Archive for March, 2010

This what u been waitin for ain’t it: Wax Q&A

Posted in Drake, EOM, Hip-hop, K-Lo, Uncategorized, Wax with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

Q & A: WAX

KLO: You’re based in Los Angeles, California. Are there any artists in that region that have influenced your music? What other artists have helped influence your musical stylings?

WAX: I am not from Los Angeles but I definitely listened to a lot of Los Angeles artists growing up.  NWA, The Pharcyde, Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few.  I probably listened to just as much west coast music as east coast music growing up in Maryland.  Tons of artsists from many musical genres have influenced me it would be impossible to name them all.

KLO: The internet’s impact on the industry is undeniable. You’re heavy on Youtube and MySpace, explain how that’s helped to further your career.

WAX: Well youtube has been really big for me.  It still is crazy to me that you can record something at your house then make it available to the whole world instantly. It’s a great outlet for creative people.  In my case a good amount of people now are entertained by the stuff I put on there and every day new people discover it for the first time.  My manager, who is currently making some really good things happen for me, found me on youtube randomly.

Wax killin’ it:

KLO: The internet actually introduced you to EOM the producer of your album “Liquid Courage.” Will the two of you continue to work on future projects together?

WAX: Yep.  We’re working on a new album right now (slowly).  I’m really swamped with shit right now and I’m really focusing hard on my youtube page and some collaborations and such, but yeah we’re working on an album.  No matter where my career goes EOM will be a large part of it.  That’s my dude!

KLO: You’ve also worked with producers such as Nottz (Busta Rhymes, Snoop, The Game). Describe the experience working with someone with a resume as extensive as Nottz’s

WAX: Nottz is a cool humble dude who happens to be a musical genius.  He’s laid back and his studio in Norfolk, VA has a very friendly atmosphere to it.  I got there and we listened to some of my music, then some of his.  The beats he played for me were all incredible and I felt like a kid in a candy store.  We knocked out a few tracks and I’m still not exactly sure when they will be released.

Wax in the booth or in the car same shit:

KLO: Trying to become a rap star at this day in age is very difficult because of the state of the music industry, economy, and Internet. What were some of the struggles you experienced early on in your career?

WAX: I still struggle.  I am late on all my bills and I can never afford to do anything.  I am broke as fuck.

KLO: What are your thoughts on the industry right now? What would you recommend to aspiring artists shopping for a deal?

WAX: The industry is changing.  Don’t rely on the big companies you have absolutely no choice but to build up your own thing.  Even if your goal is a major label record deal, in most cases they don’t give a fuck unless you’re already doing your thing.  They want to take a slice of the pie you’ve already baked.  They are not looking to take risks with unproven artists.  The best thing to do is not to worry too much about deals and shit.  Perfect your craft and use all these tools.  The internet is powerful as shit.

KLO: You’ve also collaborated with artists such as Dumbfounded and Prince EA. Are there any other collaborations we should be checking for in the near future? And who are some of the other young artists you’re feeling in the game today?

WAX: I don’t really have any collaborations like that lined up right now, most of the collaborations I’m gonna be doing are with producers.  I ain’t gonna say shit about them until they actually happen haha.  I don’t get much of a chance to check out new music like I used to….I spend most of my free time working on my own shit.  I love Wale’s album though and I’ve heard some hot shit by Jay Electronica.  I think Drake is tight too.

Where Dey At?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

It’s extremely difficult to keep track of new and popular artists. It’s even harder to follow a new artist early on in his/her career when he/she is not in your region. While one may be preoccupied with the latest and greatest in their particular setting there maybe another artist they could potentially like who’s just a state away. In recent weeks I’ve found myself growing tired of hearing the same records played over and over again on local stations like Hot97, Power 105.1 and Hot 93.7. Currently I’ve been listening to rappers from Pittsburgh (Wiz Khalifa), New Orleans (Curren$y), Detroit (Big Sean) and am awaiting releases from Atlanta’s B.O.B. and Toronto’s own Drizzy Drake.

While growing up in a particular region may influence a rappers sound there is still an outlet for outside influences. Rapper Wax cites, “NWA, The Pharcyde, Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chili Peppers,” as some of his inspirations and claims, “I probably listened to just as much west coast music as east coast music growing up in Maryland.”

While fellow artists are keen to the work of their peers some fans operate under a more biased prospective. Jordan Brickman, a long time fan of hip-hop  describes his love for local talent. “I have always gravitated more to rappers in the tri-state, because I feel closer to the things that they are speaking about. For example, if I hear my favorite rapper talking about Harlem, I know that Harlem is not far from where I live, so I gravitate closer to that type of music, as opposed to southern music which speaks more about dancing and drinking.” Although he is a huge fan of NY hip-hop he lists J. Cole (Fayetteville, North Carolina) and Drake (Toronto, Canada) as two of his favorite emcees.

The come-up: Wax & Sighklone

Posted in breaking, c-walk, clown, crown, dancing, EOM, Hip-hop, jerking, K-Lo, popping, Uncategorized, Wax with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by KLO - Young Tunna

(Image provided by Sighklone)

Hip-hop heads know the game’s moving faster then ever. With the emergence of the Internet artists are constantly producing content to maintain their relevance. Much like dancing, every move must be carefully calculated and executed to produce the right results. Check out two of the net’s newest stars Wax and Jeff “Sighklone” Chan.

Growing up in Maryland, Wax, cites several different musical influences in his life. He mentions artists such as NWA, The Pharcyde, and Red Hot Chili Peppers but insists it’d be impossible to name all of his musical muses. Fans of the rap narrative “The Adventures of Larry and Tina,” have taken to MySpace to post their own acoustic version of the song, displaying the versatility of Wax’s words and flow.

Joints like Wax’s “Music and Liquor” display a more serious Wax as he confronts the implications of boozing every night and chasing the dream of being a successful rapper.  “I still struggle. I am late on all my bills and I can never afford to do anything. I am broke as fuck.”

Despite his struggles Wax has been busy in the studio with legendary producer Nottz with whom he’s, “knocked out a few tracks” but is “still not exactly sure when they will be released.” Wax’s also promises more dope collaborations with EOM, the producer of his latest offering “Liquid Courage”.

The most important element of hip-hop music is it’s means of self-expression. But hip-hop music isn’t the only emotional outlet available. Jeff Chan, a.k.a. Sighklone, has been breaking since 2008 and insists dancing is, “the easiest way to express himself.” From C-walking in the rain, to jerkin’ in Chinatown, to sponsorships with Phantasm, the young boy went from learning how to dance via Youtube to having over 10,000 views in just his third Youtube video.