Young producer making WAV

Saturday, July 21, 2018

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FOUR men have been indicted on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges in the shooting death of emerging rap star XXXTentacion.

The 20-year-old rapper's death hit close to home for Florida-based, on-the-rise producer WAV who worked briefly with troubled rapper before he was murdered a month ago.

“I did the remix with Jon FX on a collaboration between Vybz Kartel and XXXTentacion. I don't know if that will come out now that XXXTentacion is dead. I met him one time; he used to send vocals to me. I did five tracks but he only heard and approved one, so I don't know if that one will even come out; it is up to his record label,” said the 25-year-old.

According to a warrant, a car driven by XXXTentacion was blocked by a dark-coloured SUV as it was exiting the Riva Motor Sports motorcycle shop. Two masked men got out of the SUV with a gun, intending to rob XXXTentacion, who had a Louis Vuitton bag containing US$50,000 in cash, police said.

A struggle ensued and the 20-year-old rapper was shot multiple times by one or more gunman, who took the bag and fled.

“It's unfortunate that XXXTentacion lost his life so violently. He had a lot of potential,” said WAV.

WAV is the producer whose beats have driven Masicka's tracks Rinsing Shot In Head, Crab Inna Barrel, Greatness and They Don't Know.

“It is always great working with Masicka. He was the first established artiste to voice on my riddims and it provided me with the opportunity to get my work out there,” said WAV, whose given name is Okino R Thomas.

WAV first voiced Masicka in 2016 on Hold On Deh. He followed with Regardless, a collaboration with Ishawna, as well as another collab Fire in the Rain, featuring Kranium.

Born June 5, 1993 in Mandeville, Manchester, WAV attended Mandeville Primary before he migrated to Florida. He completed his high school education at Boyd Anderson High. He began experimenting with beats at the age of 13. At 19, he released his debut rhythm called Apple Vodka.

In 2016, WAV built the dancehall compilation, Cure Pain rhythm, which featured Vybz Kartel's I'll Take You There, My Side of the Story (Alkaline), Mavado's Big League, and Masicka's Everything Mi Want.

“I am working on some big things this year, so look out for WAV,” he added.

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