THE FLASH

Wiz Khalifa: ‘Blacc Hollywood’ Review

Wiz Khalifa stays in his designated lane with third solo album, ‘Blacc Hollywood.’

“ALL I DO IS SMOKE WEED AND GET PAID.”

Blacc Hollywood is just as confusing as it is contradicting. Confusing because it’s hard to determine whether the music is actually good or not, and contradicting because Wiz Khalifa was probably high and forgot what he said before.

The first couple of tracks are some of the better songs, production and delivery wise. Then towards the middle they lean towards what’s good for the radio with redundant but hard bass lines with no sense of meaning, coining phrases like “sleaze” on “The Sleaze” and everything else on “Ass Drop.” And by the end, you forgot what you heard before until “We Dem Boyz Remix” surfaces. There’s nothing on Blacc Hollywood that’s more impressive than this remix, the sequel to its prior hit that features Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, and Nas, where Schoolboy Q debatably drops the greatest verse on the entire album.

According to “House In The Hills,” Wiz feels as if people only “focus on the fact the he’s a pothead” yet even on the brief instances where he decides to discuss adversity, struggle, and change like on “No Gain,” 15 out of the 15 tracks has more than one marijuana reference and/or surrounding subject matter.

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But what remains the same is that when you break it down, besides that fact that Wiz does keep a extremely controlled and gravitational flow that you can’t help but to join in on, they’re all essentially the same song on repeat, with the exception of “Promises,” where ironically, he’s at his best when he’s not rapping which he experiments with a lot.

With a few exceptions such as Nicki Minaj and Curren$y, mostly all of the features are accompanied by a fellow Taylor Gang artist, such as Juicy J and Project Pat who made “KK” that much better, and multiple appearances by Ty Dolla $ign and Chevy Woods who provided the opening intro to “Hope” giving the album a very promising start.

THE BREAKDOWN

Wiz Khalifa, who executively produced Blacc Hollywood, has always had this carefree, laid back mantra about himself as well as his music, that based on common interests has generated him millions of adoring fans. He continues to be himself: an indefinite stoner spreading those vibes through his rhymes.

What do you ‘really’ think of the music? Do you think by having so many features the intention was diverted? Let us know in the comments below.

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*This review of Blacc Hollywood is based on the 15-track Deluxe Edition.
About Kendra Allen (49 Articles)
Kendra Allen is a music writer at YouNerded.com. So of course I like books and music and thangs. I also like cereal. You can find me @happyisfeet on Twitter and Tumblr.

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