Gil Scott-Heron

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 | | Articles
DJ Cash Money

The incredibly insane collection of DJ Cash Money

DJ Cash Money’s legacy as a turntable heavyweight began in 1988 when he won the DMC World Supremacy battle. After…

June 15th, 2015 | | Articles
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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
Monk-one 'Lawn Chair Vibes'

Lawn Chair Vibes mixtape by Monk-One

Sometime around 2004, Wax Poetics teamed up with PF Flyers to do a mixtape, just as spring was erasing a…

April 14th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Soul Is... Pretty Purdie

Bernard Purdie and his solo masterpiece Soul Is… Pretty Purdie

In early March and late June of 1972, Bernard Purdie took some time to record his own album, Soul Is…,…

November 21st, 2014 | | Re:Discovery

André Cymone plays the records that changed his life

  In 2012, writer Ericka Blount Danois searched out André Cymone and secured one of the first interviews from the…

September 18th, 2014 | | Articles
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Wax Poetics Issue 58

It’s not about giving the middle finger and saying, “Whatever.” It’s about real talk.

April 15th, 2014 | | Wax Poetics Magazine

Stevie Wonder and Gil Scott-Heron’s fight for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The story of how two legendary, influential musicians used their talents to join forces with Coretta Scott King in securing a national holiday.

January 20th, 2014 | | Articles
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Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson

The record features Jackson on the TONTO, an amalgamation of classic and custom modular synthesizers built by creator Malcolm Cecil…

June 11th, 2013 | | Re:Discovery
Royal Flush

I mastered what?

You’ve heard, loved, and looked out the window wistfully to “I’m a Fool to Want You” and “Cristo Redentor,” and watched me walk down the street to “The Emperor” (DON’T LIE I SAW YOU)…

March 4th, 2013 | | 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

Gil Scott-Heron

May 28th, 2011 | | Videos

Poetic Revolution

Gil Scott-Heron was born on April 1, 1949. Sixty-two years later, the spoken-word artist, poet, and musician continues to create…

April 1st, 2011 | | Today in History
No Nukes

Nuclear Reactions

On March 28, 1979, the United States was forced to restructure its systems of nuclear power plants after an accident…

March 28th, 2011 | | Today in History
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
The Bamboos. Photo by Matt Jensen.

The Bamboos: Top Ten Albums of 2010

Read about the Bamboos in Wax Poetics issue 42 What happened for you in 2010? We released our fourth studio…

December 30th, 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
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Issue 40

re:Discovery Resume, Scorpio, Tyrone and Carr, Eduardo Mateo and El Kinto Conjunto (and Friends), Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson In…

March 23rd, 2010 | | Wax Poetics Magazine