With all the headlines Wiz Khalifa’s breakup with Amber Rose generated, it can be easy to forget that he also released one of the biggest rap albums of the year, not to mention one of the songs most likely to make you want to cause property damage in the club. Next Friday’s episode of Guitar Center Sessions at 9 p.m. on DirecTV’s Audience channel puts the focus firmly on Wiz’s music with a full-band performance of some of his greatest hits so far.
Wiz Khalifa and Future have a lot in common. Both are young rappers who’ve made the transition from mixtapes to the pop charts and are still rising, and both have recently had romantic relationships flame out in a very public fashion not long after having babies with their partners. (Wiz and Amber Rose filed for divorce back in September, just over a month after Future and Ciara broke off their engagement.)
Wiz has kept mostly quiet about his split with Rose, seemingly to keep attention on his recently released Blacc Hollywood. While on his new street single “Monster” (from his upcoming mixtape of the same name), Future talks a lot about his predilection for groupies and not at all about his recent relationship problems. But now, both have turned up on a track by Mike Will Made It called “Pussy Overrated,” and despite the fact that neither Rose nor Ciara’s names come up in the lyrics (both seem to deal with groupies), with that title and that timing it’s hard to see the song as anything but a shared breakup track and an epic subtweet aimed at their exes.
As the title suggests, the song paints a dismal picture of women, who are blamed alternately for being both too clingy and insufficiently attentive, too prudish and too blatantly sexual. Unlike the many, many rap songs with retrograde attitudes toward sexual equality, the song doesn’t even try to charm its way into the hearts of skeptical listeners–the refrain “Your pussy overrated” bluntly, explicitly reduces the women in question to the status of sex toys, and disposable ones at that.
Seeing Future taking the low road this way is especially disheartening. Throughout his relationship with Ciara, he’s been openly, almost cornily swoony over her on a level that few rappers have ever let themselves show in public before. Back in early 2013, they essentially inaugurated their relationship with the collaborative single “Body Party” with a video where Future follows Ciara around like a crushed-out teenager, an unguarded portrayal of naive romanticism that helped to establish Future’s reputation for being not like other rappers, at least when it came to dealing with women. Now he’s turned 180 degrees and become the living embodiment of #petty, and on social media the judgement from his fans, especially female ones, has been harsh.
Twitter’s been rallying for a response to “Pussy Overrated,” with Nicki Minaj being the obvious popular choice for recording it, although any hypothetical “Dick Overrated” would be incomplete without a Ciara hook. Meanwhile, Rose has shot back in very Rose-ish fashion by posting a butt selfie to Instagram.
The ’90s gave birth to Miley Cyrus, and now she’s returning the favor by paying homage to the decade of Cross Colors and Saved by the Bell.
In the new Mike Will Made It clip for “23,” Cyrus parades around a high school wearing “sexy” Chicago Bulls jerseys and vintage Jordans while making references to Naughty By Nature and MC Hammer. She smokes cigarettes, graffitis the bathroom, and generally runs amok.
Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Zack Morris also join in on the shenanigans, all at the chagrin of the uptight school principal Mr. Belding. Just kidding! Partly.
So a construction worker, a ballerina, and a rapper walk into a bar…
No, it’s not a joke from Music Mix’s (amazing) stand-up set — it’s Wiz Khalifa’s new video for his O.N.I.F.C. single “Work Hard Play Hard,” which the proud Pittsburgher set in his hometown. The video plays off of Steel City’s working-class reputation, splicing clips of citizens — construction workers, ballerinas, athletes — clocking in for the day. It rings true to the song’s inspirational-poster lyrics: “Go hard/Make sure you do whatever it is that you gotta do/That’s your job.”
Meanwhile, Wiz himself is also hard at work, delivering his three-verse rap from derelict Rust Belt milieus and giving the clip a decidedly more hard-hatted vibe than his other Pittsburgh opus, the celebratory “Black and Yellow.”
