Release Date: March 29, 2011
Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang can finally exhale! ‘Rolling Papers’ – Khalifa’s Atlantic Records debut – leaked online Monday with a storm of criticism flooding forums and blogs. Many have been quick to put down the album claiming it’s ‘pop’ appeal to be a stray away from his mixtape raps. Although, if you have been following Wiz from his 2008 debut ‘Show And Prove’, this album should not come off as a surprise.
The album is actually an improvement from his first two efforts. Tracks like “Hopes And Dreams”, “The Race” and “Rooftops” scream classic Taylor Gang. Khalifa also takes time out to speak on other issues besides weed-smoking. On songs like “Get Your Shit”, Wiz tells us his story of dealing with a break up. On “Star Of The Show”, he brushes off the haters with his partner Chevy Woods. Also, the third single “No Sleep” is sure to keep the party going. Minus a couple skip worthy tracks like “Top Floor” or “Fly Solo”, the album is worth the purchase. After giving fans a hard core boiled ‘Cabin Fever’ for free just weeks ago, there isn’t much need for more than 14 tracks. Previously leaked song “Cameras” closes the album on a good note, showing growth and reason for some of the commercial tracks fans have questioned, such as the obvious girl friendly “Roll Up”.
For an album that seems to have been rushed by the label since the success of the smash hit “Black & Yellow”, Wiz delivers. Haters can say what they want about the Taylor Gang movement, but I’m predicting a Nicki Minaj type following and a million records sold by summer. Believe the hype.
3.5 out of 5 Blunts
Black & Yellow, Hopes And Dreams, Rooftops, The Race, No Sleep, On My Level