Jun 13 2012 – For the 18th year in a row North By Northeast (NXNE) is happening in Toronto from June 11th to the 17th 2012. NXNE is a music festival, conference, and even a film festival all rolled into one. Today we review a documentary that had it’s world premiere at NXNE entitled Fugitives: Wax Live.
Remember this name, Michael Joseph Jones aka Wax. This documentary, Fugitives: Wax Live almost didn’t happen. Why? Well for one thing, crossing the U.S.border into Canada with a DUI on your file doesn’t allow you to pass go and you sure as hell don’t get $200, both things Wax needed. This is the thread that is woven throughout Wax’s musical journey as he honoured a gig commitment at the El Mocambo in Toronto back in 2010.
And honour he did. What he delivered was a musical Odyssey of easy tripping lyrics and lush beats all wrapped up in an Eminem styled delivery. While the keystones cops at Pearson leave multiple messages at his sponsor pleading for him to make curfew by 4 am, Wax was dropping 140 proof rhymes with the Drinking Song at the El. A tortured Edith Piaf inspired intro quickly gives way to a bass beat that syncs effortlessly with a moody strings pushing his bait and switch lyrics that kept the packed house tasting beats well into the morning. This groove was pure joy and it didn’t stop there. The Facebook inspired throw down waxed poetic on the perils of over exposure and the song jump cuts between the El Mocambo and his friends skater shop. And even with the threat of a Canada wide warrant, Wax made time to do an in house freestyle at the Skater shop tripping and styling his way through a series of beats and laying down some insightful wisdom’s in between songs.
Wax, closed out the night with the acoustic, Never Writer Another Love Song song, easily showing that rarest of rare doubles, that of rapper and legitimate singer. And it was probably this combo that led to a development deal with DEF JAM Recordings in 2012. This is the type of pedigree that Wax will need to take him to the level and beyond. This documentary give you just a taste of Wax but keeps you wanting more. Soon everyone will be waxing hard on his beats.
Verdict: 4 / 5 This documentary give you just a taste of Wax but keeps you wanting more. Soon everyone will be waxing hard on his beats.