But that’s not to say it’s all heavy lifting and pirouetting. As the song’s title promises, things end on an upbeat note, with Wiz and the rest of the video’s gainfully employed convening at the same bar to let off steam — a.k.a., shots!
Loosen up that tie and give Wiz’s new video a spin below:
Who didn’t Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg trot out to close the Coachella Festival on Sunday night? The full retinue was a veritable Hip Hop Hall of Fame: 50 Cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, Warren G, Nate Dogg (via montage tribute), a two-story LED projection of Frank Sinatra, and a Tupac Shakur hologram. All that was missing was gin and juice gratis for every audience member.
Of course, the West has never been shy to throw up the “W” and the Dogg and Doc delivered a bell-ringing performance to please the hometown crowd. Backed by a full band, the set list was both party-to-go and paean to the last two decades of gangsta rap. After all, when Andre Young dropped The Chronic 20 years ago, the genre retained its marine blue menace and instilled fear into the hearts of sweater-clad suburban parents. Today, Dr. Dre is a gangsta eminence grise and savvy headphone entrepreneur. Meanwhile his one-time sidekick Snoop Dogg has starred in movies, television shows, and leased his star wattage to more products than Ron Popeil.
The last thing I want to do is stir the melodious pot, but if you’ve heard the leak of Maroon 5’s new single “Payphone” (featuring a drop-in by noted botanist Wiz Khalifa), do you agree that the sprightly song could very easily be sung by One Direction?
With a synthy hook and Adam Levine sweetly crooning, “If happy ever after did exist, I would still be holding you like this,” it’s pretty easy to replace the band’s signature electronic meta-funk with any of the boy band’s impish members.
But if you disagree, then ignore my diagnostic digression. “Payphone” is catchy, infectious, and overwhelmingly mellow, which is why it’s a welcome addition to a playlist I like to call Really Chill Morning Songs. Maroon 5’s fourth album, Overexposed, is due out June 26, but the single is fresh on the YouTube and radio circuits before it becomes officially available on iTunes after Levine and co. perform it on tonight’s episode of The Voice (8/7c on NBC). Take a listen below.
Wiz Khalifa has caused quite the ruckus with his new mixtape Taylor Allderdice, reports CBS News. The rapper released the link to a free download of his latest tracks last night and quickly crashed the site DatPiff. Rick Ross, Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods and Juicy J, and Khalifa’s “Fame”-hungry new fiancée (and Kanye West ex) Amber Rose are featured on the set, which is named after the Pittsburgh native’s high school. Khalifa is currently working on his sophomore studio album, a follow-up to 2011’s Rolling Papers. No release date has been set.
So it was probably inevitable that Amber Rose, the Kardashian of hip-hop, would go the same route. If you know Rose at all, you probably recognize her either from a low-level modeling gig, those ads for marshmallow-flavored vodka, or as a rapper’s red-carpet plus-one (she’s currently linked to Wiz Khalifa, and was on the arm of Kanye West the night he began his now-legendary beef with Taylor Swift).
Now you can know her as a woman who coos about the overwhelming nature of her particular brand of fame in a way that sounds simultaneously oblivious, smug, and whiny. But judge for yourself below. READ FULL STORY
Snoop Dogg has been always been very public about his adoration for a certain recreational herb.
Fellow rapper and Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa shares the same affinity for said substance, which is why those two have made for logical bedfellows on wax; in fact, their tag-team effort on “The Weed Iz Mine” is one of the great underrated hip-hop tracks of 2011.
The smoke-friendly pair have dropped their latest collaboration, a summery track called “Young, Wild & Free” that also features Bruno Mars crooning a sweet nostalgic hook.
According to the still screen on the YouTube video delivering the song, “Young, Wild & Free” is the first single from the soundtrack to a forthcoming film called Mac And Devin Go To High Schoolthat should be out some time early next year.