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Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2007 | SELF

Los Angeles, CA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2007
Solo Hip Hop




"Waju Wants To Prosper In The Present On “If U Wanna” Featuring Phantom Thrett"

Mindful rapper Waju is enjoying the moment on his feel-good track "If U Wanna," which also features majestic vocalist Phantom Thrett. On the song, Waju expresses to a love interest that whatever transpires in the present is fine with him. On the hook, he raps Move if you wanna/ Just groove if you wanna/ It's cool if you wanna just do what you wanna. Thrett complements Waju's verses by coating the track with soulful melodies that spark the urge to hit a two-step or simply kick back and enjoy the Medasin-produced tune.
Over email, Waju told The FADER, "When I was making this song I wanted to really tap into the vibe and write something to properly compliment the groovy the instrumentation my guy Medasin provided me."
"After sitting on it for a bit doing some solo brainstorming I linked up with my longtime homie/collaborator Phantom Thrett and the rest of the puzzle pieces came together! - The FADER


Since Joey Bada$$ stormed onto the scene with his Pro Era battalion, it’s been a rare sighting for another emcee to impress us with a boom bap sound in hand. The main reason is that the relatively simple but catchy beat structure shifts your focus to the lyrics and to be honest, the hip hop landscape cares less for lyrics and more for melodies. We’re not passing judgment–just calling it how we see it.

But Waju is the exception to that broad claim. The emcee comes equipped with a smooth, moonlit beat from Huss and bars for days. The video follows Waju traveling through the streets of LA via car, skateboard, and by feet. It’s simple, clean, and demands your attention since he falls backwards off his skateboard at one moment.

Waju had this to say about the video to us via email:

“This video is like a day in the life of Waju coming live and direct from the crib and surrounding neighborhoods in the Baldwin Hills West LA area, spitting some good old fashioned raps about being better than other rappers at rapping lol.

Shout out my bro Huss on the beat. Our full project JuiceBox is coming very soon!” - Mass Appeal

"Waju Puts Lyrical Prowess On Display In "Cold Game" Video"

Kicking it on a balcony eating a bowl of cereal (or six), Los Angeles-based rapper Waju flexes his lyrical prowess over a laid-back, ’90s throwback beat courtesy of beatsmith Huss. Whether riding his skateboard, cruising around in his car or sitting on a kiddie ride at the grocery store, he manages to deliver a clean crisp flow and never misses a beat. Waju’s full-length project, JuiceBox, is apparently coming soon. Watch the video above. - HipHopDX

"WAJU X HUSS – 25"

We first introduced you to Waju back in 2015 with his buzzing record, “Balanced,” and somehow we lost contact with the rising artist. But not no more. Now, with 2017 finally upon us, the LA artist returns to our pages with his insanely dope single titled “25,” featuring Huss. Vibe out below. - Daily Chiefers

"Waju remains "Balanced" on his newest single"

Los Angeles based MC Waju is planning on making 2016 his year. The rapper mellow style and reflective rhymes were last featured on EARMILK when he released a Zikomo produced joint called "1Hunna" back in February, and now he has followed it up with another classic.

His newest single is entitled "Balance," and is a introspective cut produced by Krys$hun, whose soulful & spacious instrumental gives Ju enough room to empty his thoughts on and to show off his crafty wordplay. Check out the single below and be sure to check out Waju's Soundcloud for more comfort raps! - Earmilk

"Waju “Insulin” [Official Video]"

I’m a little late, but this would be one of the better videos I’ve seen in awhile. I just got put on to SoCal emcee Waju, by way of his new visual, “Insulin.” The short film takes the young emcee to San Francisco and starts out innocent enough, until you realize that he is constantly, and closely being followed by a dark, ominous figure. The video’s intent is made very clear at the end, when you realize what station he is at and can better grasp that this is Waju’s way of giving his feelings on the countless victims of racial profiling, namely Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin. Not to be lost in the engaging video, would be Waju’s impressive and witty wordplay throughout the song: “Writing down extraordinary rhymes, with poor penmanship, trying not to follow the hood, like George Zimmerman, instead I just follow my heart, towards deliverance, compose a better future with words as my chore instruments.” Japanese production house OilWorks handle the beat, while the video was directed by $queeze Williams. - Okayplayer


Dopehouse, meet Waju. A West Coast upstart with a fresh sound. And for his formal introduction I’d like to present his latest video; which will act as the first single from his upcoming mixtape Something Special. - 2DopeBoyz


Still working on that hot first release.



Waju (pronounced Wah-joo) was born Dennis Olanrewaju Broderick II, to a Sierra Leonean-Nigerian father and an African American mother. With roots in both Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, Waju has become an intrinsic figure in the Southern Cali hip hop scene. Whether he’s performing at local music festivals like Coachella or in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Waju’s stage presence and command over the audience are palpable. His 90s inspired flow, ornate lyrical pattern and explicit delivery have garnered the attention of fans and fellow musicians alike and have led to noteworthy projects, including Alive and Direct, a collaborative EP with Russian-based producer Garimastah.
Waju describes himself as “Just a young man flexin’ on the universe with positivity” and he looks forward to doing just that with his upcoming LP JuiceBox – a collaboration with LA-based producer Huss.

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