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Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) reflects on the legacy of Malcolm X

Malcolm X would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday.

May 21st, 2015 | | 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
Sample: Not for Sale

Sampling documentary Sample: Not for Sale to have U.S. premiere in Brooklyn

Wax Poetics and Brooklyn label Names You Can Trust present a one-time only screening of the documentary SAMPLE: NOT FOR SALE

March 23rd, 2015 | | Events
Public Enemy

Two ground-breaking hip-hop albums by Public Enemy reissued

Chuck D’s voice is the greatest instrument hip-hop has ever had. That’s not meant to slight the contributions of the…

November 26th, 2014 | | News
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
Sheila Brody

Bride of Funkenstein Sheila Brody drops new EP produced by Gary G-Wiz (Bomb Squad, Sons of Bazerk)

Detroit native Sheila Brody was one of George Clinton’s Brides of Funkenstein. “George taught me to write down all your thoughts and…

July 29th, 2014 | | Videos
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


Tree is a twenty-nine-year-old artist from Chicago’s South Side.

August 15th, 2013 | | Guest Blog/Tracks

Bobby Bland

On this early ’70s side, Bobby Bland—who was a member of Memphis’s Beale Streeters with B. B. King and Junior…

June 23rd, 2013 | | Re:Discovery

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

On the Job Training

A collection of under-recognized, underpaid directors tell the tales behind some of the most powerful, innovative, hilarious, no-budget, style-defining, hash-inspired, disaster-courting videos from hip-hop’s golden era.

June 4th, 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

Death of a King

Forty-something years after the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. remains omnipresent, even after his assassination on April…

April 4th, 2011 | | Today in History

Still Black, Still Proud

Fred Wesley is in a playful mood when I meet him in the lobby of London’s Regents Park Marriott Hotel….

April 15th, 2008 | | Articles

Issue 17

Some fans say that Jay Dee was the greatest hip-hop producer ever. Wax Poetics speaks in-depth with Jay’s peers and…

June 1st, 2006 | | Wax Poetics Magazine