On Wax: Remembering X + More
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.
XXXTentacion Passes at Twenty
On June 18th, we lost rapper Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, who went by the stage name XXXTentacion, after being shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida. As an artist, X showed promise and untapped potential years beyond his stay. His connection with fans and those around him allowed for him to touch almost every person he came into contact with, and even those he did not. In the current generation X comes out of, there is this question with all of them where we wonder: how long will they last? This wonder has led us to be lost by writing every artist off with the release of one bad song.
Although, the minute X was released from jail, fresh off the blow up of his track, “Look At Me!,” he ran as fast as he could; moving with full force to highlight not only his ability to rap, but his ability as an artist. His experimenting with sounds and reaching to become a better person in the midst of his court cases has allowed for his imprint, not just on the culture, but music to be bigger than anyone could predict. In the aftermath of his death, police now have in custody the man they believe to have actually done it. Thanks to security footage, it looks like at least three men were involved.
Also, it looks like X has a baby on the way. His mom posted via Instagram:
Dreamville Meets the MOB
One thing that is likable about A$AP Ferg is the dope collabs that come from him. This week Fergie blessed us with a collab from Dreamville artist Bas for the track titled “Boca Raton.” Now I will say this, the two are almost an odd pairing, but considering their skill level, they find a close enough balance to make the track actually work. If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out below:
TEYANA TAYLOR ARRIVES
The end of Kanye’s Wyoming sessions comes to a close with Teyana Taylor. Her album K.T.S.E. is the final in the 5-album saga. Overall, it’s a relatively good conclusion. Kanye and his collaborator’s production is on point as usual. Teyana’s vocals are equally beautiful as they are powerful. While a 90s R&B flair is eminent, modern sounds come to light throughout. “Rose in Harlem” is easily the standout track in this collection of songs. However, the song “3Way” is easily the worst song in the bunch, maybe even the worse of all the Wyoming tracks, save for some of the cuts on ye. A drumless sonic soundscape with cringy lyrics about having a 3 way to make your partner happy. The song is just uncomfortable over anything else. “WTP” however, is an ode to Ghetto Tech, and while out of place, I respect the nod to the genre. Overall, Teyana Taylor delivers a solid project. Where it stands amongst the other 4 is still to be determined. Now we wait for the next move from the G.O.O.D music camp.
6LACK GIVES US “SWITCH”
Atlanta’s own 6LACK has returned with a new single, titled “Switch”. 6LACK has kept a very lowkey sound that’s given him a great fanbase. “Switch” sounds like the most mainstream song he’s ever dropped, yet still has some of the familiar 6LACK aesthetics withholding. Regardless, Bear revealed on social media that he believes his new album is done, easily becoming one of the most anticipated releases of 2018.
DEATH GRIPS RETURN
Experimental rap group Death Grips have returned with their 6th album titled Year of the Snitch. The album has an industrial intensity matching that of a band like Ministry. Fitting to that, the album features Ministry’s DJ Swamp all over the release as well as Justin Chancellor, bassist for the legendary alternative metal band Tool. While the group has always been extreme, this Year of the Snitch is a logical progression and great addition to the group’s already genre-bending discography.
FREDDIE GIBBS PRESENTS “FREDDIE”
Freddie Gibbs has dropped a surprise project titled Freddie. The Indiana lyricist dropped the 25-minute project with no previous indication of a project. Freddie features trap bangers perfect for the summer. “Death Row” is a stand-out track the features 03 Greedo. The track is an ode to Eazy-E’s legendary “Boyz-n-the-Hood”. If you’re looking for party songs for your summer playlists, give Freddie a listen.
If You Know, You know
Days away from the Teyana Taylor album release, Pusha T dropped his music video for “If You Know You Know.” The music video is good, but in all honesty, the music is so good you have to wonder if one was ever really needed. Either way, Pusha T delivers visuals to one of the hardest hip-hop tracks of this year so far.
Trippie, X, Ski, and Quavo are “Ghostbusters”
In the passing of XXXTentaction, there have been a number of tracks that have actually been in memory of the artist. The one that stood out more than the rest was “Ghostbusters.” The track features X, Ski Mask The Slump God, Trippie Redd and Quavo. Now while the track with X and Trippie was recorded before they fell out earlier in the year, it doesn’t change the sad note on the track. X had problems with each gentleman on the track, while he pubically squashed his beef with Ski, but it’s a good feeling for a track with all these men to come together. As far as sound goes, the song is solid… I think there is little bad to be said about the track because there is much love in it remembering X.
Until next time, its On Wax.
-Dyllan E & Hiram