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Janelle Monae by Marc Baptiste

The mysterious Janelle Monáe would rather talk about her android alter ego

  The Myth Janelle Monáe is an electron; she is the Sphinx; she is Mona Lisa’s smile; she is something…

August 11th, 2015 | | Articles
Nina Simone

Natural Fact: The Nina Simone Story

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 and made sure her audiences understood what those songs were really about. Whether due to the demons that haunted her or the overpowering desire for social justice that burned deep in her heart, Simone always told the goddam truth.

June 25th, 2015 | | Features
DJ Vadim & Sena

Listen to DJ Vadim & Sena’s new album, Grow Slow

In 2005, Sena traveled from Accra, Ghana, to a festival in Budapest, Hungary, where she met the likeminded DJ Vadim. They…

June 11th, 2015 | | New Releases

Common’s Like Water for Chocolate reissued on green and white vinyl by Respect the Classics

Around 1999, the Soulquarians—the supergroup of musicians, singers, and rappers—collaborated to put together one of the strongest runs of albums…

March 30th, 2015 | | New Releases

The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson

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

March 11th, 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
Erykah Badu

Classic Erykah Badu album Mama’s Gun finally reissued on vinyl

  Throughout the years, unless you were able to get a hold of a promo copy of Erykah Badu’s sophomore…

August 6th, 2014 | | News

A look back 20 years to the debut album of Aaliyah, the R. Kelly scandal, and her Timbaland-produced follow-up that set the R&B format on fire

  On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a…

August 5th, 2014 | | Articles
Bob Power

5 R&B records that producer/ engineer Bob Power put his stamp on

What’s in a name? Well, no one’s accusing Bob Power of false advertising. Since the mid-1980s, the esteemed producer and…

May 28th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
D'Angelo - Wax Poetics Issue 42

D'Angelo and the organic sweet soul of his debut, Brown Sugar, shook up modern R&B

  Singer, songwriter, and musician Michael Eugene Archer, who later adopted the jiggy stage name D’Angelo, released his groundbreaking album,…

May 21st, 2014 | | Articles

Voodoo Child’s Slight Return

Voodoo has a well-deserved mythic status due to the archetypal creative turmoil—followed by cathartic release—that occasioned its birth.

March 18th, 2013 | | New Releases
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Hiatus Kaiyote

When Queen of Just About Everything, Ms. Erykah Badu, delivers knowledge, you open yourself to receive. Which is why when…

October 17th, 2012 | | Tracks
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January 4th, 2012 | | Case Study
Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding and the future of fusion

With the release of Miles Davis’s revolutionary records In a Silent Way in 1969 and Bitches Brew the following year, the genius trumpeter, with the invaluable assistance of an amazing crew of young collaborators, created the musical future shock later called fusion.

May 31st, 2011 | | Articles
José James. Photo by Philip Angert.

José James dances effortlessly between classic vocal jazz and electronic funk

If it’s true what Zappa said, that “jazz isn’t dead, it just smells funny,” then its oft-maligned and sickly cousin,…

January 13th, 2011 | | Articles
Photo by Tim Stoter

Javelin: Top Ten Albums of 2010

Read about Javelin in Wax Poetics issue 40 What happened for you in 2010? Smashed boomboxes onstage at Girl Talk,…

December 28th, 2010 | | Top (20)10
Photo by Savannah Wood

Om’Mas Keith: Top Ten Albums of 2010

Read our online exclusive with Om’Mas Keith here What happened for you in 2010? Well, we win in 2010. That…

December 23rd, 2010 | | Top (20)10

Bilal: Top Ten Albums Discovered in 2010

Read about Bilal in Wax Poetics issue 42 What happened for you in 2010? I put out my album Airtight’s…

December 22nd, 2010 | | Top (20)10
Photo by Eric Coleman

Shafiq Husayn: Top Ten Tracks of 2010

Read about Shafiq Husayn in Wax Poetics issue 39 What happened for you in 2010? 2010 = New child, working…

December 21st, 2010 | | Top (20)10
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Wax Poetics Issue 42 (D’Angelo / Barry White / Erykah Badu / Gil Scott-Heron)

re:Discovery Tito Ramos, Curtis Mayfield, Joi, Jeff Redd, D.J. Rogers Bilal Philly soul cat comes full circle Spree Wilson Singer-songwriter finds his niche The…

July 22nd, 2010 | | Wax Poetics Magazine