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The Week In Pop: From Diana Ross To Ariana Grande, A Pop History Of “I’m Coming Out”

Ariana Grande’s sophomore set My Everything, out this week, is part of at least two long legacies. The more obvious of those is the tradition of children’s TV stars stepping into the industry machine and walking out pop stars on the other side. The album is exceptional for what it is — a compendium of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm

The Week In Pop: In Praise Of Wiz Khalifa’s Polarizing Pop Career

Some rappers tell jokes, others are jokes. (Big Sean, that lovable cornball, is an amalgam of the two archetypes.) Ever since Wiz Khalifa floated on a cloud of kush smoke from the mixtape underground into top 40 rotation, Pittsburgh’s most famous MC has been in the latter category — a laughingstock among self-proclaimed real hip-ho… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 14, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Wiz Khalifa – “True Colors” (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

On Friday, we gushed over Nicki Minaj when she reigned over our best songs of the week. Her appearance on Wiz Khalifa’s new song “True Colors” is nowhere near as good as anything she was involved with last week, but she does make the pretty-bland Khalifa song worth a listen to hear her flex her… More »

By: James Rettig / August 12, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign – “Shell Shocked” (Feat. Kill The Noise & Madsonik) Video

Next month 2007 MTV Movie Award winner Michael Bay revives the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and last week we heard the movie’s theme “Shell Shocked,” a rap song by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign about nunchucks, pizza, and living in an abandoned subway station. Megan Fox and Whoopi Goldberg act i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 29, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Well Someone Had To Record The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme

If you’re old enough, you may well remember paying actual money for the soundtrack album from the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, possibly on cassette, possibly at a K-Mart. You may even remember what a jam MC Hammer’s “This Is What We Do” was. (Just speaking hypothetically.) That lost era, when movies would include… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2014 - 9:34 am

The Week In Pop: Bleachers, The Solo Project Of Fun.’s Jack Antonoff, Is Really Good

Things we learned about Jack Antonoff — Fun. guitarist, former Steel Train ringleader, Lena Dunham boyfriend, and, lately, Bleachers mastermind — in Vulture’s great profile last week: He lived with his parents in New Jersey until age 28, when Fun.’s “We Are Young” made them superstars. His Fun. bandmates lived there for a while too,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 10, 2014 - 4:04 pm

The Week In Pop: Robin Thicke’s Paula Is Pitiful, But Don’t Pity Him

“Blurred Lines” did a lot of good for Robin Thicke. It made him a household name (and hashtag!), gave him his first #1 single, and basically secured his place in the fabric of pop culture for the rest of his life. But the song, its salacious video, and all the attendant success and controversy –… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Ty Dolla $ign – “Or Nah (Remix)” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa & The Weeknd) Video

Or Nah,” the recent hit from the Californian R&B libertine Ty Dolla $ign, is a gorgeously textured piece of work, but it’s also a total asshole anthem, a weirdly pushy sex song. Wiz Khalifa showed up on the original track, and the Weeknd sang on a remix; both of them show up in the song’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

The Week In Pop: 5 Seconds Of Summer And The Evolution Of Pop-Punk Boy Bands

“She looks so perfect standing there/ In my American Apparel underwear” is the new “I like girls who wear Abercrombie & Fitch.” Fifteen years ago, at the height of boy-band mania, America was bombarded by LFO’s “Summer Girls,” in which bros with magnificently sculpted haircuts and bodacious bods sing-rapped clumsy couplets between harmonious refrains about… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 17, 2014 - 4:59 pm

The Week In Pop: Miley Brings The Monogenre To MTV Unplugged

You don’t have to be a legit rock star to get an MTV Unplugged these days. In recent years the show has hosted quite a few household names (Paramore, Alicia Keys, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Katy Perry, 30 Seconds To Mars, a very-plugged-in Lil Wayne). Some of the world’s most popular rock bands of the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 30, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Ty Dolla $ign – “Or Nah” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) (Prod. DJ Mustard)

