Beastie Boys


The Pharcyde Labcabincalifornia 20th Anniversary Mixtape

On November 14, 1995, West Coast rap group the Pharcyde released the sublime LP Labcabincalifornia. It was the follow-up to…

November 17th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Bad Brains, H.R., Photo by Frank White © 1987

Band in D.C.:
Out of the nation’s capital,
Bad Brains came with extraordinary positivity

“What we discovered was PMA was really the Great Spirit,” says bassist and Bad Brains founding member Darryl Jenifer. “The…

July 28th, 2015 | | Articles
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

December 5th, 2014 | | Articles
Idris Muhammad

Legendary funky drummer Idris Muhammad, 74, has died

  The legendary New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, born Leo Morris, has died, the New Orleans Times-Picayune has confirmed. This…

July 31st, 2014 | | News

The Incredible Bongo Band

Mr Bongo is giving away a set of LPs

February 26th, 2014 | | New Releases

Subsuelo Presents “Los Tres Marks”

“Los Tres Marks” was an experimental collaboration organized by Subsuelo, who brought together Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5), Money Mark (Beastie Boys), and Mark de Clive-Lowe

December 18th, 2013 | | Videos

Souls of Mischief 93 ’til Infinity 20th Anniversary Mixtape

After appearing on the B-side of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien’s “Mistadobalina” in 1991 on a track called “Burnt,” a young rap quartet hailing from East Oakland, California, gained due attention…

October 4th, 2013 | | Mixtape
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 | | Articles
E.Z. Mike, circa 1989. Photo courtesy of Mario Caldato Jr.

E.Z. Mike Simpson of the Dust Brothers pulls endless possibilities from the funky past

Upon my first occasion to visit the Dust Brothers’ legendary studio, PCP Labs, in the Los Feliz area of Los…

May 20th, 2013 | | Articles
photo courtesy of Cosmo Baker

Adam Yauch Park

“It’s fitting that we’re here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch,” said friend and bandmate Adam Horovitz during…

May 3rd, 2013 | | News
Beastie Boys


Check Your Head, it’s where your memories are stored

April 29th, 2013 | | News
Press photo courtesy the Adler Archives

The Kurtis Blow Interview

Squeaky clean and well spoken, driven and young, Kurtis Blow adored the spotlight as much as it adored him. And while there were notable contemporaries—Melle Mel, Lovebug Starski, or DJ Hollywood, for example—they all lacked the charisma that made Kurtis a mainstream figure.

August 13th, 2012 | | Articles
beatswap 19-5

Put some clothes on that ass

Most trained record-scavenging machines out there only need a big fat ATM withdrawal before a Beat Swap Meet. They’ll usually get coffee and a muffin too, time permitting.

July 26th, 2012 | | Guest Blog

On the Job Training: Part Nine

Read Part One. Read Part Two. Read Part Three. Read Part Four. Read Part Five. Read Part Six. Read Part…

June 22nd, 2012 | | Articles

On the Job Training: Part Two

Read Part One. By the late 1980s, MTV had established itself as a star (and profit) making force within the…

June 5th, 2012 | | Articles
Beastie Boys

Adam Yauch (MCA), 1964–2012

I can still vividly remember my first rap show. It was the spring winter of 1986 1987, and the Beastie Boys were…

May 4th, 2012 | | In Memoriam
Logan Melissa, guest blogger extraordinaire

No worries bout nothin

My grasp of what constitutes “style” is limited, but I know that ladies should always accentuate the indent where the waist meets the hips and that the cotton sundress is timeless…

March 28th, 2012 | | Guest Blog

Issue 48

Nina Simone / Theophilus London / Shock G / Billy Cox / Yabby You / Dom Salvador / Neu! / Hudson Mohawke

September 6th, 2011 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Optimus and Mace of Fremdtunes
Beastie Boys

Licensed to Ill

Today is Frederick Jay “Rick” Rubin’s forty-eighth birthday. Rick was born on March 10, 1963, in Long Beach, New York,…

March 10th, 2011 | | Today in History

Mmmmmm… Drrrrrop!!

Casual Beastie Boys fans will shout “mmmm… DROP!” when “Intergalactic” comes on the radio, not realizing its origins. Originally from…

January 14th, 2011 | | The Album


Often downplayed are the vocal ad libs and shouts sampled in hip-hop, especially if they’re on tracks better known for…

November 5th, 2010 | | The Album
Basquiat 2

Basquiat in the Place to Be

Ever since Jean-Michel Basquiat created the cover art to Rammellzee and K-Rob’s immortal 1983 Tartown single, “Beat Bop” (the theme…

October 26th, 2009 | | Articles
Issue 25

Issue 25

Twenty-five issues strong, Wax Poetics delivers its first photo issue featuring original pieces on New Orleans and Brazilian musicians, a…

October 31st, 2007 | | Wax Poetics Magazine