Kush & Orange Juice

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Kush & Orange Juice
Kush and orange juice cover.jpg
Mixtape by Wiz Khalifa
Released April 14, 2010 (2010-04-14)
Recorded 2009–10
Genre Hip hop
Length 57:27
Label
Producer
Wiz Khalifa chronology
Deal or No Deal
(2009)
Kush & Orange Juice
(2010)
Cabin Fever
(2011)

Kush & Orange Juice (abbreviated for Kush and OJ) is a mixtape by American rapper Wiz Khalifa. It was released on April 14, 2010, by Taylor Gang Records and Rostrum Records. Following its release, Kush & Orange Juice gained nobility, placing this mixtape at number-one on one of the trending topics on both Google and Twitter.[1] On a same day, this mixtape was posted as one of these download links on Wiz' Twitter.[2] The hashtag #kushandorangejuice became the number-sixth trending topic on the microblogging service after its release and remained on the top trending items on Twitter for three days.[3] Due to Khalifa's devoted grassroots fan base, the hashtag reached at number one on Twitter, and ranked it at number-one on the Google’s hot search trends.[4][5]

The mixtape's cover art was for Wiz to pay homage to David Ruffin's album Gentleman Ruffin (1980). The subject matter includes stories about partying, pretty women, and smoking marijuana;[4] In an interview with MTV's Mixtape Daily, Khalifa stated that Kush and Orange Juice would be the title for this release because "it's perfect for wake-and-bake".[6][5]

Samples[edit]

On the song "The Kid Frankie", Khalifa raps over the English R&B band Loose Ends' No. 1 hit single, "Hangin' on a String" (1985).[2] Khalifa stated that the song was inspired by the character Frankie from the film The Business (2005), who listens to Loose Ends while traveling around Spain.[6] The song "Never Been" samples "Schala's Theme" from the soundtrack to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System role-playing game Chrono Trigger, composed by Yasunori Mitsuda.[7] The song "Up", samples Tevin Campbell's "Could It Be". "In the Cut" samples "Let Go" by Frou Frou from the end credits of the film Garden State, the song "We're Done" samples the single "Our Time Is Here" by Demi Lovato from the Disney soundtrack Camp Rock.[8] The song "Visions" contains a sample from "Huit Octobre 1971" by Cortex. "Spotlight" sampled "Theme from the Planets" by Dexter Wansel, from his album "Life on Mars" (1976) and "Still Blazin" samples Alborosie's song of the same name.

Critical reception[edit]

The mixtape garnered critical acclaim, with New York Magazine calling the mixtape "a nice showcase of the youngun’s commercial appeal", and that it "makes us think classic G-Funk (specifically, D.J. Quik) and a party mindset."[9] Entertainment Weekly stated that the mixtape was "pretty solid", and "difficult to resist".[4] PopMatters called it "a great listen."[10] Pitchfork Media rated the mixtape 7.2 out of 10, stating "for the most part, Kush and Orange Juice is a surprisingly relaxed and easy listen".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Waken Baken"   Sledgren 1:29
2. "Mezmorized"   Cardo 4:29
3. "We’re Done" (featuring Demi Lovato) Kajmir Royale 2:19
4. "Skit 1"     1:22
5. "The Statement"   RichKid & The Allstarz 2:47
6. "Spotlight" (featuring Killa Kyleon) The WatcherZ 4:13
7. "Skit 2"     1:22
8. "The Kid Frankie"   Big Jerm 3:15
9. "Up"   XO 4:18
10. "Never Been"   Sledgren 3:34
11. "In the Cut"   Cardo 4:14
12. "Visions"   Sledgren 3:05
13. "Still Blazin" (featuring Alborosie) Sermstyle 3:27
14. "Slim Skit"     3:41
15. "Pedal to the Metal" (featuring Johnny Juliano)
  • Juliano
  • Superstar O
3:27
16. "Good Dank"   Big Jerm 5:06
17. "Skit 3"     0:53
18. "Glass House" (featuring Curren$y and Big K.R.I.T.) Big K.R.I.T. 3:16
19. "Outro"   Sledgren 1:31
20. "Supply" (featuring Nesby Phips) Nesby Phips 2:59

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Soraya (April 15, 2010). "Wiz Khalifa's free 'Kush and Orange Juice' mixtape download shoots to number one on Twitter, Google". Daily News. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Steven (April 14, 2010). "Wiz Khalifa's Kush And Orange Juice Hits Big On The Internet". MTV. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Current Twitter trends: how much music artists earn, 'song prequels', Icelandic volcano". The Independent. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Vozick-Levinson, Simon (April 14, 2010). "Wiz Khalifa's 'Kush and Orange Juice' mixtape blows up". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b McCray, Mike (April 14, 2010). "Mixtape Review: Wiz Khalifa's Kush & Orange Juice". Creative Loafing Charlotte. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem; Dukes, Rahman (May 10, 2010). "Wiz Khalifa Invades Hip-Hop, With Fans' Help: 'Taylor Gang Or Die!'". MTV. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Ashcroft, Brian (April 21, 2010). "Weed + Rap + Chrono trigger". Kotaku. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (April 22, 2010). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Wiz Khalifa: Kush and Orange Juice". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  9. ^ Barshad, Amos (April 15, 2010). "Wiz Khalifa Gets His Vitamin C". New York Magazine. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Steps It Up with New Mixtape". PopMatters. April 20, 2010. Retrieved April 21, 2010.