Wiz Khalifa brings blunt message to the masses

Wiz Khalifa is a scrawny anti-sex symbol who brings average verses focused almost exclusively on smoking weed. But the Pittsburgh native sold out the Bank of Amer-ica Pavilion last night and brought a pack of devoted fans — known collectively as Taylor Gang — with him. Drawing a screaming ovation was as simple as standing and throwing his hands in the air. Last night’s set was an hourlong tour through Khalifa’s escapist collection, full of heavy bass, strobe lights and melodic anthems about marijuana.

A crowd of largely suburban white teenagers danced enthusiastically — and frequently off-beat — as ushers confiscated blunts and Khalifa rapped about getting high and being addicted to champagne. Khalifa is essentially this generation’s more generic version of Snoop Dogg, a purveyor of stoner rhymes whose party-all-night message camouflages sometimes unimaginative lyrics. The 23-year-old’s recent stardom and extreme popularity among teenagers almost makes sense once you examine his catalog —which includes major label debut “Rolling Papers” as well as a series of mix tapes and indie albums that hinge on partying all day and night.

Khalifa, who appeared in sunglasses, jean shorts and a sweatshirt — and not surprisingly, ended up shirtless — mixed rock-star charisma with party host congeniality. He included frequent shout-outs to and several songs off of mix tape “Kush and Orange Juice,” including “Never Been” and the reggae-tinged “Still Blazin,” as well as feel-good tracks “When I’m Gone,” “Cabin Fever” and “GangBang,” assisted by opening act Big Sean. He also offered up “Fly Solo” and his nod to fans, “Taylor Gang,” closing out with more recent hits “Roll Up,” “On My Level” and massive hit “Black and Yellow.”

The only thing that didn’t sit well with fans – who appeared more like die-hards loyal since Khalifa’s mixtape days than bandwagon admirers – was the rapper’s Indianapolis Colts hat. Opener Big Sean, assisted by a DJ and two hype men, appeared shirtless and supremely self-satisfied during a set that included a speech about chasing dreams and party starters “Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay” and “My Last.” Like Khalifa, Big Sean brings melodic anthems about endlessly living the good life, though his vices extend beyond marijuana. His set drew a reaction normally saved for the headliner, and though his songs tend toward the frivolous, an a cappella segment revealed skills worthy of being signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music.

via :  Boston Herald

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