Here we have two of XXL magazine's newest Freshmen 10, Wiz Khalifa and Fashawn; the latter is a talented emcee from Fresno, the newest Califas rapper to benefit from Exile's classic production (the last one being the underground prince Blu). Khalifa, however, is one of rap's new-style stars—happy to be indie (he used to be on the Warner Bros. plantation), with a couple official albums, a gang of free mixtapes, and a boatload of internet savvy. He can sell out all-ages shows in cities he's never even been to, with kids climbing over themselves to claim his clique (Taylor Gang) and clamoring for his supremely stoned brand of fly (I very much appreciate his rejection of blunts in favor of the less carcinogenic classic, rolling papers). His latest tape, Kush & OJ, might just end up being his So Far Gone, even if he doesn't have the same mass-market appeal of Drake—either way, it's clear his flight is just taxiing for takeoff. LARRY MIZELL JR.