On Wax: Meek Mill’s Freedom, Post Malone drops an album, and Unexpected Beefs
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.
POST DROPS ‘BEERBONGS & BENTLEYS’
Post Malone has finally released his much-anticipated sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. The project features previous hits like “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” alongside new fan favorites like “Stay” and “Rich and Sad.” While the album is much to his fans’ liking, Post really plays it safe, continuing the sound he developed on his 2016 album, Stoney. Due to the success of his singles, the album is already eligible for Platinum certification. The album also broke the Spotify first-day streaming record, both globally and in the US, only a week after J. Cole set the new record. Post Malone is more than on top of the world right now.
YEEZUS PUTS ALL EYEZ ON HIM
Kanye West drops two new songs— one being not what we expected. After hyping the song “Lift Yourself,” stating his verse would give radio personality Ebro Darden closure, he dropped the song on his website. While the beat was bumpin’, he then comes out of left field with the wildest verse of all time; something you have to hear to believe. Later that day, another song titled “Ye vs. the People” premiered on LA’s Power 106. The song features T.I. as the people, and discusses Ye’s recent controversial comments, such as his love for Trump. Both songs can be heard on his website and on streaming services.
RICH THE KID DROPS A VERSE FOR LIL UZI VERT
In an ongoing battle of back-and-forth, Lil Uzi Vert received a full diss from Rich the Kid in his “Who Run It (Remix)” with Black Youngsta. While the back-and-forth is fun, we can find solace in the fact that the beef is strictly rapping at the moment. If you are unfamiliar with how the beef started, Rich wanted Uzi to sign to Rich Forever, his label, but Uzi declined because it was for $20,000. The two have been at it by releasing diss tracks after diss tracks, with Rich dissing Uzi on “Dead Friends” and Uzi returning the favor on tracks like “Friend of Mine.” If the beef does continue, hopefully, it remains on the level of rap only.
LIL PUMP VS. J.COLE
In less attractive beef news, Lil Pump is looking to take on J.Cole in a full beef— for example, even at his shows, he’s been able to get “Fuck J.Cole” chants going. The problem is that Pump cannot rap anywhere near Cole, and Cole would rather give advice than engage in ripping Pump and Purp apart lyrically. While it could be said that Cole sparked this beef on the track “1985” off his most recent album, KOD, it makes twice as much sense that the beef started before Pump even blew up on a track called “Everybody dies.” The track was supposed to take aim at either Lil Uzi or Lil Yachty, both of which avoided beef with Cole and didn’t take it too personally. The track is the precursor for how he became the youngest elder in hip-hop. If another track will be dropped from Cole taking a closer aim, we will have to wait and see, but let’s just hope ears are saved for a Pump diss track
MEEK WALKS FREE
“Get out of jail free card?”
In the case of a delayed “get out of jail free card,” on April 24th, hip-hop received a bittersweet “W” as we saw the release of Meek Mill, who was arrested a few months back for violating his probation for riding his dirt bike. The backlash of Meek’s arrest even had his rival, Drake, saying “Free Meek.” His release was said to be due to overturning a biased judge to keep him in. Coming out, Meek has hit the ground running— ready to make an expected return to hip-hop.
Until Next Time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E & Hiram