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George Clinton Interview

I was recently listening to “(Not Just) Knee Deep” by Parliament, and was reminded of the sublime feeling that song can stir! I have loved the music of Parliament/Funkadelic for many years now, and I think it will always hold a special place in my heart. Going back into the P-Funk archives inspired me to […]

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The Preatures Mixtape for Dazed Digital + Jack Moffitt Q&A

This Spring I was fortunate to work on a little feature for Dazed & Confused, where I asked one of my favourite Australian bands The Preatures to put together a mixtape. Providing an aural glimpse into their world, the mix places contemporary gems alongside classic jams. Check out my write up and interview with Jack […]

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Wax Poetics Issue 61 : Bishop Nehru & Soulection

I remember the first time that I bought a copy of Wax Poetics back in 2007. It was the Rick James issue with a feature on New York hip-hop club The Latin Quarter by Brian Coleman. Reading it blew my mind and provided glimpses into a world that inspired me to no end. I never […]

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The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop

This Spring sees the publication of my first academic chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop. The Companion, edited by Justin A. Williams, features a wide selection of Hip-Hop oriented essays from an array of contributors including Anthony Kwame Harrison, Adam Haupt, and Chris Tabron. I feel rather honoured to be a part of the […]

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Da Vinci Interview : A Fillmore Story

When I think of Fillmore Street in San Franciso, I always think of Yoshi’s and the sushi spot next door, as well as Jazz festivals in summer and all the musical heritage that the area boasts. It was illuminating to meet and chat with the young rapper Da Vinci, a Fillmore native, back in 2011 […]

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Robert Glasper Interview

The first time that I saw Robert Glasper play was in San Francisco, September 2011. It was the day after my 23rd birthday, and after celebrating the night away in dive bars on Valencia Street and a rooftop somewhere in the Mission, I was feeling a little bit fragile. We met before the show to […]

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Fatlip Interview : What’s Up Fatlip?

I clearly remember the first time I met Fatlip. I had just started working for Delicious Vinyl in 2011, and had gone out to grab food with some of the guys. When we came back to the office, Lip was chilling sat in my chair. Being the Pharcyde devotee that I was (and still am) […]

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Full Force Interview : Bowlegged Lou, I Want You Just for Me!

Before I even heard the song itself I received Full Force’s “Alice, I Want You Just For Me” on 12″ as a present one Christmas. Immediately upon seeing the cover, it was jehri-curl love at first sight.¬†Then once I put the record on play and began doing my research I realised what major music players […]

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Mr Len Interview : The Marvels of Yestermorrow

Last year Mr Len released an intriguing conceptual EP titled The Marvels of Yestermorrow. I am a big fan of Len’s work, and so caught up with him at the time of the release for Wax Poetics. Biggup Lenny! Distorted transmissions, sounding as though unearthed from a rusty 1950s time capsule, describe an array of […]

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Prince Paul Interview : The Scent of Royalty

Back in 2012 I interviewed my favourite hip-hop producer Prince Paul for Wax Poetics. It was a beautiful spring day in New York and the start of a beautiful friendship …¬† The Scent of Royalty In the presence of Prince Paul A deep female friend of mine once said that artistic greatness is just like […]