Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Admits Rolling Papers “Wasn’t His Best Work”

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There aren't many people who thought <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/wiz-khalifa">Wiz Khalifa's</a> debut album was his best offering.

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Wiz Khalifa – “No Sleep” Video

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Continously partying like a rockstar will help you miss out on those 40 winks on the regular and Wiz Khalifa is living testament to tell about it.

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The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 16 – A Song That You Used To Love But Now Hate

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/05/the-30-day-song-challenge-day-15-%e2%80%93-a-song-that-describes-you"> "Uh-huh. You know what it is." Back when Wiz had black hair and an actual album on store shelves seemed somewhat far removed for the PA native, TC posted Young Khalifa's life-changing "Black & Yellow." From the moment it dropped, the heavy-hitting Steelers anthem seemed primed to crank out my speakers for the next month. Then, my girlfriend did the same. And so did all my friends. Next, this Stargate-helmed hit broke on the radio and, at one point, I actually thought it was pretty nifty to see the extremely humble budding superstar I had <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/12/tss-presents-smoking-sessions-with-wiz-khalifa">interviewed back in the summer</a> of '09 legitimatizing his foresight.

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“Cameras” – Review Of Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/01/wiz-khalifa-feat-too-short-on-my-level-video"> Astronomy teaches us that the bigger the star, the greater the chances burnout can occur. The entertainment world aligns its stars very much the same, seeing that the more attention one of its premier members receives, the more likely the career can be banished into the black hole of yesteryear. Call it convenient amnesia, if you will. In a spiraling twist of good fortune and hard-nosed grind, Wiz Khalifa built his empire similar to which the proud citizens of his hometown Pittsburgh constructed their city: brick by brick, one fan at a time. Then naturally, as if there was some misplaced Horatio Alger, Jr. novel pre-written to mirror his life, the proverbial---and real---red carpet began to roll out for him as he marched to the top of rap's food chain, as a seminal rookie. From gracing nearly every conceivable magazine's cover to one high profile relationship after another, to giving proper instructions to his "Taylor Gang" fanbase on their joint rolling techniques, Wiz Khalifa had arrived, in the traditional sense. Rare is it nowadays for an artist to dominate the streets, elevating himself and his brand to international territory. Not to mention moving directly onward to the executive offices of big label meetings and marketing planning in one seamless passage. Which brings us in the next chapter of the Book of Khalifa: the debut album that attempts to convert oblivious consumers at an even faster rate. Doing his best to stay loyal to his Zig-Zaggin' ways, the studio debut for the young spitter, Rolling Papers, is best described as a bag of marijuana, without the strongest batch of THC attached to it. Wiz Khalifa dangerously fills the role of the proven hitmaker. It's all fine and dandy when you're in the zone, cranking on all cylinders, but even the slightest half-hearted attempt can cast a shadow on your grand achievements. Plain and simple, a bulk of Rolling Papers' contents only amount to album filler, with no overall scheme or purpose. Starting things off by moaning "And they say all I rap about is bitches and champagne/you would too if every night you see the same thing..." for album opener, "When I'm Gone," the domino effect ensues, as he pretty much lives up to the accusations, keeping it straightforward with nothing but the party life. When he's not breezing through songs with a lethargic delivery as heard on "Hopes & Dreams," his producers are failing him on the back end. The annoying "Top Floor" employs a synthesized baby gushing over a crusty drum sample while "Get Your Shit," a trite break-up anthem, sounds like longtime producer E. Dan was trolling old episodes of Felicity for sample ideas. The smokey soiree isn't a total wash, though, seeing that Wiz didn't get to the title fight without being a worthy contender. The other half of Rolling Papers is a better burn for your buck, with a handful of choice cuts that reveal a chef-d'oeuvre in the art of hit material. Smooth and intoxicating like the weed he consumes on the hourly, "The Race" is a fermented jewel, perfect flair for parties or downright laziness in sunny conditions. Kissing cousins "<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/02/wiz-khalifa-roll-up-video-x-rolling-papers-cover">Roll Up</a>" and "Wake Up" are catchy enough to get a pass as instant single fodder but day one followers will probably opt to side with "Rooftops," the dark and melodic duet with Mary Jane cohort Curren$y.

