Music Recommendation – Single – Wiz Khalifa ft. Ty Dolla $ign, “Refresh/Say No More”

wiz-khalifa-ty-dollaYou liked these two together on their hit Or Nah, so two of the biggest faces of Taylor Gang came back together to give you 8:40 more of their music. However, Wiz Khalifa sounds more like his prime form and Ty Dolla $ign manages to carry much of the song. Throughout, it is slow while lengthy but manages to resemble one of my all-time favorite songs, Remember You.

The song starts with Khalifa rapping about the same ole same ole, behind a rather ominous but fitting beat. I would wait until Ty Dolla $ign jumps in before fully judging this song, however. His voice makes the song a bit more interesting, though he makes me feel like an old man trying to hear what he is whispering on the chorus.

Overall, I would rate the song/songs/noise for eight and a half minutes at:

8.5/10

This project is very slow-paced, which is not necessarily bad, but has a problem fitting into a time length and keeping the listener paying attention. The Say No More section is way better, but both are enjoyable. I would have loved hearing The Weeknd on this track, but then again I do not know a song that I wouldn’t enjoy hearing The Weeknd add his voice to. Somehow this article transformed into praising The Weeknd, but then again no one ever said that they wouldn’t prefer a meal without dessert.

So go ahead and give the song a listen below. I highly recommend that if you will listen to it, play it in full or don’t play it at all. Hear it in full and pretty much first below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Ke$ha ft. Wiz Khalifa, Andre 3000, T.I., and Lil Wayne, Get Sleazy 2.0

get-sleazyBack in 2011, Ke$ha let us know that she did not need your brand new Benz, or your Booshy (???) friends. I have to admit, this remix has some incredible rap verses on it. Wiz Khalifa was in his prime (well, better than he is now), Andre 3000 was Andre 3000 (and still is), T.I. hadn’t fallen off yet, and Lil Wayne has one of his better quick verses on this song. It is quite lovable for any mainstream Hip-Hop/Rap fan.

The winner of each would probably be T.I. if you ask me, mostly because that was one of the first verses that I learned. Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne tie for next, though. I almost wish I could hear a version without Ke$ha, but we have to thank her for the remix. The beat is drum-y and percussion-y as well.

Overall, I would rate the remix at 9.5/10. Ke$ha messes with the song, but otherwise an enjoyable listen. You can check out the song below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Juicy J ft. French Montana, LoLo Monroe, Wiz Khalifa, and B.o.B, Bandz A Make Her Dance (Remix)

I think we can all agree one of the most annoying trends of 2012 was the Bandz A Make Her Dance craze. That being said, one good thing did come out of it: The remix. No, not the one with Lil Wayne, or any others that I have heard except for the one I am writing about now.

Normally I would make a snarky sarcastic remark, but I do want to focus on this track as I have a lot to say about it. Poor French Montana slips his way onto songs with artists who I actually like as if he’s nudging me like “Will you talk to me now please?” to which I respond “Ugh, fine.” But this is only because this is one of the few decent French Montana verses. I did say decent though, that does not mean I want to go to your house for a sleepover.

LoLo Monroe, meanwhile, came out of nowhere. I had never heard of her and just assumed when I first heard of this remix that she would be similar to a Honey Cocaine clone, where I would have walked away immediately. I was pleasantly surprised by her verse, which may be my favorite on the song.

Wiz Khalifa raps about things that aren’t weed (well, mostly). That’s different, but the verse is a little overrated. I hear a lot of people talk about how his verse was the best, to which I respond a firm “hahahahaha no.” His flow is decent but the verse just feels like it is topically all over the place. At least the other verses stay on focus (for the most part). I do not want to say it is the worst, but I just feel like anyone who says Wiz Khalifa’s Bandz A Make Her Dance verse is better than LoLo Monroe or B.o.B is doing the listening thing wrong.

Speaking of B.o.B, his verse is excellent. B.o.B has the power to either seriously surprise me or just make me slouch back and click out of my YouTube tab (See Not For Long or Play The Guitar, but I still say that Play My Guitar was one of my favorite Andre 3000 raps. Actually that’s a good song to go listen to, B.o.B’s raps aren’t great but hey Andre 3000 is in it). So back to reviewing Play Th – Bandz A Make Her Dance, I mean. B.o.B sounds good if not more of the same above.

