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Michael A. Gonzales

Michael A. Gonzales
Michael A. Gonzales has written features for Wax Poetics, One More Robot, Vibe, The Source, XXL, Spin, The Village Voice, Complex and others. His music writing has been reprinted in Best African-American Essays 2009 and cited by the Best Music Writing series three times. The co-author of Bring the Noise: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture (1991), Gonzales blogs at Blackadelicpop.blogspot.com. Living in Brooklyn, he also writes erotica, crime fiction and essays.

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Michael A. Gonzales' Blog

A 2008 interview with Michael

List of articles in the library by artist

Aaliyah, R Kelly: Aaliyah: Eternal Soul

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, August 2014

On the heels of her best-selling debut, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, fifteen-year-old Aaliyah was rocked by a sex scandal that would have crushed ...

Barry White: Blackberry Jam

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1995

VIBE: You write a lot about — Barry White: Love. VIBE: Love — BW: Always. ...

Blackstreet: Another Level (Interscope)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1996

IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE to remember the way R&B sounded before producer Teddy Riley created the urban-jungle grooves that became known as new jack swing. ...

Mary J. Blige, Steak-Loving Soul Diva, Really "Vomited" That Precious Song

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, New York Magazine, January 2010

WHILE POP DIVAS ARE often fashionably late, Mary J. Blige has already ordered her steak when I arrive for our noon lunch at Del Frisco's ...

Chris Brown: Ladies' Knight

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, August 2005

IT'S SPRING BREAK in the concrete jungle of Manhattan, and the rowdy bowling alley at Chelsea Piers has become a teenage refuge in the heart ...

Cypress Hill, D'Angelo, Snoop Doggy Dogg, The Notorious B.I.G., Tricky: Blunted On Reality: A Journalist Recalls Smoking With Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Cypress Hill & More

Memoir by Michael A. Gonzales, Complex, April 2012

"Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers, Their satanic music is driven by marijuana."— Harry J. Anslinger, America's First Drug Czar ...

D'Angelo: In the Raw

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, September 2010

D'Angelo's organic sweet soul shook up modern R&B ...

DeBarge, El DeBarge: The Rise and Fall of The DeBarge Family

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, October 2007

The DeBarge family – El, Marty, Randy, Bunny and James, not to mention Thomas, Bobby, and baby brother Chico – were supposed to be Motown's ...

Ice Cube, N.W.A., Public Enemy: When Ice Cube Was Hardcore

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, December 2013

ON THE HEELS OF RECENT ICE CUBE AND PUBLIC ENEMY ALBUM RE-RELEASES, MICHAEL A. GONZALES RECALLS WHEN ICE CUBE WAS HARD ...

The Impressions, Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Mayfield: Mighty Mighty

Profile and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, April 1996

From the Impressions to Superfly, he's left an indelible mark on American music. Now, six years after a paralyzing accident, Curtis Mayfield is down but not out. ...

Janet Jackson: 'I Eat To Fill The Void'

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Daily Telegraph, November 2010

With an Oscar-tipped role in Tyler Perry's new film and a handsome young billionaire in her life, Janet Jackson is, finally, 'in a good place'. ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: Change the Game

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Stop Smiling, Winter 2007

FROM CINEMATIC outlaws Vito Corleone (The Godfather) and Priest (Super Fly) to real life dons like John Gotti and Nicky Barnes, the mythology of gangsterism ...

Quincy Jones: Cinematic Soul: The Soundtracks of Quincy Jones

Overview by Michael A. Gonzales, Stop Smiling, November 2007

THE MUSICAL legacy of 74-year-old Quincy Delight Jones Jr. looms large over the landscape of popular culture. While our grandparents might remember him as the ...

DJ Kool Herc: D.J. Kool Herc: The Holy House of Hip-hop

Report and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, New York Magazine, September 2008

On August 11, 1973, D.J. Kool Herc didn't know he was revolutionizing pop music – he was just trying to keep people dancing. The rec ...

Curtis Mayfield: Gangster Boogie

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, December 2009

Curtis Mayfield injected his own cultural commentary into the Super Fly legacy ...

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy Pendergrass, the Heart of Philly Soul

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, June 2014

CELEBRATING BLACK MUSIC MONTH WITH SOME OF THE STANDOUTS OF R&B, SOUL AND HIP-HOP, MICHAEL A. GONZALES REMEMBERS THE LATE, GREAT TEDDY PENDERGRASS ...

