If you look up Wiz Khalifa on Spotify, his number one song is See You Again, which he released all the way back in 2015. Everybody knows who the rapper is, but most of his music hasn’t been wildly successful. (We aren’t counting his features here).
Let’s be clear though. I’m not saying Wiz Khalifa isn’t talented. He’s an artist with a lot of potential. His voice on a track is always effortless and sounds like it belongs, unlike other certain rapper features where it is easy to tell they were put on the track only for it to gain attention.
Despite his talent, Khalifa’s most recent (and spontaneous) release, Fly Times, Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young, still felt as though there was something to be desired. There is more of a consistent sound on Fly Times, something that his previous albums have lacked. Although there is clear growth in consistency, that doesn’t mean his music will suddenly be in your daily drive to work rotation.
Khalifa has never been one to go out of his way with deep, insightful lyrics, so it’s okay that we don’t hear them here. It’s not really what we are looking for. If anything, this album embodies the spirit of spontaneity that went with dropping it. In true fashion, Wiz Khalifa surprised fans by dropping this album on 4/20.
Most people can remember the infamous video, “How to Roll a Perfect Joint with Wiz Khalifa”, so it’s perfectly on brand for him to release his album on 4/20.
Arguably, the best track on the record is Khalifa’s collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, Bacc to Winning. The collab is to be expected (the two have worked together many times before), yet is satisfying for the listener to hear because the two always deliver when together.
If looking for a silver lining on this record, it would have to be the production. The beats are smooth and quick, nothing too heavy hitting or experimental.
There is always room for change and growth in music, and some of us are still waiting to see if the famed Pittsburg rapper can rise above mediocre lyrics and beats.