Album: Blacc Hollywood
Wiz Khalifa needed a song like "We Dem Boyz." He lost the momentum he'd built over the years with his lackluster 2012 album, O.N.I.F.C., and then spent last year taking a step back from the spotlight to start a family. He needed a comeback song, but the Detail-produced "We Dem Boyz" didn't jump-start his return at first. It debuted back in February and took months to reach No. 53 on the Hot 100.
Driven by a distinctly trap sound and Wiz's Auto-tuned vocals, the song isn't a total overhaul of his style but it is a creative departure for Wiz. It owes more to songs like Lil Reese's "Us," Drake's "Started From the Bottom," and any number of Atlanta's warblers than the stoner raps and pop anthems that have made up much of Wiz's output. Despite the soft start, the song is a club staple now and the biggest street-oriented song Wiz has gotten to pop in years. It sounds derivative, yes, but who cares when you're having this much fun? —Insanul Ahmed