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  • Album Review: Wiz Khalifa "Blacc Hollywood" – 5 out of 5 stars

    Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:09:21

    Album Review: Wiz Khalifa "Blacc Hollywood" – 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

    Wiz Khalifa Photos

    • Wiz Khalifa - GRANADA HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Rapper Wiz Khalifa and MMA fighter Chuck Liddell attend the 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game benefiting Athletes VS. Cancer at Granada Hills Charter High School on September 7, 2014 in Granada Hills, California.
    • Wiz Khalifa - INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: (L-R) TV host Sway Calloway, rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose attend the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.
    • Wiz Khalifa - INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose arrive to the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California.

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    Wiz Khalifa Videos

    • Wiz Khalifa - Bake Sale (ft. Travis Scott)
    • Wiz Khalifa - King of Everything

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    In many ways, Wiz Khalifa has been building Blacc Hollywood since the beginning of his career.

    In that sense, Blacc Hollywood isn't just a statement, but it's also his best, boldest, and brightest album to date. It incorporates everything fans worldwide love about his sound and so much more. His flows feel fierce at the right moments on stunning album opener "Hope", but he can still ease back on a beat with the kind of breezy delivery that simply intoxicates during the single "We Dem Boyz" even bordering on a bit of a Caribbean bounce.

    At the same time, it's the tracks like the airy "Hope", which really evince his mic prowess. In between impeccable harmonies from Ty Dolla Sign and surprising strains of a guitar solo in the intro, he declares, "She ain't looking for love"—running through things that might woo her in lieu though.

    At the same time, "Promises" sees him get solo, stretching his vocal delivery over a hazy and airy beat as he sings, "Don't let me down. You make those promises. Don't take 'em back now". "KK" drops in a slick and smoky verse from Juicy J as both MCs pay homage to the sticky icky.

    "House In The Hills" gets bombastic as Curren$y makes a spirited cameo just before one of many standouts the twerkalicious "Ass Drop". He also goes right to the streets with the appropriately titled "Raw", while the somber "No Gain" feels as heartfelt as it is hypnotic.

    Another standout is "True Colors", which includes a sizzling cameo from Nicki Minaj. Together, their voices make for the perfect juxtaposition, yielding explosive chemistry in the process. Everything culminates on the smoked-out club banger "You and Your Friends", bringing together Ty Dolla $ign and Snoop Dogg for one of Khalifa's biggest anthems ever.

    Ultimately, his vision for Blacc Hollywood is as big as any Hollywood blockbuster. It's got the eye-popping cameos, the huge production, and the expansive message. Moreover, it sees Wiz firing on all cylinders and delivering one of the year's best hip-hop albums.

    Welcome to Blacc Hollywood.

    Rick Florino

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    Tags: Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Juicy J, Curren$y, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg

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