Virginia’s Waze has the intention to progress from the Early Certainty mixtape debut rhyming over Bronze Nazareth bangers by revealing the ability to make a living verse, a conversation that is listenable but also groovable. He achieves that remarkably on Early Certainty 1.7. Lyrically, he fills verses with interesting commentary, battle declarations and a diverse rhyme techniques that give his flow complexity. Beatwise on 1.7 it’s best described as Dilla-esque and the combination of both mixtapes really are clear indication of an MC who is challenging himself at an age most rappers just try to cope with the beat.
To focus on a select few we can hear the skills. On “Spherical Land” his variety is revealed with a first verse with a tough determined flow, then a sing song chorus that leads to a very vibrant inflection filled reintroduction. On “Bullshit” he reveals he’s got some useful 5% insights as he rocks the Outkasted bouncy chorus. Vocally, he places his personal observations of hypocrisy to a larger context and to hear a young brother building on the youth’s salvation is a wonderfully non-didactic look. “Quasimodo” is simply a fun funk flow where one notices he has mastery of consonance and can layer his verses nicely.
The young brother from Virginia has a naturally dynamic presence that will cause listeners to heed what he is sharing with them, not merely listen. It is rare for an MC today to use the mixtape to reveal a growing development. Waze has the balance of brashness and humility to know he is developing and work hard to get there. He offers this second work that really reveals he is an MC no one can be surprised becomes an exceptional one. For now, Waze is already a truly gifted and precocious MC who does “spit rhymes like he was once old,” with ears for diverse musicality and dexterous charisma for many adaptations.
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