On Wax: Rick Ross, Trippie Redd, Blueface + 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.
Rick Ross Returns
Thirteen years after the original, Rick Ross has released Port of Miami 2. The album comes with 15 well-crafted tracks, and Ross is great as ever with his signature low cadence mixed with plenty of variety. The Florida rapper manages to switch between hard-hitting trap bangers, alongside more traditional hip-hop instrumentals. While Ross has heavy hitters like Drake and the posthumous Nipsey Hussle, he still manages to keep it in-house with MMG artist, Wale, and Meek Mill— as well as Florida natives, Denzel Curry and Gunplay. Ross even addresses his hospitalization that took place last year, and he also delivers another “Maybach Music” with number six features, John Legend and Lil Wayne. Some people may not consider Rick Ross a big player, however, there’s no denying his abilities as an artist. Port of Miami 2 is a great front-to-back project.
! by Trippie Redd
Ohio singer and rapper, Trippie Redd, has released a new album. The album is titled ! and it does a lot of things, while showing the versatility of Trippie. From EDM festival tracks, to trap bangers, to R&B ballads, he does it all and it’s better than past projects. Features from Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, and The Game, which all assist to add to the variety of his new project. It finally seems like Trippie has come full circle in his exploration of sounds where he is able to do all of these styles rather well, and he manages to make an above average project. Hopefully, Trippie can keep up this energy.
With plenty of people talking about Compton’s Blueface, it’s to be wondered how his first major label project will go. The Cash Money artist has released Dirt Bag, an EP of eight tracks. Although his biggest critique is his flow, Blueface sounds like he’s getting more on beat as time progresses. The EP is very West Coast, with most of the tracks having a signature modern West Coast bounce. Blueface manages to be just enough gangsta and just enough funny to make an entertaining project. Features include: West Coast rappers like Mozzy and The Game (both ironically bloods), alongside trap contemporaries Offset, Rich The Kid, and Lil Pump—which all help the project. Like it or not, Blueface isn’t going anywhere as he continues his ascendence into hip-hop.
“Hot Girl Summer”
While Megan Thee Stallion has been proclaiming “Hot Girl Summer,” we’ve yet to get any music to follow that theme… until now. The H-Town queen has dropped “Hot Girl Summer” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and the well-fitting Nicki Minaj. The Juicy J produced track features a City Girl sample— alongside Ty Dolla interloping their massive single, “Act Up” (written by Lil Yachty). Even though summer is on its way out, it’s never a bad time for new music from Megan.
Brockhampton Continues GINGER Rollout
Brockhampton is back to their rapid fire ways as they’ve released their second single in a row for their fifth album, GINGER. The newest track titled “IF YOU PRAY RIGHT” is a classic Brockhampton track with a horn sample and plenty of verses. The group includes other signature attributes, such as pitched vocals, and unorthodox lyrics and sounds. GINGER is sounding out to be a great return to form for the group as the album is set to be released this month.
TDE Team Up with SiR and Kendrick Lamar
One of TDE’s still little known artist, SiR, has dropped a massive single with TDE’s biggest name, Kendrick Lamar. The Inglewood singer drops “Hair Down,” which is a great car riding, modern R&B cut. The song is great to smoke to or catch a sensual moment with someone. Kendrick flexes a new cadence he’s unlocked, alongside the typical great flows and lyrics he’s known for. The song is great and SiR doesn’t let Kendrick steal all the shine. Hopefully, we’ll see a full-length from him soon.
Bas drops 4 track EP
Fiends are lined up and ready to go after the release of Bas’ EP Spilled Milk Volume 1. With few tracks the impact isn’t softened, Bas delivers right on time. In an interview the Dreamville artist revealed he has a full length project ready to drop next month as well.
Dreamville make sacrifices
Bas wasn’t the only dreamville artist active this week. “Sacrifices”, which was on Revenge of the Dreamers 3 album, music video dropped featuring EARTHGANG, J Cole, Smino, and Saba. If you haven’t seen it check it.
JPEGMAFIA is Back
DMV experimental rapper, JPEGMAFIA, has dropped a new track. “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot” is a song showcasing his abrasive style of great rapping that quickly can go from zero to one hundred. Peggy has been teasing a new project that may be on the horizon, and hopefully we’ll receive it sooner rather than later.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
– Dyllan E. & Hiram