Wiz Khalifa climbs the charts with new album

By Bryan Hennessay

Chart-topper is something Wiz Khalifa can finally attach to his already impressive resume. Ever since the rap star hit the scene, he has shown no signs of slowing down. In 2011, Khalifa won the Sprint New Artist of the Year award at the AMA’s. The artist continues to show his “True Colors (a song on the album)” after dropping Blacc Hollywood.

Khalifa released his debut album Show and Prove in 2006, shortly thereafter he signed with Warner Bros. Records. The stint with Warner Bros., didn’t last very long. As Khalifa grew options became readily available. He now records with Rostrum Records.

Khalifa has produced five studio albums, Show and Prove, Deal or No Deal, Rolling Papers, O.N.I.F.C. and his most recent Blacc Hollywood. Both Rolling Papers and O.N.I.F.C. reached as high as No. 2 on Billboard respectively.

Rostrum & Atlantic Records released Blacc Hollywood Aug. 19, 2014. After the first week the album has sold 90,000 copies. Critics were not impressed. But that’s OK. Khalifa stands alone atop the Billboard 200 for the first time in his career. As the previous No. 1 the “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack slides to No.2.

Blacc Hollywood uses new innovative instrumentals but they aren’t anything we have not heard from Wiz already. The album features guest appearances by Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, Nicki Minaj and many more.

“We Dem Boyz” is the lead hit single on the album followed by “KK”. Much like most of his music, Khalifa’s themes still evolve around cannabis, money, women and the fast life. But why not everyone other rapper is following suit. Ironically, instead of venturing to new territory Wiz decided to write the music he knows best. Blacc Hollywood however does have its mountaintops. The song House in the Hills., attributes his success to his life growing up.

“What they don’t talk about the kid that came from nothin’

Who stuck to what he believed in and turned himself to something great

They should use that story to motivate

But instead they’d rather focus on the fact that he’s a pothead

Not the fact there’s not a lot where I lived

25 and not dead.”

After listening to the album people may love or hate it, but that’s for them to decide. Although some people label Wiz as a “fake” or a “sellout” his stardom and awards speak for themselves. You can’t argue facts and awards, its like arguing Jordan and LeBron. I personally suggest all students to at least give it a chance. As Wiz once said, “I critique myself way harder than anybody else could critique me.”

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