Currensy and Wiz Khalifa
Live In Concert


3.5
great

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (112 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2013 | 40 replies


Release Date: 04/20/2013 | 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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Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only took about 10 minutes to write this while in=between cookin dinner and hittin the vape, hopefully it don't read too shitty

edit: stream: http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/04/wiz-khalifa-curreny-live-in-concert-ep-stream/

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2013


50380 Comments


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

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Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have u even heard this...or are u just assuming its bad cuz wiz khalifa?

either way ur statement is lol...i love streetlight, i'm just disappointed with the new album is all

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 22nd 2013


50380 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

Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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

doesn't exactly go hard in the paint, but it doesn't have to

Cygnatti
April 22nd 2013


21352 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.

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Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's on spotify, for spotify users. unfortunately it's- annoyingly - taggest as wiz only :/

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2496 Comments


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

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

Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's because the can isn't supposed to be there haha, thanks

Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh and neither is the this, i changed that sentence a lot

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2496 Comments


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

Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah i usually don't take more than 20-25 minutes to write reviews for this place, and my writing definitely suffers as a result, but honestly i kinda suck at reviewing music anyway, so it's w/e

LilLioness
April 22nd 2013


2496 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

Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so yeah anyone listen to this yet?


...


anyone?

demigod!
April 22nd 2013


44445 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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Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

...this isn't a live album omg did u even read the review

Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ninjedit

demigod!
April 22nd 2013


44445 Comments


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

editted

Hep Kat
April 22nd 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also i edited a stream into my first comment :}

demigod!
April 22nd 2013


44445 Comments


cool, will prob give it a listen tonight



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