On Wax: Wiz Khalifa Returns + Gambino’s Summertime Hits
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.
Wiz Khalifa Drops the Highly Anticipated Rolling Papers 2
It’s been seven years since Wiz Khalifa became a name to remember after dropping Rolling Papers, which is quite the album to live up to. Here we are in 2018 with the sequel, Rolling Papers 2, and you can expect smooth and/or futuristic beats, alongside the stoner and playful vibes Wiz delivers. The project does sound modern with a lot of production coming from TM88. Although the project could have some fat trimmed, with 25 tracks being a lot to digest, Wiz manages to sneak gems around each corner of the album. The features, for the most part, come through on this release that come from all eras of hip-hop. From Bone Thugz and Snoop, to Gucci and Swae Lee, to newcomers like Lil Skies and the late Jimmy Wopo, and singers like PARTYNEXTDOOR and Ty Dolla; there’s a lot of talent here. Overall, Wiz doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but still keeps up to his standards.
Childish Gambino Drops Summertime Jams
Hot off the success of “This is America,” Childish Gambino doesn’t waste any time. Just in time for the hot season, Donald drops two tracks to fit the mood in a two track combo titled Summer Pack. The wavy “Summertime Magic” is a dance tune with great vocal works from the multi-talented recording artist. The other track, “Feels Like Summer,” also features a dancy production, but with more organic sounding instruments. Whether or not we’ll see a return to rapping on this still unnamed final Childish Gambino album (it’s still in the air), at least Gambino can sing his ass off.
Mac Miller Announces Swimming, & Drops Tarantino Inspired Visuals
Similar to Gambino, Mac Miller has been singing more than rapping lately. With a lot of shit happening in the artist’s life lately, it’s going to be interesting to see what Mac has on his next project. Miller announced that his next album will be titled Swimming, and will be due out August 3rd. Alongside the announcement came “Self Care,” which is a lyrical trap rap where Mac does a combination of singing and rapping on the tune. The track also takes a beat change later in the track where Mac discusses his recent life. The video features Mac punching his way out of a coffin, which might sound familiar if you’ve seen Kill Bill. While Mac was quiet for a while, he randomly dropped three singles last month, with one of them titled “Small Worlds,” making the album tracklisting.
August 3rd can’t come any faster.
Denzel Curry Proves to Be a Genius Artistically
Denzel Curry fans have been waiting since 2015 for the release of TA13OO, and the wait is finally over. Alongside the announcement for TA13OO, which will be coming out July 25th -27th, Curry dropped the video to “CLOUT COBAIN | CLOUT CO13AIN,” a track he teased a couple weeks back. The track is killer, showing off Curry’s ability to be melodic, while still holding it down as a top ten rapper. Even more incredible are the bone-chilling visuals shown in the music video. The video features Curry as a clown showing off his “clout,” while all those around him fiend for it as well. The video showcases drug use and kids getting face tats to show that everyone is doing the same thing nowadays. While the track isn’t at all a diss, Curry is willing to stand up against the unoriginality occurring with today’s rap game. After all, Curry helped birth the current wave of hip-hop.
TA13OO will be split into three parts: a light side, a grey side, and a dark side. Everything from the music, to the visuals, to the release, it all showcases the depth of artistry in the Carol City rapper. There’s no doubt TA13OO is looking to be an AOTY contender.
Desiigner Shoots, but Does He Score?
I have to say I’m uncertain when it comes to the fate of Desiigner. Every time he’s close to the end, he manages to pull five more minutes in the game. Hip-hop has been ready to put the expiration date on him, not because he isn’t loved, but because few can see longevity in him. He has recently dropped a video for his track, “Shoot,” and I am not going to lie, it’s hilarious; I’ve never died so much from watching Desiigner’s face. If you haven’t watched it yet, you need to.
YBN Cordae: Odd Man Out?
YBN Cordae has to be one of the most interesting of his group— not because of his personality, but because it seems he’s playing on every track. It’s difficult to take him serious because his potential reads more than he’s putting out. His most recent, “Kung Fu,” shows the artist’s playful nature, and lyrical trap seems to be the roads he’s taking. Although, we’ll have to wait and see what’s to come from the promising young Cordae.
Quality Control Over Quantity Control
Q.C. dominates as a label managing to produce hits, however, where they fail is to produce continuous quality. Offset’s and Lil Baby’s “Coupe” feels just like that; it could be and should be better. The two have better chemistry on some tracks, and other tracks just sound regular.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E. & Hiram