Verdict: 3 / 5
‘Blacc Hollywood’ is Wiz Khalifa’s fifth studio album. Casual listeners might know him from his breakthrough single ‘Black and Yellow’. Serious fans however might have mixed emotions after listening to this album.
The opening track ‘Hope’ starts the album strong. Chevy Woods from Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang crew introduces it with a spoken word segment, the words and slick guitar solos meld together sweetly. Wiz and Ty Dolla $ign perform the rest of the track and do a really good job. ‘Hope’ highlights some of Wiz’s best phrasing on the album.
The single, ‘We Dem Boyz’ is repetitive and uninspired. ‘Promises’ is a poignant slow track. It breaks the hard edged flow of the first two tracks but it’s well done. ‘KK’ messes with the flow of the album by reverting back to the gangster rap style of the first two tracks. The song is stale with no standout, vocal, bass line, guitar lick or synth to make it memorable.
‘Ass Drop’ has a poppy, melodic chorus. It’s a surprising standout but it too feels misplaced on the album. ‘Staying out All Night’ and ‘True Colours’ are two memorable r&b hip hop tracks. The slow jam ‘So High’ is one of the best on the album. The melodies for the verses and chorus’ are excellent.
Overall, ‘Blacc Hollywood’ is a good album. Its only weakness is its track listing causing the album to lack a coherent flow as commercial songs and edgier songs are placed together incorrectly. Wiz fans might have hoped for a more consistent and even flavoured album but despite these flaws ‘Blacc Hollywood’ is a worthwhile listen.