Wiz Khalifa: Highlights from Kush & OJ

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Wiz Khalifa’s Kush and OJ mixtape dropped the other day (when I start to refer to specific dates in the recent past as “the other day”, it is a bad sign). Wiz is still one of the new kids on the scene, and outside of the hip-hop community, which is quickly being won over by the charismatic stoner, there are still plenty of people who are unfamiliar. Downloading a  mixtape  by an unfamiliar artist is as desirable as sticking your hand into a random hole in the ground. Sometimes it’s tempting, because you could come out with jewels or some shit, but the probability is high that you actually will not get jewels. There a much higher chance that there is some kind of unwelcoming animal in that hole.

So here’s what I’ll do for you. I’ll tell you a little about the mixtape and give you a couple highlights for download. Kush and OJ is Wiz’s most solid collection of songs to date. His beat selection in the past has been underwhelming. To me, this is still his weakest point, but it’s showing improvement. Instead of keeping things musically simple, Wiz tends to go for those high flying beats with horns, 4 layers of synths, build ups, background vocals and drums that sound like a hyperactive heartbeat with random murmers. As an emcee, Wiz has a lot of personality and energy. Combining that with busy, dramatic beats ends up sounding unfocused and scattered.

With K&O, Wiz is vocally at his finest, showcasing his energetic flow and taking control of the songs (I won’t even talk about the lyrics, because the mixtape is called Kush and OJ. You know what to expect), and he starts to sharpen his beat selection and put together songs that almost pass for album joints.  Check out the few songs I’ve posted and you’ll see how diverse and creative his beat choices are on this tape. Plus, the dude is just cool. Plain and simple, some rappers come off as corny, dated, repetitive. Wiz Khalifa is gaining so much popularity right now because he is right now. Musically, I think he still has a way to go, but I have no doubt that he’ll continue to move in the right direction.

Wiz Khalifa – Never BeenYouSendIt

Wiz Khalifa – In The Cut | YouSendIt

Wiz Khalifa – We’re Done | YouSendIt

Download the whole mixtape here.

  • http://www.itsaraprogo.com Rogo

    Good pick with In The Cut, great song. great review too

  • Matt Speroff

    All three of those songs should be up there as well as Mezmorized

  • T.Byrd

    Couldn’t agree more. The Thrill is really is only song I bump. New stuff is an improvement though.

  • Confusion

    I like “Visions” too. For any DOOM fans, you’ll recognize that beat. It’s slightly flipped, but I was surprised to hear Wiz go in over that kinda stuff. Definitely a good call for the stoner crowd though.

  • http://twitter.com/itsivanibarra Management

    I like Wiz, sometimes I just can’t delve into him too much. The content doesn’t change. That’s why I liked How Fly with Curren$y because they covered “other” topics on it at least. It came out one of the best from both. Still not sold on Kush and OJ but need a couple more listens.

  • Hay Z

    Couldn’t find a “The Thrill” replacement…

  • http://www.reupspot.com reupvick

    It’s not that the mixtape isn’t good to me, it’s the fact that lyrically he hasn’t moved. I hope his content moves forward after this tape. The tape is VERY CHILL though, cool stuff.

    Great write up Con.

  • Kev

    Really feelin it, Wiz grows on me with every listen. Just that feel good music.

  • Nedruj

    get we’re done outta there and put still blazin in. the sample in that beat might be the best on the tape, though good dank has quality production too.

  • j

    kush and oj was tha SHIT

  • brianna

    he so damn sxcii

  • brianna

    diz ricky you a bitch

  • jimmy

    ‘good dank’, great chilled beat. gunna be on repeat while i laze about this summer.

    but ‘we’re done’ sounds like all the other songs played on the radio.

  • http://radiocanthearu.blogspot.com RadioCantHearU

    I just go done listening to Wiz Khalifa’s “Rolling Papers” and I am at a loss…………..Only three words come to mind…… “What the FUCK!”

    read more at: http://radiocanthearu.blogspot.com/2011/03/rolling-papers-in-stores-nowto-bad-wiz.html

  • http://Facebook.com Ketelyn

    Wiz Khalifa is the amazing. Listin to his songs 24/7. He’s fuckin sexy I love listing to him w/ frands while we stoned as fuk:) haha
    Taylo gang or die:D

  • http://facebook frankie

    what up wiz any new song

  • yourbitch

    This bitch is my husband, back thaa fukk up :D