On Wax: Brockhampton, Missy Elliott, and Rapsody + 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.
Brockhampton’s Most Emotional Album
A year after the release of Iridescence, Brockhampton returns with their fifth studio album, Ginger. The boy band seems to be more sad than usual this time around, as the group puts all emotions and feelings on the table. The group finally opens up about their previous member, Ameer, while showcasing their current feelings. Even though the instrumentation is still very Brockhampton, the overtone of the instrumentals seem tamer than previous releases. The fans of the more banger-centric singles of the past may have to sit this one out. Ginger is a good mood project, but don’t expect to play this one at a kickback with friends.
The Return of Missy Elliott
It’s been 14 years since Missy Elliot released The Cookbook. Now, fourteen years later, she gives us a collection of songs called Iconology. The four songs plus an acapella, we see a Missy adapting to the modern soundscape of hip-hop. The uptempo trap beats goes with Missy’s theme of making weird dance music, and half of the project is produced by longtime collaborator and producer legend, Timbaland. This might not be the return most fans were hoping for, however, hopefully it does mean we’ll see more music and possibly a tour from Missy Elliott soon.
Rapsody’s Ode to Black Women
NC’s finest, Rapsody, has released her third full-length album, Eve. The concept of this project is quite important in this day in age, as Rapsody shows her love for African American women. She geniusly crafts a rap project any rap fan can enjoy, while showing love the whole way through. Features from J. Cole, D’Angelo, J.I.D, Queen Latifah, and GZA all make her project more special. Eve seems like the project Rapsody has been needing to make, and she did it so well.
Big Sean x A$AP Ferg
While Big Sean continues to tease a new project, the Detroit rapper drops a new single. The song is less of a Sean song and more of a Sean and A$AP Ferg song. The Hit-Boy produced banger is perfect for both artists, as they’ve had plenty of hits as a solo artist… So, why not get one together?!
Skippa Da Flippa Dropped a Song with Young Thug
Another chapter appears to be in the works for Skippa Da Flippa as he has united with Young Thug, Jaque Beatz, and Murda Beatz. Flippa finally might be finding his footing, and it seems like he’s taking that next step towards mainstream success.
NLE Choppa pulled up to the Icebox, and there are two gems worth highlighting. The first is the Lil Baby run in where you get to see them interact, teasing Lil Baby on a “Shotta Flow” remix. The second follows an update on when NLE might be dropping his album, which he said around October/November. Since the start of the year, this 16-year-old rapper has been red out and the album is one to definitely scope when it releases.
Ugly God on No Jumper
One interview that happened this week was Ugly God on No Jumper, and it’s filled with gems. What makes Ugly God an interesting person to hear from is how genuine he comes off in his nature. During the interview with Adam22, Ugly God talks about a handful of things—from his album, to scrapping an X with Ski Mask The Slump God track from “The Booty Tape,” to an update on Wintertime. This is a rapper whose absence was pretty noticeable when he seemed to be just on the verge of blowing up:
Thugger on Big Boy
For those enjoying “So Much Fun,” Young Thug stopped Big Boy’s Neighborhood for an interview. Young Thug covered pretty much anything, making it a refreshing interview. He spoke on his relationship with Wayne and Rich Homie Quan, and the questioning of his sexuality. Young Thug is one of the few artists who can continue to hold a steady position, standing the test of time, where most rappers felt he may not have lasted this long. If you’ve wanted to get to know him a bit more, this one is worth viewing:
Yella Beezy Comin’ Out of Dallas
Currently Dallas’ hottest export, Yella Beezy, is riding the rocket straight to the top, dropping visuals with Marlo for “Big Shit.” Seeming to have opened the door, the question is who can be next? Go Yayo? Trapboy Freddy?
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
– Dyllan E. & Hiram