Wiz has decided to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his 2012 mixtape “Taylor Allderdice.” The project finally finds its ways to streaming services, allowing fans to enjoy favorites such as “My Favorite Song” and “California.” Along with the mixtape, a new mini-doc has been released in which Wiz reflects on the making of the project and what it means to him.
Since he blew up with his “Kush & OJ” mixtape and smash hit “Black and Yellow”, Wiz has always been known to deliver on any track. Although he received criticism for his following projects “Cabin Fever” and “Rolling Papers,” Wiz Khalifa returned to his signature sound when he initially released “Taylor Allderdice.” With his debut album “Rolling Papers” breaking him into the mainstream sector of music, this mixtape served as a message to Wiz’s core fans that even as his fame rose, he would remain the same easygoing stoner who roamed the halls of his old High School in Pittsburgh.
The project itself serves as a conscious return to the hazy sound he developed with his core collaborators, including: I.D Labs, Sledgren, Cardo, Big Jerm, Chevy Woods and Lola Monroe. Taylor Gang came together in full swing to deliver this cohesive body of work and it’s great to see it appreciated once more. “Taylor Allderdice” showcases the chemistry Wiz has with the latest signee to Taylor Gang, the legendary rapper/producer Juicy J. You can find the two going back and forth on “My Favorite Song,” “T.A.P.,” “The Code” and “Blindfolds.” Other notable features were delivered by Rick Ross and Smoke DZA. Yet with all the guest firepower, not once is Wiz upstaged on a track.
Each track on the mixtape ends with snippets of dialogue between Wiz and mixtape host Rob Markman, in which Wiz discusses his rise to stardom while answering questions with thoughtful defiance. The mini-doc gives Wiz Khalifa a space to expand upon these thoughts. During the chat on “O.N.I.F.C.,” Wiz claims that “what inspired me back then is the same sh*t that inspires me now.”
“Taylor Allderdice” brings the listener back to March 2012, when the project was first released, receiving critical acclaim, and earning positive reviews in XXL and HipHopDX. Landing at #8 in Complex Magazine’s list of Best Albums of 2012, it was obvious how well the mixtape landed with Wiz Khalifa’s true fans. Along with the aforementioned collaborations, there are plenty of names that did work behind the boards, including: Lex Luger, Jake One, Harry Fraud and SpaceGhostPurrp. From beginning to end, “Taylor Allderdice” serves as an example of Wiz’s strong songwriting as he delivers some of the most inescapable hooks and couplets around. The project serves as an indelible snapshot of a fascinating period in the history of Wiz Khalifa and Hip-Hop at large.
The official release of “Taylor Allderdice” follows a recent back and forth hitting the news involving Gillie Da Kid. The mixtape release should shift the focus from any nonsense the public may be talking about and onto what is really important, music. Wiz Khalifa is more than what petty news outlets want to report on, he is a positive and forward-thinking man with a strong catalog of music that has garnered the love of fans all over the world. Wiz continues his efforts towards clearing his classic mixtapes for streaming services with the assistance of Rostrum Records. Back in 2020, the rapper celebrated the 10th anniversary of “Kush & Orange Juice” by releasing it to streaming services and printing the limited-edition Vinyl. Later in the year he released “The Thrill,” his early single with the memorable Empire Of The Sun sample, earning the approval of the band and listing them as primary artists on the song. We can’t wait for more from Wiz’s camp and look forward to streaming more of the Taylor Gang star’s music on Vuulm.