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The issue with Rolling Papers 2 is that, over the course of its absurd 25 tracks and 90 minutes, it feels like there are no stakes at all.
He falls back on old ideas, hardly taking any swings. Instead, we are enduring the age of languor, and nowhere is this more apparent than on Rolling Papers , the major label debut of Wiz Khalifa, a long-developing star forged in the Snoop Dogg fire.
But whereas Snoop took a decade to mellow into rap's avuncular marketing boss-- 's grim, ruthless Murder Is the Case remains an oft-overlooked marker in his career, to say nothing of a stint on No Limit-- for Wiz the journey to calm was never far. Wiz has managed an unusual trajectory, rising from a modest army brat to a squelched major label deal at Warner Bros.
He was prolific-- perhaps too prolific, releasing nine mixtapes and two officially sanctioned albums before this major-label lunge. And all before the age of That's not quite the case-- Rolling Papers is a singular document with just a handful of exceptions. The album's lead single, the Super Bowl-adopted anthem "Black and Yellow", is a driving song, but Wiz seems dazed in the delivery.
He has never been a complicated writer, but on a song meant to whip up some frenzy, he is shockingly relaxed. I guess, in both cases, the artists went with what was more popular and easily repeatable than one that demanded more attention for unpredictable results. Story and Kendrick Lamar's orgasmic good kid, m. Somewhere in between all of those, Wiz released O. The lead single "Work Hard, Play Hard" was an omen, if any, that this iteration of Wiz would continue the somewhat depressing trend of an abundance of tantalizing crooning instead of guttural rap shouts.
He'd become delusional in his pop star success with "Black and Yellow" ; now evident in the album's outlandish cover, Wiz was in full diva mode. Sure, there were ethereal, smooth cuts like "Paperbond" that captured the deep blues of the waterfall, but the sheer arrogance of "No Limit," nearly 10 minutes of ambience punctuated by a half-interested verse or two, practically erases any built good will.
Ultimately, the album's creativity, for the sake of carelessness instead of the pursuit of innovation, is its Achilles Heel. Wiz's second studio album was like night and day compared to the first. He'd grown a little more comfortable with his artistry and created cohesive songs that sounded effortless in composition. He grew more comfortable with his voice as well, actually singing hooks to the point that he felt comfortable with only three features on it. He even touches on some of the more personal aspects of his life, something we typically don't get out of him.
It's perhaps this project that should be the standard commercial introduction to Wiz. Deal or No Deal served as the crossroads where gangster, conscious, and smoker Wiz met. The three variations merged into one and further refined his commercial aesthetic before following this template for the length of his career. While it isn't all that memorable, and suffers from middle-child syndrome, it's still an admirable step in his career that is largely responsible for the comfortable musician that we have today.
It had been two long years since O. But, if its spot on this list is any indication, it wasn't his best album released, although it was a pretty good one. We don't necessarily learn anything about Wiz that we didn't already know, so there's that as well. Wiz, on a surface level, is consumable on radio and in compilation projects.
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