Technically Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa’s collaborative effort Mac and Devin Go To High School is a soundtrack, a soundtrack for a straight-to-DVD Cheech and Chong-esque smoke-a-thon of the same name, which may or may not ever actually be released. The cinematic adventures of Snoop & Wiz was set to be released on April 20th, popularly known as 4/20, but was pushed back indefinitely due to, perhaps gardening? MADGTHS could be called a concept album, as long as the concept was to make as many reefer puns as possible over fairly smooth beats with curious guest spots, whilst getting as high as Snoop & Wiz could possibly get. If that was the concept, the new Cheech and Chong achieved their every goal.
This whole idea of a movie was sparked almost a full year ago with the release of “That Good”, a pretty fantastic track that was slated to be the lead single from the album. Wiz just so happens to lay down perhaps his best verse to date, combining all the smooth delivery that makes him appealing with a rare appearance of actually lyrical ingenuity. Wiz manages to be clever without sounding forced, or as is generally the case, overly juvenile. And Snoop? Snoop is consistent, it really doesn’t matter the beat, the subject or the decade – Snoop is Snoop. He doesn’t always kill the track, but he rarely fails to impress. It certainly helps that he gets to rap about perhaps his favorite subject throughout MADGTHS.
But tellingly, that’s about it for the album. Snoop is, at the very least, solid while Wiz just keeps the pace. It’s stoner rap at its most mediocre. The beats are smooth like the smoke that birthed them, and the rhymes fit well. There’s not much to think about, but what can be expected of an album with a drug pun in the title?
Juicy J’s verse on “Smokin’ On” is, well, a Juicy J verse, rhyming ounce with… ounce. The only thing to be said for Bruno Mars is that he only appears on one track, and only sings the hook. Mike Posner (QRO photos) does whatever it is Mike Posner does on “French Inhale”, and Curren$y, Wiz’s friend from back when Wiz was promising instead of disappointing, walks in and smashes everybody around on “OG”. Curren$y tends to do that, kill people on their own track. Wiz may have left him in his wake on the way to big money and big fame (just like Lil Wayne did before him), but Curren$y proves with every verse that he’s far and away a better lyricist. Maybe if he featured on more than just one track, MADGTHS would come off as a serious album, rather than a THC fueled tour through a daydream about smoking weed at school.
It’s not all bad though; stoner rap is, if nothing else, fun. Snoop is always entertaining, and Wiz even manages to pull a few tricks out of his hat. Just don’t go into the album expecting to feel like you’re listening to something that was ever approved by a sober ear. Again, that’s not always a bad thing, but in this case, it may have helped to give it a listen or two while rolling that blunt, rather than during or after smoking it.