ON WAX: ‘CARTER V’ DROPS, ‘YANDHI’ IS M.I.A., AND 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.
DESTO DUBB’S “BANK TELLER”
This week, Desto Dubb enlisted the help of Lil Uzi Vert, 03 Greedo, Smokepurpp, and Lil Pump in “Bank Teller.” Before further diving into the track, the idea of bringing these artists all on one track is nuts. If you enjoy the wave, it’s a track for you. The flaw with the song is that you have five rappers who aren’t as strong lyrically, getting played out almost too quick.
LOGIC DROPS YSIV
There was no doubt after Bobby Tarantino II dropped, however, once YSIV was released, suddenly there was a change. The fear disappeared and it was clear why Logic does have the hip-hop appeal that he does. This project is significantly better than Tarantino II because Logic hits harder on every track and reduces every element that made the last corny. Another thing to mention is this one track, featuring the entire Wu-Tang Clan called “Wu-Tang Forever,” adds weight to the project. While the track goes hard it is not the best track on the album. Logic delivers and if you haven’t heard it, don’t forget to dive in.
THA CARTER V ARRIVES
Dyllan: After a long battle, Lil Wayne would go on to finally drop Tha Carter V. The question on everyone’s mind is: Was it worth the wait? The album is definitely for a Wayne fan because it’s an album not entirely for the majority. However, if you do have a love for hip-hop, the release of this project is symbolic of good things to come to those who wait. Wayne sounds good, there is no question, but you get the feeling its lukewarm vibes at times. With that being said, Tha Carter V will probably lead to a much bigger and better project.
Hiram: While initially believed to come out last week, Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated Tha Carter 5 has been delivered. The tracklisting is monstrous with 23 tracks, at almost an hour and a half of music. While it is steep and could have used less tracks, there’s still plenty of gems. Most notably is the long-awaited “Mona Lisa,” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Like other features, such as the Travis Scott featured “Let It Fly,” the song dates back to earlier times, around 2014. What’s unique about these features is how Kendrick and Travis have grown since then, and it’s nice to be reminded of their earlier sounds.
Overall, Wayne delivered us a project that was almost myth up until this point. The wait was worth it, as Wayne shows his abilities as an artist and reminds the world that he is a young legend.
YANDHI IS M.I.A.
TDE’s newest signee, Del Amo/Carson rapper REASON released his debut album titled There You Have It. Initially gaining recognition on the Black Panther soundtrack, REASON proves he can be deadly on his own, showing sharp lyricism and a recognizable cadence unmatched by any other. His ability to story tell is showcased as well, noticeably on “Colored Dreams / Killers pt.2.” REASON doesn’t hold back on his street raps. While a lot of beats are trap style, REASON interlopes West Coast icons such as Tupac and Kurupt to help keep the West Coast dynasty alive. The young artist has a long future ahead of him, and with the proper guidance of TDE, REASON is bound for greatness.
CYPRESS HILLS PRESENTS ELEPHANTS ON ACID
West Coast veterans Cypress Hill return with their first new album in eight years. Elephants on Acid is one of the most unique projects this year. It is based on a dream Cypress Hill’s producer DJ Muggs had—the album is psychedelic and doesn’t sound like anything else. The album takes the aesthetic of Indian music and mixes it with Muggs’ signature production style. B-Real and Sen Dog sound just as good as they did in the `90s, as the flow goes well over these unique instrumentals. Don’t sleep on this project because Cypress Hill is making music that transcends hip-hop into true art.
SHY GLIZZY’S “VLONE”
Yung Jefe graces us with a new music video for his song “Vlone.” One thing about Shy Glizzy is how he slipped under the radar, but has never let himself fall off. You can tell that he’s bettering himself with every track, and “Vlone” maybe a sign.
Until next time, its On Wax.
-Dyllan E. & Hiram