Wiz Khalifa - Cabin Fever 2 (Mixtape Review)

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"Cabin Fever 2" further establishes Wiz Khalifa as a serviceable rapper aware enough to blend in with what's popular for the sake of maintaining a presence.

One of the more recent examples of prior industry woes spawning eventual success, Wiz Khalifa has earned a spot within Hip Hop's current elite given an endless determination to make an impact on today's game. Much like Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, his excessive tattoos and marijuana consumption have made his brand indispensable to some with others debating his staying power, seeing him to be purely style over substance. As anticipation steadily builds for his forthcoming retail release O.N.I.F.C., Wiz Khalifa's newest mixtape Cabin Fever 2 is an early fourth quarter appetizer designed to hold fans over.

Wiz Khalifa's greatest strength has been his consistent ability to adapt his sound as a means of survival, making it easy to forget that his place of origin is the Midwestern hub Pittsburgh. Cabin Fever 2 is a wise career choice as it serves the two purposes of showcasing Wiz's talents and capitalizing on the continuing comeback trail of Taylor Gang acquisition Juicy J. This mutually beneficial relationship plays out over a fair portion of the project, as the trap influenced "M.I.A." and "I'm Feelin," the smoothed out "Pacc Talk" and the soulful "Ridin Round" display a chemistry that doesn't come off as contrived despite their differences in age and background.

Another angle Wiz Khalifa approaches is that of L.A.'s predominant club culture known as "ratchet" music on "Bout Me" featuring Southern Cali underground spitter Problem, the tape's second frequent guest contributor. These two combine forces for the hard "Smokin Drink" and "100 Bottles" - songs that draw excitement from the lavishness of big spending and drug abuse. Along the same lines, longtime followers will be sure to claim stoner anthem "Deep Sleep" as a new favorite due to his ambient trademark singing, proving Wiz mindful of the formula that helped blow him up.

While not exactly pioneering anything new, Cabin Fever 2 further establishes Wiz Khalifa as a serviceable rapper aware enough to blend in with what's popular for the sake of maintaining a presence. Largely dependent on the blueprints laid by Three 6 Mafia and Lex Luger, he brings life to the typically mundane and makes up for instances such as French Montana's barely decipherable verse on "Nothin Like the Rest." In spite of his trendy one-dimensional concepts, there is ultimately redeemable art and magic to be found in Wiz's work here.

DX Consensus: "Free Album" (the highest possible praise for a mixtape)

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  • Ashley Talbot

    This album is sick. If you don't like it I don't like you

  • Hank

    Nothing new, but dope nonetheless.

  • jose

    This sucks bad!!!!!!! Cabin Fever 1 was was better!!!!!!!!

  • Tee

    This album was good to me imo. I can see people getting trippy to this kind of stuff and having a good time. Just depends on the person and what they do to relate to certain music. I party, therefore this music gets me in the party mood.

  • Kacey

    This mixtape kills. Problem is the man. Mollywood!!

  • hai

    I'd just like to say...people...stop with the Pittsburgh is Midwest crap. I mean seriously, it's getting annoying. Pittsburgh is NOT Midwest, it is NOT LOCATED in the Midwest, and it is NOT LIKE the Midwest. Just because a city is west of I-95 and not a New York clone does not automatically make it Midwest. Now with that said and off my chest...this mixtape was alright I guess. It did have a few good cuts on it and Wiz puts out consistently decent work. It's worth a listen, but don't be expected to be blown away by anything. 5.5/10

  • hicee420

    This def wasn't his best but it is a cool warm-up for O.N.I.F.C. Above all though it put me on to Problem. Dude is nice.

