Rolling Papers is the third studio album by rapper Wiz Khalifa, set to be released on March 29, 2011 by Rostrum Records and Atlantic Records, making it his first release on a major label.
Following the release of his independent sophomore album, Deal Or No Deal, Khalifa released his mixtape Kush & Orange Juice, which immediately became widely praised as one of the best hip hop mixtapes of 2010. After generating buzz from the mixtape, Khalifa not only won MTV's "Hottest Breakthrough Hip Hop Artist of 2010" award, but he also became the center of a bidding war between various labels, including Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group label. He also came to the attention of fellow rapper Drake, who offered him the chance to co-headline his album tour. After declining both rapper's offers, he announced that he was signing with Atlantic Records live on July 30 on MTV's "RapFix Live," and confirmed that he had began work on his debut on the label. His first official single, "Black and Yellow," produced by Stargate, became one of the highest selling hip hop singles of 2010, eventually reaching double platinum status.
On January 26, 2011, Wiz announced the album's title and release date via Ustream.tv. According to Wiz, there are three different meanings behind the Rolling Papers title.
It’s an appropriate title. It’s called Rolling Papers, like the papers that you roll, the papers that I roll, the papers that we smoke. But it’s deeper than that too. I thought of this before I even started recording the album and before it was a full idea. It’s not just about the weed thing. It’s bigger than that. My career really took off when I started smoking papers.
The second reason I called it Rolling Papers is when I left Warner Bros.
Khalifa had confirmed that rappers Curren$y, Rick Ross, Too Short, and Snoop Dogg would appear on the album in late January, 2011. In 2010, Khalifa had also toured and been in the studio with long-time friend Yelawolf, making his appearance on the album a possibility. He also confirmed via twitter, that he had been in the studio and finished two tracks with rapper, Game, one of which will appear on Khalifa's album. Fellow Pittsburgh and Rostrum Records labelmate rapper, Mac Miller, has also confirmed working with Wiz for the album in the studio.
On April 14, 2010, Khalifa released his eighth mixtape, Kush & Orange Juice, following his sophomore independent release, Deal Or No Deal.The following year, on February 18, 2011, Khalifa released another mixtape, Cabin Fever, in promotion for the album.
"Black and Yellow" became Khalifa's first and most popular single off the album upon its release on September 14, 2010. It became one of the most popular and highest selling Hip Hop songs of 2010, obtaining massive radio air-play and eventually attaining sales of 2,342,000. Claiming to have written it in honor of his hometown city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's sporting team's colors, the song became the un-official anthem of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The song is also notably popular for being remixed numerous times by fellow rappers, including Lil Wayne, Tyga, Slim Thug, Young Jeezy, Wale, Donnis, Game, YG, Kendrick Lamar, Jim Jones and Maino. The official remix entitled, "Black and Yellow (G-Mix)" would later be released in February, and feature Snoop Dogg, Juicy J and T-Pain.
"Roll Up" became the second official single off the album, after being released on February 3, 2011. The single is once again produced by Stargate. "On My Level", released on iTunes on February 22, 2011, became the first promotional single off the album. The song features vocals from Too $hort, and is produced by Jim Jonsin. "The Race", the second promotional single off the album, officially released March 8, 2011 via iTunes. The song was produced by I.D. Labs.http
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Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His eurodance-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008. Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He released the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010; he then signed with Atlantic Records. He is also well-known for his debut single for Atlantic, "Black and Yellow", which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album for the label, Rolling Papers, is expected to be released on March 29, 2011.
Khalifa was born on September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota to a mother and a father serving in the military.Richards, Dave (September 18, 2008). "". Erie Times-News. Retrieved on September 18, 2008. His parents divorced when Khalifa was about three years old. His parents' military service caused him to move on a regular basis.Cordor, Cyril. "". Allmusic. Retrieved on June 23, 2008. Khalifa lived in Germany, England, and Japan before settling in Pittsburgh where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School.
