On Wax: RIP Nipsey Hussle + 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.
The World Mourns Nipsey Hussle
While Los Angeles attempts to keep it together, the entire world is feeling the loss of Nipsey Hussle. His hometown is still in the hub of Nipsey tributes. Most beautifully, the bloods and crips of Los Angeles have joined forces for a peace march, which is the biggest since the riots of Los Angeles in 1994. It’s unfortunate that it took the loss of a great huam being for the peace to come about, but it’s simultaneously beautiful to see bloods and crips unit.
Outside of Los Angeles, global tributes come together all over for the artist— J. Cole had his first ever Dreamville festival over the weekend where he dedicated “Love Yours” to the artist. Big Sean also payed tribute in his set, and Jay-Z set up a trust fund of 15 million for Nipsey’s children; one of the most generous things to come from this tragedy as of yet. More tributes come in the form via the Internet from the hip-hop world. Twitter and IG posts from the likes of Drake, Meek Mill, Wale, Aminé, and (of course) more LA artists, like YG, The Game, and Ice Cube.
While the world will never be the same without Nipsey Hussle, at least we as humans can pick up where he left off. We can continue to help low-income communities, continue to teach financial excellence to those at a disadvantage, and help put an end to gang violence. RIP Nipsey Hussle TMC.
Chief Keef & Zaytoven
Sosa united with Zaytoven for a track that might be better than anything recently released by Chief Keef, however, it still stands to be a let down. Well, only slightly. For those who’ve been waiting for Sosa to drop, being all over it shouldn’t be a surprise. The music video trails into an area of effects being overdone, yet it is still enjoyable to watch. I guess we just expected more…
Anderson .Paak Snags a Smokey Robinson Feature
If Oxnard was a rap album, then Anderson .Paak’s next project, Ventura, is set to be an R&B project. The Cali native dropped “Make It Better,” which features the Motown legend, Smokey Robinson. The song is so beautiful that if you’re a softy, you might just shed a tear. Anderson attempts to mend a broken relationship in the most somber way possible. This track is sure to be a standout moment in .Paak’s discography.
Sosamann Drops Single
The Sauce Factory seems to be more active than ever, but this time instead of another release from Sauce Walka, fans of the group were treated to Sosamann’s “The Topic.” The track stays true to their style, and you don’t get too much you wouldn’t expect. However, it’s fun through and through.
Noname Keeps It Going
If you’ve been paying attention, Chicago’s Noname dropped your favorite project last year, Room 25. After dropping “Song 31” earlier this year, she returns with another song titled “Song 32.” It’s short and catchy with ferocious bars, which is all of the best from Noname. Get it while it’s hot, as she might not be dropping any more music for a while.
DaBaby Drops “Babysitter” Visuals
One of the funnest upcoming rapper stays in your face, but this time brings Offset along for the ride. DaBaby released a music video for his track, “Babysitter,” which was featured on his recent album, Baby On Baby. With the freshman list coming up, it can be hard to find a rapper that might be more deserving to be on this list besides the obvious.
Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus
One track that we cannot get away from is by Lil Nas X titled “Old Town Road” that received a remix from none other than… you guest it, Billy Ray Cyrus. Now for those of you who don’t like country, I recommend listening to the track just cause. Honestly, it’s a great display of unity and a demonstration of how versatile the state of hip-hip has become. If On Wax was teaching a class, this would definitely end up on the test, not the quiz.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.