‘Rolling Papers 2’ by Wiz Khalifa

The lyrics Wiz puts out on this track touch so many points about his life, where he’s been in the past, present, and where he’ll be in the future. I hear this unraveling as I listen to Verse 1, 2, and 3 – the past, present, and future.

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Like most, I’ve always been a Wiz fan. Even long long ago before I lived in Pittsburgh. But I have to admit that when I saw him at Thrival Festival in 2017 @ Carrie Furnace in Pittsburgh, my eyes were opened to the true talent he is. At this point in my life I had seen some big names in the game like Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick to name a few. It was clear since the first song at the show that Wiz had it all – stage presence, rapping, but most pleasantly, a singing voice that was the real deal. It put Wiz over the top for me to know first hand that he could literally do it all, singing included.

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The beat in this joint is simple and smooth. The piano adds the right amount of touch and emotion. Wiz brings it home throughout.

Rolling Papers 2 is a motivating song about going through the ups and downs. Wiz speaks to recognizing where one is at in their life. He challenges us to always do our best, make decisions and learn from mistakes, and follow one’s heart when it tells you to make that change.

“When it’s time to make a change, I ain’t gon’ fight it, fight it”

This song as well as the album seemed to go slightly under the radar…or maybe that’s just me? What do you think?

– Zimmertime

 

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The Review (6/18-6/24)

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Here’s a pic of my band and some groupies from the first year we were on tour. Crazy how times change so quickly. Enough reminiscing, let’s see what this week had to offer:

Remix baaaabyyyy

Belly’s breakout hit “Might Not” has been one of my favorite songs of 2016 thus far. Now I have been blessed with a remix featuring 2 Chainz and Yo Gotti. Beat is fire, 2 Chainz KILLED it, and this song will remain on most my playlists.

Ace Hood reflects on “Father’s Day”

“Starvation V” is coming soon and Ace keeps dropping off great tracks in anticipation. “Father’s Day” is a different lane than Ace’s usual bangers. He raps an open letter about his parenting that is beautiful and honest.

There’s no stopping Game

Just a week after releasing a soundtrack for his A&E documentary series, Game is back dropping the lead single off his next album “1992.” This smooth track features Jeremih on the hook, which is always a great choice. “All Eyez” indicates the new album will be another good one from the always hard working Game.

“Wrist” game strong

Last week, Logic dropped off “Flexicution” and returns this week with the Pusha T assisted “Wrist.” Does this mean an album is on the way? Probably, but for now all we can do is wait and enjoy these jams. Both artists go hard on this.

Jeezy returns to form with strip club anthem “Magic City Monday”

Jeezy is one of my favorite trap artists. An OG in the game, he consistently puts out dope music. “Magic City Monday” is a banger featuring two fellow ATL artists, 2 Chainz and Future. Throw this on that ratchet playlist you have.

Wiz Khalifa hits us with a slow-jam

I am really not a huge Khalifa fan. I don’t think he sucks, but I don’t think he’s great either. This song is definitely one of his that I put in the like category. “More and More” is a slow, spacey jam that reminds me of early Cudi and “L$D” by A$AP Rocky. Really feeling this one.

The Suicide Squad soundtrack is shaping up to be legendary

“Sucker for Pain” features verses from Ty Dolla $ign, Logic, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa and a hook from the lead singers of Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors. What an incredible line-up of talent for one song but would it succeed? Short answer, ab-so-fucking-lute-ly. Hook is fire, verses are dope (especially Wayne who snapped), and this one takes the grand prize of favorite song this week.

“Come Through and Chill” with Miguel’s new song

Want to party tonight? Go get em. Want to chill with your girl tonight? Throw this track on your playlist and vibe out.

New Cudi is straight money

My goodness. Cudi bringing the heat on this one. After a few lackluster albums (at least in this guy’s humble opinion), it seems Cudi is back to top form after his earlier two releases (“The Frequency” and “All In”) and now this. Listen to “Goodbye” immediately.

Can’t have a successful blog without some Riff Raff

Riff Raff released his album “Peach Panther” today. I won’t say anything other than, if you like to laugh, I’d say give it a listen otherwise, move on to the next.

