YG RELEASES FOURTH ALBUM ‘4REAL 4REAL,’ BEAST COAST DROPS ‘ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK’, & ‘FLAMAGRA’ BY FLYING LOTUS EMERGES
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.
YG IS BACK AND IS REALER THAN EVER
The fourth album from YG is a somber one. Initially set to be released in April, the album was set back due to the untimely passing of Nipsey Hussle. After some time to grieve, YG released 4Real 4Real, which may be one of his best. While Stay Dangerous felt like YG chasing the trends, he seems more zoned in and in tune with what he does—making hard shit. YG switches between West Coast and trap bangers, yet keeps it gangsta throughout. The opening track, “Hard Bottom White Socks,” is such a nice surprise and is a reflective track of YG on a great old school beat while he’s spitting bars. Let’s face it, YG is not a top tier lyricist, but that’s not his lane, and he still spits substance and raps well enough to get your head bopping. The album, of course, has hits. “Go Loco” is already going brazy on the radio, and tracks, like “In The Dark” and “I Was On The Block” with Valee, are definitely club worthy. YG even manages to get somber on “Keisha Had A Baby,” which is a track about heartbreak. Narratively, this might be one of his best storytelling tracks ever, and the singer, Rose Gold, kills her performance. “Heart 2 Heart” shows more growth as YG and Meek Mill both discuss conversations they’ve had with troubled friends. The album finishes with some more cuts, and most notably is “Do Yo Dance,” a future West Coast barbecue classic.
FLYING LOTUS GRACES US WITH FLAMAGRA
One of the most prolific producers of our time, Flying Lotus returns for another album. Flamagra is another solid project from the Brainfeeders founder. On Twitter, he announced that Flamagra is a sequel to his 2010 project, Cosmogramma. Flylo enlists plenty of dope guest artists to perform over his unorthodox hip-hop production. Everyone from George Clinton, to Solange, to Little Dragon, to Tierra Whack and everywhere in between. While tracks with Anderson .Paak and Denzel Curry are gonna for sure gain traction, the whole project is worth a listen as Flylo’s nuance to detail is so charming and on point— it’ll make your jaw drop.
THE RETURN OF SKIPPA?
While it has been a while since we’ve heard of Flippa, it appears he hasn’t lost a step. He gives listeners just a taste, letting them know that there is still more to him than fans have seen. For those unaware, he appears ready to address those using that Migos cadence without knowing his connection to it. Will we finally see the rise of Dab God Skippa?
JOYNER LUCAS FEATURING LOGIC
The foundation of hip-hop was founded on that hard competitive nature that usually emerges from a beef—and no matter how you shake it, we love it. It’s what separates hip-hop from other genres of music, and makes it so rebellious at times. This week, Joyner Lucas dropped a music video for a track called “ISIS” featuring Logic. Now, what makes this interesting is that Joyner and Logic haven’t necessarily always seen eye to eye, so in this case it was beyond good to see the two lyrical rappers settle their differences and bring their styles together for a track. If you haven’t heard it, please check it out.
TIME TO ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK WITH BEAST COAST
New York represented hard this week with the release of Escape From New York by Beast Coast. For those out of the loop, Beast Coast is a supergroup formed from three of New York’s biggest rap groups, Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers. The album features bars on bars over hypnotic and/or hard trap beats. Mostly lead by Joey Bada$$, the album features plenty of dope cuts. Tracks, like “Coast/Clear” and “Problemz,” have plenty of hit potential. The album is full of gems and is definitely worth a listen if you enjoy rap.
MEGAN THEE STALLION DROPPED “REALER” MUSIC VIDEO
Fresh off the release of her debut album, Fever, Megan Thee Stallion dropped a music video for her track titled “Realer.” So far the Southwest Texas native has received nothing but support from her hip-hop peers. With her being a newer artist and fresher than what most are putting out, can you imagine the possible collabs to come?
“THE LONDON” UNITED J.COLE, YOUNG THUG, AND TRAVIS SCOTT
Young Thug came out of left field by releasing his track, “The London.” The track features two of raps heaviest hitters, J. Cole and Travis Scott. Cole spits a good and rare auto-tuned verse, and Travis is in his typical dark and moody persona doing the hook and outro. Thugger might be the star, being very charismatic in his verse, while spitting well enough to be very fun. This song will definitely be a summertime jam.
TWO TIMES FOR LIL DONALD
Two reasons on why we owe Lil Donald thanks. The first is for an easy-going hip-hop track that bumps. Second, for gifting us with a Ludacris verse. It feels like it has been a minute since we’ve heard Ludacris rap, and this track doesn’t entirely do it justice, but it’s without a doubt a track you don’t want to pass up if you love Luda.
KELOW LATESHA + BLACK FORTUNE “HAMMER TIME”
Rapper Kelow LaTesha dropped “Hammer Time,” a track featuring Black Fortune. The track (to say the least) is a good listen. If you haven’t spent time with either artist, this might be a good start.
ON WAX SPOTLIGHT: RED RONIN
This week’s spotlight goes to a person who has been on a few features for On Wax, but hasn’t yet had his own shoutout…until now. The Portland Rapper creeps, and steadily gets more complex with flow and delivery as the track progresses. The music feels like he has hit a switch, however, the question is: What will this switch bring? Keep an eye out.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E & Hiram