If you want to listen to weed smoking music made by weed smokers, this is a good place to start. Both artists are known for their high flying smoking status and coming together to make this project is a good recipe for single topic songs. While it is only 8 tracks long, this helps keep the project interesting to the listener for the time it is on. This is much better than a longer project in the same vein which would be boring by the end.
The lyricism is present on all tracks and, while it may not be why you would listen to the project, it does help to keep you in tracks that are playing. B-Real comes across as the more lyrically inclined, but Berner isn’t slouching either. It all helps to tie together all the tracks under the drug theme.
The production is laid back and on a relaxed wavelength as you listen through. It may not calm you down without the use of narcotics it so advises, but in comparison to todays popular culture it is positively soothing. obviously, it picks up in places but on average it is the smokers den calmness.
The features are good and have strong ties to the theme. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa for example are very embedded in smokers culture and go hand in hand with the narcotics that the whole mixtape is based on. This actually helps to keep the purity of a smokers project, if there is such a thing.
Overall, this is a short but cohesive project about narcotics and the effect the legalization could have on America. Increased revenue from taxes, people are more relaxed etc. etc. B-Real and Berner have done well with this and should continue with this creative streak.
This is not the most complicated album, but it does hold some good songs and may be worth a listen or two. The choruses are, on average, very simplistic often consisting of one line or phrase repeated over and over. However a big boost to the overall album is Wiz’s singing ability which features more and very well on this album. It helps bring a sense of diversity to the album and opens up a whole range of possibility for each song.
The production on the album is of good quality as well as diversity. From light pop music, to club beats, to deep emotional backtracks, Wiz flows over all comfortably and even tries some new tempos and styles while rapping about money, drugs and women. Very comfortable subjects for him but he is trying to approach them from some different areas at least.
The features on the album do well, but it would have been nice to hear a bit more from them, some cases in time and others in substance. Varied in their performance, the features do at least help Wiz to showcase why he is such a figure in Hip Hop. His style and skill shine out among others while not making them look bad.
Overall, this may not be the top album of the year but it is a good album, while it may not be for everyone. A good variety of tracks means that some tracks will appeal to some people, but also means that they may not buy the whole album as they may actively not like a majority of the tracks.