The Week In Pop: In Praise Of Wiz Khalifa’s Polarizing Pop Career

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Some rappers tell jokes, others are jokes. (Big Sean, that lovable cornball, is an amalgam of the two archetypes.) Ever since Wiz Khalifa floated on a cloud of kush smoke from the mixtape underground into top 40 rotation, Pittsburgh’s most famous MC has been in the latter category — a laughingstock among self-proclaimed real hip-hop fans, a nuisance among those who just want to enjoy Miguel’s “Adorn” undisturbed, an object of moralist scorn for flipping his drug arrests into promo ops. Not long after he compared himself to Jimi Hendrix, someone else compared him to Jar Jar Binks.


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