Rolling Papers

Rolling Papers

by Wiz KhalifaWiz Khalifa


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If it wasn't for "Black and Yellow," Wiz Khalifa's story would match the mixtape past of Currensy, Freddie Gibbs, and even Lil Wayne, but that unrepresentative mega-hit -- and unofficial Pittsburgh Steelers anthem from the previous Super Bowl season -- made Rolling Papers a "highly anticipated" release for a wider audience than usual. Those looking for more singalong sport anthems and party tracks will be severely disappointed with the rapper's first major-label release, but anyone who has followed the alt-pop side of hip-hop -- from B.o.B. on down -- will find this familiar ground. Past the big hit, Rolling Papers casts Khalifa as a more earthbound and approachable version of Kid Cudi, or Currensy for the masses, both of which are meant as compliments. They are also meant as cautions for those who don't appreciate slick productions -- crafted by Stargate, I.D. Labs, Jim Jonsin, and others -- topped with stoner-ambiguity lyrics. Half of the confused highlight "Roll Up" seems to be about smoking weed, while the other half is about flirting, or being true to your friends, or maybe just "rolling up." "Hopes and Dreams" is an ironic title for a song about Khalifa's money going to strippers, while the B.o.B.-like "Cameras" is Kanye's "Gold Digger" without venom, where fame might be a blessing or it might be a curse. These smoking songs would border on dream states if it wasn't for Khalifa's keen sense of melody and fat sack of hooks, and when you take into consideration his growing-up a fan of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, his fellow Midwesterners hold an obvious influence throughout the album, from the free-association rhymes to the full-on embrace of weed. Just like any given Bone album, Khalifa's chilled and confused Rolling Papers is an acquired taste, and while it's misrepresented by its single and the mixtapes that surround it, it is purposeful mood music, perfect for bong loading or just hanging out.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2011
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678827280
catalogNumber: 527099
Rank: 20425

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wiz Khalifa   Primary Artist
Danny Morris   Keyboards
Benny Blanco   Guitar
Jim Jonsin   Keyboards
Andrew Luftman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Danny Morris   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Todd Shaw   Composer
James Scheffer   Composer
Stargate   Producer
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Nick Romei   Package Manager
Matt Huber   Engineer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
Greg Gigendad Burke   Art Direction
Benjy Grinberg   Executive Producer
Robert Marks   Engineer
Bei Maejor   Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer
Danny D   Executive Producer
Warren "Oak" Felder   Composer
Tor Erik   Instrumentation
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer,Instrumentation
Big Jerm   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Cameron Thomaz   Composer
Eric Dan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Shante Franklin   Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel   Composer,Producer
Brandon Carrier   Composer,Producer
Christopher Bodie   Illustrations
Brandon Green   Composer

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