Guest Blog

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Going bananas for Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Super Ape

  Aside from his eccentricities, such as burning down his own Black Ark Studio to rid it of vampires and…

November 9th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Ennio Morricone - Controfase cover 1

The bizarre, mythical, lost album of Ennio Morricone

Hidden deep within Ennio Morricone’s vast discography, far from his overground cinematic successes and accomplished pop dalliances, far from the…

November 6th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Leon Bridges

Up-and-coming soul singer-songwriter Leon Bridges on his musical influences and style choices

  For the past year or so, young Texan soul singer Leon Bridges has been receiving a lot of praise…

June 16th, 2015 | | Guest Blog

Obscure Italian film La Gatta in Calore spawns rare soundtrack

Cinema often functions as an incisive social and cultural barometer. At the tumultuous nexus of numerous popular, sexual and political…

June 9th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
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 | | Guest Blog
Chuck D Tupac

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

Who’s gonna take the weight?

April 16th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Ed-Ape "Up, Up, Up"

Stones Throw created instant lore with Ed-Ape’s “Up, Up, Up” 7-inch

“When I didn’t have a mic, I rapped on headphones.” –Charizma In 1996, Stones Throw released its first record, “My…

April 15th, 2015 | | Guest Blog

The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson

View image | gettyimages.com   On March 4, the Department of Justice released the results of a wide-ranging study on…

March 11th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
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 | | Guest Blog
Nacho Picasso

Nacho Picasso and Blue Sky Black Death do it Stoned and Dethroned style

“Stoned & Dethroned” by Nacho Picasso x B.S.B.D Nacho Picasso raps kind of slow. It makes it a lot easier…

January 22nd, 2015 | | Guest Blog
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah is magical

It’s fitting that D’Angelo decided to share the accolades of his album with his band, the Vanguard, since the meaning…

January 15th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
The Faces

A tribute to Ian McLagan, organ player and member of rock groups the Small Faces and the Faces

The death of any artist can sting, but the passing of Ian McLagan, aka “Mac,” at age sixty-nine has had an unmistakable…

January 14th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
The Roots Things Fall Apart

Ferguson and the history of riots and protest

What I have to say is for White people, like me. After researching and writing a book about soul music…

November 25th, 2014 | | Guest Blog
Life Is Beautiful

Reporting from the “Life Is Beautiful” Festival 2014

I moved to Las Vegas almost a year ago. I had arrived two weeks after Life Is Beautiful, which was…

November 5th, 2014 | | Guest Blog
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls Christopher Wallace "Ready to Die"

Ready to Die at 20: How Christopher Wallace created hip-hop’s definitive crime epic

Twenty years ago (September 13, 1994) saw the release of a wholly cinematic piece of art inspired by New York.

September 12th, 2014 | | Guest Blog

Polysom is Brazil’s most popular—and only—vinyl pressing plant

Around the Praça Tiradentes in downtown Rio de Janeiro, used vinyl abounds. Vendors haul crates in with wheelbarrows and prop records up on building façades, lazily keeping an eye out for customers while they chat with taxi drivers and doormen…

July 9th, 2014 | | Guest Blog
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson Is Still the King

Five years ago, the untimely passing of Michael Jackson sent a shockwave through the entire globe. He was one of the very few artists who transcended the world of music and the world as a whole through his irrevocable influence.

June 26th, 2014 | | Guest Blog

Without isolation there could have been no 1520 Sedgwick, no Wu-Tang, no Project Blowed

  One of the things that really fascinates me about art in the contemporary era is that it is being…

May 14th, 2014 | | Guest Blog
Dub Sound System

Everybody loves sound systems. Besides venue owners.

Ask around. Everybody loves sound systems, and sound-system culture at large. Instant street cred. So cool! So visual! Really sounds…

April 28th, 2014 | | Guest Blog
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Wilfred Limonious - courtesy Chris Bateman / www.infinestyle.wordpress.com

Illustrator Wilfred Limonious drew over 150 iconic dancehall LP covers

New book collects artists work, also displayed at Hometown HiFi in L.A.

April 17th, 2014 | | Guest Blog

Uptown Top Chinatown Swap Ranking

“I set up my own March Madness bracket…”

April 3rd, 2014 | | Guest Blog

The film Babylon looks at London’s early ’80s sound-system scene

See this elusive film at Sonos Presents “HOMETOWN HIFI”

April 3rd, 2014 | | Guest Blog
Hometown Hifi. Photo © Ralf Strathmann for Sonos.

King Tubby’s salvaged speaker box

Until April 24, Wax Poetics is partnering with Sonos to present HOMETOWN HIFI, an art show about the roots of Jamaican sound system culture

March 27th, 2014 | | Guest Blog