Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers Album Review

Review of Rolling Papers Album by Wiz Khalifa

You've probably heard of Wiz Khalifa by now; the 'G-Mix' (sigh) of his single 'Black and Yellow' has been bothering the airwaves for a good few weeks, having reached number five in the singles chart. It's a perfectly acceptable modern rap song - slick production, infectious hook and shamelessly materialistic lyrical content all present and correct - but perhaps the track's most striking feature is the similarity between Khalifa and the man occupying the obligatory 'major guest star' slot - the ubiquitous Snoop Dogg. The similarities between the two are undeniable and, for better or worse, are prevalent throughout Rolling Papers.

Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers Album

As any budding young rapper would, Wiz has ditched his real name - Cameron Jibril Thomaz - and opted for something a little less modest; he'll no doubt hope that 'Khalifa', the Arabic word for 'successor', will turn out to be a prophetic selection, whilst Wiz was chosen 'because I was good at everything I did' as a youngster; if that's the case, he mustn't have spent much of his childhood writing lyrics that were in any way engaging or fresh. In Wiz Khalifa, we have a rapper preoccupied primarily with high living, money and marijuana, whose presence and smooth delivery have thus far made up for a shallow lyrical pool. If this sounds familiar, it's because pretty much the exact same description could be applied to Snoop Dogg. That Snoop is instantly recognisable and irrepressibly charismatic has allowed him to ride out the changing face of rap music with a string of high-profile guest appearances on pop songs, whilst dropping the occasional banger to keep hip hop heads happy ('Beautiful', 'Drop It like It's Hot'). Conversely, Khalifa finds himself caught between the inventive hip hop he no doubt strives for artistically and the mainstream success he clearly craves, and this awkwardness characterises Rolling Papers.

It seems like a record of two halves. 'No Sleep', with its 'party all night' lyrics and summery, autotuned singalong chorus, clearly has both eyes on the Billboard Top Ten, as does the shamelessly jaunty 'Fly Solo', which probably showcases more of Khalifa's singing than it does his rapping ability. 'Roll Up' and 'Get Your Shit' are similarly chart-friendly and whilst they might well deliver to Khalifa more of the pop stardom he's already tasted with 'Black and Yellow', they'll also disappoint hip hop fans who saw genuine potential on his earlier, independent releases. Indeed, the flashes of brilliance on this album served only to leave me wishing Khalifa didn't feel he needed to run at 50% of his capacity to be successful; 'Star of the Show' combines a dreamy beat with Wiz's silky flow to great effect, whilst 'On My Level' shows us a more menacing side to his sound that's largely absent from the rest of the record. Even the relative lack of guest stars is both a blessing and a curse; whilst it at least lends some cohesion to an otherwise conflicted album, the laidback delivery is prone to becoming monotonous with nothing to break it up. As Khalifa's major-label debut, Rolling Papers seems like a missed opportunity - sure, he's probably crafted a slew of successful singles, but in doing so has failed to deliver on the creative promise his mixtapes hinted at.

Joe Goggins

Site - http://www.wizkhalifa.com


More Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa Challenges Wife Amber Rose's Request For Full Custody Of Their Young Son

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose's short-lived marriage seems to be heading for a messy ending as the pair reportedly can't agree on the custody terms...

Wiz Khalifa Is Seeking Joint Custody After Taking A Hit From His Prenup In Divorce Proceedings

When the dust settles around Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose’s divorce, the rapper stands to pay his ex wife $5000 per month in spousal support....

Amber Rose Files For Divorce From Wiz Khalifa

A surprise split in Celeb Land today as model Amber Rose has filed for divorce from her husband of one year, rapper Wiz Khalifa. The...

Rapper Wiz Khalifa Cancels California Concert Following Fatal Backstage Shooting

Rapper Wiz Khalifa was forced to cancel his Saturday night concert in Chula Vista, California, after a man was shot and killed backstage at his...


Arrest Warrant Issued For Wiz Khalifa After Court No-Show In El Paso

After failing to appear in court for misdemeanor marijuana possession Wednesday (August 6th,) Wiz Khalifa is now officially a wanted man. Following his no-show in...

Wiz Khalifa Scores Serious Cool Points for 'Ninja Turtles' Track

Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign go hard in their new track Shell Shocked for the soundtrack of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja...

Violent Pop Culture - Dappy's Case Just The Latest In A Series Of Assault Charges In 2014

The assault cases in the entertainment business just keep coming. After Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and most recently, Wiz Khalifa, have all faced assault charges,...

Bonnaroo Sunday Highlights: Elton John Closes, Wiz Khalifa Gives Rousing Speech

Bonnaroo festival ended on a high note yesterday, with Elton John as the final performer – but not before fans had been queuing up for...



ReefaKhalifa's picture


I never heard of so much bull shit in my life, you have listened to Cabin Fever right? Hardest mixtape out in a while, why people say Wiz fallin off? He mostly made Rolling Papers for the new fans but that shit still bangs. Listen to "When Im Gone" off rollin papers and if you dont catch a buzz then catch some fukin intelligence. Wiz is the shit. Taylor Gang or take a college physics test with your IQ. TGOD

3 years 5 months ago
View Comments

Wiz Khalifa Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Wiz Khalifa

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All