ON WAX: NICKI MINAJ ADDS TO HER ALBUM, Aminé AND STEFFLON DON DROPS
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.
“CHANEL (GO GET IT)”
This week Young Thug released a track called “Chanel (Go Get it),” enlisting the help of Lil Baby and Gunna. As far as chemistry, this track is everything you could expect from them (in the best way), and there isn’t anything done that feels overdone; even the lyrics are solid. If you haven’t, go check it out.
6LACK IS “NONCHALANT”
It’s rare to have an artist like 6lack. Whenever he releases a track or project, it’s almost as if you can’t help but be drawn to it. This week he gifted his fans with the track “Nonchalant,” which is a track that takes its time bringing you into this dream-like state. The track offers a glimpse into the limitless potential that 6lack has to offer.
SKIPPA DA FLIPPA RETURNS
Not that he went anywhere, but the resurfacing of an artist like Skippa is one that you don’t want to miss entirely. This time he would appear to be taking a step to evolve his music a tad further. Moving from his usual hard trap sound, he takes a softer route using autotune to introduce another side of himself. If you like “Don’t Play Me,” it is more than understandable because it has the feel its reaching for a broader audience. However, if you don’t, maybe it’s the autotune?
NICKI THE QUEEN?
Nicki Minaj had quite the uphill battle this week. Her highly anticipated fourth album, Queen, was no match for Travis Scott, as Astroworld outsold Queen on Travis’ second week, topping the billboard charts once again. Nicki most definitely did try, though. She added her collaboration with Tekashi 6ix9ine “FEFE” to the tracklisting to help with album sales, however, it wasn’t enough. To top it off, Nicki Minaj sold her album alongside a Queen pin, which also gave fans a year of access to exclusive merch, as well as early access to her tour with Future.
Travis Scott in similar fashion on the same day offered a season pass to fans, allowing fans to enter his show early alongside a copy of the album. Nicki was very upset, and took to Twitter to rant. She first stated that Travis needed Kylie Jenner to post the pass for more album sales. Afterwards she attacked Spotify, stating Spotify had to teach her a lesson for playing her music on Apple Music first. Nicki also still claims that she has the number one album in America and is number one in 86 countries. Regardless, it looks like Travis came on top this week, giving Nicki her second consecutive number two album for the Billboard 200.
Portland rapper Aminé surprised fans with a new project titled ONEPOINTFIVE. Jokingly, the 2017 XXL Freshman calls the project an “EPLPMixtapeAlbum,” taking jabs at how the industry titles their music releases. The music seems to be just as playful and fun for the most part as Aminé is primarily on trap bangers. He also calls in help from Gunna, G Herbo, and Rico Nasty for features. While most of the project doesn’t take itself seriously, there are definitely moments on here that are sincere. Most notably, the opener, “DR. WHOEVER,” is acting as a therapy session for his issues. The album serves as a good way to hold over fans as he works on his second album. While some people may suggest he’s fallen off, Aminé has a diehard fanbase, and continues to make great music, which is all anyone could ask for.
British rapper Stefflon Don has unleashed her second mixtape titled Secure. This is her first project since becoming an XXL freshman in 2018. Stefflon goes back-and-forth between trap bangers and dancehall tracks, creating a pop flavored blend of music. Stefflon seems more and more like the British Nicki Minaj as her sexy artwork, which is a tribute to Lil Kim, partakes in the sex sells agenda Nicki does. Not to mention the obvious pop influence coming from Stefflon, who both raps and sings. While her performances for the XXL Freshman class were impressive, this project leaves much more to be desired. Regardless, Stefflon Don is still a young artist with a future ahead of her. We’ll see what’s in store next for her…
Until next time, its On Wax.
-Dyllan E & Hiram