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Wiz Khalifa
Grow Season

wizkhalifa.jpgFor the past few years, Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa has been picking up steam in his hometown. Thanks to his crafty lyrics and suave demeanor, displayed on his Prince of the City (2006) and Show and Prove (2007) mixtapes, the 19-year-old is finally making some national headway. With DJ Green Lantern riding shotgun on his latest, Grow Season, Wiz pleads his case for being hip-hop’s next golden child.

With an arsenal of intricate rhymes and wordplay, Wiz goes in on the smooth “Grow,” spittin’, “I’m the best that did it and the best that still doing it/Prince of the city, I’m showin’ and pr-provin’ it… They said reach for the stars, I hit Jupiter.” In an effort to further demonstrate his vocal versatility, he applies a slow Southern drawl on “Talk to Me,” but only succeeds in proving that imitation isn’t always the best form of flattery. The drowsy DJ Drama bite “Fans Takin’ Pictures” hammers the point home even further.

Fortunately, Wiz doesn’t lose his entire swagger, as he skillfully flips a Three 6 Mafia track into “Young Boy Fresh.” Then he goes for the kill on the energetic “I’m That Nigga,” boastin’, “We in the money race/And me, I’m gonna chase it/We done made it to the top floor from the basement.” Despite his high hopes, Wiz limits himself to rehashed beats and the same subject matter as any other rapper, ultimately stunting his artistic growth. —OMAR MAZARIEGO

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    • http://www.bigssjon.com bigolejonsal

      incognegro and Johnny Grimes don’t know what the fuck they are talkin about. Wiz is spittin some of the sickest shit anywhere right now.

  • Shanell

    I want to give a shoutout to Wiz Khalifa- holding down the burgh!!! Keep doing ya thing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/grittyrawkshow JohnnyGrhymes

    yo i aint really feeling dude personaly i think im nicer but..who doesnt think they better than another emcee, anyways…that aint the Pittsburgh sound if you want real Pittsburgh music hit the underground…

  • asd

    amazing albumm

  • LPEAZY412

    Well i am pittsburgh underground and it is jumpin…but WIZZY is holdin the BURGH down no matter what the fuck these hataz say. 08 was Khalifas year he been puttin out hot music all year YA DUG! 412/R.A.W ENT/i.d labs/WIZ KHALIFA….STAND UP ITS A MOVEMENT!!!

    check me out- myspace.com/lptheprodigy

  • Boo Man

    Yo that whatup sound good I am next up next Boo Man from alabama shout out to kev Da hustle my brother law let get to the money pittsbrugh and alabama stand up