On Wax: Last Week in Hip-Hop
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.
This week saw March kick off with the release of the Without Warning collab album between 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin, featuring the track, “Ric Flair Drip.” With 17 weeks on the Billboards peaking at 39, “Ric Flair Drip” is currently one of the hottest tracks in hip-hop, and the music video solidifies that. Offset and Metro Boomin recruited the rest of the Migos members, Quavo and Takeoff, as well as 21 Savage, but the guest of honor is what makes this video well worth the view. None other than the 16-time world champ himself, Ric Flair, being joined by woo’s with Offset and Metro Boomin. If flexing was a sport, this is what you would find at the top.
Before we would see Offset’s flexing in full force, Chris Brown and Joyner Lucas would drop a music video to their track “Stranger Things,” and damn is the chemistry here right. Chris Brown is probably one of the most adaptable artists that is never going to be left in hip-hop’s past, and as far as efforts go, this is a golden piece as of late. For Joyner Lucas, the project looks like it’s going to be a fun one.
In less fortunate news, NBA Youngboy was arrested on a warrant of kidnapping, weapons violation, and assault. While it may have looked as though he was going to see his quick release, his bail was denied and he was extradited to Georgia from Florida. Having joined the gradually growing list of artist who’ve recently been locked up in the past couple of weeks, NBA Youngboy was trying to avoid trouble, especially with his upcoming Until Death Call My Name album.
A$AP Ferg has started his “Mad Man Tour,” and what better way to celebrate than to kick off with a new track. Just like the track, the tour features South Florida’s Denzel Curry and Maryland’s Jay IDK. The banger is titled “Kristi Yamagucci,” an ode to the figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. While the instrumental is rather skeletal, it makes up for it in energy, as well as some comical skits before each verse; courtesy of comedian NickNPattiWhack. If the track is played live, you best get out the way if you’re not tryna mosh.
Logic has to be up to something. After dropping “44 More” last week, he has returned with two more tracks. “Overnight” is a leftover from Everybody that he teased a while ago, and then said it would never come out. The track definitely feels like a leftover, which is fine for his fans who’ve been waiting for that track. The other track is a collaboration track with EDM sensation, Marshmello. The track is a bouncy trap flavored EDM beat. It’s definitely a fun one, which we’re 100% cool with.
Ahead of what’s been announced as a triple album, Rae Sremmurd has dropped three tracks to be on SremmLife 3. The album will feature one disc of Rae Sremmurd as well as two discs of solo tracks; one from each member. The duo’s single, “Powerglide,” is a good banger featuring Juicy J. The track has a nice driving feel, alongside the great melodies we know of the group, but it does feel too long.
Swae Lee’s single is titled “Hurt to Look,” featuring tropical house vibes along with Swae’s signature vocals. The best of the tracks, however, come from Slxm Jxmmi’s single, “Brxnk’s Truck.” I’ve never heard Slxm rap like this, nor did I know he could rap. The banger features aggressive 808 basses with a veracious flow. Easily the best track of the week.
The most unfortunate news of the week is Rick Ross’ current health situation. As many are probably aware, many news sources have indicated that Ross suffered a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest on Friday. Although, according to TMZ, Ross’ family has denied that he was in ECMO or even in the hospital. Regardless of what’s going on, we hope Ross is okay, and if he is in the hospital, we hope he can make it out healthy.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E. & Hiram