written by: Carla Bynum
The weed connoisseur has declared Blacc Hollywood as his best album and he credits his son Sebastian with helping his creativity and music.
Wiz welcomes listeners to Blacc Hollywood on the first track “Hope,” which features Taylor Gang member Ty Dolla $ign. While the actual song doesn’t start until after the 1:30 mark, it soon transitions into a tale about a woman who isn’t looking for love, but she’s looking for money, clothes and drugs. He gives a visual of what Blacc Hollywood is—a place filled with lots of drugs, money, sex and gin.
In the album’s first slow jam, “Promises,” Wiz raps about a cherishing the moment and keeping promises.
Wiz is joined by Taylor Gang members Juicy J and Project Pat for the marijuana anthem “KK.” They each dedicate their verse to their favorite girl Mary Jane and rap about how they only smoke the finest. Wiz even reminisces about being the weedman when he was in high school. While the track lacks substance (pun intended), it’s catchy. The song was produced by Jim Jonsin and Finatik N Zac and has already peaked at #40 on the Billboard charts.
My personal favorite on the album is “House in the Hills” which features a verse from New Orleans rapper Curren$y. Wiz raps about how he used to dream of having certain things and now he has them. He came from nothing but his dedication and determination helped him become something great. Curren$y sticks to the theme and describes how he’s one of the under-celebrated greats in the rap game.
Nowadays it seems a rap album isn’t complete without at least one song glorifying a woman’s backside. “Ass Drop” is an ode to fat asses, not just any regular ass but an ass so big it has him wanting to put a ring on it (word to Beyoncé).
As expected, it didn’t take long to revert back to the weed appreciation tracks. On the song “Raw,” Wiz talks about how he’s living…raw.
Wiz aims to keep the good times rolling (literally) on the song “Stayin Out All Night,” a Dr. Luke produced track. It’s another song about partying, smoking and drinking.
He lets listeners know how sleazy his life is on the track “The Sleaze.” I’m just going to assume sleazy is a good thing but who knows?
Singer Ghost Loft joins Wiz on the track “So High” which, as the title suggests, is about how high he gets.
“Still Down” is a relatable track about people who have held him down since day one. The track fittingly features fellow Taylor Gang members Chevy Woods and Ty Dolla $ign.
At some point in our lives, we have all heard the saying “No Pain, No Gain” right? That’s the premise behind the track “No Gain,” seemingly part two to Wiz’s hit “Work Hard, Play Hard.” He works hard for what he has. He doesn’t go hard for himself; he goes hard for his wife and son. Awwwww.
The album’s final track comes in form of the relatable Nicki Minaj-assisted “True Colors,” a song about finding out who people really are and proving doubters wrong. We’ve all been there before.
The deluxe version of the album features a slowed down “We Dem Boyz (Remix)” and features Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q and Nas. Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign also assist Wiz on the bonus track “You and Your Friends.”
While the album’s content can become slightly mundane halfway through, Blacc Hollywood is a great album to listen to when you’re in a mellow mood. It’s an album that stays true to Wiz Khalifa’s style. I mean there is a reason he’s been around this long.
Recommended Tracks: “Promises,” “House in the Hills,” “So High,” “No Gain”