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Wiz Khalifa offers new mix tape ‘Laugh Now, Fly Later’

Ethan Maurice, Staff Writer

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“Laugh Now, Fly Later” by rapper Wiz Khalifa is like many of his previous works, Its 10 tracks aren’t going to be radio hits, but if you are a Wiz fan, they are exactly what you are looking for.

Before considering the quality of this album, you must have to know what’s going on with Mr. Khalifa. Currently, he is working on a full-length album, which is taking up most of his time. This mixtape was just a sample of what he’s up too, a preview to the upcoming album “Rolling Papers 2.” The entire project seems to be made while Wiz is smoking, and he also likes to reference his record company, Taylor Gang Entertainment.

There aren’t really any hit songs on this album, or anything that you are going to be listening too forever. If you are looking for the next “Black and Yellow,” or “Young, Wild and Free,” you are going to be disappointed, but the tracks are something that Wiz fans will like. “Royal Highness” is one of the only tracks to have a feature, Casey Veggies, a relatively unknown rapper from L.A.

“Royal Highness,” which is probably the second-best track, is a drug fueled anthem with a beat that’s hard to nail down. The first time I listened, I hated it, but the track grows on you, because if you know to expect an unsteady beat, the unpredictability of the track is very refreshing.

The best track, City of Steel, is a hardworking track straight from Pittsburg. It has some of the best beats of the entire album, and Wiz gives us some of his best bars. It’s also a very intimate view into his life. The track also features an extended outro, which has become common for the lesser known tracks on a project of this stature. He also plugs Rolling Papers 2, which Wiz has working on for at least 2 years.

An overall theme of the album is Khalifa Kush, which is Wiz’s own personal strain of Marijuana. A Pot enthusiast, Khalifa also claims to grow plants on the ninth track, Weed Farm.

The best line from the track comes from No Dirt, a southern influenced beat centered on keeping secrets. Wiz states that “If it don’t make dollars, then well, it don’t make sense” Not typically a lyrical rapper, Khalifa uses double entendre in a way similar to Jay Z or Tupac.

The best hook comes from “Global Access,” the seventh track, which referances his recording company, Taylor Gang, which also features fellow rappers’ Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign. “Global Access” sounds most like a pop song, with a solid hook and refrain. Khalifa also does the most singing on this track.

My least favorite track was the closing track, “Stay Focused,” ironically, the track is anything but. It’s too slow to be a dance track, there’s too much singing for it to be a pop song, and the instrumentals aren’t strong either.

Overall, the mixtape accomplished its mission: holding fans over until Wiz’ next full album. While “Laugh Now, Fly Later” won’t go down as Wiz’ best project, it is a solid effort from the 30-year-old rapper. Wiz Khalifa fans will get something close to what’s expected, and if you are a pot enthusiast, these tracks are for you.

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