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Wax, Continue Review

Wax’s latest release Continue brings the same confidence, and fluidity he presented when he first started to make waves on YouTube. The viral, indie wunderkind’s major label attempt might have been stalled, but he’s only back to where he belongs.

Noting Wax’s background as a band front man in the past, the album’s overall aural theme ties around catchy guitar riffs decorated with feel-good pop sentiments. Its display of casual deliveries, conversational anecdotes, with singsong hooks widely showcase the artist’s versatile musicality, while at the same time delving into hip-hop’s uncharted realms. Perhaps, a good mixture of Beastie Boys’ controlled rowdiness, and Gym Class Heroes’ easygoing humor, with hints of aggressive battle-rap brilliance (as exhibited on “Straight to Paradise”) is a fair way of summing up this project.

Continue clearly understands the audience it’s meant to reach. It grasps those who have regular nine-to-five jobs (“I’ve Worked So Hard”), girlfriend issues (“Rosana”), and life’s vices (“What’s Your Vice”) with Wax’s clear and unapologetic delivery. It’s a reputable batch of music that doesn’t compromise the artist’s talents, which makes it that much more appealing.

Like its predecessor Scrub Life, Continue is light on guest features. Two carefully placed appearances from frequent collaborator/twin brother Herbal T (“Lewis and Clark”) and Breezy Lovejoy (“Feels Good”) bring dynamic results, and stand as two of album’s highlights.

However, the overall sound’s congruency lacks much memorable occasions. It’s catchy, but not widely appealing. It’s easy-going, but comes off trite. It could’ve been a well-worthy major label effort, but it’s not. So the question is, what does Wax want? Well, as the title implies, he’ll Continue, whether or not a machine’s behind him. As long as he has his core fans that’s been riding for him, he’s good, and so will his music. —Kadeem Lundy (@KLunjuL9)

  • http://www.facebook.com/gianni.magnotta Gianni Magnotta

    L? smh should be higher

  • TheCinemaJack

    Only an L? The beats are XL at the very least, the lyrics are either an L or XL, and the originality is an XL. C’mon, have you heard a rap album with production this versatile as of recent? Wax uses inspiration from so many genres in his production; it’s just so cool.

  • Matt

    I agree with the first comments, WAX and those artists like him are continually put down by the industry that includes this magazine even when they bring the real meaning of hip hop music to the level it is supposed to be at discussing key issues and not the bullshit you hear from Rickross and JAYz/Kanyes last album. Faces and status make money and ratings, i guess not truth or skill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.rowe.5667 Nicholas Rowe

    I gotta say this was unfair towards Wax some of the raw emotion in songs like “Straight to Paradise” & “Outta My Mind” show nothing but originality and he even paints a picture of his horrible ex on “She Used To Be Mine”. Plus,the beats on here should have got at least around the XL range I don’t even need to explain that. Lyrically Wax killed it on “Dreamin” & “We Can’t All Be Heroes” and a lot of other songs. I feel this should have got an overall XL than just an L. I mean, I’ve seen reviews on here that have got an XL that I don’t really agree on, because most of them relied strictly on production over the actual artist. Not bashing, because I love XXL, but this album definitely deserves an XL in my honest opinion.