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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers

Holy cats it's Tuesday. In what normally would be my installation of Techno Tuesday, we're going to skip that today. Why you ask? Good question. Because today there are frankly too many good looking new releases to look at. Today is a TRIPLE THREAT NEW MUSIC TUESDAY! Three reviews, all on Tuesday. Crazy, I know. It all starts with Wiz Khalifa here. Personally, I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for this album to drop. Probably 95% of you have heard 'Black and Yellow' at some point in your recent life. The single dropped in September of last year. That's almost 7 months of radio airplay before the album came out. That's a LONG time! Wiz (aka Cameron Thomaz) is from Pittsburgh, PA - hence the 'Black and Yellow' track. He's been rapping since 2005 or so, but this album is his first major label release with Atlantic Records. Wiz was born in North Dakota to two military enlisted parents. His parents divorced when he was three, but they both stayed on active duty. This caused him to move quite a bit as a kid - per usual with military families. He lived in Germany, Japan and England at different points of childhood before settling in Pittsburgh. This kid is hot. He was named hip hop's hottest rapper of 2010, which caused quite a bit of a stir. He didn't have a major label, so he was in a bidding war between multiple CEO's. Atlantic won, and subsequently - Wiz turned down a lot of great touring collabo offers by non-Atlantic artists. His style is almost second to none right now. He's got smart flow that makes you enjoy the whole rap package. It's not just beats or lyrics or flow, it's a combination of everything. It's very old school in that sense. I'm not saying it has a message or anything, because it doesn't - but it's not just talking about your paint job or weed. Needless to say, I really like this. Wiz has the promise of becoming an excellent fixture in rap for a really long time. I hope he can follow this up with another non "party rap" record. Give this a go if you like rap. And if nothing else, listen to Weezy's remix of 'Black and Yellow' called 'Green and Yellow' celebrating my Packers. Go Pack...err, Go Wiz Go!

1. When I'm Gone
2. On My Level
3. Black and Yellow
4. Roll Up
5. Hopes & Dreams
6. Wake Up
7. Race, The
8. Star of the Show
9. No Sleep
10. Get Your S**t
11. Top Floor
12. Fly Solo
13. Rooftops
14. Cameras

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Black And Yellow
2. Wake Up
3. When I'm Gone

3.75 out of 5 stars

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