Published May 26, 2014After an arrest in Texas for marijuana possession, a viral jail selfie that had the internet talking and a performance at Soundset, Wiz Khalifa has taken the opportunity to harness the whirlwind buzz by dropping his anticipated 28 Grams mixtape packed full of 28 tracks designed to break necks.
After starting off the DJ Drama hosted project appropriately with the notorious Wiz laugh, the Taylor Gang founder emerges with a Trap Wiz alter-ego, showcasing a harder, auto-tune-saturated, southern-influenced sound different from past Wiz projects over bass-injected beats by Sledgren, Metro Boomin, 808 Mafia and Sonny Digital. The free tape is also crammed with renowned club hit remixes such as K-Camp's "Cut Her Off," Schoolboy Q's "Man Of The Year" and Que's "OG Bobby Johnson," which Wiz transforms into herbal essence-inspired tracks that seem to fit the stoner lifestyle.
The tape's standout, "Word On The Town," produced and featuring the Trippy King and Taylor Gang co-founder Juicy J, along with the ghost of Pimp C, is a single fit for all the hype surrounding the project. On "Let'R," "What Iss Hittin" and "Foreign," Wiz follows the recent trap recipe of combining repetitive catchy auto-tune hooks and 808-infused production sure to take him from the skate-park to bass-filled clubs. Although ostentatious, the production is not enough to carry the long project all the way to the end without becoming bogged down in redundancy; the continuous message of excess remains the general topic of discussion.
Regardless, the tape, which Wiz stated via Twitter is his "hardest mixtape ever," will hold Taylor Gang fans over until the release of his Blacc Hollywood album set to drop later this year. In the meantime, the project is sure to have the clubs full of smoke as the weather heats up. (Independent)