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  • Documenting the music trailblazers, cultures and stories that shape the sounds of yesterday, today, and beyond.







































Hip-Hop

The Internet

Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians have emerged from production, engineering, and DJing roles within the Odd Future crew to claim their own stake in the movement of Black musical expression. 


Written by Andre Torres

The Internet











Latin

Daymé Arocena

Daymé Arocena is a burst of light energy—an interstellar body in the constellation of Afro-Cuban world music.


Written by Tamara P. Carter

Daymé Arocena


Hip-Hop

DJ Muro

DJ Muro’s arrival heralded the coming of another king to claim his crown in the lineage of hip-hop royalty…the King of Diggin’.


Written by James O'Connor

DJ Muro

Hip-Hop

DJ Krush

DJ Krush embarked on a journey with Mo’ Wax that found the turntablist/producer using hip-hop’s breakbeat foundation while pioneering a new genre of abstract instrumentals.


Written by Danny Masao Winston

DJ Krush
















Jazz

Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis always operated in the popular realm, successfully crossing over from jazz to the pop-R&B world but always doing it with soul.


Written by Ronnie Reese

Ramsey Lewis




Hip-Hop

The Story of Om Hip-Hop

San Francisco’s Om Records is primarily known for house and downtempo. But it had a potent, if short-lived, offshoot dedicated to hip-hop...


Written by Dean Van Nguyen

The Story of Om Hip-Hop




Dance

Giorgio Moroder

Iconic composer Giorgio Moroder got his start writing and producing pop music in Germany. But an encounter with Donna Summer would change his career forever. 


Written by A. D. Amorosi

Giorgio Moroder




The Viberian Way

Jneiro Jarel

Producer Jneiro Jarel has followed a path of faith, experimentation, and artistic expression that has helped him create both a cache of original music and peace of mind.


Written by Jeff D. Min

Jneiro Jarel

Soul

Nina Simone

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.... 


Written by Michael A. Gonzales

Nina Simone




The Royal Road

George Duke

Keyboardist George Duke had his ecclectic beginnings playing with Frank Zappa’s band. Then he conquered the funky jazz scene on Germany’s MPS label.


Written by Jon Kirby

George Duke






Jazz

Les McCann

Living in post-9/11 Manhattan, I’ve had to learn to be more flexible than Gumby. I need more arms than Durga to field all the curve balls life’s throwing at me. 


Written by John Kruth

Les McCann



Jazz

Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef discusses his colorful musical experiences that influenced his sonic persona and the influential producer Joel Dorn adds his unique perspective.


Written by John Kruth

Yusef Lateef


Hip-Hop

Jay Dee Remembered

Remembering the life of J Dilla, featuring conversations with those closest to him, including Q-Tip, Common, Busta Rhymes, Questlove and more.


Written by Ronnie Reese

Jay Dee Remembered











Soul

Earth, Wind & Fire

Willed into being by one man, Earth, Wind & Fire became one of the biggest acts of the 1970s. 


Written by Ericka Blount Danois

Earth, Wind & Fire










Hip-Hop

Ghostface Killah

In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman.


Written by David Ma

Ghostface Killah




Soul

Tenacious Spirit

After a rather combative interview with Teddy Pendergrass for Wax Poetics 33, I was often asked, “What was up with Teddy that day?” 


Written by Ronnie Reese

Tenacious Spirit



Jazz

Don’t Stop the Groove

Although enlightened music fans the world over were saddened by the passing of organist Lyman Woodard, the relationship that Wax Poetics had formed with the gifted musician and composer....


Written by Jon Kirby

Don’t Stop the Groove




























Disco

Edwin Birdsong

Producer, songwriter, and organist Edwin Birdsong is the anonymous genius behind some of jazz-funk’s most cosmic moments. 


Written by Andy Thomas

Edwin Birdsong

Soul

Thom Bell

Composer, arranger, and producer Thom Bell has quietly made his mark on the sound of popular music for the last half century.


Written by A. D. Amorosi

Thom Bell





R&B

Aaliyah

On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a sex scandal that would have crushed a lesser talent. 


Written by Michael A. Gonzales

Aaliyah

Hip-Hop

The Roots

The Roots first hit the national spotlight as a live hip-hop act with their 1993 indie debut, Organix...


Written by Ericka Blount Danois

The Roots

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