Let me tell you about a place called Blacc Hollywood. It’s a place reserved for the rich and famous. The successful. You can almost consider it a lifestyle. Let me also tell you about a rapper named Wiz Khalifa. He embodies the Blacc Hollywood mantra. He’s the man that runs the town.
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa’s fifth studio album, has a ton to like. There is a little bit for everyone this time around. There’s something for those who liked Trap Wiz, Wiz’s last mixtape, and there’s something for the people who are familiar with the old, ganja-smoking Wiz. It seems that Wiz has formulated all that is old and new and put it into one style that is unique to just Wiz Khalifa himself.
Anyway, lets get to the music shall we. The album features the likes of Ty Dollar $ign, Juicy J, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, and much more. They all offer great back up to Wiz, especially Taylor Gang’s own Chevy Woods. In fact, I see a lot of potential for Chevy Woods. He has a lot of talent and him and Wiz work pretty well together.
“We Dem Boyz” can probably be summed up as the anthem and the theme song for the album. This can be a good and bad thing though. It has a catchy beat but the song gets repetitive after a while. I actually prefer the remix that is featured later on in the album. It includes the likes of Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, and Nas and it slows down the original song for a pretty cool sounding remix. It’s probably one of my favorite songs on the album.
However, it’s songs like “Promises” and “Stayin Out All Night” that really showcase the artistic skills of Wiz. He provides the vocals that really make those songs hum. They sound great and they offer something more diversified. On the other hand, songs like “Ass Drop” and “True Colors” are the club bangers that have some great beats, but that’s about it.
We see the lifestyle that Wiz is living through songs like “The Sleaze” and “Raw”. He and his crew, the Taylor Gang have made it and they aren’t afraid to brag about it. They’re living the life of Blacc Hollywood. As for the fans of old Wiz, there’s still those marijuana-infused songs throughout like “So High” and “Kk”. Wiz can’t live without those greens. That’s something that hasn’t changed.
Blacc Hollywood is impressive. I started listening to it with the mindset that it was going to be sub-par; that Wiz didn’t really have it in him. I was proved wrong, and I am glad that I was. I also started to notice something as I was listening through. I got the impression that perhaps Wiz has gotten some inspiration from Snoop Dogg in his life. He does in fact appear on the album anyway. It wouldn’t surprise me, because I believe that one day, Wiz might just become the next Snoop Dogg…and that’s a good thing.