Video Blog: Rolling Papers Review

Background Music: Wiz Khalifa feat Too $hort "On My Level" Tank top: cityloveclothing Wiz Khalifa's album "Rolling Papers" dropped today (3-29-11) Here's my review... Pros: Great beats High quality production Cons: Lyrics lack substance Monotone delivery on every song Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Tracklist
1. When I’m Gone
2. On My Level (Feat. Too $Hort) Download (http://beastshare.com/20os211hlkr1)
3. Black And Yellow
4. Roll Up
5. Hopes & Dreams
6. Wake Up
7. The Race
8. Star Of The Show (Feat. Chevy Woods)
9. No Sleep
10. Get Your S**T Download (http://beastshare.com/smkq3lt0iwv6)
11. Top Floor
12. Fly Solo
13. Rooftops (Feat. Curren$y)
14. Cameras

If I had to sum this album up in one word, it would be “Consistent.” Wiz takes the if it ain’t broke don’t fix it approach on his third studio release, Rolling Papers. The majority of this 14 track album showcases the same relaxed delivery and laid-back stoner flow as singles “Black and Yellow” and “Roll Up.” The entire LP is comprised of a collection of melodic tempos and catchy repetitive hooks

The album begins with “When I’m Gone,” which opens up with a minute long instrumental. The beat builds anticipation, finally climaxing to unveil a pretty unimpressive monotone Wiz flow. Wiz hits the nail on the head with “On My Level” featuring Too $hort, which can best be described as down south riding music, which I’m a huge fan of. However, commercially inspired tracks like “Roll Up” and “Wake Up” fall short, being made up of sophomoric cadences and sing-songy hooks about what else but weed, money and broads.

Rolling Papers boasts an impressive line up of producers, including Stargate, Benny Blanco, E. Dan and Big Jerm and Jim Jonsin but, in my opinion it lacks the clever wordplay that we heard on 2009’s Deal or No Deal and the engaging delivery displayed back in ’06 on “Show and Prove.” Rolling papers is heavy on the synthesizer and a little too light on substance.

Overall if you’re a stoner or one of those Taylor Gang cult followers then you’ll buy it, you’ll love and much to the dismay of the rest of the online community, you’ll devote the next 7 days to posting every catchy line in your Facebook status and Twitter updates…for everyone else cop it if you’ve got an extra $9.99 or an iTunes gift card.

Favorite Tracks: On My Level, The Race, Get Your Sh*t
Pros:
Quality Production
A few nice choruses

Cons:
Flows are monotone and dull
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