Album Review: Wavy Cunningham | The Art of War
The Art of War by Wavy Cunningham produced by DJ Mercy is a quality album from start to finish. Wavy Cunningham has an older sound that’s paired seamlessly with today’s lyrical style. The beats sound like they could be on any hip hop album from the 90’s. While the lyrics are relatable and are deeper than the current rap scene but with the same terminology that you would expect to hear in the mainstream. This album flows really well, played front to back it sounds great but each of the songs would also work well in a playlist with other artists. You could put these songs in a playlist with artists like Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper, and Tyler, The Creator with its heavy lyrical content. Here’s a few of the songs that stood out a lot for me.
Ain’t About Me is the intro song and it gives you a good feel of what the rest of the album is going to be like. It has a nice laid back beat with that old school sound. Wavy comes in with a catchy hook then drops a Gimme The Loot reference going into the verse with the modern lyrics and terms you’d find in any current rap song.
Scanner is the third song on the album and is a great mellow jam. It gives you the feeling of cruising around in your car on a nice summer day.
The Right Drugs has more of an R&B sound. It makes your body want to move. He makes a nice little Jimi Hendrix reference on this track.
Don’t Ya Know is my favorite track from the album. Wavy’s style sounds perfect in this one. The blending of the old and new is seamless. I could listen to this song on repeat for hours.
4 Tha Gang is a track that strays away from the hip hop style with more of a reggae sound but he keeps his lyrical style.
It’s refreshing to hear new rap music with an older sound. Wavy Cunningham’s music is representative of what is happening in the world, older styles are being brought back into the mainstream. By making an album relevant to today’s world but styling it with a strong influence of older beats, Wavy is on his way to bringing back that older sound. If trap music hadn’t happened this is right where rap would be, and I’m excited for this new type of sound. Words can’t do this album justice, do yourself a favor and go listen to this album on Apple Music, Spotify, or SoundCloud.