Uh huh, you know what it is: An official proclamation in City Council chambers for the “Black and Yellow” rapper. He’s in town with fiancee Amber Rose on “Wiz Khalifa Day” in Pittsburgh. Check out the news coverage below!!!
This is Wiz Khalifa’s video for his hit “Pittsburgh Sound.” The video was directed by Adam Buncher (www.bunchluv.com). Check out an oldie but goodie!
The rapper, a graduate of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, is in town for a concert at Consol Energy Center on Wednesday.
Council declared 12-12-12 to be Wiz Khalifa Day in Pittsburgh.
The rapper accepted the honor saying that he has always bragged about being from Pittsburgh and that he doesn’t feel as though he’s accomplished much yet.
In 2010, he topped the Billboard charts with the hometown anthem “Black and Yellow.”
Enjoying a meteoric rise to fame after “Black and Yellow” went platinum just two years ago, native son Wiz Khalifa is helping transform Pittsburgh into a hip-hop capital.
“It’s all real,” says Wiz Khalifa. “Everything in my songs is literally how I feel. Everything sounds better in song form. It’s just an expression of who I am.”
The phone connection is bad, and Khalifa, the master rhymer with perfect diction, is hard to hear during the interview. But when it comes to the most important question, he answers loud and clear: It’s all real.
Which means he believes in every lyric, song title and frame of his music videos. He believes in the 100-plus tattoos that quilt his body — from forehead to thigh. When a teenaged Cameron Jibril Thomaz adopted the stage name Wiz Khalifa, he didn’t invent a persona to go with it. His Pittsburgh pride is authentic. He really loves his fiancée, model Amber Rose — and his mother, his No. 1 fan. He really works hard and plays hard. He really says yeah.
“People know me — they know how much I don’t hold back [with] what I say,” says Khalifa. “And it’s always from the heart.”
Hip-hop has pervaded American airwaves since the 1980s, and the art form goes back another decade. Once derided as an underground movement, the genre now influences every facet of American culture — from TV commercials to adolescent fashion to everyday conversation. Cities like New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have birthed thousands of performers. Some of them are pioneers, like Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan and Snoop Dogg (Khalifa’s chum, frequent collaborator and fellow Steelers fan). Some of them are mainstream superstars, like Black Eyed Peas and Kanye West. Others are cultural outliers, like Eminem and M.I.A. The family tree of hip-hop artists is vast and complex, and the power of its music cannot be overstated.
But until recently, all major hip-hop artists have had one thing in common: They’re not from here.
Pittsburgh should be a hip-hop capital. The city is earthy and honest. The landscape is urban and weathered. Our music scene thrives. Spoken-word poets are everywhere. Our youth are literate and verbal, and most have a lot to say. Yet no one — not one serious hip-hop performer — has ever made it big. We relish our local successes, like Jasiri X. The talent is obvious. The art is well-known. But no Method Man cometh.
In 2010, Khalifa’s track “Black and Yellow” changed all of that. He was 22 years old, and he had already performed broadly. Like fellow rap sensation Mac Miller, Khalifa was a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School, where he really came of age. Coming from a military family, Khalifa had lived around the world, but he had long considered Pittsburgh home. He was young, energetic and well-known for his talents. His nickname “Wiz” was short for “wisdom,” but it also suggested his wide-ranging talent.
“Khalifa” was Arabic for “successor,” a name given by his Muslim grandfather. He had shared stages with local favorites like Girl Talk. He had great potential — not to mention legions of fans. Anything could have happened.
Creating and remixing some new hometown anthems, Wiz Khalifa recently put a new spin on his Steel Town anthem, “Black And Yellow,” for Pepsi. Filmed before the season, Wizzle and Lamarr Woodley of the Steelers got together for this fun photoshoot.
Not as surprisingly, Lamarr Woodley is a noted Hip-Hop head. He’s also made appearances on MTV 2′s Hip-Hop Squares and is quite chummy with young Khalifa, as evidence from this video. Check it out down below.
Wiz has done what so many young spitters dream of, but only a select few actually pull off: He’s evolved from local star to indie signee to Internet celebrity to major-label superstar.
There’s Chevy Woods, Wiz’s longtime friend and trusty sidekick. There’s Benjy Grinberg, founder and CEO of Pittsburgh rap powerhouse Rostrum Records. It’s been a busy day for Benjy since both of the tour’s headliners, Wiz and Mac Miller, are signed to Rostrum.
Then there’s Brian Brick, owner of the clothing store Timebomb, a staple of Pittsburgh hip-hop and one of the first places to sell Rocawear, Phat Farm, and Ecko in the City of Steel. There’s a little bit of all of them in Wiz, who is, after all, a fully tatted stoner rapper entrepreneur whose come-up put Pittsburgh hip-hop on the map.
Brick and Wiz are discussing one of Wiz’s favorite groups, Three 6 Mafia. “There are kids these days who don’t even know Juicy J’s old shit,” says Wiz. “Before, Juicy was cadences, he’s more lyrical now.” Though he’s down with the Taylor Gang, Juicy’s headlining the Smokers Club Tour today. But an unexpected guest has come by to hang out: J. Cole.
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When Wiz Khalifa raps, “You ni—s chasin’ money, I’m on top of it/If it ain’t money don’t know what the topic is,” on his 2 Chainz-featured single “It’s Nothing,” he’s definitely speaking for the both of them. With Wiz wrapping up his run on the Under the Influence of Music tour and 2 Chainz just dropping his debut LP Based on a T.R.U. Story last week, the two still managed to make time to link up and shoot the video.
“S/o To My Bro @2chainz For Droppin An Awesome Album, Promotin It Like A Boss, And Still Makin It To Shoot The Video For Its Nothin,” Wiz tweeted yesterday along with a photo of him and 2 Chainz on set.
However, aside from “Stackin’ cheese till my bread right,” the two also took some time to do what they do best—according to Wiz—“smoke weed till my head right.” Both rappers later tweeted about their extra curricula activities that went down at the shoot. “Get Based On A T.R.U Story And Try To Smoke As Much As We Did Before Noon In An Entire Day,” Wiz wrote, while 2 Chainz later chimed in by tweeting out, “Skyscraper HIGH” along with an instagram photo of him and Mr. Taylor Gang.
With 2 Chainz just releasing Based on a T.R.U. Story last week and Wiz Khalifa dropping his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C next month, it’s a wonder these two find time to fit anything else on their plates.