Pittsburgh isn't generally known for it's hip hop scene. While the Steel City's cross state counterpart, Philadelphia has contributed legendary acts such as the Roots, Freeway, and Jedi Mind Tricks among others, Wiz Khalifa is the first Pittsburgh native to establish himself on the national scene.
2009 was a prolific year for Khalifa, seeing him release three critically acclaimed mixtapes and his sophomore album, Deal of No Deal. The young emcee recently made XXL's Freshman Class and looks to have an even bigger 2010. Personally, I question any emcee's status as a freshman, who has already released two albums, but Khalifa definitely deserves any shine he gets.
This song was one of the premier tracks off of Burn After Rolling, a mixtape that features him rhyming over destroying some of the most popular beats of '09 ranging from Drake's "Best I Ever Had" to Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" to Keri Hilson/Kanye's "Knock You Down." This song sees him going in over a more low key sample in Curren$y's "On My Way," but proves to be one of my favorite tracks on the mixtape. From the beginning to end, Khalifa pours his heart and soul into the song dedicated to a girl that's leaving him:
Don't leave, 'cause your my oxygen,
Without you I won't breathe,
You're everything I want, need,
For you, I wear my heart on a short sleeve.
The only thing that I don't particularly like about this song (and the tape as a whole) are the DJ Ill Will tags and if anyone can hook me up with a tagless version of either B.A.R. or this track, I would be eternally grateful. I've attached a download link for the entire mixtape along with the individual song and I recommend the download of both. Also, if you like what you hear, consider purchasing his latest album and supporting good hip hop. Enjoy.
Peace, Love, & Hip Hop,