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Michael Brent Faulkner, Jr.
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Formato: CD de audio
It was every easy for one to think that Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa's preliminary single "Young, Wild & Free" featuring Bruno Mars was a bit too good to be true in regards to the quality of Mac And Devin Go To High School (Music From And Inspired By The Movie) [Explicit]. While that pre-judgement was popular opinion about an album centered around marijuana, the final product of the soundtrack/hip-hop album is actually solid. Easily better than Snoop's 2011 solo effort Doggumentary [Explicit] if nothing else, Mac and Devin Go to High School is much more satisfactory than expected. Snoop Dogg takes on the role of "Mac" while Wiz Khalifa assumes the role of "Devin." Wiz and Snoop are also a strong pairing with Snoop's more understated, laid-back rhyming style contrasting the more robust, fast-paced flow of Wiz Khalifa. Differences aside, the common ground for both is their love for marijuana and their rhymes definitely support that assertion.
"Smokin' On," featuring Juicy J, opens the album mysteriously, giving off an air of being `stoned.' The allusions never stop flowing about marijuana, as might be expected. The hook is mostly performed by Wiz in quasi-sung manner with Snoop joining in on the second half of the hook. Juicy J handles the third verse, following verse by Wiz and Snoop. "I Get Lifted" is the more captivating cut, featuring a nice lush nature about the production with an extremely laid back feel. The featured female vocalist handles her hook strongly, delivering the knockout punch on this standout: "I'm just soaking up this breeze, smoking on some trees/smoking on this weed this is all I need... I get lifted, I get lifted (everyday)..." Snoop handles the first verse while Wiz details the drug on the second verse: "...Zips smelling like whole plants in my coat..." As if "I Get Lifted" weren't explicit enough in regards to `Mary Jane,' the catchy, overt "You Can Put It In a Zag, I'mma Put It in a Blunt" does the job perfectly. Snoop's hook is pure fire: "You can put it in a zag, I'mma put it in a blunt, you can sit in the back, I'm gon' sit in the front..." Snoop and Wiz split the verses here, a fine idea. Here, the contrast of Snoop and Wiz's vocals is a high point.
"6:30" features funkier production than either "I Get Lifted" or "You Can Put It In a Zag..." does. The cut is less enthralling than either of those cuts, but still groovy and interesting by all means. "Talent Show" is solid, picking up the lush production again, but doesn't captivate like the best of the soundtrack. "Let's Go Study" is none too shabby, delivering a soulful bass line. The production possesses a nice mellow, contemporary R&B sound about it. Wiz's performance is as pointed as ever, out-rapping the `Doggfather' at times on this cut. "Young, Wild & Free" featuring Bruno Mars has `hit' written all over it. The production is exception - breezy, light, and mellow in sound. Bruno Mars's hook is incredibly catchy and silly: "So What we get drunk/so what we smoke weed/we're just having fun,/we don't care who sees/so what we go out/that's how it's supposed to be/living young and wild and free." As always, Wiz and Snoop deliver fiery verses, creating nothing short of a memorable cut.
"OG" continues to deliver the goods, with Curren$y dropping in on the third verse; Wiz & Snoop handle the first and second verses. "French Inhale" finds Mike Posner delivering one of the most chill, laid back hooks of the album: "French inhale, I like the way you french inhale, do it again..." Posner's unique vocal timbre proves to be a perfect match for this Isley Bros. sampling cut. The unique production work of "French Inhale" adds to its status as a highlight. "It Could Be Easy" is nothing short of electrifying, driven by soulful vocals and most notably Wiz Khalifa's great flow. The best moment? Wiz alludes to listening to Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle [Explicit]. Hey, he's just returning the favor since Snoop alluded to Taylor Gang (Wiz's label) earlier. "World Class" and "That Good" are average closers after some electrifying cuts. "World Class" is the stronger of the too, but doesn't bring anything new to the table, particularly after such a stunner like "It Could Be Easy."
Overall the soundtrack to Mac And Devin Go To High School (Music From And Inspired By The Movie) [Explicit] is enjoyable, even more so than many soundtracks issued. The topic of choice is overdone, but the same could be said of the marijuana references on both Snoop and Wiz's respective albums. Regardless, it is nice to hear two of hip-hop's `trippiest' artists come together.