Rolling Papers - Wiz Khalifa
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. So make no mistake, Rolling Papers is unquestionably slick pop-rap candy, and there's nothing substantive to be found beneath the choking shroud of weed smoke.
  2. Mar 28, 2011
    70
    Just like any given Bone album, Khalifa's chilled and confused Rolling Papers is an acquired taste, and while it's misrepresented by its single and the mixtapes that surround it, it is purposeful mood music, perfect for bong loading or just hanging out.
  3. Mar 25, 2011
    80
    Thoughtful rap that deserves mainstream attention.
  4. With a collection of songs largely indistinguishable from one another, this album exemplifies the struggle up-and-coming rappers currently face.
  5. Apr 5, 2011
    60
    After clearly finding his identity on his mixtapes, it's like he used his debut to make music for everyone but himself.
  6. Apr 5, 2011
    77
    On Rolling Papers, Wiz Khalifa's personality shines through: unobscured, stoned, brilliant.
  7. 80
    Rolling Papers may be Wiz Khalifa's studio debut and his breakthrough record, but as far as mainstream rap goes, it's far from it.
  8. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    After Rolling Papers Wiz' fan base should expand significantly, as should the number of rap purists angry about his lack of rhyme skills, but complaining about his "rap" skills completely misses the point.
  9. Apr 26, 2011
    10
    If this is what we get - because this is what enough of us apparently want - the end of the music business cannot come soon enough.
  10. 83
    Marijuana may not be legal, but Rolling Papers surely will be enjoyed and passed around among Wiz's fans.
  11. Mar 28, 2011
    60
    Hardcore Taylor Gang fans will be happy to add this to their collection, but if you're expecting another round of Kush x OJ, this album will probably disappoint you.
  12. Wiz proclaims that his "life is like a movie". Maybe so, but he needs to delete some scenes.
  13. Apr 5, 2011
    60
    It is that sense of self that prevails over the pop sheen of Rolling Papers and makes it worth more than a passing listen.
  14. Mar 31, 2011
    60
    Songs like Roll Up, Hopes And Dreams and The Race best showcase his self-assured charm.
  15. Apr 7, 2011
    83
    In the end, the high points here are more than compelling enough to warrant repeated spins, and the weak spots are simply forgettable, not unlistenable.
  16. Apr 8, 2011
    72
    Call it mood music for the mindless.
  17. Apr 6, 2011
    20
    I think for most listeners, if Khalifa can't find a way to reconnect to his Kush & OJ and, to a lesser extent, his How Fly magic there wouldn't be any tears shed if he slinked back to the internet underground by this time next year and stopped bombarding the market with such limp tunes.
  18. Mar 29, 2011
    70
    Maybe it's my lowered expectations for major-label rap debuts, or the fact that I never had Wiz pegged for out-and-out greatness, but Rolling Papers sure feels like a qualified success. The album's high points earn Wiz forgiveness for his mistakes.
  19. Mar 29, 2011
    50
    Most people will want Wiz to succeed, as he does successfully come across as likeable personality, and even Rick Ross has displayed a genuine hunger to improve, so anything is possible. But this album is, put simply, one that won't make much of an impression, good or bad. And that's the worst kind.
  20. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    On Rolling Papers, Khalifa, the 23-year-old Pittsburgh rhymer responsible for the jersey-waving hit "Black and Yellow," manages to give life to those kinds of cash-gorged perma-baked cliches by warmly luxuriating in the space between pop's fresh-faced exuberance and hip-hop's easy arrogance--between skater and playa, Bieber and Biggie.
  21. Mar 29, 2011
    50
    As a whole, the verses on Rolling Papers are so boring that I'm not convinced that even Khalifa finds them interesting. They seem to exist solely to fill space between the hooks, which are sung, tolerably, by Khalifa himself
  22. Mar 28, 2011
    30
    It is more of the same: overproduced, generic disney channel beats by names no one knows, derivative choruses and melodies that obviously sound manufactured by a tie-wielding Atlantic executive, and lyricism that fails at even being anthemic for parties.
  23. Apr 5, 2011
    50
    Like Snoop, Khalifa raps extensively, even obsessively about marijuana; unlike Snoop, Khalifa never seems to be having much fun.
  24. Mar 31, 2011
    60
    The idea of ascension, both literally and figuratively, is the album's prevailing motif, and it's the tracks that focus most intensely on this theme that are the strongest.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. Dec 25, 2011
    1
    Tasteless garbage like most hip hop/Rap music is that literally talks about gang life, weed, and other stupid stuff. I honestly don't know whyTasteless garbage like most hip hop/Rap music is that literally talks about gang life, weed, and other stupid stuff. I honestly don't know why this trash is so popular these days we really need rock to be on top of the genres like back in the day. Full Review »
  2. Feb 4, 2012
    3
    I love wiz khalifa but this album sucked Except For On My Level & When Im Gone. HE lyrics arent superior to his mixtapes and his old stuff. IfI love wiz khalifa but this album sucked Except For On My Level & When Im Gone. HE lyrics arent superior to his mixtapes and his old stuff. If you want to hear better wiz Khalifa go Listen To Show & Prove, Kush & OJ, B.A.R, all of his other Tapes. Wiz Plz Make O.N.I.F.C better than Rolling Pappers Full Review »
  3. Jan 27, 2012
    0
    So he's just some greedy, sex-hungry pothead whose songs are always about the same subject: Money, drugs, and sex (which is what most rapSo he's just some greedy, sex-hungry pothead whose songs are always about the same subject: Money, drugs, and sex (which is what most rap artists today only care about). Ahh... the good old days where rap artists/enthusiasts/fans were not all potheads. Full Review »