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Wiz Khalifa, ‘Rolling Papers’ (Rostrum/Atlantic)

picture-18238-1372868646Brandon Soderberg // March 29, 2011

“Black and Yellow” turned Wiz into a bona fide star, but this twerpy stoner’s first album since that megahit embraces the doggedly one-note approach of the numerous mixtapes that built his substantial following. He raps about weed and girls, the guests are low-key, unpretentious, like-minded hedonists (Too $hort, Chevy Woods, Curren$y), and he stumbles upon potential hits instead of forcing them: “Roll Up” is a dude’s version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” while “The Race” is a swagged-out boast about superstardom that’s tempered by an endearing, slack-jawed shock at his own success.