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Wax

Background information

Birth name

Michael Jones

Born

(1980-08-20) August 20, 1980 (age 32)

Washington, D.C.

Origin

Dunkirk, Maryland

Genres

Hip hop

Occupations

Rapper, Emcee/singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer

Instruments

Guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards

Years active

2000 - Present

Labels

AGP (2003-present), Def Jam (2011-2012)

Associated acts

Dumbfoundead, Prince Ea, Herbal T, MacGregor, Traphik, The Grilled Lincolns, Hoodie Allen, Watsky Ray William Johnson, The Palmer Squares

Website

http://www.waxdotcom.com

Michael Jones (born August 20, 1980), better known by his stage nameWax, is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer.

He became a YouTube star after uploading several videos of himself rapping and singing. He currently resides in Venice, Los Angeles, California.

Contents

  

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 MacGregor
    • 2.2 YouTube
    • 2.3 Independent venture
    • 2.4 Def Jam Recordings
    • 2.5 Podcast
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 with MacGregor
    • 3.2 EPs
    • 3.3 Mixtapes
    • 3.4 Albums
    • 3.5 Official Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life

Wax is of Irish/Cuban descent

and hails from Dunkirk, in Calvert County, Maryland and grew up watching music videos and live performances on MTV. His biggest influences from his early childhood were Guns N' Roses and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.

Soon after in sixth grade he picked up a guitar and started singing and rapping

Then in middle school he started listening to artists such as - Eazy-E, N.W.A, and Too Short.

Career

MacGregor

From 2000-2005, Wax was the lead vocalist & guitarist of the 6 piece band, MacGregor. The band toured throughout the United States in the Midwest, the South, and New England, receiving a lot of local buzz in D.C. and Maryland.

The group released 2 albums before entering a "super-extended" hiatus.

The split was because members had obtained other jobs or engaged in serious relationships. During this time, Wax also released his first solo EP, Biatch!

YouTube

In mid-2007, Wax and his twin brother Herbal T started posting videos of themselves rapping on YouTube and started building a buzz after uploading several YouTube freestyles and rhymes.

In early 2008, Wax made a name for himself after performing his song ("New Crack") while simultaneously driving a car over a Stephen Marley track called "Traffic Jam", which received over 1.67 million views to date.

He also began to collaborate with other well known musicians on YouTube such as Dumbfoundead and Prince Ea.

After he cracked YouTube's Top 100 Musician list, his subscription base tripled and averaged about nearly 1,000 new subscribers each day.

To this day he has collectively garnered more than 36 million views from his YouTube videos.

The famous YouTuber Ray William Johnson then asked him to make an outro song titled "Stalkin Ya Mom". The two later collaborated on a song called "Orphan Tears".

On December 6, 2012 Wax appeared on the Painkiller Already podcast run by Youtube commentators WingsofRedemption, FPS Kyle, LeftyOX, and WoodysGamertag.

Independent venture

Wax and Herbal T released their first album together called Grizzly Season (2006) under AGP Records.

In 2008, an East Coast producer named EOM (Elements of Music) and Wax collaborated on a song called "The Adventures of Larry and Tina," written by Wax and produced by EOM. Eventually, they recorded an album, Liquid Courage, at the end of 2008.

In 2010 Wax released Clockwise, a collaborative effort with Dumbfoundead.

On November 13, 2012, Wax announced a new album entitled "Continue..." that was released January 15, 2013.

Def Jam Recordings

In March 2011, Wax announced that he was signed to Def Jam Recordings by Max Gousse when he released a joint venture mixtape called Scrublife hosted by DJ Skee and Dale Firebird.

EOM, The Fyre Department, Finatik N Zac and Jim Jonsin are featured guest boardworks for the mixtape.

His lead single is a song called Dispensary Girl

and the music video debuted on Entertainment Weekly a day before Scrublife released. Wax's debut LP with Def Jam Recordings was hinted to be released in October

Wax's second release on Def Jam, a mixtape, Eviction Notice was released November 28.

On August 24, 2012, Wax announced on his YouTube channel that he had parted from Def Jam Recordings due to creative differences.

Podcast

In August 2012, Wax began doing a weekly podcast where he discusses a wide variety of issues. The podcast has a few segments on a consistent basis such as "Call Someone and Fuck With Them", "Wax's True Hollywood Stories", and "Fan Questions". The average length of the podcast is about an hour, and is generally released every Wednesday. As of November 30, 2012, Wax has released 18 episodes. Additionally,Wax has participated as the main guest-host on the 115th episode of the viral gamingpodcast "Painkiller Already", 6 December 2012.

Discography

with MacGregor

  • 2002: Beat Camp Tactics
  • 2003: Scatterbrain

EPs

  • 2003: Biatch!

Mixtapes

  • 2011: Scrublife

    (Hosted by DJ Skee and Dale Firebird)

  • 2011: Eviction Notice

Albums

  • 2006: Grizzly Season

    (with Herbal T)

  • 2008: Liquid Courage

    (Produced entirely by EOM)

  • 2010: Clockwise

    (with Dumbfoundead)

  • 2013: Continue (US 200 #150)

Official Singles

  • 2010: Stalkin Ya Mom
  • 2010: Stay Offa My Facebook
  • 2010: Pourin' Champagne On Ya Mom
  • 2011: Two Wheels
  • 2012: Summer Breeze

    (with EOM, Herbal T, Dumbfoundead, and Breezy Lovejoy)

  • 2012: Rosana
  • 2012: Toothbrush