On the Job Training: Part Three

Read Part One. Read Part Two. Read Part Three. By the late 1980s, MTV had established itself as a star…

June 7th, 2012 | | Articles

On the Job Training: Part Two

Read Part One. By the late 1980s, MTV had established itself as a star (and profit) making force within the…

June 5th, 2012 | | Articles

On the Job Training

A collection of under-recognized, underpaid directors tell the tales behind some of the most powerful, innovative, hilarious, no-budget, style-defining, hash-inspired, disaster-courting videos from hip-hop’s golden era.

June 4th, 2012 | | Articles
Kendra Morris "If You Didn't Go"

Kendra Morris Video

April 24th, 2012 | | News
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Salsa Underground

The Times Square Subway station is one of the busiest in the world, serving more than fifty-eight million passengers a…

February 29th, 2012 | | New Releases
Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton

December 7th, 2011 | | Videos
Concrete Waves - Kendra Morris

Kendra Morris “Concrete Waves”

Shot on location in New York City by director Nick Sasso, “Concrete Waves” is a tale of obsessive love gone bad.

November 22nd, 2011 | | News/Videos
Count C


September 8th, 2011 | | The Album
Norman Jay


August 26th, 2011 | | Videos
Wax Poetics TV Episode 005: Tame One

Tame One

Tame One, of the newly reunited Artifacts squad, gives Wax Poetics TV the dirty-low-down on the state of hip-hop and the record industry in 2011.

August 26th, 2011 | | Videos
Kings Go Forth - Wax Poetics TV

Kings Go Forth

Founded by Andy Noble in 2007, Kings Go Forth are keeping soul music alive with their electrifying stage presence and authentic sound.

June 23rd, 2011 | | Videos
East of Underground

East of Underground

Produced by Wax Poetics and Scion. Directed by David Hollander.

June 22nd, 2011 | | Videos
Bo-Keys mini-documentary
Helado Negro

Helado Negro

Coming from a beatmaking background, Roberto Carlos Lange, under the moniker Helado Negro, is creating electronic music infused with sounds of Latin America and South Florida.

June 20th, 2011 | | Videos

Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism

When a group of rare-groove fanatics rave over the same album but each cite a different song as the “must-hear”…

June 17th, 2011 | | New Releases
Rebirth Brass Band - Wax Poetics TV

Rebirth Brass Band

For over twenty-seven years, the Rebirth Brass Band has kept traditional New Orleans brass music alive, while also ushering in a new age with the incorporation of hip-hop, reggae, and funk.

June 17th, 2011 | | Videos
Seun Kuti - Wax Poetics TV

Seun Kuti

The youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Seun Kuti is carrying the torch of his father by continuing to make politically charged music about the state of Africa.

June 16th, 2011 | | Videos
Atlas Mountains

Moroccan Blend

We were high up in the Atlas Mountains and high off of hashish when suddenly an entrancing sound came through the speaker. It was tribal and untamed—certainly Arabic by the voice inflections, but also carried by a rhythm you might hear in the mountains of Cuba or Brazil, rather than Morocco.

June 2nd, 2011 | | Articles
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

Rollin’ with Raphael

Like Raphael Saadiq’s acclaimed 2008 album, The Way I See It—a downtown ode to the Motown-Stax-Philly International eras—his latest album due out May 10, Stone Rollin’, conjures up nostalgia, with dust-track roads and sock-hop, bluesy, British soul fusion.

May 9th, 2011 | | Articles