Erykah Badu – New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War) Review

“In 1997, they accused me of being the queen of neo-soul … but the only thing neo-soul about me is the guy who made up the name.”  – Erykah Badu, Remix magazine, March 2008 “Hip-hop is bigger than religion.” – Erykah Badu, “The Healer” One of the most impressive things about Erykah Badu has always … Read more

The Top 9 Most Influential Digital Samplers In Hip-Hop History

Every time I saddle up to bang some beats out of my Akai MPC 2000XL the internal debate arises inside of me about how the greatest pieces of Hip-Hop production equipment would stack up when lined up alongside each other. Obviously, in terms of technical specifications, the latest technology with win out every time; however, … Read more

MF Doom – Mysterious Metal Faced Villain

Words by Michael Walter An ever-increasing number of hip-hop heads out there worship a mysterious man in a metal mask. Years ago, when I first heard that man’s music, I immediately joined their ranks. The person in question is Daniel Dumile, but you might know him as MF DOOM. Or Viktor Vaughn. Or King Geedorah. … Read more

10 Lessons I’ve Learned From Listening To Black Milk

After spending another 9 hours in the corporate cubicle farm returning frantic voice messages and replying to panicked emails, I was able to peel myself off the adjustable generic office chair and slink past the security desk to sweet freedom.  Immediately upon liberation I pulled out my IPod, started rocking Black Milk’s August ’05 Beat … Read more

Wax Poetics Magazine Collection Finally Completed!

There has been a lot going on this week with tooling up my resume for a new daytime gig, working with coders to add new features to the site, researching the possibility of a new web host, and somehow finding the time to make a beat or two.  I can also finally declare that one … Read more