Juicy J gives us another rap verse that sounds much better than the original in my opinion, but I have heard others say he put his better work in the first. So if I had to rank these artists in the song, it would have to be:

1. LoLo Monroe

2. B.o.B

3. Juicy J

4. Wiz Khalifa

5. French Montana

None of the verses are really bad, but sorry French, our relationship is going to be a long and bumpy road if you want to gain my love. Overall, I would rate the song at about 9.5/10. I think I have gone over everything, 500 words later. Give the remix a listen below:

-Austin Heath

P.S. Oh and might as well listen to Play The Guitar, which I may or may not rate at 8. – no, just sharing the song for Andre 3000’s part:

Favorites Friday – T-Pain ft. Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen, 5 O’Clock

5 O’Clock was in my Top 50 all-time favorites for a couple of years, but in this recent list was bumped on out. While the song has not had the appeal that it used to, I still consider it a song that helped mold my music tastes and my liking for T-Pain’s music.

I had listened to T-Pain music before, but I usually liked it for the artist on the track with him. 5 O’Clock was the first song that I actually enjoyed the T-Pain verses rather than the hook or rap verse. This opened me up to other songs that barely slipped the Top 50 this year like Best Love Song and Turn All The Lights On.

The song itself has never been the best T-Pain song, but it has some nostalgia to it that bumps it up on the rating chart. Overall, I would personally rate it at 8/10. I always liked the Khalifa verse and T-Pain’s verses were always fun to listen to. I remember listening to this song most while on a college tour in New England when the song was most popular. The song has the potential to bump back up into next year’s Top 50, along with a couple of other songs that barely slipped by (such as OneRepublic’s Secrets, which came in at #51, an impossibly hard choice).

So go ahead and jump on my nostalgia train below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Trae Tha Truth ft. MDMA, Lupe Fiasco, Big Boi, Wale and Wiz Khalifa , I’m On

Oh boy, I’ve been saving this one for a rainy day. And by rainy day, I mean any day where I would rather huddle up under a blanket and use my computer as my only access to the outside world than step outside the boundaries of my home.

“But Austin, why put off writing about music that you enjoy?” Well, Mr. Imaginary Reader Who I Know I Don’t Have, that is an excellent question. You see, if I write about the kind-of okay I’m On rapfest, then I have to write about the I’m On 2.0 remix. And to put this project into perspective, the first I’m On is a rapfest, but the remix is like a 3-day weekend rap collaboration concert. And naturally, the urges in me will make me rank the rappers’ verses from best to worst.

For starters, there is no chorus. There’s a beat that goes “I’m On” if that counts though here and there. It is hard for me to enjoy a song with no chorus to look forward to, but this song stuck out. Keep in mind this is back when Wiz Khalifa, Wale and Lupe Fiasco were going to be the next Biggie, Jay-Z and some other top-ranked rapper (Boy were they wrong). All of the verses are consistent, but I do want to rank them quickly because there are some that are much better than others (and there seems to be confusion as to who is actually the best on this track according to the humanity-glorifying YouTube comment section):

1. Big Boi

2. Wiz Khalifa

3. Wale

4. Lupe Fiasco

5. Trae Tha Truth

I guess MDMA is on the beat, so he doesn’t count. But without a doubt, Big Boi dominates the competition in this one. Call it bias but it is pretty difficult to compare to Big Boi, so kudos to Wiz Khalifa and Wale for coming close.

So overall, I would rate the song at 8.75/10. This one never stood out (unlike I’m On 2.0, which I am writing about next) and it always just felt like there was nothing to look forward to through the song. Also, what really is the point of the song? Just seems redundant, like what is it exactly you are on? Maybe drugs, but I cannot quite tell.

You can listen to the song below, while I have my criticisms it is still a decent Hip-Hop track:

-Austin Heath

P.S. I’ll get to 2.0 in a little bit, as it will take a while to write, so don’t go out of your way to look it up or you are no reader of mine. Okay just kidding please just read my stuff I promise it’s somewhat decent.