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City Pop Vol. 2-splash

Ed Motta drops exclusive City Pop Vol. 2 mixtape of smooth and funky Japanese AOR

City Pop is a sub-genre of J-Pop (Japanese Pop), but it’s more specific with a soulful element and influences from…

April 28th, 2016 | | Mixtape
Prince and the Revolution

Behind the Purple Ropes:
Prince and the Revolution

Having gained heavyweight status as James Brown’s tour manager, Alan Leeds was brought on midway through Prince’s 1999 tour as…

April 21st, 2016 | | Features
Eric Leeds in the Madhouse promo photo (original photo B&W).

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse

Prince and reed man Eric Leeds teamed up to create two albums under the moniker Madhouse. Perhaps looking to exorcise jazz demons inherited from his father, Prince masterminded a lighthearted and funky sound that anticipated the “acid jazz” genre that would break years later.

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Illustrations by Joshua Dunn.

33 reasons why Prince is hip-hop

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a drummer, a tweeter, a political provocateur, a music encyclopedia, a founding member of hip-hop royalty the…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Grand Central: Linda Anderson, André Cymone, Morris Day, Terry Jackson, Prince, and William Doughty.

Prince and André Cymone formed the band Grand Central while still in high school

  In the early 1970s, the Way Community Center, a local recreation center in the heart of Black Minneapolis, hosted…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
An outtake from Justica. Photo by Warren Flagler.

The oral history of Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive

New York’s Harlem River Drive is a dividing line, a highway where the rich zip past the poor, says singer…

April 18th, 2016 | | Features
Brown Acid: The Second Trip

Brown Acid series collects unheard ’70s stoner rock

The funk and soul scene has long been acquainted with the familiar selling points of collections sourced from rare 45s:…

March 2nd, 2016 | | New Releases
Earth Wind & Fre

Cosmic Heights

That’s the handsome MC Perry Jones onstage. It’s 1974 at a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and Jones is looking out…

February 5th, 2016 | | Articles
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings It’s a Holiday Soul Party

As I mentioned on the first day of Christmas Jams, there are a few unwassailable classic Christmas albums that have…

December 18th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Brand Nubian Mixtape

Brand Nubian One for All 25th Anniversary Mixtape

  On December 4th, 1990, Elektra Records put out Brand Nubian’s classic debut One for All. Upon the album’s release, the group…

December 7th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Gerson King splash

Gerson King Combo “Jingle Black” (Polydor Records, Brazil) 1977

My partner in life and children has always been extremely understanding of my personal music obsession and vinyl acquisition habit,…

December 7th, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
James Brown Bluray

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown Blu-ray

  Last year, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown from acclaimed director Alex Gibney was released and later aired…

November 4th, 2015 | | News
Habibi Funk 004 Mix

Jannis of Jakarta Records/Habibi Funk drops another mixtape of North African funk and disco

Jannis of Jakarta Records has been dropping heat lately. After every trip to North Africa and the Middle East, he…

October 9th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Electric-Wire-Hustle-by-Vibol-Moeung

New Zealand duo Electric Wire Hustle recalibrate electronic R&B

Straight out of Wellington, New Zealand, hails the type of steam-sexed soul we all thought died in the ashtray of…

August 13th, 2015 | | Articles
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
Photo by Henry Diltz

Ned Doheny went from the folky Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter scene to R&B heights

After an album on Asylum failed to make waves, Ned Doheny wrote a couple songs with Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart that would find great success in the R&B world. Teaming with Steve Cropper, Doheny embraced this new funky direction and recorded two albums that made him a star in England and Japan.

August 8th, 2015 | | Articles
Swamp Dogg

Little Jerry Williams reinvented himself as Swamp Dogg, using Southern soul to tackle social issues, comedic parables, and once-taboo subjects

Jerry Williams Jr.’s life is the stuff of legend, yet he never became a legend. He hung out with Louis…

July 24th, 2015 | | Articles
Kon

Kon’s Star Time label delivers stellar disco edits

“In 1978, my mother was pretty much a disco diva—a little queen—and would take me to the club on Saturdays,”…

July 17th, 2015 | | Articles
Jannis of Jakarta Records

New Arabic music mixtape Habibi Funk 003 by Jannis of Jakarta Records

“Earlier this month, I was in North Africa for another digging trip and ended up finding quite some records I…

June 29th, 2015 | | Mixtape
A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest perform “Check the Rhime” with Paul Shaffer’s band on Late Night with David Letterman

  In the 1990s, “King of the Rappers” David Letterman supported golden-era hip-hop, despite Arsenio being the main spot where MCs…

June 29th, 2015 | | Videos
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
James Brown on David Letterman

James Brown performs “Sex Machine” on Late Night with David Letterman, 1982

  As David Letterman winds down his multi-decade television career, many are reminiscing about the plethora of musical guests he…

May 18th, 2015 | | Videos
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