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Wiz Khalifa – “Taylor Gang” Video

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<a href="http://realtalkny.uproxx.com/2011/04/topic/topic/news/wiz-khalifas-rolling-papers-first-numbers-are-in/"> Wiz's Rolling Papers was proudly supported by his Taylor Gangsters, making it <a href="http://realtalkny.uproxx.com/2011/04/topic/topic/news/wiz-khalifas-rolling-papers-first-numbers-are-in/">number two on Billboard's charts</a> with numbers clocking in right under 200k.

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Does The Taylor Gang Buy Records?

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/03/whats-next-for-wiz-khalifa"> The rise of <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/wiz-khalifa">Wiz Khalifa</a> has been one damn near every corner of the Internet has invested stock in.

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Wiz Khalifa Feat. Curren$y – “Rooftops”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=178175"> As the release date for Rolling Papers draws closer, one more tune, "Rooftops," hits the Nets and it features Wiz's good pal Curren$y. Essentially, the track lays out the Taylor Gang head honcho's blueprint for self-made success, which affords him luxuries such as smoking enormous amounts of trees for pay ("the more I smoke, the more money my business make"), walking around shirtless in top notch venues if he so pleases and stroke bad b*tches at leisure. Can't knock the hustle. Rolling Papers is available for pre-order now on <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder/rolling-papers/id423691544">iTunes</a>.

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Wiz Khalifa – “The Race”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/03/whats-next-for-wiz-khalifa"> Last week, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/03/whats-next-for-wiz-khalifa">Ryan J.</a> openly wondered where <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/wiz-khalifa">Wiz's</a> career would wind up, seeing as his sky-high buzz is based off limited topic selection and little deviation from his melodic-flow.

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Where Next, Wiz?

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/02/wiz-khalifa-roll-up-video-x-rolling-papers-cover"> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/wiz-khalifa">Wiz Khalifa</a> has the balls of the Hip-Hop and music industry in a Vise-Grip and, much like Drake and Wayne in years past, he seems poised to capitalize on that success over the coming year.

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Wiz Khalifa – “Roll Up” Video x Rolling Papers Cover

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/01/wiz-khalifa-announces-rolling-papers-album-title-march-release-date"> Earlier today, <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/wiz-khalifa">Wiz</a> tweeted the cover for his upcoming Atlantic release, Rolling Papers.

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Wiz Khalifa Feat. Too $hort – “On My Level” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2011/01/new-music-snoop-dogg-and-wiz-khalifa-that-good"> <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/wiz-khalifa">Wiz</a> may be considered a freshman or rookie to most, but he's definitely earned the respect of the O.

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Wiz Khalifa’s Selling “Rolling Papers”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=165052"> As in the title of his new album has been announced and will hit stores on March 29th. Something something something, he used Ustream to talk about the project & reasoning behind the title, which you can read below if that kind of thing interests you. It <a href="http://twitter.com/Fuck_Swag/status/30280939489722369">should be noted</a> that Hip-Hop already has an album titled Rolling Papers, which is pictured above.

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Wiz Khalifa – “Black And Yellow” Video

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/10/wiz-khalifa-smokes-a-playstation-3-every-day">Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/justinbreakdown/">Justin Boyd</a> Black and yellow.

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Wiz Khalifa – “Black And Yellow”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/04/download-wiz-khalifa-kush-x-orange-juice-mixtape"> When Wiz Khalifa screams "Black & Yellow," you know he's not talking about bumblebees or your grandma smiling in the dark. He's a Steeler and he waves his Terrible Towel whether he's rockin' the bells or smoking the breakfast of champions. Since the ink has dried on <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/08/wiz-khalifa-signs-with-atlantic-records">his contract</a>, it's time for Wiz to get back to the studio and make Atlantic proud.


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