile Rodgers is still a mystery to most people.

June 4th, 2013 | Andre Torres | Articles
Curtis_Mayfield

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
Norman Jay

Norman Jay’s Good Times

September 1st, 2011 | Wax Poetics | The Album

Jim Gilstrap: Hangin’ in the Chow Line

February 8, 1974, the classic sitcom Good Times debuted. Depicting an African American family struggling and triumphing in the urban…

February 8th, 2011 | Wax Poetics | Today in History

“My house was like the Good Times house”

Hear Jay-Z talk about the importance of records to him as a child (at 6:52)  in conversation with professor Cornel…

January 12th, 2011 | Wax Poetics | The Album
Michael Wong Photography

Dedicated

In 1985, DJ Marley Marl was working in his studio that doubled as his sister Belle’s second-floor apartment in the…

February 5th, 2010 | Ericka | Articles

Made in NY

This year, Gang Starr frontman Guru is starting a new phase in his already remarkable career. He recently released a…

September 28th, 2006 | David Ma | Articles

A look back twenty years on Aaliyah’s short but influential career.

Buy Online | Subscribe

Sign up to the Wax Poetics newsletter for new stories, contests, and events: