Wiz Khalifa at Southampton Guildhall

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It’s a modern miracle that Wiz Khalifa managed to make it through UK customs. After all, this is called the Rolling Papers tour.

Nevertheless, Wiz is here, support act Yelawolf is here and a three-quarter full Southampton Guildhall is here, ready to have a drink, have a dance and definitely not have a smoke!

First-up is Alabama-born Yelawolf who, despite slightly erring towards unforgivable Fred Durst territory, manages to deliver a fantastic support set. Particular highlights are a freestyle over Mobb Deep’s Shook Ones Pt II, his verse in Big Boi’s You Ain’t No DJ and his speedy rap in Travis Barker’s Let’s Go.

If Yelawolf loves mixing up his flow, then Wiz Khalifa is the king of bombastic choruses. Despite not being the best rapper around, especially after a strong showing by Yela, Wiz can deliver a catchy chorus like the best of them.

On My Level, Young Wild & Free and the infamous Black & Yellow all get an outing during a set that, at around 1 hour 20 minutes long, doesn’t outstay its welcome.

The light show was very basic but when everyone is singing along to chorus after chorus, this seems a petty complaint.

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