Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - “Mac & Devin Go to High School” - Review
By Matt Ing
All you can say about this next collaborative effort is that is was a match made in dog heaven. The West Side meets Steel Town as the Long Beach OG, Snoop Dogg teams up with Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa in “Mac & Devin Go to High School.” Since he blew up big with his hit “Black & Yellow”, Wiz has been compared to the veteran rapper for their similar appearance (the long and lanky approach) but more notably for their passion for the purple smoke. The album serves as a soundtrack to the duo’s straight to DVD release of the same name.
In the film, Khalifa plays a top-notch keener, Devin, who comes to realize that all of his academic success has left him with no knowledge of the outside world. Cue in the Dogg. Wiz then seeks help from the 15 year older student on campus, Mac, whose name is a reflection of his demeanour and is played by Snoop. Essentially, the goal of the pair is to switch roles and learn a thing or two about the opposing lifestyle.
The album features an appearance from Three6Mafia’s Juicy J, who just signed to Khalifa’s Taylor Gang label and the prince of porn music, Mike Posner (don’t get the reference? How about that hit he had, “Bow Chicka Wow Wow!” The name speaks for itself!). The Jet Life CEO and fellow marijuana connoisseur, Curren$y, lends a helping hand on my favourite track of the album, “OG.” Lastly is Bruno Mars who makes an appearance on the album’s lead single, “Young, Wild and Free.”
“Mac & Devin Go to High School” is an interesting compilation of tracks from two of the most distinctive acts in hip-hop. Never have we seen a rap album served up from a 20 year veteran and one of the hottest rappers in the industry, side-by-side. Although the two don’t share the same kind of sound, the other similarities make this pairing too good to be true. See them as the Doggfather and his rascal scamp of a son, Wizzy!