RAVE and WRECK of the week: April 6, 2011
RAVE of the week: Khalifa keeps rolling out hits
Rap sensation Wiz Khalifa released his new album “Rolling Papers” last Tuesday, and the feedback has been downright stupendous. In just one week, the album sold more than 200,000 copies, according to Billboard. “Rolling Papers” is currently No. 1 among rap album downloads on iTunes.
The 23-year-old rapper is known for his double-platinum hit single “Black and Yellow,” which hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February. “Black and Yellow” is a song Quinnipiac students are more than familiar with, especially with Denny Darko’s remake “Blue and Yellow,” now a Quinnipiac anthem.
The rest of Khalifa’s album features a mix of songs that range from R&B to hardcore rap. Khalifa’s lyrics are based on getting high, finding chicks and living the good life, basically a rundown of his second popular hit “Roll Up,” which made the Billboard Top 200 chart.
For loyal fans, Khalifa’s “The Race” is also a top favorite. The song explains his struggle to make it, with strong lyrics and a swag-type beat. The album also includes “Too Short,” “Curren$y” and “Taylor Gangs,” which features Chevy Woods.
Khalifa’s attitude toward life is very laid back, but he recently made headlines for dating Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose. He was also featured on the cover of Rolling Stone’s March issue. This young rap star worked hard to find fame, so let’s hope he and his hit songs stick around long enough to give college students even more party anthems. -MG
WRECK of the week: ‘Grey’s’ goes ‘Glee’
“Grey’s Anatomy: The Music Event” looked like some sort of joke from the trailers, but this was apparently something ABC expected viewers to take seriously.
The chorus of doctors in surgical masks singing “How to Save a Life,” while actually trying to save someone’s life, took away from what should have been a dramatic episode climax. Instead, the intensity level dropped as the absurdity level skyrocketed.
After almost seven seasons of singing-free hospital drama, it made absolutely no sense to just throw in something like this and expect people to go with it. Dr. Bailey tangoing with her man in the middle of the nurse’s station? That just doesn’t happen on this show.
Stick to what you do best, “Grey’s Anatomy.” People like your show because they get emotional stories about life in a hospital. People like “Glee” because that show actually pulls off the whole breaking-into-song thing. Don’t try to mix the two, and don’t even think about pulling this kind of stunt again. -MS