Jason King

Writing Samples

Blue Magic: Spirit and Energy in Black Popular Music

Duke University Press (forthcoming) December 3rd, 2017

With 'In My Room' Jazz Phenom Jacob Collier is Bringing Jubilation Back

NPR Music July 11th, 2016 Visit the original article online

The Realest Out: A Conversation with Blood Orange's Dev Hynes

Pitchfork June 29th, 2016 Visit the original article online

I Was Born on the Dance Floor: A Playlist for Pulse (contributor)

NPR Music June 18th, 2016 Visit the original article online

Still Would Stand All Time: Notes on Prince

NPR April 24th, 2016 Visit the original article online

Prince Was a Genius No Matter How You Define It

Vice April 23rd, 2016 Visit the original article online

I Want You Still: Celebrating 40 Years of Marvin Gaye’s Sensual Classic

Pitchfork March 16th, 2016 Visit the original article online

Maurice White: The Audacity of Uplift

NPR February 5th, 2016 Visit the original article online

Natalie Cole: Underappreciated but Never Forgotten

NPR January 1st, 2016 Visit the original article online

T Pain: Giving Us Something We Can Feel

NPR December 9th, 2015 Visit the original article online

Review: Miguel, 'Wildheart'

NPR June 22nd, 2015 Visit the original article online

D’Angelo at the Apollo: We Were All Here Before

NPR February 10th, 2015 Visit the original article online

It’s Time for a Grammys’ Alternative

Buzzfeed February 9th, 2015 Visit the original article online

Radio, Radio: How Formats Shaped, Splintered And Remade Pop Music

NPR February 7th, 2015 Visit the original article online

I'm Rick James: 15 Hours Of The Funk Supernova's Best Songs

February 4th, 2015 Visit the original article online

Pop Has Become Unstuck in Time - Entry for Slate Music Club

Slate December 17th, 2014 Visit the original article online

For the Love of Black Music: Why the Essence Festival Matters

NPR July 17th, 2014 Visit the original article online

Celebrity Selfies Have Value — Just Don’t Try to Sell Them

Quartz July 17th, 2014 Visit the original article online

Duck Sauce - Quack (review)

Billboard April 26th, 2014 Visit the original article online

Top 50 Albums of 2013 - NPR (Blood Orange's "Cupid Deluxe)

December 10th, 2013 Read the NPR article

R. Kelly's Sexy But Troubling 'Black Panties' Is a Throwback for Both Good and Ill

Spin Magazine December 8th, 2013 Click to read the Spin article

Justin Timberlake Attempts to Wow Us Again on 'The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2'

Spin Magazine September 30th, 2013 Visit the original article online

Drizzy Sings the Blues

NPR September 28th, 2013 Visit the original article online

Introductory Essay for Expanded Re-Release of Carl Wilson's "Let's Talk About Love: a Journey to the End of Taste" (2013, forthcoming)

Continuum Press - 33/13 Series

The 2012 Slate Music Club

Slate Magazine December 17th, 2012 Slate Music Club

"The Time is Out of Joint: Notes on D'Angelo's Voodoo" - Original Liner Notes, Vinyl Reissue

Light in the Attic Records December 2012 D'Angelo's Voodoo

'Bad' Is Back and It's Just as Good."

The Root September 13th, 2012 Click the link to read

Who Says Old School's Not Cool?

TheRoot.com August 9th, 2012 Link to Article

“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough: Presence, Spectacle and Good Feeling in Michael Jackson’s This is It"

Forthcoming in two anthologies: Black Performance Theory (tentative title), Thomas DeFrantz, Anita Gonzalez, editors: and in Taking It to the Bridge: Music as Performance, Richard Pettengill and Nicholas Cook, editors.

"The Here and Now" - Original Liner Notes for Sony Music compilation 'The Intimate Luther Vandross'

Sony Music Legacy (forthcoming) 2011 Visit the original article online

R&B’s Smooth Sensual Stylist: Fans Won’t Forget the Powerhouse Voice of Teddy Pendergrass, who died Wednesday"

Los Angeles Times January 15th, 2010 Click here to read the article @ Los Angeles Times

The Michael Jackson Treasures: Celebrating the King of Pop in Photos and Memorabilia (BOOK)

Fall River Press/Barnes & Noble (US); translated in 7 languages October 10th, 2009 Book page at Barnes and Noble.com

“Michael Jackson: An Appreciation of His Talent”

Initially self-published at passthecurve.com; republished in Best Music Writing 2010 anthology, guest editor Ann Powers. Da Capo Press. June 27th, 2009 Published online here.

Contributing Writer - Vibe Magazine, 2001-2008

Vibe Magazine

"The Sound of Velvet Melting: The Power of Vibe in the Work of Roberta Flack"

Originally published in the anthology _Listen Up: A Momentary History of Pop Music_, ed. Eric Weisbard. Duke University Press. November 1st, 2007 Duke University Press' book page

"Artist of the Year: Gnarls Barkley" (longform essay on 'album of the year' St. Elsewhere)

Idolator (Gawker) 2007

Contributing Writer - Blender Magazine (2005-2007)

Blender 2007

Tevin Campbell: An Appreciation

www.passthecurve.com November 2006 Click here to read the article

"Mary J. Blige: The Royal She: Self-referential hip-hop queen mixes surface glam and soul-baring confessions"

Village Voice January 17th, 2006 Click to read

Essay on the work of "Isaac Diggs" in Studio Museum of Harlem's Frequency Catalog

Studio Museum of Harlem catalog, ed. Thelma Golden, Christine Kim 2005 Click to see the exhibition page @ Studio Museum of Harlem


“Pop Your Phunk: Black Eyed Peas Bring Hip Hop to the iShuffle Generation”


Village Voice July 19th, 2005 Click to read at the Village Voice site

"Power of Love: Memorial service for Luther Vandross brings out the star wattage and Holy Ghost power"

Village Voice July 5th, 2005 Read the piece at the Village Voice:

"So Amazing: Why Luther Vandross's Legacy Matters"

Village Voice June 28th, 2005 Village Voice link: Click to read.

“Butch Femme: Million-dollar baby of hip-hop hits the Plexiglas ceiling”
 (on Jean Grae)

Village Voice February 8th, 2005 Click to read the article at the Village Voice

“Real Confessions: The supernatural love child of Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau” (on Rahsaan Patterson)

Village Voice December 8th, 2004 Click to read the article at the Village Voice site

"Hip-Hop Doppelgängers Iced-out thug and boho griot keep it surreal on complementary CDs ready for iTunes"

Village Voice November 23rd, 2004 Click to read article at the Village Voice site

“Scenography and Sisterwit: Philly Songsmith injects the draggy funk tempos of neo-soul with intellectual and honest blues” (on Jill Scott)

Village Voice September 28th, 2004 Click to read article at the Village Voice site

“Which Way is Down? Improvisations on Black Mobility”

Women and Performance (journal), Issue 27, 14:1, edited by Michelle Dent 2004 Visit the original article online

“Freak: John Leguizamo”

Women and Performance, Issue #22 (Holy Terrors: Latin American Women and Performance) 2003 Visit the original article online

"Remixing the Closet: The Down-Low Way of Knowledge"

Village Voice June 24th, 2003 Click to read article

"Toni Braxton, Disney and Thermodynamics"

TDR (The Drama Review) 2002 Link to the article online

“Any Love: Silence, Theft and Rumor in the Work of Luther Vandross”

Longform version published in Calalloo journal Vol 23 No 1 Winter 2000; reprint published in The Greatest Taboo, ed. by Delroy Constantine-Simms. Alyson Press
. 2001 Click to read first couple of pages of the article

“Form and Function: Superstardom and Aesthetics in the Music Videos of Michael and Janet Jackson”

The Velvet Light Trap: A Journal of Television, Radio and Film 1999 Some of the article can be read online here:

“When Autobiography Becomes Soul: Erykah Badu and the Cultural Politics of Black Feminism”

Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Issue 19 1999 Visit the original article online