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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

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’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
Al Green

Al Green strives for perfection

“Since I can remember, women have wanted to get next to me, and when I sing, it’s like they’ve received…

April 13th, 2015 | | Articles
Marvin Gaye Grammys

Grace Jones and Rick James present Marvin Gaye with Best R&B Male Vocalist Grammy in 1982

  Every year, the Grammys catch a lot of flak—for not getting hip-hop right, for missing the mark on…well, just…

April 3rd, 2015 | | Videos
Wax Poetics Issue 61: James Brown

Wax Poetics Issue 61 (James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface)

Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 61. Wax Poetics Issue 61 cover one features James Brown on the front and Curtis Mayfield…

March 31st, 2015 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds

Two fiery Brazilian boogie compilations explore the bumpin’ sounds from Rio to São Paulo

Before I get all academic and try to explain the historical, political, and musical context of these boogie-oogie tunes, let…

March 9th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Pete Rock

Back to basics with Pete Rock

Pete Rock keeps active nowadays by doing what he perfected as a teenager: putting sounds into his sampler and banging…

February 20th, 2015 | | Record Rundown

Bohannon set the stage for house and modern dance music by keeping four on the floor

“As some folks say, I helped create the disco music, the house music, and a lot of other different things.” –Bohannon…

January 28th, 2015 | | Articles
People Records Box Set

Get On Down releases R&B 45 box set of JB’s People Records

Get On Down’s People Records deluxe reissue series launched on Record Store Day last April with the release of the…

January 20th, 2015 | | News

Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand,…

January 6th, 2015 | | Record Rundown
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls WhoSampled Mixtape 20th Anniversary

Wax Poetics and WhoSampled present the Notorious BIG ‘Ready to Die’ 20th Anniversary Mixtape

Mixtape by Chris Read in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ rap masterpiece Ready to Die.

September 12th, 2014 | | Mixtape
Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics

The Heliocentrics pair with legendary Nigerian Afrobeat saxophonist Orlando Julius

Over the course of nine tracks, the group explores unrecorded music written by Julius, reworked arrangements, and a cover of James Brown’s “In the Middle.”

August 19th, 2014 | | New Releases
Joao Donato e Gal Costa

João Donato steered Brazilian music in new directions

  Where’s João Donato? It’s a frequently asked question, referring simultaneously to the physical location and the musical moment he…

July 9th, 2014 | | Articles
Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack is a thread that runs through soul music

Perhaps more than any other artist of his era, he connects the major players in a six-degrees-of-separation game that keeps going until it seems that Womack must have known and played with everyone.

June 27th, 2014 | | Articles