Wiz Khalifa

Deal or No Deal

by David Amidon

21 January 2010

 
cover art

Wiz Khalifa

Deal or No Deal

(Rostrum)
US: 24 Nov 2009
UK: 30 Nov 2009

It’s easy to notice what people see in Wiz Khalifa when he works with other rappers—his collaboration with Curren$y, How Fly, improves with more listens—but on his own, Wiz Khalifa annoys or bores. Most of his songs sound incomplete and undercooked (“Moola and the Guap” is nothing more than Casio presets and effects), while his rhymes are mostly at Curren$y-like quality of three years ago. Two late-game exceptions, the blissed-out “This Plane” and surprisingly jazzy “Who I Am”, provide much-needed fresh air, but by then, the rest of the nearly hour-long album has taken it’s toll. “Chewy” is Deal or No Deal‘s big highlight, though after repeat listens, “Hit Tha Flo” proves deserving as well.

Unfortunately, some really bad habits can be found on Deal or No Deal. Khalifa does Lil’ Wayne-esque laughs all over as if this were a mixtape and obsesses over syllable emphasis, which does help Khalifa stand out in party playlists. Unfortunately, beyond that swagger and his lifestyle raps (Khalifa raps about women and weed the way Cool Kids rap about shoes and jeans), there really isn’t much here as an album, which is what this is supposed to be. Ultimately, you’ll either relate to Deal or No Deal and ride out to it and have a good time, or you’ll see through it and get pretty bored pretty quickly. The beats are mostly thin and synthesized, the lyrics are repetitive, and Khalifa as a character is not the perfect synthesis of Lil’ Wayne and Curren$y he obviously desires to be. Surely, Wiz Khalifa leaves no room for a middle ground with Deal or No Deal, an appropriate title.

Deal or No Deal

Rating:

//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Slowdive Sell Out Brooklyn and Release Bonus Song "30th June"

// Notes from the Road

"Although sound issues delayed their set on the second night, Slowdive put on an unforgettable show in Brooklyn, or rather two shows.

READ the article