On Wax: Rae Sremmurd and More in Hip-Hop
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.
Rae Sremmurd Dropped A Triple Album So They Can Get Streams And Chart
No one asked for a Rae Sremmurd triple album, but here we are. To be fair, it’s technically one Rae Sremmurd album (titled SR3MM), one Swae Lee album (titled Swaecation), and one Slim Jxmmi album (titled Jxmtro). Regardless, why? We genuinely think they want to have successful solo careers, but the label told them to throw it all together with the next Rae Sremmurd album; it was a two birds with one stone situation, if you will. The label now gets to squeeze the streams (thanks Migos) out of these 27 tracks, and they didn’t have to tell the duo that their solo albums would flop.
As for the music, there are some good songs on SR3MM, but it’s definitely carried by the production, and a lot of the best songs we’re already released. Swaecation is just a joke with Swae Lee sounding like a poor man’s Weeknd, while hopping on whatever trend will be gone tomorrow. Jxmtro is more aggressive, which has some decent cuts. Although, he did say “I’m so high I look Japanese.” …Worst punchline of 2018?
Childish Gambino Returns
After a stellar SNL performance, Gambino shocked us with an amazing single and video. “This is America” abandons the soul and funk sound of Awaken, My Love!, and has more of a contemporary sound that is similar to those on Because the Internet. The video tackles a lot of modern political issues in the current political climate, and it also features ad-libs from a plethora of artists. “This is America” is an exciting beginning to the next stage of Childish Gambino. We might get a 4th album this year after all.
Blocboy JB Releases Debut Mixtape
Blocboy JB dropped Simi— a mixtape that honestly should’ve been an album that has heat for his lane. While not all of the project will have you denying the existence of artists like Kendrick and Cole, however, there was a golden nugget that definitely came out of the cut. Particularly the track with Lil Pump titled “Nun of Dat” where Blocboy fires up like never before, putting tracks with Rocky and Drake to shame. Before we continue to praise the surprise that came from JB, we cannot forget about Lil Pump and the chemistry between the two. It is a fun track that we definitely recommend you listen to ASAP, if you haven’t already.
The Return Of Desiigner
We have another set of drops, and this time we will find Desiigner dropping seven tracks for L.O.D. Although he may be on the verge of falling off, and it might be time to throw in the towel on Desiigner if you haven’t already. The tape consists of tracks that possibly can advance Desiigner, but we can’t escape the feeling that it’s just riding the current wave of hip-hop. The lost placement of Desiigner is still unfolding, and hopefully he can bounce back from this before obscurity finds him first.
Playboi Carti Drops “Love Hurts” With Travis Scott
What came as quick as a gust of wind was the villain of Travis Scott and Playboi Carti. These two working together brought to our attention that unless you are Uzi working with Carti, the chemistry to create a great song does require a better sense of lyrical ability. While many will agree that Carti is far from his peak, where he was dropping tracks like “Broke Boi” and “Fetti” (ft. Da$h and Maxo Kream), the desire for the return of heartfelt Carti tracks still exist. “Love Hurts” might miss a few for the core fans, but there’s still enough here to satisfy.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E & Hiram