There's no reason to beat around the bush here, this song is gold. It's Wiz Khalifa, sure, you might assume the song is about getting so baked you can't even tell if you're high or if you're dreaming. Cause let's be honest, the Pittsburgh rapper obviously refrains from rapping about anything other than drugs and alcohol. There isn't much substance in Wiz's lyrics, but we can't deny his ability to make perfect, endless party songs.
"Work Hard, Play Hard" is a fun, zesty and empowering song and is followed by his last successful track "Young, Wild & Free." The big baller raps about his ability to work hard while playing harder. At the same time, Wiz is celebrating his success with this energetic track and letting everyone know that he will be there for a long time, and will leave a legend. Wiz's most memorable hit "Black and Yellow" almost won him a grammy.
The Taylor Gang pioneer has no doubt worked hard to have this successful career, nothing was handed to him. From silly high school rap sessions, to millionaire verses, Khalifa hasn't made one bad career move. Well, besides getting arrested for drug busts and all. "The bigger the bill/The harder you ball/Well I’m throwin’ mine/Cause my money long."
Wiz utters nothing but the truth in "Work Hard, Play Hard"; "the quicker you're here/the faster you're gone." If you don't work hard but expect to become some overnight sensation, you'll be forgotten like the Tang powdered mix beverage (I love Tang).
One of my favorite lines of the track is "them other niggas stole my swag but I don’t want it back." Simple words really, but to me, it shows a kind of originality Wiz possesses. It's like if someone tries to copy his style, instead of fighting for it back, he lets it go to find something better. He might be one of the biggest trendsetters in the rap game next to Weezy, who unknowingly brought more skater kids onto the streets.
Being the first single off of Wiz's sophomore album "O.N.I.F.C.," out August 28th on Atlantic Records, "Work Hard, Play Hard" has already gained popularity, peaking at number 17 on Billboard's Hot 100. "O.N.I.F.C." might even throw his last successful album "Rolling Papers" off the charts.
"Work Hard, Play Hard" is catchy and might be close to a guilty pleasure if you don't necessarily like rap music. But still, you get up at 5am to go to work and make money, throw this song on and I'm sure you'll be prepared to walk right into that office and work your ass off, cause now you're motivated. Fuck the Five Hour Energy shit.
At least that's how I feel. I put "Work Hard, Play Hard" on when I'm writing and suddenly I've got six word documents open and almost full.
Listen to "Work Hard, Play Hard" here: