On Wax: Big K.R.I.T., Blood Orange + More
ON WAX IS A WEEKLY TAKE UPDATING YOU ON THE POCKET OF CULTURE KNOWN AS HIP-HOP. WE BRING YOU EVERYTHING FROM BREAKING NEWS TO ALBUM DROPS, JAIL TIME AND WHO’S BEEFING WITH WHO.
K.R.I.T. IZ HERE
Never has an artist perfectly embodied southern hip-hop like Big K.R.I.T. The Mississippi artist adds another stellar project to his already amazing discography. On K.R.I.T. IZ HERE, he continues to push the musical aesthetics of the South. From soulful samples to 808 bass with rattling high-hats, K.R.I.T.’s accent, flow, and cadence all deliver a great project. While K.R.I.T. is typically a great producer, none of the tracks are produced by him, as he focuses on the pen this time around. Artists like J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Yella Beezy, and others—all add to the project in a positive way. Yet, Big K.R.I.T. still remains the main attraction, formulating a nice mix of commercial and conceptual on this album. K.R.I.T. IZ HERE is an album worth listening to.
Blood Orange Dropped a Mixtape
It has been a little under a year since Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, released Negro Swan and is now back with Angel’s Pulse. The 32-minute mixtape was described as an epilogue to his previous album, which is a fair statement. The project is nice and lofi, mixing the soothing, poppy R&B cuts we know from Dev, alongside modern trends. All the tracks blend in with each other, causing a pleasant blur of everything delivered. While it’s a mixtape, some friends still manage to pop-up on the project. Most notably are Toro Y Moi, Tinashe, Joba of BROCKHAMPTON, and even a Project Pat and Gangsta Boo verse. Blood Orange’s beautiful clashing of sounds definitely make it an intriguing listen all the way through.
Future, Meek Mill, and Doe Boy Together
Right before the trio’s tour, Future, Meek Mill, and Doe Boy dropped a track, “100 Shooters.” It is a Tay Keith produced track about the artists’ past and current lifestyles. At it’s core, it’s a simple song— pairing three artists together who haven’t been all in one place yet sonically. Hopefully, the song will hype up their tour this year.
Kash Doll + Big Sean
It seems that Big Sean finally comes through for Kash Doll. After the duo appeared on “So Good” from Big Sean and Metro Boomin’s collab album, Double or Nothing, they appear again—but this time on Kash Doll’s track, “Ready Set.” Unlike the first time, the two Detroit natives don’t get sexually explicit. Instead, Kash Doll boast about her lifestyle, while Sean reinforces the chorus. Although Kash Doll has seen some success with tracks like “Ice Me Out” and “For Everybody,” Kash still hasn’t broke out into the mainstream yet. Maybe the artist’s next project will take her to new heights…?
Spac3L33 embarks on a journey where emotion is at an all time high. Unapologetic, the New Mexican rapper is pushed to the edge—and as a result, delivered an honest performance with listeners tuned in. We’ve seen tracks from him released in the past, however, let’s hope that this is the start for more new music to come on this level.
Dylan Loves DaBaby
DaBaby unites with Str3tch to create quite a banger. The two work together in fair fashion, and what we can appreciate about this collab is that it reminds us that we live in the era of hip-hop where rappers working with one another is boundless. However, that doesn’t mean the chemistry will always be on point. In this case, we wouldn’t mind hearing these two on another track together should the time come.
Spotlight: Mike Cozy & Jamila Woods
Whether it’s the picture painted by the best or the way the vocals sound with the best, there is something that will always call to the ear. In the case of Cozy’s “Serenade,” there’s an honest nature that holds your attention. If you haven’t heard this artist yet, check out below:
Having just released her new project, LEGACY! LEGACY!, Jamila Woods graces the El Rey Theatre last month. The environment was filled with nothing but love, as the audience from beginning to end was caught in her grasp. What’s most rewarding about the experience was her connection with her fans. If you haven’t heard her music yet or haven’t seen her live, I suggest you do so.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
– Dyllan E. & Hiram