If you've been following the site for more than a year then you should already know we are big Wiz Khalifa supporters, he's been on our radar since 2006. They're 2 versions of Wiz Khalifa that fans are aware of, you have the pre Atlantic Wiz Khalifa that brought us classic projects like Flight School, Burn After Rolling and Kush & OJ. Then you have this new Wiz Khalifa with his breakout single Black & Yellow and Roll Up that present a more commercial version of Wiz Khalifa, and it seems when it came to this album creatively Wiz Khalifa decided to choose the latter.
Let's be real when core Wiz Khalifa fans heard Blank & Yellow, we didn't think much of it and never thought it would be the one that brought him into the mainstream. I find my self trying to give the album a fare shake because I'm a fan and I'm fully aware of what Wiz is capable of musically, but as far as the album having special moments I find my self not hearing much of the Wiz I like to hear. That being said apart from the two singles I enjoy records like On My Level, The Race, Rooftops and Top Floor though I think he should have done more with such a sick beat. Apart from those I sum up the rest of the joints on the album as fillers.
There isn't enough joints on Rolling Papers that put me in the zone, not the way his mixtape joints do. The Wiz I like to hear is the one that brought us joints like Boarding Pass, I'm Good, Superstar, Take Away, Sky High from his Flight School project, which had a track list full of bangers. Not to mention B.A.R. from Burn After Rolling, that record gets me so amped, don't even get me started on Kush & OJ. You already know.
I just couldn't find the same feeling on this album, I find myself thinking that the change in his creative direction is more than likely due to him signing to Atlantic, which I expressed a few weeks ago. Either way the album isn't really what I was looking for from Wiz, I would even go as far as saying I even enjoyed Cabin Fever more than this album. I honestly don't even hear a 3rd single on this album, I'm only on my 4th listen so maybe I'll have to give it a couple more spins.
My overall view on this project is that it was a good major release, and new Wiz Khalifa fans will more than likely enjoy this much more than core ones. Expect to see mixed reactions about this project across the web.
I give it a 3.5 out of 5.
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