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Pop

The Mountain

Purple Rain is considered Prince and the Revolution’s peak, but Prince never went backwards. Parade climbed mighty heights as the Revolution’s final album.


Written by Chris Williams

The Mountain






Rock

Ned Doheny

Ned Doheny befriended Jackson Browne, the two hanging out and writing songs in Laurel Canyon with David Geffen and the L.A. folk scene. After an album on Geffen’s Asylum Records...


Written by Allen Thayer

Ned Doheny








































Nu-R&B

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













Beats

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

Beats

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



Pop

The Master

At just eighteen years of age, Prince self-produced his debut album, 1978’s For You, writing all the music and playing every instrument himself.


Written by Chris Williams

The Master


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




Beats

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




Jazz

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

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




Obituary

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



Obituary

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






Electronic

Little Dragon

Little Dragon’s brand of electronic future funk and fractured pop-soul was delivered the old-fashioned way, through nonstop touring.


Written by Allen Thayer

Little Dragon





Soul

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack is a thread that runs through soul music. 


Written by Travis Atria

Bobby Womack

















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





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

Showstoppers

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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