Currensy and Wiz Khalifa
Live In Concert


3.5
great

Review

by Young Abu Dhabi USER (121 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2013 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jets and Taylors collide in as chill-sounding a crash as you could imagine

I've always thought that Curren$y brought out the best in Wiz Khalifa. The Jet Life rapper is probably one of the most positive influences on his career. The disproportion in talent between the two is quite silly. Curren$y has long been lauded since his break from YMCMB as one of the most critically-acclaimed forces in "weed rap," though he himself has been known to refute this classification. Wiz, on the other hand, while enjoying a good degree more commercial success when it comes to pushing units, has mostly left rap critics scratching their heads. In a world where everyone knows Wiz for the abhorrent "Black & Yellow," many of the Taylor Gang ringleader's staunchest supporters are hardly familiar with his street releases. So whereas Curren$y has made a name for himself releasing high quality after high quality mixtape, Wiz Khalifa has kind of sort of just drifted along on the coattails of his own success.

The two, as a collaborative duo, are finally on the same wavelength in terms of lyrical acumen as well as an ear for production sense on their EP Live In Concert, the successor to How Fly the duo's 2009 mixtape. Released on 4/20 after months of delays over sampling issues (the EP was originally supposed to be a full-length, free mixtape), Live In Concert is a palpable showcase of two rappers who are at the best they've ever been in their respective careers.

The beats on Live In Concert are luscious, and completely on point- sweeping, engrossing affairs drenched in swirls of pianos, horns, and flutes that wouldn't sound out of place on a Joni Mitchell album. This type of production is typical of any project of Curren$y's, but not so much for Wiz, as his releases usually haphazardly cascade around trap music, mainstream Just Blaze-esque beats, and the big-budget orchestral performances that Kanye West ushered in almost a decade ago. In addition to the thoroughly challenging production, the duo have finally figured out how to match each other on the lyrics sheet. The themes on the album are fairly straightforward- weed, cars, fashion, etc. These are the kinds of things both rappers' fanbases expect to hear about.

"Jets/Taylor Gang, losing's not an option" Wiz spits on "Cabana," a fairly conservative braggadocio in the rap world. "I'm in the regal, you in the rut" Curren$y offers on the next verse, which only serves to up the ante being played out before the listener. On "The Blend" a subdued piano introduces the track before Curren$y chimes in "Nah, ya know what?" as if to say, "fuck that" before heralding a beat anchored in a chorus of "whoa-oh's" ala any black 50s doo wop band. The pair also make numerous references to sweets, as an allusion, I imagine, to the finer things in life. This is exemplified best on "Revenge and Cake" where Wiz boasts of cars he's bought but will never drive and Curren$y rhymes on the view from his current location, as he so often does.

Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa are sure to continue their collaborative union long past this EP, and now they've actually justified why they deserve to. Live In Concert is sure to hold up as one of the best hip-hop releases of the year, and it will perhaps cast both of these artists in a different light than they've previously shone under- Curren$y as a mainstream success, capable of making moves in the sales category and Wiz as a competent underground rapper, capable of making more than club bangers.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2013


53135 Comments


Why do you hate on Streetlight and pretend to like bad hip-hop

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2013


53135 Comments


just jesting, I've never even heard wiz, but all I know is that he's Hawks' role model and that has severely colored my perception of him

Cygnatti
April 22nd 2013


29201 Comments


"well, he mostly does suck, but as i said in the review, spitta brings out the best in him. this is exactly the type of rap album sputnik fawns over- soul and jazz samples, lots of piano, horns, flutes...pretty beats n shit"

sold.

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2988 Comments


"The beats on this Live In Concert can are luscious"

Maybe I am just dumb, but this doesn't make sense to me.

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2988 Comments


XD Hey, you did in ten minutes. This is like gold for that amount of time.

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2988 Comments


I think I spent 2.5 hours on the actual writing for mine so yeah. Putting forth the full effort for reviews can be the biggest bastard. XD

demigod!
April 22nd 2013


47906 Comments


actually sounds pretty interesting upon reading the review, always dug Currensy.. if i had spotify i'd probably give it a listen

wiz is a twat though imo

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demigod!
April 22nd 2013


47906 Comments


lol yeah i did, i need to stop commenting without reading reviews

editted

demigod!
April 22nd 2013


47906 Comments


cool, will prob give it a listen tonight

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2988 Comments


I don't know if I will. I know how this will make me sound, but I am more of a Lupe Fiasco type person. I would rather get preached at then listen to someone say what literally everyone else is saying.

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2988 Comments


I haven't been following hip hip/rap for that long.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 22nd 2013


4969 Comments


sounds like beats i would i hate

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2988 Comments


He must be very soft.

Nemesis1990
April 22nd 2013


4 Comments


Smh im a wiz fan, but im also a hiphop head and any hiphop head who listened to all of wiz shit will respect the man can flow and has the illest beat selection, the reviewer only listened to wiz on his cabin fever mixtapes and major label releases cuz thats the wack club banger little suburban girl wiz, but the wiz from all the other mixtapes like prince of the city 2 and star power/flight school was an emcee, with versatile flow and clever Rhymes, this wiz right here is bullshit lazy wiz and currensy is at his most monotone in his career, wack review...this was a bunch of stoners gettin long jazz beats and sleepin on da mic for 6 songs straight, considerin the anticipation from ghe solid first mixtape, this was trash...2/5 stars only cuz it is good for gettin high too cuz its good background music

Nemesis1990
April 22nd 2013


4 Comments


Bad album review, wiz is talented and its clear the reviewer hasent heard his good mixtapes, and this was NOT a good release...very lazy on both parts,especially with all the anticipation from the first solid mixtape

Nemesis1990
April 22nd 2013


4 Comments


I commented twice cuz i thought my first comment didnt work

Nemesis1990
April 22nd 2013


4 Comments


True wiz an currensy fans know whats up

AtomicShane
April 22nd 2013


2107 Comments


not gona lie, this is pretty neet n stoney

Cygnatti
April 22nd 2013


29201 Comments


"Smh im a wiz fan, but im also a hiphop head and any hiphop head who listened to all of wiz shit will respect the man can flow and has the illest beat selection"

The hip-hop cred is too real right now.

YankeeDudel
April 22nd 2013


9342 Comments


im a flip flop head



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