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This laid-back but ambitious San Francisco rapper—the “empire” is the important part of that album title—brings a mixtape-filled decade of cheerfully gritty excellence to this full-length under Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang umbrella. “When I die, smoke my ashes,” he proposes on “Burn One,” over gentle piano, trunk-rattling bass, and ghostly R&B moans, with a smoky, sleepy-voiced charisma that balances pop hedonism and stoner-rap melancholy. Fellow Bay Area luminary Mistah F.A.B. shines on the strikingly vulnerable “Changes”; Wiz himself guests on four tracks, hitting hardest on the strident, celebratory “All We Do.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

This laid-back but ambitious San Francisco rapper—the “empire” is the important part of that album title—brings a mixtape-filled decade of cheerfully gritty excellence to this full-length under Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang umbrella. “When I die, smoke my ashes,” he proposes on “Burn One,” over gentle piano, trunk-rattling bass, and ghostly R&B moans, with a smoky, sleepy-voiced charisma that balances pop hedonism and stoner-rap melancholy. Fellow Bay Area luminary Mistah F.A.B. shines on the strikingly vulnerable “Changes”; Wiz himself guests on four tracks, hitting hardest on the strident, celebratory “All We Do.”

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

436 Ratings

Dope Af 🔥

The831bear,

Always been a supporter since I first started listening, dope music to get high to make money to, its all here, keep at it Big Bern!!

Finally

Flanda89,

Finally some new sh**. Supporting Bern Frm Wa. Wish you offered it in hard copy.

About Berner

Marijuana-obsessed yet prolific MC Berner released several mixtapes during the late 2000s and early 2010s, most of which came out through the San Francisco-based rapper's own Bern One label. Several of the discs -- Drought Season (2008), Traffic (2009), Weekend at Bernie’s (2009), Drought Season 2 (2009), Blow (2010), Blow: Blocks and Boat Docks (2010), and The White Album (2011) -- reached Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, boasting guest appearances from the likes of Keak da Sneak, B-Legit, Big K.R.I.T., and Killa Kyleon. Mainstream rap radio continued to ignore him for the most part, but the MC charted with his 2015 release 20 Lights (which featured Wiz Khalifa, Migos, and Curren$y) along with 2016's Hempire (which featured Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, and Atmosphere). Months later, Berner issued Packs, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Young Dolph, and French Montana. Maintaining his prolific run, Berner returned in 2017 with a trio of albums in the solo release, Sleepwalkin', and the collaborative albums Vibes (with Styles P) and Tracking Numbers (with Young Dolph). ~ Andy Kellman

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