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"28 Grams" - Wiz Khalifa & DJ Drama [DatPiff Mixtape Stream + Free Download + Zumic Review]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published May 26, 2014

Within hours of being released from prison on marijuana possession charges, Wiz Khalifa has thrown caution to the wind by releasing his 28 Grams mix tape. Listen to the full 28 tracks above, and cop that free download via DatPiff.

Clocking in at nearly 89 minutes, it's an ambitious mix tape with an abundance of guest spots by a collection of rappers and producers including 808 Mafia, Berner, Chevy Woods, Cozmo, Curren$y, Curtis Williams, DJ Drama, JR Donato, Juicy J, Metro Boomin, Pimp C, Ricky P, SAP, Sledgren, Sonny Digital, Thundercat, Tuki Carter, Ty$, and Uzi. From the outset, it's clear the tape is full of bass bumpin' anthems equally suitable for partying or driving around hustling. There's plenty of references to ganja, as you'd expect.

What you might not expect is that auto-tune is in full effect through most of the album, and you can feel the influence of new wave electro R&B singer Future on a lot of tracks. Ty$ is featured on "Banger" but he's the only singer of that vein who gets official credit on 28 Grams.

Highlights include "Samo," "Up Down," "The Last," "Different So Fast," and the hard hitting "Word on The Town" which was produced by Taylor Gang Records signee Juicy J, who also dropped the hook on the tune alongside Pimp C. "Maan" and "The Rain" are effective uses of other artists' hot beats - namely Schoolboy Q's "Man Of The Year" and Missy Elliot's "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" - employing the common use of an unauthorized sample on a free mix tape.

After being bombarded with auto-tune, the Thundercat assisted "Something Special" features organic production style and human vocals, which comes off as a refreshing change of pace - although honestly the song might have been more appropriately called "Something Average" because the songwriting and lyricism just aren't that special.

Some tracks like "Jim Brown" and "Comb Over" could have easily been left out, as they drag and don't offer anything particularly new or interesting. Obviously, Khalifa wanted 28 tracks to match the 28 Gram title, but those songs just detract from the overall listening experience. Other songs like "Foreign," "Incense," and "OUY" toe the line between hypnotizing and boring - a classic dilemma for stoner artists of any genre.

One thing this mix tape will be remembered for is that it came out almost immediately after Khalifa was arrested (and subsequently released) for marijuana possession at an airport in El Paso, Texas. The rapper shared a bevy of images on his Twitter publicizing the event and asking for support:

Wiz Khalifa 28 Grams Tracklist

1. "Aw Shit" (Prod by Sledgren / RMBJustize)
2. "Maan"
3. "Let'R" (Prod by Metro Boomin / 808 Mafia)
4. "James Bong" (Prod by ID Labs)
5. "What Iss Hittin" (Prod by ID Labs / Adot The God)
6. "Pure" (Prod by Ricky P)
7. "Get That Zip Off"
8. "Foreign" (Prod by Metro Boomin)
9. "Incense" (Prod by Purps of 808 Mafia)
10. "Like Jimmy" (Prod by Zaytoven)
11. "Samo" (Prod by Ricky P)
12. "Jim Brown" (Prod by Sonny Digital)
13. "Up Down" ft Berner
14. "On The Way" (Prod by Metro Boomin)
15. "Word on The Town" ft. Juicy J, Pimp C (Prod by Juicy J)
16. "On A Plane" (Prod by Cozmo)
17. "Banger" ft. Ty$ (Prod by Sonny Digital)
18. "Comb Over" (Prod by Ricky P)
19. "The Last" (Prod by SAP)
20. "Handle My Biz" ft. JR Donato (Prod by Metro Boomin)
21. "My Nigs" ft. Currensy (Prod by ID Labs / PoShod Beats)
22. "How To Be Real" ft. Curtis Williams (Prod by 808 Mafia)
23. "Something Special" ft. Thundercat (Prod by rmbjustize)
24. "OUY" (Prod by Sonny Digital)
25. "OG Bobby Tayloy" ft. Chevy Woods
26. "Wont Stop" ft. Tuki Carter
27. "The Rain"
28. "Different So Fast" ft. Uzilisten

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Berner Chevy Woods Curren$y Juicy J Metro Boomin Thundercat Wiz Khalifa
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