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Wax Poetics Issue 51 (Nas)

Wax Poetics 51—another all-hip-hop issue—features cover stories on microphone icon Nas, Detroit rapper Danny Brown, No Limit Records production team Beats by the Pound, and Ishmael Butler’s new project, Shabazz Palaces.

June 1st, 2012 | | Wax Poetics Magazine

Black Washington

On April 13, 1983, Black Chicagoans determined their newest mayor, and Harold Washington declared victory. Being the first Black Mayor…

April 13th, 2011 | | Today in History
Mobb Deep

Hip-Hop’s Longest Bridge

New York City’s Queens and Manhattan boroughs were permanently connected via the opening of the Queensboro Bridge on March 30,…

March 30th, 2011 | | Today in History
Gang Starr

Mass Appeal

To grasp the importance, longevity, and straight dopeness of DJ Premier’s contributions to music, one needs to look no further than his…

March 21st, 2011 | | Today in History
Photo by Eoin Holland

David Rodigan: Top Reggae and Dancehall Tracks of 2010

Read about David Rodigan in Wax Poetics issue 43 Some words from David Rodigan: Please allow me to pre-empt this…

December 22nd, 2010 | | Top (20)10
Photo by Nabil Elberkin

Nas and Damian Marley unite for the album Distant Relatives

It was 1988 when twenty-five year old Queensbridge housing resident Richard Luke choked to death on his own vomit, lying…

May 20th, 2010 | | Articles
Michael Wong Photography


In 1985, DJ Marley Marl was working in his studio that doubled as his sister Belle’s second-floor apartment in the…

February 5th, 2010 | | Articles
Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II

Raekwon speaks on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II

  Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… surpassed all expectations in 1995. Wu-Tang was hurling towards greatness and Raekwon, the MC…

July 30th, 2009 | | Articles
Pete Rock by Beth Fladung

As one of hip-hop’s most respected producers, Pete Rock wants to continue forever

Pete Rock was reflective when I spoke to him for Wax Poetics Issue 29. He was open to all questions, candidly…

September 18th, 2008 | | Articles