Oliver Wang

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'James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4' Is A Marvelous And Mysterious Time Capsule

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The 1972 concerts at The Apollo were recorded but, inexplicably, never released — until now. They show a side of Brown content to turn the show over to his collaborators.


Songs We Love: J Dilla, 'F*** The Police'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

#TBT to a 2001 track that surprised fans not with its title or message, but with the ferocity of Jay Dee's production.


Songs We Love: Million Dollar Ecstacy, 'Burning Inside'

Thursday, March 31, 2016

#TBT to a Bay Area garage studio in 1987 and an outsider boogie funk new wave disco fusion that was downright prescient.


Songs We Love: Charles Bradley, 'Things We Do For Love'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Daptone's "Screaming Eagle of Soul" returns with a restrained groove that could make even low-rider O.G.s go a little weak in the knees.


Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With 'Life Of Pablo' Premiere

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we've been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.


'To Pimp A Butterfly' Aspires To Be Music's Great American Novel

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.


Wu-Tang's Fabulous Fabulist Returns

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ghostface Killah's new 36 Seasons is a concept album with a big cast. It stars his Tony Starks alter ego in dense action scenes.


Protests Over Officer-Involved Deaths Continue Nationwide

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

In the past week, protests over the decisions not to indict police in two separate fatal incidents spread to communities around the country. We hear from two of the demonstrations in Berkeley, Calif., and Washington, D.C.


Music Review: 'You're Dead!' By Flying Lotus

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned ...


Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

On an unlikely tribute album, singer Dionne Farris and guitarist Charlie Hunter tackle Warwick classics with revealing subtlety — and nods to the musicians' own origins in early-'90s rap.


Unheard Bounty On Mobb Deep's First Album In Eight Years

Monday, May 05, 2014

Under most circumstances, the release of a new Mobb Deep album would be notable in and of itself. This veteran rap duo from Queens had a short-lived but very public falling out in 2012, casting any future collaborations into question; as it is, their new The Infamous Mobb ...


The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

Friday, October 18, 2013

Long before Amy Winehouse or Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, there were the Poets of Rhythm: a group of young, 20-something musicians out of Munich. In the early 1990s, they perfected the sounds and rhythms of '60s and '70s American funk. In the process, they became ...


Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Marcos Garcia took his alter ego Chico Mann not from the 1970s TV series Chico and the Man but from a bit of dialogue in the early-'80s hip-hop film Wild Style. For years, Garcia was best-known as one of the members of the New York Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas. ...


Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rapper Kanye West experienced two births of a sort over the weekend. Most important would be the birth of his child with Kim Kardashian. Then there was the leak of his latest album, Yeezus, an event that also set the social media world atwitter. After months of speculation, the ...


Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration'

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

This isn't the first time Shuggie Otis' masterpiece, Inspiration Information, has been reissued — but that's OK. It's an album that absolutely deserves to be rediscovered every decade or so.

Released nearly 40 years ago, the album became Otis' most acclaimed work, and also his last official release: Otis continued ...


Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The very first notes on Laura Mvula's new album feel like a powerful invocation. You're not sure for what, but the moment is awesome — with an emphasis on awe.

On paper, Sing to the Moon may seem like yet another album by a young, big-throated British singer, but ...


On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

It's tempting to describe the voices of Charles Bradley and James Hunter as timeless, but that's not quite right. When we hear the jagged tear in their singing, we know exactly which era they're honoring.

Bradley, who's now in his mid-60s, was signed by Daptone Records ...


20 Years Ago Biz Markie Got The Last Laugh

Monday, May 06, 2013

In the late 1980s, no clique in New York seemed more dominant than the Juice Crew. Assembled by producer Marley Marl, the group's core included the larger-than-life spectacle that was Big Daddy Kane, the slippery tongued Masta Ace, the profanely prickly Roxanne Shante and the clown prince, Biz ...


Lady: Two Soul Stalwarts Find A New Groove Together

Thursday, March 14, 2013

R&B singers Nicole Wray and Terri Walker both had promising starts to their careers more than ten years ago. Wray came up on the Virginia coast under the wing of mentor Missy Elliott. Walker, a Londoner, was classically trained yet released her debut on a Def Jam subsidiary. ...


It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

In the early days of hip-hop, Run DMC made music with a mission, like the 1986 track "Proud To Be Black." KRS-One and his group Boogie Down Productions called a 1990 album Edutainment. Now, motivational or educational lyrics are met with skepticism. Today, we discuss the viability of hip-hop with ...

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