On Wax: Lil Baby + Gunna, T.I., Sheck Wes and More
Lil Baby x Gunna
Finally arriving is the highly-anticipated Gunna and Lil Baby project, Drip Harder. The two have recently exploded on the hip-hop scene, damn near shaking it to the point where everyone has heard of this duo. This is one a lot of people have been waiting for—even comparing them to duos, like Lil Boosie and Webbie. Can Gunna and Lil Baby live up to the expectations being laid out in front of them, or did they just reveal how far they can go?
T.I. Pushes Trap Further
T.I. is considered one of the first to do trap music, and thankfully he’s still pushing the genre further. Dime Trap is a rare album in its genre, and Tip clearly cares about trap music—he is willing to show what one can do with this genre. First off, T.I. can spit bars, and lyrically, he rivals some of South’s greatest, like Big Boi and André 3000 from Outkast. T.I. also understands how to make an album, which is something that’s buried in trap. In an age where trap artists release mixtapes disguised as albums, Tip knows how to sequence a record, as well as add narrative to it. Dave Chapelle adds commentary in between the tracks, giving it a movie feel. Paired with great beat selections and good features, T.I. releases one of his best albums yet. Hopefully, trap artists can take notes, as the genre can move past being just club music.
Sheck Wes Drops His Debut, Mudboy
One of Travis Scott’s newest signees, New York’s Sheck Wes, has dropped his debut project, Mudboy—a hard-hitting effort from Sheck. One thing to commend the “Mo Bamba” rapper is on his beat selection; he has a good ear for interesting instrumentals. Also, as equally impressive, Sheck Wes can carry himself on a project with his unique cadence and energy. While he has some strong strengths, he still has some growing to do. In my opinion, don’t come to Sheck Wes for much substance, however, he is interesting enough to shine over his contemporaries. Hopefully, he can grow and really captivate his craft, but for now Mudboy is an acceptable debut album.
Tekashi Disses Ebro + Phone Verse From Bobby Shmurda
This week, Tekashi did something that no one saw coming (well, until everyone heard of it). Not to knock the track, but once you hear it, you’ll get it. What am I talking about? I’m talking about “Stoopid,” featuring Bobby Shmurda who doesn’t get released from behind bars until 2020. Without Bobby, you get a typical Tekashi track, which is never bad, but could always be better. However… in the song, Tekashi dissed Hot 97 radio host Ebro, who returned the favor with a diss of his own on air. While it obviously isn’t too serious, the diss is one that should definitely be given an ear to because he also disses other rappers, like 50 Cent.
Anderson .Paak Finally Teams Up with Kendrick Lamar
The two Dr. Dre protégés have finally teamed up. Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar have joined forces on “Tints,” which is a groovy soulful track. While .Paak was on the TDE star-studded Black Panther soundtrack, the duo haven’t truly collaborated yet. Their new song is the perfect cruising song, and both artists give their signature flair—Kendrick spits a well engineered verse, alongside an infectious hook from Anderson. “Tints” is set to be on .Paak’s upcoming album, Oxnard, due this year.
Blood Oath Presents Thanks Phil
Arriving this week was Blood Oath’s four-minute delight, Thanks Phil. The SoundCloud release introduces a mixture of sounds that allow lyrics to pack a powerful punch in a short amount of time. The two continue to make music on beats that perfectly bind their flows. If you haven’t heard it, check it now:
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
– Dyllan E. & Hiram