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In my day, high school talent shows were all about lip-synching to Mariah Carey songs while performing elaborate dance routines that ripped off whichever video was hottest that week. But in “Talent Show,” Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg skip the song-and-dance approach and show off their science skills instead. Before the track’s sweet and easy beat kicks in, Wiz and Snoop lay down a spoken-word intro about discovering a “magical catalyst” that helps supercharge the alternative fuel they’ve recently invented. (Spoiler alert! It’s marijuana. And you thought french-fry grease was the fuel of the future.)
The latest single from the soundtrack to “Mac and Devin Go to High School” (you know, the upcoming feature film starring Wiz as an aspiring valedictorian and Snoop as a 10-year senior crushed out on his chemistry teacher), “Talent Show” has everything a stoner’s anthem needs — right down to the chilled-out groove and spaced-out lyrics (e.g., “Come pay me a visit and I’ll be somewhere up in the sky”). Like Method Man and Redman before them, Wiz and Snoop assume the role of a hip-hop Cheech and Chong, then toss in a whole lot of references to gym teachers, detention and the SATs to keep the high school theme going. By the time Archbishop Don “Magic” Juan turns up to deliver the bonkers/bombastic outro (“I had style, I had flash, I had originality, I had…me!”), you’re almost wishing that final bell would never ring.
The “Mac and Devin Go to High School” soundtrack drops tomorrow, Dec. 13.
+ Listen to Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, “Talent Show.”