Wiz Khalifa – “Rolling Papers” Album Review by QP
“Slow money is just as bad as gettin’ no money.” –Wiz Khalifa
It would have been appropriate to say that Wiz Khalifa’s Atlantic Records debut Rolling Papers has been a long time coming. Though with a plethora of features and mixtapes in addition to a pre-existing underground buzz strong enough to move craters, the album will arrive right on time.
In true Khalifa fashion, Wiz doesn’t stick to any particular genre on Rolling Papers. If you’re a fan of Jason Derulo, Three 6 Mafia, Travie McCoy and, oh, Wiz Khalifa; your music appetite will be completely satisfied.
The first four tracks are upbeat, capable of starting any party. There’s a light guitar riff and melodic based track called “Fly Solo,” and the laid back chill songs: “Hopes and Dreams,” “The Race,” and “Star of the Show.” E. Dan, Big Jerm and Stargate pretty much dominate the production with at least three songs each. Budding producer Pop Wansel lends his efforts on the insanely bass heavy “Top Floor.”
Lyric wise, Wiz does drift into luxury rap land on many songs rhyming about women, money and bottle poppin’. In the least, he is aware of this. The first lines of his album are, “They say all I rap about is b*tches and champagne. You would too if every night you seen the same thing.” Luckily he finds a medium and raps about relationships, his climb to the top as well as his current fast paced lifestyle.
Overall Rolling Papers ranks high above average. His mainstream debut translates much of his unique style from past music projects. Old and new fans will definitely be pleased.
Tracks to Check For:
1. On My Level
2. The Race
3. Star of the Show
4. Top Floor
Wish there were more songs
Wish there were less familiar features. Perhaps collaborations with artists other than the regulars (Chevy Woods and Curren$y) next time.