Mar 192012
 
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On the night of Wiz Khalifa’s release of Taylor Allderdice, I spent two hours that I should have spent studying music theory attempting to get on any website that would allow me to download his 2012 mixtape. ‘Datpiff.com’ and ‘hotnewhiphop.com’ were both virtually broken, their servers slowing down or even blocking users from entering their domain because of the sheer amount of humans who were interested in Khalifa’s newest piece of work.

Days before the release I found myself reading the discussion boards regarding “Taylor Allderdice,” and the negative comments all read the same: all Wiz Khalifa raps about is weed, money, and women. I kept an open mind about Taylor Allderdice though, and made sure to give his entire discography a listen before the release last night. My conclusion: all Wiz Khalifa raps about is weed, money, and women. 

But Wiz is talented with his words and rhythms, and spins sentences into spirals of syllables that other artists dream of birthing; his voice is the key to his deliverance, offering a sense of freedom that accentuates the topics of his songs. So yes, Wiz is absolutely a ‘weed rapper’ and cannot get over talking about the same three topics, but he is impressively talented at making every verse sound unique over fantastically funky and romantic beats. For Wiz, every puff is his first, every woman is his last, and every payday is fatter than yours; find a contemporary who does the same.

The third track on Taylor Allderdice, “Guilty Conscience,” responds to critics of Rolling Papers, and the sellout effect it had on his reputation: “it was a learning experience…me getting with a label and trying new things…like I said I’m not a stubborn person, so I’ll work with different people, I’ll write different records…but when you talk about longevity you can’t base that on one year.” Taylor Allderdice not only provided his fans with the type of tunes their eardrums were craving, but put to rest the haters who were confused by the spectrum of music he’s put out. In the end, however, Wiz could care less about the iPods that refuse to hold his music; about halfway through the mixtape, on “Never Been Part II,” Wiz responds to a critique that labeled him as a ‘pop rapper’ after Rolling Papers; he simply said: “yeah I’m a pop rapper…I pop up and make 5 million dollars.” Respect. 

Taylor Allderdice is Khalifa’s declaration of independence; he comments at the end of “Mia Wallace,” the third song on the mixtape, “We don’t have s***…When we start out we don’t have anything, so we really make due with what we have. In turn, that turns into million dollar corporations, but what labels don’t have is that mind frame and that spark…” Wiz Khalifa has that independent spark, and realizes his riches are solely from his own hard work. He is a capitalist: the input of effort equals the output of wealth; everything Wiz Khalifa has he deserves. Yet even with this mentality, Taylor Allderdice is an ode to a free-spirited lifestyle. Wiz Khalifa earned his money and is going to spend it all; he’s going to tell you in detail how every dollar felt too, whether you like it or not. 

The complaints about Wiz Khalifa may very well be true, but it is clearly not affecting his fan base nor the quality of music he is assembling; his flow is still a mirror image of his lifestyle: lavished in self-created wealth, his crew is still a Taylor Gang full of beloved hippies, and his beats the funky foundation that pull the art together. 

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  1. Great article! Major props on your delivery.

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