** (out of 4)
There’s no denying that Wiz Khalifa can create catchy rap songs that sometimes become pop hits ("Roll Up," "Black and Yellow," "Young, Wild and Free"). There’s also no denying that his albums are uneven, with Wiz constantly rapping about the same subject matter (weed, women, more weed) and focusing more on beats than lyrics.
His new album, “Blacc Hollywood,” is predictably all over the place, so I reviewed it track by track.
R&B crooner/Wiz label mate Ty Dolla $ign takes a cue from Wale and delivers an album-opening motivational poem that means little but sounds good.
“We Dem Boyz”
FUN FACT: I listened to this song 29 times in one day last week. The song drops, and then you're throwing your vodka soda into the air. Which sucks because you paid $8.50 for it, but you're not that upset because vodka sodas taste like trash. Highlight: when Wiz completely abolishes the need for rhyming and declares, "I'm in my brand new car/Who wanna race?" No metaphors needed, pal. WE DEM BOYZ!
Many rappers think they need a sing-songy track, even though they couldn't carry a tune if they were wearing Velcro gloves. I blame Drake. Wiz so blatantly rips off Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" that I turned this off and listened to that.
“K-K (feat. Project Pat and Juicy J)”
At one point, Juicy J says his "pockets are fat like Kelly Price," which made me laugh but probably won't make Kelly Price happy. Go listen to Project Pat’s 2001 album "Mista Don't Play" instead.
“House In The Hills (feat. Curren$y)”
The beat on this one is forgettable, but Wiz finally gets introspective with the requisite "Just because you have money and fame, things aren't easy" song.
A garden-variety thumper designed to be mixed anonymously into whatever block of rap songs you recognize from Vine twerk compilations.
I was sitting on the train when I first heard this. The bass hit me so hard that the face I made scared a lady so much she got off a stop early. The lyrics are boring.
“Stayin Out All Night”
Produced by Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Ke$ha), this sounds like a Wiz Khalifa feature on a track by some young new pop star named Cassadee Trace Sawyer Lynn or something.
“So High (feat. Ghost Loft)”
Sounds like a pre-sobriety Kid Cudi song. While that's usually a good thing, this doesn't stick the landing.
“Still Down (feat. Chevy Woods and Ty Dolla $ign)”
The song you play in the car with your best friends because you want them to know you care but can't show emotion.
A slow jam about working hard? Moving on...
“True Colors (feat. Nicki Minaj)”
This sounds like the closing song to an "Entourage" episode in the weak later seasons when Vince was strung out on drugs. (Not a compliment.)
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