|Birth name||Michael Jones|
April 5, 1980 |
|Genres||Hip hop, indie hip hop, underground hip hop, reggae fusion|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards|
|Labels||AGP (2003–present), Def Jam (2011–2012) Scrublife (2011–present)|
|Associated acts||Dumbfoundead, EOM, Herbal T, MacGregor, Traphik, The Grilled Lincolns, Hoodie Allen, Watsky, D-Pryde, The Palmer Squares, Anderson .Paak|
Michael Jones (born April 5, 1980), better known by his stage name Wax, 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 Los Angeles, California. Wax is widely known for his popular 2012 re-released single Rosana, which has been viewed over 35 million times on YouTube.
Wax is of Irish/Cuban descent and hails from Dunkirk, in Calvert County, Maryland. He 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.
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!
In mid-2007, Wax and his twin brother Herbal T started posting videos of themselves rapping on YouTube. In early 2008, Wax made a name for himself after performing his song ("New Crack") over a Stephen Marley track called "Traffic Jam" while driving. The YouTube video has received over 2.2 million views. 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. His videos have collectively garnered over 80 million views on his YouTube channel. 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. On December 15, 2014 he appeared in the Epic Rap Battles of History episode Steven Spielberg Vs. Alfred Hitchcock playing Quentin Tarantino.
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.
On May 27, 2015, Wax announced that his next studio album would be called "Livin' Foul," along with an extended version of the previously unreleased song, "No Smoking in the House." The album was released on October 23, 2015.
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.
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", "Recommendations from Wax", "Wax's True Hollywood Stories", and "Fan Questions". The Podcast has held many guests such as Wax's Twin Brother Herbal T, Producer EOM, comedian Todd Rexx and more. The average length of the podcast is about an hour, and is generally released every few weeks. As of July 1, 2015, Wax has released 91 episodes.
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