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James Brown on David Letterman

James Brown performs “Sex Machine” on Late Night with David Letterman, 1982

  As David Letterman winds down his multi-decade television career, many are reminiscing about the plethora of musical guests he…

May 18th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out (Lenticular)

Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, and the most memorable boxing entrances

Floyd Mayweather stood prancing in his dressing room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, long after his cue to…

April 30th, 2015 | Ericka Blount Danois | Guest Blog
Chuck D Tupac

Wax Poetics Issue 61 Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Who’s gonna take the weight?

April 16th, 2015 | Andre Torres | Guest Blog
Al Green

Al Green strives for perfection

“Since I can remember, women have wanted to get next to me, and when I sing, it’s like they’ve received…

April 13th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Marvin Gaye Grammys

Grace Jones and Rick James present Marvin Gaye with Best R&B Male Vocalist Grammy in 1982

  Every year, the Grammys catch a lot of flak—for not getting hip-hop right, for missing the mark on…well, just…

April 3rd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Wax Poetics Issue 61: James Brown

Wax Poetics Issue 61 (James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface)

Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 61. Wax Poetics Issue 61 cover one features James Brown on the front and Curtis Mayfield…

March 31st, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine
Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds

Two fiery Brazilian boogie compilations explore the bumpin’ sounds from Rio to São Paulo

Before I get all academic and try to explain the historical, political, and musical context of these boogie-oogie tunes, let…

March 9th, 2015 | Allen Thayer | Articles
Pete Rock

Back to basics with Pete Rock

Pete Rock keeps active nowadays by doing what he perfected as a teenager: putting sounds into his sampler and banging…

February 20th, 2015 | David Ma | Record Rundown
Bohannon

Bohannon set the stage for house and modern dance music by keeping four on the floor

“As some folks say, I helped create the disco music, the house music, and a lot of other different things.” –Bohannon…

January 28th, 2015 | Ronnie Reese | Articles
People Records Box Set

Get On Down releases R&B 45 box set of JB’s People Records

Get On Down’s People Records deluxe reissue series launched on Record Store Day last April with the release of the…

January 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | News
Mark-de-Clive-Lowe-2

Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand,…

January 6th, 2015 | Korby Benoit | Record Rundown
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls WhoSampled Mixtape 20th Anniversary

Wax Poetics and WhoSampled present the Notorious BIG ‘Ready to Die’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape

Mixtape by Chris Read in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ rap masterpiece Ready to Die.

September 12th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics

The Heliocentrics pair with legendary Nigerian Afrobeat saxophonist Orlando Julius

Over the course of nine tracks, the group explores unrecorded music written by Julius, reworked arrangements, and a cover of James Brown’s “In the Middle.”

August 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
Joao Donato e Gal Costa

João Donato steered Brazilian music in new directions

  Where’s João Donato? It’s a frequently asked question, referring simultaneously to the physical location and the musical moment he…

July 9th, 2014 | Allen Thayer | Articles
Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack is a thread that runs through soul music

Perhaps more than any other artist of his era, he connects the major players in a six-degrees-of-separation game that keeps going until it seems that Womack must have known and played with everyone.

June 27th, 2014 | Travis Atria | Articles
Willie Mitchell at Hi Records

Hi Records producer Willie Mitchell set the tone for polished Memphis soul

  I’ve been fortunate enough to know “Poppa” Willie Mitchell for a handful of years. When we first met, in…

June 25th, 2014 | Andria Lisle | Articles
Gabriel Roth at the piano. Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Behind the “scene” with Daptone Records founder Gabe Roth

Behind two of the most important R&B singers to emerge in the last ten years, there’s a pair of shades…

June 5th, 2014 | Brad Farberman | Articles
DJ Scratch James Brown Big Payback

DJ Scratch and J. Period pay homage to James Brown with The Big Payback mix

DJ Scratch and J. Period come correct with this one. The Big Payback – The 45s, Volume 1 pays artful respect…

June 3rd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Photo by Henry Diltz

Ned Doheny went from the folky Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter scene to R&B heights

After an album on Asylum failed to make waves, Ned Doheny wrote a couple songs with Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart that would find great success in the R&B world. Teaming with Steve Cropper, Doheny embraced this new funky direction and recorded two albums that made him a star in England and Japan.

May 28th, 2014 | Allen Thayer | Articles
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12 records crafted by disco architect Randy Muller of Brass Construction

This is the story of how an eighteen-year-old influenced the sound of an era. It is the story of how…

May 27th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | Record Rundown
Painting by Dion Bello

10 top records from world-famous Beat Junkie DJ Babu

  “Up until I was eight or nine, I was bouncing around a lot, all the time as a kid….

May 23rd, 2014 | David Ma | Record Rundown
D'Angelo - Wax Poetics Issue 42

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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Lord Finesse digs through his crates and shares 10 of his favorite gems

As founding member of the D.I.T.C. Crew, Lord Finesse’s search for vinyl is routine and has remained so for decades.

May 20th, 2014 | David Ma | Record Rundown
Pete Rock and Buckwild at the Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention

New York’s golden era had hip-hop luminaries digging in the crates at the legendary Roosevelt Hotel Record Convention

It is no small privilege to have been invited to share with you the story of New York’s legendary Roosevelt…

May 9th, 2014 | John Carraro | Articles
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