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Wax on Being Dropped From Def Jam: “I Was Relieved”

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On His Early Musical Roots:

Wax: “I’ve been doing music since I was a kid. I was in a band. I played guitar, sang, and rapped. A big thing was the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers. I listened to [Led] Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Nirvana, stuff like that. But at the same time, I loved N.W.A and Too Short and anything with a lot of cussing. Wu-Tang was real big for me. I had a twin brother and we always made music together. He played drums and I played guitar.

“I took guitar lessons from this old Vietnam vet. All the stuff that I play is based on stuff that I learned from him. That being said, we would have a four-track recorder, and we would make beats. It sounded terrible, but we would make beats with a drum set and a guitar and with a bass and then we’d rap over it.”

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