Sure a rapper has a loyal fanbase, but can they reach people across the musical spectrum? It’s called crossover appeal, and after Black & Yellow pretty much set the world on fire, Wiz Khalifa didn’t necessarily need to reach extra hard for radio attention. Yet, the second single, Roll Up, from his major label debut album, is about as big of a reach for the mainstream as you’ll hear. While Stargate’s production runs on the standard airy pop mechanics, Wiz essentially dances around the beat, sounding at times more like a generic pop singer than a man who flipped a banger of a beat into one of the top five songs in the country. Indeed, the track’s subject matter is for the ladies (and shockingly not really about weed) but none of Wiz’s sweet talk runs as smoothly as his previous odes to the fairer sex have. While it may be too sugary sweet for most of the male Taylor Gang members, expect the females to eat this up from the DJBooth Freestyle alum. Khalifa’s Atlantic Records debut Rolling Papers hits stores on March 29. Only time will tell how far Wiz can reach.
Written by Brando on 01/30/11
Submit your Rating
First DJ Booth Appearance:
"Say Yeah" (2008)
You Might Like...
Commentsblog comments powered by Disqus
- The Hip-Hop Albums I Need to Hear in 2015
- 4 Fresh Songs (& An Album) You Might Have Missed (12/15)
- Meet Fanesha Fabre, the Voice Behind the “La Musica De Harry Fraud” Drop
- 1 Listen Album Review: Nicki Minaj’s (Kinda Boring) “The Pinkprint”
- Mike WiLL Made-It - Ransom
- All 93 People Named on J. Cole’s “Note To Self” Outro
- 1 Listen Album Review: J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” (aka F*cking Up Hip-Hop)
- The Most Sampled Rapper Voices in Hip-Hop History
- Your Favorite Indie Rapper is Secretly Signed to a Major Label
- The DJBooth - Top Prospects EP (Vol. 2)
- The Best Hip-Hop & R&B Songs of 2014 (Ongoing)
Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.