Future never stops making music

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The reign of Future continues. Earlier I stated that Game makes a lot of music, well Future has been putting out even more. After already dropping a mixtape and an album this year, Future unexpectedly dropped another mixtape with producer DJ Esco today entitled “Project E.T.” Fans rejoice, haters complain, others ignore.

Some final notes before I sign off here: Nipsey Hussle of course dropped a new track this week and Fat Joe released the Westside remix to his hit single “All The Way Up” featuring Snoop Dogg, Game, and E-40. That’s all I can remember from this week. Hope I didn’t miss anything important. Enjoy what I gave you!

G Baby

Weekly Hip-Hop/R&B Review (1/30-2/5)

Big week in hip-hop but first, let me address what’s on everyone’s mind. My watch game was superior back in the day. Alright, let’s get after it…

Drake drops new heat, Meek Mill responds immediately

Not gunna say much here cuz we all know Drake did it again. He dropped another diss track that doubles as a banger. More interestingly, Meek Mill responded only minutes later, dropping part 2 of his 4/4 mixtape series, which included a response (called “War Pain”) to Summer Sixteen.

T-Pain is back for the autotune crown

T-Pain made autotune cool. Unfortunately, he inspired too many people to use it and now all these wack rappers think they’re cool. But T-Pain is still around to remind you how to kill a song using autotune.

Tinashe drops “Ride of Your Life”

Ever wonder what Tinashe would sound like on a Metro Boomin produced beat? Here you go.

Nas Remix’s Future’s “March Madness” and it’s great

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I have a huge love/hate relationship with Future. I don’t understand why he’s so popular because he’s terrible but at the same time he does make music that puts me in some type of mood (and I like that). March Madness is one of my favorites and having Nas spit over the instrumental is a dream come true…not really but the song is good.

This song should be called Derek Jeter because it’s a guaranteed hit

Zendaya and Chris Brown combine to make an absolute jam. But even better than that, listen to the beat. Do you hear that?! A TLC “Creep” sample?!!! Hell yes. Somewhere, Captain Gene is smiling.

Dreamville artist Bas drops “Methylone;” “Too High To Riot” comes out in March

This song is downright awesome. Bas is probably my favorite artist on Dreamville outside of J Cole and has yet to disappoint me. If you’re not on board yet, listen to some of his music NOW!

Friday, Feb 5th aka the day a bunch of artists put out new music

Today, a few big name artists decided to flood the markets with new albums and mixtapes. While I’ll admit to only caring about one artist, it’s still worth notifying the people. We got: Wiz Khalifia- “Khalifa” (Spotify, iTunes). Young Thug- “I’m Up” (Soundcloud, iTunes). Future- “EVOL” (DJ Khaled’s Beats1 Radio Show, iTunes, Spotify). And the man you NEED to check out if you aren’t familiar with: Dizzy Wright- “Wisdom and Good Vibes”

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Alright that’s about it for this week. There’s a little something something for everyone. Enjoy.

G Baby

Sorry 4 The Wait

This past weekend you may have been asking yourself, “How come my favorite writer, G Baby, hasn’t posted in a week?” I would like to apologize for my absence as I had every intention of writing a couple blogs for you. Unfortunately, I was away on business (aka visiting a friend and drinking excessively for no reason) and this friend did not have wifi. So last night when I got back I thought of a way to make it up to you all. Here are 4 tracks that I would’ve posted about, including the always popular throwback Thursday track that I know you so desperately missed this week. Sorry 4 the wait everyone. Enjoy!

Bad- Michael Jackson

One of the best MJ songs of all time. Throw this on at any time and feel the groove.

Bake Sale- Wiz Khalifa (ft Travis Scott)

Shoutout to Pittsburgh as the hometown kid drops a hot new track featuring Travis Scott, who continues his hot streak with another catchy hook.

Gangsta Walk- SNBRN (ft Nate Dogg)

Anytime a song with unreleased Nate Dogg vocals comes out, best believe I’m listening. Using his vocals for a house jam is a pretty sweet idea and I think SNBRN nailed it. This song bumps.

All My Friends- Snakehips (ft Tinashe, Chance The Rapper)

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Amin posted a remix to this song yesterday but I’ve been listening to the original version of this song on repeat since I first heard it last week. Not much more to say than it is phenomenal with great vocals, a great beat, and a great verse from a great rapper.

G Baby