New Kids On The Block: Face The Music (Columbia)

Review by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, March 1994

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK have always viewed themselves as a white act making black music, but the young brothers and sisters blasting radios on ...

Nina Simone: Happy Birthday, Wild Child: Celebrating Nina Simone's 80th

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Philadelphia Weekly, February 2013

A FEW YEARS before Nina Simone decided to become a singer, she was just another black girl from North Carolina living in Philadelphia with her ...

The Notorious B.I.G.: Notorious B.I.G.: Forever

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, XXL, March 2012

It's been 15 years since the greatest rapper of all time, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., was taken from hip-hop, but his legacy continues to loom large. ...

OutKast

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, August 1994

LaFace's latest rap group is climbing the charts and having a 'Player's Ball' ...

Pete Rock & CL Smooth: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth: Smooth Like A Rock

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1994

Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth are blowing up in the biz, but they still got each other's back. ...

PM Dawn: P.M. Dawn: Diff'rent Strokes

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, November 1995

Lost in space? No. P.M. Dawn return with a pretty (yet slammin') third album — and a rebel whisper that says there's nothing wrong with ...

Puff Daddy, The Notorious B.I.G., TLC, Whitney Houston: Clive Davis: Big Poppa

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1996

The VIBE Q: CLIVE DAVIS, ARISTA RECORDS' LEGENDARY PRESIDENT AND CEO, IS TRULY RUNNING THINGS. THINK NOT? ASK WHITNEY HOUSTON, PUFFY COMBS, TLC, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G., OR L.A. AND ...

Sade: Interview: Sade

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Red Bull Academy Magazine, July 2015

Michael A. Gonzales reaches into his archives for an interview with the singer from 1992 ...

Nina Simone: Between the Keys

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, September 2011

"White people had Judy Garland. We had Nina." — Richard Pryor ...

Robin Thicke: The Blurred Lines of Blue-Eyed Soul

Essay by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, August 2013

ROBIN THICKE JOINS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, GEORGE MICHAEL AND ELVIS ON THE SOULFUL WHITEBOY TIMELINE. BUT IS IT CULTURAL APPRECIATION OR APPROPRIATION? ...

Timbaland: Wired for Sound: Timbaland

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Request, February 1999

CREDITS: MISSY ELLIOTT'S SUPA DUPA FLY, AALIYAH'S ONE IN A MILLION, HIS OWN TIM'S BIO; LIFE FROM DA BASSMENT ...

TLC: Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Juicy, February 2012

Before they were a crazy, sexy, cool multi-platinum-selling girl group, TLC was three young women from Atlanta out to prove that their debut album, Ooooooohhh...On ...

TLC Marks 20 Years of CrazySexyCool

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, November 2014

Vintage visionary Michael A. Gonzales speaks with producer Dallas Austin, director Lionel Martin and more about the landmark album ...

Toni Braxton: Toni's Secret: Miss Braxton Lets It All Hang Out

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, June 1997

"YOU'RE KILLING me," says Toni Braxton breathily when I tell her I want to talk about sex. A heartbeat later, though, the shyness falls away ...

Tony Toni Toné: Family Ties

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, February 1997

The trio who helped resurrect the true soul sound say their stunning new album might be their last. Are the brothers going to work it ...

Total: Like, Totally Awesome

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, June 1996

First they were just Biggie's background singers. Now with their slammin' debut album, Total prove they are definitely more than the sum of their parts. ...

Luther Vandross: Make Me Over: On Luther Vandross

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, soulhead, April 2014

THE GREAT SOUL SINGER, producer and interpreter of classic material Luther Vandross would've been sixty-three years old this month. ...

Barry White: Big Love

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Wax Poetics, July 2010

Barry White's unlimited passion took him to the heights of music ...

List of genre pieces

20 Classic Love Songs: Nuthin' But Love

Guide by Michael A. Gonzales, Amy Linden, Vibe, February 2000

Turn the lights down low, put the champagne on ice, and load your CD player with these modern romance classics ...

Don Cornelius: The Don

Profile by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1995

JUICE? YOU want juice? Bust this: Long before Arsenio or BET, Don Cornelius single-handedly brought black music into living rooms nationwide. And he's kept it ...

Jermaine Dupri: Song Of The South

Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Vibe, September 1996

Whether shooting pool or making hit records, hotshot producer Jermaine Dupri has one goal: to be the best. By Michael A. Gonzales ...

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