The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

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Wax Poetics

A full run of Wax Poetics magazine, 2002-2020, in custom case

Lot Closed

March 30, 06:23 PM GMT


3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot Details


A full run of Wax Poetics magazine, with all printed issues from Issue 1 (Winter 2002) through Issue 68 (Winter 2020).

78 issues (68 main issues + 10 second copies with alternate covers of issues 7, 32, 38, 41, 42, 51, 52, 54, 56, and 61), issue 1 preserved in a board-backed sleeve, all printed in black and color ink on white paper and perfect bound at spine in glossy photographic wrappers. 

TOGETHER WITH: a custom carrying case bearing the Wax Poetics logo, 10 by 24½ by 13in. (25.4 x 62.2 x 33 cm.), nine Converse 45 Series promotional 45 RPMs all in wrappers and custom sleeves, one WPR 002 Mono 45 RPM, one sealed collectible card pack, one green and white vinyl sticker bearing and two blue and white vinyl stickers bearing the Wax Poetics logo.

A complete listing of all issues is available upon request.


Billing itself as "A Music Community for Those That Dig Deeper," the award-winning Wax Poetics magazine began as a response to what founding editor-in-chief, Andre Torres, saw as a lack in the publishing sphere for die-hard record collectors, cheekily known as "beat-diggers". Since its initial publication in 2001 as a quarterly journal, Wax Poetics presents an exhaustively curated selection of some of the best long-form music journalism. Looking to explore the history and connection of Hip Hop with its predecessors of jazz, soul and funk, Torres has described the genre as "like a time machine," an idea continuously celebrated on Wax Poetics' pages. Artists and producers such as Prince Paul, DJ Premiere, The Last Poets, Peanut Butter Wolf, RZA, Madlib and the Beastie Boys were all featured in early issues, laying the ground work for the magazine's foundational love and focus on Hip Hop.

The current lot features a staggering seventy eight issues of the magazine, full of glossy spreads and extensive editorials on household names and lesser known artists across a number of genres. One only has to flip through the aesthetically pleasing pages to understand how tapped into the dual desire for beauty and information Wax Poetics is. Becoming a trusted voice among its cult-like readership, each copy of Wax Poetics is a literal treasure trove of both iconic and underrepresented musical artists while firmly on the pulse of contemporary listening tastes. In addition to the print issues, the lot also features 45 RPMs and collectibles related to the magazine, all housed together with the magazines in a beautiful custom made carrying case bearing the Wax Poetics logo. To own a run such as this is to blow the doors wide open on a music lover's education, each new discovery leading to an even greater, more culturally significant one.


From the personal collection of Andrew Mason, Editor, Wax Poetics

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