You need to listen to Derek Wise’s debut 14-track Inglorious LP
Toronto, ON – On Jan. 30, XO affiliate Derek Wise released his highly anticipated, long-awaited debut Inglorious LP.
The 14-track album consists entirely of solo cuts except for the Drew Howard feature on “I Can Tell.” The project sticks to Derek’s dark, grimy, M.O. with records like “Jamal”, “Had To Wake Up”, and “House On The Hills.” It’s not all just straight bangers and street bars though. Derek really showcases his full capabilities with several downtempo, softer cuts like “Law Abiding Citizens”, “Damaged”, and “Like It’s Love”. Note: a “softer” Derek Wise cut is still hard as nails. He just shows us a more sensual, emotional side of himself that we’re less familiar with.
“Inglorious” is a title that so perfectly embodies Derek’s journey over the last few years. In 2014 Derek was arrested on charges relating to a human trafficking investigation just days after his 22nd birthday. Derek opted to keep a very low profile, releasing only a handful of loosies and EPs between 2014 and 2016.
It wasn’t until later in 2016 that Derek beat his charges and tried to pick up where he left off with the music. He released “Had To Wake Up” (the second track on Inglorious) and made a full-blown return to rap. His style is much more on some lone wolf, solo dolo tip these days. And there’s a deep sadness on the back burner of every song he drops. Facing charges forced Derek to look at his circle and realize that a lot of the people only wanted to f**k with him while he was popping off; not when he was facing challenges. That’s Inglorious AF.