  • sdot

    dis nigga poured his soul in that comment, u like 50 nigga

  • youngvito79

    Free Album?? Are u serious Fairfax?? Omg!! This is total and utter wackness, both in production and lyricism!! What happened to real hip hop?? Guys like Scarface, Tribe Called Quest, Tupac, Nas, Jay Z, Kanye west, Killer Mike, Vinnie Paz, Gangstarr, De La Soul, Ice cube, Geto Boys, Lord Finesse, Rakim, Too Short, Kool G Rap, Big Daddy Kane, Biggie, Andre 3000, Das Efx, Ed OG And The Bulldogs, Wu-Tang Clan, Poor And Righteous Teachers, Clipse, Ab Liva, Sean Price, Special ED, Mc Lyte, Public Enemy, Krs One, X-Clan, Jeru Tha Damaja, EPMD, Smif N Wesson, Heltah Skeltah, DJ Quik, Dogg Pound, Pete Rock And CL Smooth, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Fat Boys, LL Cool J, Canibus, Big Pun, Big L, Run Dmc, Beastie Boys, Bone Thugs N Harmony, N.W.A, Mobb Deep, Cormega, AZ, LOX and many many more!! Todays new rappers if u want to call them that are totally talentless!! No skills at all!!! Even Slaughterhouse totally sold out!! What happened to being true to yourselves?? Individuality?? Everyone sounded different and stayed true to themselves!! Now we have rappers with no talent or creativity like French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Asap Rocky, Drake, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy just to name a few!! I'm through!! Anyways, i'm about to drive to the gym and bump some real Hip hop, Geto Boys-Mind Playin Tricks On Me, classic!! Because I really thing the music industry is playing tricks on me with all this wack shitt!! R.I.P. hip hop, love u and i'll miss u when ur totally gone..

    • Anonymous

      Kendrick Lamar is way to overrated in my opinion, I hope he doesn't compare himself with Biggie or Pac in the near future...

    • A$APkush

      A$AP has talent. I went to the Dallas show last Friday of the A$AP tour and it was worth it. Schoolboy Q went hard as fuck live, brought out Ab Soul outta know where. A$AP mob was eh. Danny Brown was awesome too, and of course Rocky killed it and also spoke of a good message about saying fuck racism and its time to grow up as a world and move beyond it. But yes, I do miss Bone thugz.

    • NY-harlem

      I agree its nothing special about most of these new niggas. But Kendrick Lamar is the fucking truth im sorry. If you wasn't feeling GKMC cool. Maybe it was to low tempo and slow.(i loved the Album) But check out his section 80 Album. Yo that kid is bringing Hip Hop back on the map by himself.

    • youngvito79

      @it was all better back in the days right? I'm sorry dude, but u didn't prove your point, because Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Joey Bada$$, Big Krit, Jay Electronica, Ab Soul, Saigon, Lupe Fiasco and Hopsin are pretty much still all wack to me, so I guess I rest my case...

    • it was alll better back in the days right?

      bullshit i agree this mixtape is not good at all but saying new rappers are all wack?, kendrick lamar, j cole, joey bada$$, big krit, jay electronica, ab soul, saigon, lupe fiasco, hopsin, so get over it there are enough cats keepin it real and alive stop whining bro

    • Anonymous

      niggas want that old shit, buy the old albums

    • killa

      go buy the old records and stop girlin over the new shit out here

  • Anonymous

    you gave this a free album rating?!?! this was like his worst mixtape

  • IlDoche

    Is this nigga just rappin about weed on this?? Haven't listened but the last mixtape was boring as hell weeded out.. Its ok to rap about it if you got a tape full of dope beats... but that shit gets tired like eminem being 40 and still rapping about his mom's. Is it worth a download??

  • Anonymous

    Is Problem TaylorGang now?? He's damn near on the whole album.

  • ha

    Yeah, that rating is really generous, fools.

  • #blogswag

    After Kush & OJ, this nigga lost me.

  • Music Fan

    This mixtape aint all that good. It has a max of 5 songs that can be played on repeat...

  • BTMoney

    Come on, being a fan of Khalifa, I can't say this was that good, it was decent at best... And I liked the first Cabin Fever, it had some good bangers, but Cabin Fever 2 is way below the 1st one. This is bullshit...

  • DDon

    This mixtape is dope, what are you fools smoking on?

  • freshyboi

    2-3 good songs MAX,

  • hip hop aficionado

    this shits absolutely awful

  • hip hop aficionado

    this mixtape is absolute trash. i have lost respect for this website after reading this review.