On Wax: Future, James Blake, Soulja Boy + 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.
Future Presents: The WIZRD
Now that 2019 has settled in, the new releases have started—and let’s talk about Future’s seventh album. The WIZRD has a now sober Future playing it safe with a sound we’re much familiar with. However, Future is the originator of the modern trap sound, making his execution of it much better than most. Fans of Future will be excited, even though the formula is repeated. This project worked with producers, Tay Keith and CuBeatz, as well as 808 Mafia members, Southside and TM88. Future also talks about his sorrows, which can be overlooked. Overall, The WIZRD is a typical Future album where he doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but continues his typical aesthetics.
James Blake Swerves Genres
While not a hip-hop artist, James Blake shouldn’t be taken out of the discussion of hip-hop music entirely. As a producer, he has worked with incredible artists—from lyricists like Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples, to the best of R&B with Beyoncé and Frank Ocean. His fourth album, Assume Form, is a pop album that takes electronic and hip-hop elements and morphs them into something truly creative. (Not to mention, he manages to drop two collaborations with Metro Boomin, alongside a Travis Scott and André 3000 feature.)
James doesn’t hold back on his stellar, creative production and lyricism. His unique singing voice also delivers such melancholic, bittersweet feelings. He is a creative marvel, and Assume Form is a project for fans of pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. Obviously it’s too early to call, but Assume Form already makes for a great potential Album of the Year contender.
Is Soulja Boy Making a Comeback?
This week on The Breakfast Club, after going off on Instagram Live, Soulja Boy received his first appearance on the show. The interesting thing about this was a lot of what he said was the truth. Big Draco came forward, calling all names and claiming to be the Godfather of newer artists, like Famous Dex, Lil Uzi Vert, and those who’ve used YouTube as a platform to launch their careers. While there are parts that may not be as true (much like him saying he had the biggest comeback of 2018), the high energy interview gave a much needed incite to Soulja Boy. Topics that were also talked about were the Migos beef, as well as the boxing match between Chris Brown and himself. If you haven’t seen the interview, it’s definitely worth a watch.
To further stamp his return, Big Draco dropped a music video for the track titled “New Drip.” The track itself doesn’t really showcase anything new, but more or less shows that Soulja Boy might not be playing around when he talks about his comeback.
YNW Melly & Kanye Collab
Florida’s newest up-and-coming artist, YNW Melly, has delivered a new project called We All Shine. After being seen in the studio with Kanye West, both show up together on “Mixed Personalities,” as well as a lyrical Lemonade production video for the track also appeared. The track is more Melly than Kanye that is mixed with a lot of auto-tuned singing from both artists. Meanwhile, We All Shine features cloud rap influences, alongside Melly’s street vocabulary. YNW Melly is most definitely making moves.
Logic Drops a Throwaway
“Keanu Reeves” is the newest single from the hard-working lyricist, Logic. It’s another song with Logic’s witty and confident rap abilities, over a trap beat produced by 6ix. Logic fans rejoice.
YAM$ Day 2019
Another artist who did an interview this week was A$AP Rocky who was promoting YAM$ Day. Rocky spoke about the artists who are planning to be there—with Ski Mask the Slump God and Playboi Carti being on the list—without giving away any of the surprise guests. Following that, Rocky talked about his relationship with YAM$’ mother, to which he shared a funny story. If you haven’t heard the interview, check it out below:
Dreamville Hype Ensures
This year continues to heat up. After announcing Revenge of the Dreamers III, fans are in anticipation to see their favorite artist’s lineup and answer the question if this is Dreamville’s year. This week a preview went out, and the snippet does not disappoint. Are you excited for Revenge of The Dreamers III?
The Revengers sessions are done thank you to every artist and producer that came through. I love y’all, that shit was beautiful. Next step, finish the songs and let the 🌎 feel em.
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 17, 2019
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
– Dyllan E. & Hiram