On Wax: Cardi B and Much Much 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.
Cardi B Drops Debut Album
On April 6th, Cardi B silenced critics with her album, Invasion of Privacy, which received generally positive reviews. Highly anticipated, Cardi cleared any speculation of her remaining a one-hit wonder prior to the release of the project. One thing to peep is the feature list, as it offers interesting mixes that work more than well for her. Besides artists like 21 Savage and Migos, we have SZA, YG, Chance The Rapper and Kehlani. While there are weaker points, specifically her singing, her flow is harder than ever on tracks like “Money Bag,” and a SZA assisted “I Do.” If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s well worth the listen.
Drake Shows Love to Women in New Track
Drake has teased that he’s in album mode, and with that, he dropped another single, “Nice For What.” The Lauryn Hill sampled track is quite different from other Drake tracks — the song takes influence from Louisiana Bounce music. Lyrically, Drake is showing love for women on the track, stating that women shouldn’t have to take shit from men. The Toronto hero might have dropped another gem following the Scary Hours EP that featured “God’s Plan” and “Look Alive,” which features OVO’s newest signee, BlocBoy JB. Regardless, it’s nice to see an artist like Drake making an ode to Bounce music.
A$AP Rocky proclaims “ASAP FOREVER”
The road to Rocky’s release is red hot as the Harlem MC dropped a music video for “ASAP Forever.” One of the better singles he’s released lately, the track gives us a taste that’s just good enough to be excited about the album. The track also features Moby, as well as samples Moby’s 1998 track “Porcelain.” Apart from this, he also recently hit up Jimmy Fallon to debut another track called “Distorted Records.” Rocky is more than ready to drop the project, and fans are waiting. It’s only a matter of when it’ll actually drop.
Rae Sremmurd Taps Pharrell for New Single
Rae Sremmurd has been busy dropping tracks ahead of the highly anticipated Sremmlife 3. This time, the duo teamed up with the legendary Pharrell to drop “Chanel.” While the track is repetitive, Pharrell drops a fire verse. The duo also brings their catchiness they’re known for. Whether the track will take off or not — we’ll see, but the anticipation for Sremmlife 3 is at an all-time high.
Famous Dex Releases His Debut Album
Famous Dex has just delivered to the masses his first album, Dex meets Dexter. The album features guest appearances from A$AP Rocky, Diplo, Wiz Khalifa, and Drax Project on separate tracks. The question is not a matter of if the tape will be good, but if it will be good enough to break the ceiling and blast Famous Dex into the spotlight with his peers. Either way, I don’t see this slowing Dexter down anytime soon.
Aminé Links Up with Injury Reserve
Aminé dropped an absolute banger titled “Campfire” featuring experimental rap group, Injury Reserve. The track is a fun West Coast banger that is perfect for ghost riding the whip. The video features Aminé and Ritchie in pink and green wigs, respectively. Both artists have history together, as Aminé had Injury Reserve open for him at his Glitter Pop show in Portland. If you need a new song to bump when you go cruising, look no further…
Flatbush Zombies Vacation in Hell
Flatbush Zombies dropped their second album, Vacation of Hell. The group is continuing to be one one of the more exciting groups pushing the envelope. The dark moody production over the group’s ability to spit is really exciting to see. Features come from all over the music spectrum: contemporaries like Joey Badass and Denzel Curry, OGs like Bun B and Jadakiss, and even a track with Portugal. The Man. The group definitely came through with another solid project.
Dr. Octagon Strikes Again
Kool Keith has returned alongside DJ Qbert and Dan the Automator for a new Dr. Octagon project. Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horriplication revives one of Keith’s favorite characters for another installment. The album is a great throwback to ’90s hip-hop, and Kieth sounds like he never lost his touch. Horrorcore is alive and well.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
– Dyllan E & Hiram