Fifteen years ago, rapper Wiz Khalifa was touted as a star-in-waiting, with many industry insiders and tastemakers predicting his promise of one day becoming a household name. Having just landed a major label record deal through Rostrum Records at the time, the Pittsburgh native seemed ready to leap into mainstream success instantly. Still, Khalifa would have to overcome various obstacles to fulfill his potential. And he finally did after releasing a string of Platinum and Gold-certified albums and chart-topping singles in the 2000s. No longer an upstart or newcomer, Khalifa is a bona fide veteran, conducting business through his own label, Taylor Gang Entertainment, with his latest studio album, Multiverseon the register.
His seventh solo studio album, Multiverseis his third musical release of the year, following the collaborative projects The night of the stoners with Juicy J, and Press all over the yard with Big KRIT, Smoke DZA and Girl Talk. Arrived four years after the release of his last solo project, Rolling Papers 2, Multiverse is Khalifa’s first solo effort under a new partnership with Asylum.
Composed of 17 songs, Multiverse is short on guest appearances, with its only feature films coming from Girl Talk and They. Producers include TM88, Sledgren, Don Cannon, Hitmaka, ID Labs, etc. Recorded at Khalifa’s home studio in Encino, California, Multiverse marks one of the rapper’s most sonically consistent releases to date and is a gripping listen from start to finish, marking a return to form for one of the biggest stars of the past decade.
VIBE leafed through the Multiverse tracklist and selected six of the most memorable songs that piqued our interest and should be on your radar.