On Wax: J. Cole Season Now, Yeezy and Drizzy Season Next
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.
J. Cole Season is Here
J. Cole shocked everyone when he announced that he was dropping an album in less than two days. A day before the album would release on 4/20, Cole would give us not only a trailer, but the same titled track as the album, KOD. Standing for Kids on Drugs, Cole’s PSA sees him taking on the role of a hip-hop elder by attempting to reach not only kids, but the rappers that come from this “SoundCloud era” of hip-hop. Released the same day as the album, was his music video for “ATM.” If you have not checked it out yet, waste a little time to do so:
Yeezy Season Approaches
After Kanye’s triumphant return to Twitter, Ye shocked the hip-hop world with multiple release dates for upcoming projects. He first began with a Tweet stating that his album would be seven songs, followed by the date: June 1st. Another Tweet shortly after confirmed the long awaited Kid Cudi collaborative project with Ye titled Kids See Ghost that will come out the following week: June 8th. However, Yeezus wasn’t finished. He then came through with the release date for Teyana Taylor‘s album and Pusha T‘s album: June 22nd and May 25th, respectively. Then Sunday night, Kanye returns to state that he’s entirely producing all the albums, and then drops an unexpected bombshell— Kanye announces that he has produced the new Nas album in full, which’ll drop June 15th. We major.
Drizzy Season Approaches
While Kanye is the King of Twitter, Drake is the king of the ‘gram. Champagnepapi announced on Instagram that his forthcoming album will be titled Scorpion, and will drop June 28th. The announcement comes after Drake came back to dominate the charts with hits like “God’s Plan,” “Look Alive” and “Nice for What.” Although little is known about the project, we know Drake has been busy cookin’ in the studio. All we can say is, June can’t get here any faster.
Flocko Season Approaches?
On 4/20, A$AP Rocky dropped a track called “Herojuana Blunts.” While the track is a tad questionable, it possesses potential with an older “Houston Screwed” sound; injecting harder drug vibes. While fun, will it be enough to prolong the wait for the album?
Kendrick Lamar Wins a Pulitzer Prize
King Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize, being the first ever nonclassical or non jazz artist to win the award. K. Dot’s fantastic 2017 album, DAMN., will now go down in the history books. An in-depth read on the matter is linked here.
Khalid is OTW
R&B sensation, Khalid, has returned with some friends. The American Teen dropped “OTW” alongside Ty Dolla $ign and 6LACK. While three singers on one track sounds bad on paper, the song is executed wonderfully. Khalid handles the hook and the first verse, delivering catchiness and vocal melodies that are soothing to the ears. Furthermore, Ty and 6LACK both add their own flavor to the song. While typically all three artists ride their own wave, they mold together well on a beat that could fit on any of their own projects. “OTW” is sure to be a hit for the young career of Khalid.
One of the most prolific trap producers, Zaytoven, has teamed up with Red Bull Music to release a documentary of his life. Titled The Note: Zaytoven, the doc gives insights of the producer’s career, and how he helped create the trap sound. Also, how he assisted in the careers of Gucci Mane, Yo Gotti, and essentially every other ATL artists. The doc gives a really great look at Zay’s come up. Any aspiring artist should check out it, as the doc is extremely inspirational.
DJ Akademiks: Mumble rapper?
Well known hip-hop commentator, DJ Akademiks, released a music video under his mumble rap persona, Lil Ak. Having been joking about releasing an album for awhile now, it looks like the trollery has come to light. The video features Tekashi 6ix9ine briefly, but through and through is a funny track to check out. If you want to see Ak make fun of himself and the rappers he mostly commentates on, take a look:
Until Next Time, its On Wax
-Dyllan E & Hiram