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The Master

The Master

At just eighteen years of age, Prince self-produced his debut album, 1978’s For You, writing all the music and playing every instrument himself.


Written by Chris Williams

The Master

Hip-Hop

Why Prince is hip-hop

Take a journey through Questlove’s mind as he argues thirty-three reasons why Prince is hip-hop.


Written by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

Why Prince is hip-hop

Pop

The Mountain

Purple Rain is considered Prince and the Revolution’s peak, but Prince never went backwards. Parade climbed mighty heights as the Revolution’s final album.


Written by Chris Williams

The Mountain


Pop

May U Live 2 See the Dawn

I never met Prince, but I shared a building with him in 1998 and 2004 on different tour stops. All I have to share are the memories I have of what his music and showmanship meant to me.


Written by Eric Luecking

May U Live 2 See the Dawn






The Touch

Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis always operated in the popular realm, successfully crossing over from jazz to the pop-R&B world but always doing it with soul.


Written by Ronnie Reese

Ramsey Lewis







Alternative

Little Dragon

Little Dragon's brand of future funk and fractured pop-soul was delivered the old-fashioned way, through nonstop touring. They finally take a break to hit the studio and talk to Wax Poetics...


Written by Allen Thayer

Little Dragon





Hip-Hop

Jneiro Jarel

Producer Jneiro Jarel has followed a path of faith, experimentation, and artistic expression that has helped him create both a cache of original music and peace of mind.


Written by Jeff D. Min

Jneiro Jarel

Soul

Nina Simone

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.... 


Written by Michael A. Gonzales

Nina Simone









Jazz

Les McCann

Living in post-9/11 Manhattan, I’ve had to learn to be more flexible than Gumby. I need more arms than Durga to field all the curve balls life’s throwing at me. 


Written by John Kruth

Les McCann



A Whole New Liquid

Yusef Lateef

Yusef Lateef discusses his colorful musical experiences that influenced his sonic persona and the influential producer Joel Dorn adds his unique perspective.


Written by John Kruth

Yusef Lateef



Hip-Hop

Jay Dee Remembered

Remembering the life of J Dilla, featuring conversations with those closest to him, including Q-Tip, Common, Busta Rhymes, Questlove and more.


Written by Ronnie Reese

Jay Dee Remembered

























Soul

Tenacious Spirit

After a rather combative interview with Teddy Pendergrass for Wax Poetics 33, I was often asked, “What was up with Teddy that day?” 


Written by Ronnie Reese

Tenacious Spirit



Jazz

Don’t Stop the Groove

Although enlightened music fans the world over were saddened by the passing of organist Lyman Woodard, the relationship that Wax Poetics had formed with the gifted musician and composer....


Written by Jon Kirby

Don’t Stop the Groove






Soul

Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack is a thread that runs through soul music. 


Written by Travis Atria

Bobby Womack

Jazz

George Duke

Keyboardist George Duke had his ecclectic beginnings playing with Frank Zappa’s band. Then he conquered the funky jazz scene on Germany’s MPS label.


Written by Jon Kirby

George Duke


















Hip-Hop

Ghostface Killah

In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman.


Written by David Ma

Ghostface Killah

Disco

Edwin Birdsong

Producer, songwriter, and organist Edwin Birdsong is the anonymous genius behind some of jazz-funk’s most cosmic moments. 


Written by Andy Thomas

Edwin Birdsong

Soul

Thom Bell

Composer, arranger, and producer Thom Bell has quietly made his mark on the sound of popular music for the last half century.


Written by A. D. Amorosi

Thom Bell






R&B

Aaliyah

On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a sex scandal that would have crushed a lesser talent. 


Written by Michael A. Gonzales

Aaliyah

Showstoppers

The Roots

The Roots first hit the national spotlight as a live hip-hop act with their 1993 indie debut, Organix...


Written by Ericka Blount Danois

The Roots



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