On Wax: Shy Glizzy, Lizzo + 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.
Shy Glizzy is Covered N Blood
King of the District Columbia, Shy Glizzy, dropped his latest project, Covered N Blood. While a name most are familiar with, you can still tell Shy Glizzy is putting his best foot forward to become the guy he’s meant to be in hip-hop— which is good because listeners get music that is quality and loaded with potential. With only two features on the project, NBA Youngboy and 3 Glizzy, Young Jefe delivers a solid project. However, will this be the one that will shoot him passed the mold into superstardom? Well, only time will tell.
Mega Collab for Game of Thrones
While Game Of Thrones fans are excited for the final season, music fans are excited for the soundtrack. The first single from the upcoming soundtrack, For The Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones (wordy…I know), is a collaboration between The Weeknd, SZA, and Travis Scott—the song is titled “Power is Power.” The production has some Kanye West Yeezus vibes, alongside the typical moody R&B you’d expect from these artists. The album comes out this Friday, and will also feature hip-hop tracks from A$AP Rocky with Joey Bada$$, and Lil Peep featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The diverse soundtrack lineup will also feature Mumford & Sons, The National, X Ambassadors and Matt Bellamy of Muse.
Lizzo Loves You
The multitalented H-Town artist, Lizzo, has released her third album. Cuz I Love You is a cross-genre fusion of just about everything. From rock to rap and everything in between, Lizzo actually manages to make a cohesive project amongst different genres, which is not an easy task. The album features pop tracks alla Michael Jackson, while also making soulful fusions of modern hip-hop and rock. Lizzo even taps a rare Missy Elliot feature, as well as a Gucci Mane on a non-trap beat. Cuz I Love You is worth a listen, even if it’s just once.
Thank You, Based God
Yeah..that’s right. Based God is back!! Lil B dropped a 42-track mixtape called 28 Wit A Ladder. In an era of rappers that he definitely is a grandfather to, his silence while watching most of it and staying humble was quite impressive— and to see Lil B release anything regardless of quality versus quantity is a treat. To simply put it…thank you, Based God.
Hit-Boy + SOB X RBE
One of Cali’s most exciting rap family, SOB X RBE, teams up with producer Hit-Boy. The project named Family Not A Group features West Coast bangers from front to back. For those unaware of Hit-Boy, he’s produced some of the biggest songs of the last decade; notably the Jay-Z and Kanye West monster, Niggas In Paris. To see such a huge producer do a whole project with an act still underground is beautiful, and SOB X RBE doesn’t hold back either as each member gives standout performances. It’s definitely a project worth bumping.
Spac3l33 Says No More Fake Flowers
Rapper, Spac3L33, released a solo project titled Hoes Acting Unconditional: No Más Flores Falsas. The project takes a different direction, practically steeping more in the R&B side, but that is by no means a bad thing—it’s something you will love from start to finish. It’s definitely a heartfelt project with honesty driving it through.
Flipp Dinero Returns with 2 New Singles
When a new rapper appears on the scene, one of the first wonders is how long will they truly last. In the case of Flipp Dinero, you can’t help but feel something new. From his hit, “Leave Me Alone,” there’s something different, which has helped him standout from the crowd. Now, the time has come to wonder if he can keep it up. Dropping two singles, “If I Tell you” and “Not Too Many,” you should be convinced that he will have your attention. While “Not Too Many” isn’t completely a 180 to what you may be used to, you can’t deny that it’s enjoyable at the very least.
Rapper, Ace-T, returns after what would appear to be a small hiatus with the release of H. The tape is raw and filled with underground sounds from the surrounding Houston area artists— from Robus Vader to Stack Money to D- Watts. The project sees Ace -T take more of a backseat role, sitting on the producing side, but that’s not to say that you don’t feel him on every track. The samples are consistent with a reflective soulful vibe throughout, allowing each emcee recruited to take it into their own. What’s nice is that for a project with so many features, the project has an overall well-tuned chemistry to it; each artist feels like they belong.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
– Dyllan E. & Hiram