Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa: ‘Uma Thurman (Remix)’ Single Review

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Island Records

Fall Out Boy is undoubtedly one of the best rock bands in the business, and their work speaks for itself. It is no surprise, therefore, that from their latest album, American Beauty/ American Psycho, we are already getting hits. One of the hits big enough to prompt a remix from Taylor Gang rapper Wiz Khalifa, is titled “Uma Thurman.”It is less than two weeks since American Beauty/ American Psycho was released, and it is already doing big numbers in sales and small numbers in chart positions.

Uma Thurman (Remix)” is another one of those rock/hip-hop collaborations that perfectly emerge the two genres to produce a good song. For some of you, the catchiest thing about this song will be the title “Uma Thurman.” Instantly, your mind remembers the Kill Bill American actress, and I bet this makes you a bit curious to listen to the song and find out why it’s titled that. I could spoil the curiosity just a little; in the song, we hear, “She wants to dance like Uma Thurman / bury me till I confess.” Anyone familiar with Kill Bill should have no trouble picturing that. This song has some of the best poetic lines I have heard in rock songs. The most outstanding one is, “And I slept in last night’s clothes and tomorrow’s dreams.” I find the level of poetry in that line extremely astounding as it has the maturity that can only be expected from a talented and experienced writer.

The high points of this song are Wiz Khalifa and Patrick Stump’s vocals that exceed what we normally get from a typical rock vocalist. Wiz Khalifa comfortably lays a verse on the rock instrumental and gracefully makes it fit like it belongs to this genre. But who would expect less of him? Remember “Payphone” with Maroon 5? It is almost as if Wiz Khalifa is making it a trade mark to collaborate with rock bands and deliver an unforgettable performance on the songs. His verse on “Uma Thurman” is well-timed, and his articulation prevents the rock instrumental from overpowering his voice. You pick every word of every line, and somewhere, you hear him referring to himself as “Brad Pitt in a cool world” – something to ponder about. I mean, Brad Pitt is already too cool, ain’t he? Patrick Stump, on the other hand, is in his comfort zone; he effortlessly controls his vocals on this song and it is superb as always.

Fall Out Boy as a unit is a band that is still one of the fans’ favorites, and listening to “Uma Thurman” will leave you with no shred of doubt that they will be maintaining that position. “Uma Thurman” is a beautiful song with well-written lyrics over a well-regulated rock instrumental. And it is a win-win situation for all listeners – you have one of your favorite rappers with one of the best bands in the industry. It doesn’t get any better than this. The song “Uma Thurman” takes you on a journey where you will not have to heavily rely on your mental description as the poetic lyrics vividly aid the imagery for you. The band keeps it rock, and only a slight influence of hip-hop is felt when the beat and instruments quiet down for Wiz Khalifa’s verse. If you appreciate the art in merging genres, this is a master piece you don’t want to miss in your collection.