ON WAX: EARL RESURRECTS WITH ‘SOME RAP SONGS,’ LIL BABY DROPS ‘STREET GOSSIP,’ A$AP ROCKY RELEASES “GUNZ N’ BUTTER,” AND MEEK MILL MAKES A COMEBACK
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.
MEEK MILL TAKES US TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
There’s no denying that people wanted to see Meek lose. After a high-profile beef with Drake in 2016, as well as beefs with The Game, Beanie Sigel and a highly publicized break-up with Nicki Minaj, many people wanted him to fall. Unfortunately, Meek did as he was arrested for violating parole. Although the situation was terrible, people seemed to have had a change of heart for Meek, as most saw how he was held back from his adolescent actions from 2008. Fortunately, Meek Mill was released, while his appeal to the Supreme Court pends.
So, Meek did what any good artist would do, channel that negative energy and make amazing music.
We believe Championships is Meek’s best album. His animalistic thug flow and cadences returns, however, his lyrics are more focused, resulting in some of Meek’s most conscious music to date. The production choices are top notch and a lot of the features deliver great verses. Of course the reimagination of Biggie’s “What’s Beef?” dubbed “What’s Free?” sparked much conversation—Ross addressing 6ix9ine and Jay-Z addressing Kanye. Yet, there are some real gems in the track list. The opener, “Intro,” sees Meek sampling Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight,” making it a fantastic trap beat. Drake and Meek reunite on the Wheezy produced “Going Bad.” Meek even shows his versatility on “Uptown Vibes,” being one of the few rap artists to incorporate latin influence well. Lastly, “Oodles O’ Noodles Babies” is a standout track to be remembered for Meek’s beautiful storytelling of the `80s hood life.
Overall, Championships puts Meek back in the conversation of modern greats. Even though everyone was open to tearing the man down two years ago, Meek is on a new path to glory. Hopefully, Meek can continue pushing his prison reform beliefs and make change through his music.
A$AP ROCKY RETURNS WITH “GUNZ N’ BUTTER”
It’s strange when you think about it…Earlier in the year, A$AP Rocky dropped Testing, his third album, which was met with mostly mixed reviews. The build to Testing had so much steam and hype, especially given the amount of time it had been since Rocky last dropped an album. Lately, Rocky seems to be changing the tide, releasing “Gunz N Butter.” The track has a more grounded Rocky sound than the tracks on his last project. Is this what we have been waiting for?
LIL BABY KEEPS LIGHT ON HIMSELF WITH STREET GOSSIP
Just when you think you’ve heard the last of Lil Baby, he returns with one more before the year finishes. Giving fans Street Gossip, the tape definitely feels better than Drip Harder, demonstrating his power as a solo artist. What may be the most interesting thing about Lil Baby is his work rate in QC without relying on Migos or Lil Yachty—before our very eyes, he’s proving why he deserves his own spotlight (and rightfully so).
SPOTLIGHT ON: DUSHAUN
This week’s spotlight goes on artist Dushaun for his track, “Money Hungry.” Few artists develop this type of energy this early in their career, but somehow Dushaun is able to break passed his ceiling and match the power of the hard-hitting beat. The track is infectious from beginning to end—with the video being just as entertaining. If you haven’t checked it out be sure to, and keep an eye out to see what else may come from Dushaun in the future.
EARL RESURRECTS WITH SOME RAP SONGS
Earl Sweatshirt is without a doubt the illegitimate son of MF Doom. Some Rap Songs is purely a project (if you just enjoy Earl) because there’s a lot that feels so good about it. Everything that Kanye may have attempted to be on Ye (emotionally open), Earl achieved with ease and surpassed gracefully. Tracks, like “Eclipse,” open doors that connect listeners to Earl’s inner poet, while others, like “Riot!,” take you away so that you are able to process every track before it. This project may not be one for everyone, however, from what Earl delivers lyrically, it’s enough to settle you. On that same note, it does feel like Earl is holding back…
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E. & Hiram