Snoop and Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild and Free": Why This Song Sucks
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Song: Snoop and Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild and Free"
History: "Young, Wild and Free" is a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa collaboration. (I know, I know). It is the first single from Mac and Devin Go To High School, the soundtrack to their upcoming movie where they will both, for certain, win Oscars*.
*No joke, in the movie Snoop plays a 15-year high school student. How does that not snag him a statue?
Atmospherics: Sounds like the inside of a cloud (smoke or otherwise); sounds like a celebration; sounds like somebody's idea of what some teenagers who smoke pot would like*; sounds like Mac Miller told Wiz he didn't want to do this song and the A&Rs panicked and were like, "Shit, shit, shit. Who can we get to fill in for Mac? Who is supposed to be a guy that people associate with smoking weed? Snoop, right? Is he still alive? Shit, shit, shit. IS HE STILL ALIVE?! DOES ANYONE HAVE SNOOP'S NUMBER?!"
*Marketing anything towards pot smoking teenagers, particularly songs and movies about the teenager pot smoking experience, is pretty much the easiest job of all time. It's like trying to sell snacky cakes to fat kids or ignorance to people that watch Kourtney & Kim take New York. They don't just WANT that shit, they actively pursue it.
Scientific Analysis: You just CANNOTCANNOTCANNOT have a song where the premise is that its protagonists are young, wild and free if the protagonists are not, in fact, young, wild and free.
Snoop and Wiz, apparently engaged in a vicious game of Who Can Look More Sickly?
Khalifa can almost pass. He's young enough (24). And I suppose he's at least a tad wild -- how else to explain him dating Amber Rose. And, technically, he's free (we'll ignore the existential shackling and subsequent dampening of man's soul that comes with tampering with Kanye's ex. But Snoop? C'mon.