Last year, the delightfully raunchy Californian R&B singer Ty Dolla $ign released his deeply enjoyable Beach House 2 mixtape, which just yesterday produced the butt-centric “Ratchet In My Benz” video. He’s just now announced plans to release a proper Beach House EP, and the first single, “Or Nah” plays up the excellent trick of singing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 9:42 am

French Montana – “All For You” (Feat. Lana Del Rey Sample, Wiz Khalifa, & Snoop Dogg)

At this point, Lana Del Rey is reaching that Coldplay-circa-2006 level where it’s no longer surprising to hear rappers sampling her on mixtapes. The latest to partake is hangdog Bronx hope French Montana, who dropped his much-anticipated-among-goons Coke Boys 4 tape earlier today. His “All For You” has Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg verses, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 2, 2014 - 2:59 pm

The Year In Molly

MDMA aka ecstasy aka Molly has a long, storied musical history and wizened drug rappers Danny Brown and Juicy J have been spearheading a new Molly movement since the dawn of the decade. But ever since spring 2012 — around the time Madonna named her album MDNA and Kanye rapped “Somethin’ ’bout Mary, she gone… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

Mike WiLL Made-It – “Whippin A Brick” (Feat. Migos & Wiz Khalifa)

Atlanta superproducer Mike WiLL Made-It made his name crafting astronaut-status melodic bass ripples for rappers including Future, 2 Chainz, and Juicy J, then jumped to a new tier of stardom this year as one of the sonic architects behind twerk-era Miley Cyrus. His own full-length album, Est. in 1989 Pt. 3 (The Album), has yet… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 12, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Photos: Made In America 2013

The second annual Budweiser Made In America festival, which is curated by Jay-Z, took place over the weekend in Philadelphia with performances by Phoenix, Beyoncé, HAIM, Dairrhea Planet, Kendrick Lamar, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Nine Inch Nails, who covered Johnny Cash (LOL jk). Check out Luis Ruiz photos from the fest in the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Action Bronson – “The Rockers” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)

Action Bronson‘s SAAAB Stories EP is out on Tuesday, June 11th via VICE/Atlantic. The release is a collaboration with Harry Fraud. Here’s a new track from the EP featuring Wiz Khalifa called “The Rockers.” In case you missed it, you can also hear another track from SAAAB Stories, “Strictly 4 My Jeeps (Remix)” featuring LL… More »

By: Liz Pelly / June 8, 2013 - 11:40 am

Watch Frank Ocean, Jack White, Miguel Perform At The Grammys

The Grammys! We spent altogether too much of last night watching and talking about them, and now it’s time to pick through the refuse for the gems. Not too surprisingly, two of the best performances came from the recent wave of personal, psychedelic R&B singer-songwriters. Frank Ocean may have lost in every single major category,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2013 - 9:20 am

Wiz Khalifa – “Remember You” (Feat. The Weeknd) Video

If the Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye somehow becomes an anonymous R&B hook-singer dude, we’ll all die just a little bit inside. So far, though, Tesfaye is two-for-two on his featured appearances, with both Drake’s “Crew Love” and Wiz Khalifa’s “Remember You” fitting beautifully with his cokesweat-soul body of work. Tesfaye doesn’t show up in director RyanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2012 - 9:34 am

Download Wiz Khalifa Cabin Fever 2

A couple of years ago, Wiz Khalifa ascended to one of the most annoying forms of pop stardom imaginable. But he’s still the guy who built a huge cult audience by touring relentlessly for years and mastering a particularly zoned-out and hook-happy form of weed-rap, and every once in a while, he reminds us of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2012 - 5:10 pm

Curren$y – “Jet Life” (Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T.)

The crew behind the glorious “Glass House” team up again for “Jet Life,” a new one from Curren$y’s forthcoming The Stoned Immaculate. It’s a track that rides out a very Pilot Talk texture, a hazy number built on a bed of noodling, stoner-friendly guitars, but screwed up enough that you can hear Big K.R.I.T.’s influence… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 29, 2012 - 9:27 am