The new issue of Wax Poetics features Curtis Mayfield on the cover as well as articles on Spike Lee and Roc Raida plus much more.
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Itâ€™s been a long time coming. In fact, for the past eight years and thirty-seven issues, weâ€™ve wanted to do a Curtis Mayfield cover. It finally worked out for our unofficial Film/Hustler Issue, in which we take a look at Mayfieldâ€™s epic soundtrack recording Super Fly. New York writer Michael Gonzales pulls from his own 1996 Curtis Mayfield interview as well as tapping Curtis associates, guitarists Craig McMullen and Phil Upchurch and composer/arranger Johnny Pate, to tell the story of the finest blaxploitation score of the 1970s.
Once again, weâ€™ve created a split coverâ€“with Curtis on front both times and the back shared by two classic films: Spike Leeâ€™s Do the Right Thing (Radio Raheem in full effect) and Ralph Bakshiâ€™s Coonskin (a Wax Poetics favorite). Besides speaking with both of these groundbreaking filmmakers, we also take a look at the new film Black Dynamite (Wax Poetics Records released the score and soundtrack), and music supervisor David Hollander reveals the fundamental facts of once-mysterious library music.
Last but not least, we finally unveil the Robert Beck aka Iceberg Slim story by longtime contributer Mark McCord (aka Mark Skillz). As the greatest hustler of all time, Beck finally gets his due.