Wiz Khalifa took home the Best New Artist award at the 2011 BET Awards held Sunday night in Los Angeles. Wiz Khalifa‘s rise to fame is attributed to social media sites such as twitter, youtube, etc. When your mom likes songs by Wiz Khalifa, you know he’s big. His rise to fame is apparent with over 9 million “likes” on Facebook and 2 million followers on Twitter, proving he will be around for quite some time. This is a great award for the Pittsburgh native and we’re glad to see him taking home this award. Proof that hard work pays off.
Wiz Khalifa said “They need a taller mic for me I am not used to winning stuff. I want to thank everyone at rostrum records, everyone at atlantic, all my fans, The Taylor and all the young people who promote positive and just enjoying yourself, this is for y’all.”
Wiz Khalifa has got to be the most downright positive-thinking person in all of rap music.
“I’m awesome,” he exclaimed when asked how he is doing. “I just wake up with awesomeness on the menu. I eat awesomeness for breakfast. I wash it down with a cup of awesomeness.”
The 23-year-old from Pittsburgh has reason to feel so upbeat. His months-old breakthrough Atlantic Records debut, “Rolling Papers,” already has sold platinum, and the first single off the album, the Pittsburgh Steelers-inspired “Black and Yellow,” has sold more than 3 million copies. This week, he has two songs on Billboard’s hip-hop/rap charts – the exuberantly bright “Roll Up” and “On My Level” featuring fellow rapper Too $hort.
In the eight months since he brought his “Waken Baken” tour to a sold-out Rialto Theatre audience last October, Khalifa has skyrocketed from rising talent to bona fide star. His two-week-old “Rolling Papers World Tour 2011″ with up-and-comer Big Sean takes him to midsize arenas and amphitheaters around the country for most of the summer. (The Tucson stop at Casino del Sol’s AVA Wednesday is a co-production between the Rialto and Phoenix promoter Universatile Music.)
“The smaller show is more intimate. You get to see me closer so my movements and what I do might be a little bit different,” he said during a phone interview last week. “But when it’s a bigger stage with screens and lights and things to entertain the people way, way in the back, there’s more of a show, more of a production and more of an experience. We’re giving people their money’s worth and then some. That’s the main idea, to make the show bigger and better.”
Much of his rap centers on marijuana, which he admits to regularly smoking. His “Rolling Papers” album cover shows him shrouded in a smoky haze.
How much of that persona is real and how much is to nurture the image?
“I’m smoking weed right now,” he said. “It’s pretty real.”
Wiz Khalifa will return to the burgh Saturday, August 6th for his first home show since December of last year. This show, which was just announced by 96.1 Kiss, will be apart of the “Rolling Papers World Tour” with Big Sean & Chevy Woods. The performance will take place at the Trib Total Media Amphitheater which holds a capacity of 6,000 people so get your tickets early when they go on sale next Wednesday at 10am via Ticketmaster.
Nearly three months after the release of “Rolling Papers”, the album has gone gold selling over 500k. The album has featured the 3x platinum single “Black & Yellow” as well as the currently platinum single “Roll Up”. It would be amazing if one day this went platinum. Buy it now taylors if you haven’t yet.
This tape was put together by Franchise and Vinny Radio with the mixtape being produced entirely by in-house Taylor Gang producer, Big Jerm of ID Labs. If you like great lyrics and smooth samples then you’ll certainly appreciate this tape. This tape really showcases the talent coming out of Pittsburgh right now. It was only a matter of time before the hip hop was discovered in Pittsburgh.
After years of working closely together crafting Hip-Hop that can only be found in Pittsburgh Franchise and Vinny Radio have created their first collaborative EP produced entirely by producer and engineer Big Jerm entitled In Good Hands. The project is put together in a way that showcases Jerm’s production featuring instrumental interludes throughout. All this combined with Fran and Vinny’s new yet classic wordplay creates a magical combination.
Wiz Khalifa’s Saturday evening set at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was, by his own admission, probably the biggest show he’s played since bursting onto the scene last year. And feeding upon the vibes of the crowd, he delivered a set that was as loose and lively as it was hit-packed and hungry.
June 28th Big Sean will be droping his debut album “Finally Famous”, today we got the tracklist and it is confirmed that Wiz Khalifa & Chiddy Bang will assist him on the track “High” produced by Xaphoon Jones. You know this song is gonna be something to smoke too. As soon as that song is leaked or released we will have it for you. BOIIII
Snoop Dogg is looking to venture into reality television competitions. According to Page Six, Tha Doggfather is currently shopping around a series to find the next big hip-hop act in the same vein as “American Idol,” with a few key players in mind.
The Long Beach, California native has reportedly drawn interest from networks including E! and MTV, with hopes of enlisting Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa and an old school veteran to judge and mentor the contestants. “Snoop had wild ideas about who he can get to judge, but most are probably unlikely, including Jay,” said a source, though Wiz is supposedly interested and “will likely be involved.”
He previously announced that he was looking to launch a hip-hop reality show akin to England’s “X-Factor.” “I’m looking for a deal from a network to find America’s hottest hood artists,” he said at the time.
Its had been two years since Pittsburgh had an urban radio station, today WAMO 100 launched at 100.1 fm in the Pittsburgh area. Its still in the early stages but you can expect to hear plenty of Mac Miller & Wiz Khalifa on the station. You can listen online on their official website WAMO100.com.
Hot 106 recently interviewed Big Sean, during the interview he says that he and Wiz Khalifa have more music coming soon. Wiz also told Big Sean that he’d like to do an album with him, that would be a crazy collaboration album. Big Sean’s “Finally Famous” drops on June 28th, Wiz is featured in one song on that album.