His stage name is derived from khalifa, an Arabic word meaning "successor", and wisdom, which was shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was fifteen. Khalifa stated to spinner.com that the name also came from being called "young Wiz 'cause I was good at everything I did".Thompson, Troy (March 12, 2010). "". spinner.com. Retrieved on March 23, 2010. He includes Camp Lo, The Notorious B.I.G. and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony among his influences.
Khalifa released his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, in 2005. The mixtape led to his first full length album entitled Show and Prove in 2006. Khalifa was declared an "artist to watch" that year in Rolling Stone magazine."". November 28, 2006. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on August 2, 2007.
In 2007, Khalifa signed to Warner Bros. Records and released two mixtapes through Rostrum Records: Grow Season, hosted by DJ Green Lantern and released on July 4, 2007, and Prince of the City 2, released on November 20, 2007. His debut Warner Bros. single "Say Yeah" reached number 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 music chart and number 20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks. The song samples "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay. Khalifa's vocals from "Say Yeah" appear near the end of Pittsburgh mash up producer Girl Talk's 2008 album, Feed the Animals, over music from Underworld's "Born Slippy", Usher's "Love in This Club", and the Cure's "In Between Days".Breihan, Tom (June 24, 2008). "". The Village Voice. Retrieved on June 25, 2008. Khalifa appeared with The Game, David Banner and Play-n-Skillz at U92's Summer Jam at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah on August 2, 2008.Burger, David (August 1, 2008). "". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved on August 2, 2008. Khalifa released the mixtapes Star Power in September 2008, and Flight School in April 2009 on Rostrum Records.
Khalifa parted ways with Warner Bros. Records in July 2009 after numerous delays in releasing his planned debut album for the label, First Flight. Khalifa stated to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that, "I learned a lot during my time there and matured as an artist during the process. I'm happy to be moving on with all of my material and having the chance to be in control of my next moves". Khalifa appeared with Girl Talk, Modey Lemon, Donora, Grand Buffet, and Don Caballero at the Amphitheatre at Station Square in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2009, where he announced that his relationship with Warner Bros. was over.Tady, Scott (August 1, 2009). "". Beaver County Times. Retrieved on August 2, 2009.
Wiz Khalifa Columbia University Bacchanal 2010.jpgthumb220pxalt=Photograph of Wiz KhalifaWiz Khalifa performing at Columbia University in New York City in April 2010.
Continuing his association with Rostrum Records, Khalifa released the single "Teach U to Fly", and the mixtape How Fly, a collaboration with New Orleans rapper Curren$y, on August 9, 2009.Mervis, Scott (July 18, 2009). "". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved on July 18, 2009. Khalifa introduced a more melodic style on the mixtape, alternating between singing and rapping. He opened for Wu-Tang Clan member U-God at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.Falkowski, Jamie (October 15, 2009). "". Time Out New York, Issue 733. Retrieved on October 19, 2009. Khalifa released the mixtape Burn After Rolling on November 2, 2009, where he raps over familiar beats from other artists, including the songs "If I Were A Boy" and "Diva" by Beyoncé, "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun, "Luchini AKA This Is It" by Camp Lo, and "Best I Ever Had" by Drake.McCray, Mike (November 3, 2009). "". Creative Loafing Charlotte. Retrieved on November 8, 2009. Khalifa released his second album, Deal or No Deal, on November 24, 2009.Todd, Deborah M. (November 26, 2009). "". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved on November 27, 2009.
Khalifa performed at Emo's in Austin, Texas in March 2010 as part of the 2010 South by Southwest Music Festival.Freedman, Pete (March 25, 2010). "". Dallas Observer. Retrieved on April 14, 2010. He appeared on the cover of XXL magazine that same month, for the magazine's annual list of Top 10 Freshman, which included Donnis, J. Cole, Pill, Freddie Gibbs, and Fashawn. Wiz Khalifa was named 2010 "Rookie Of The Year" by "The Source", with alongside Rick Ross, "The Man Of The Year". He toured with rapper Yelawolf on a 20-date tour, the Deal Or No Deal Tour.Noz, Andrew (March 29, 2010). "". Washington City Paper. Retrieved on April 14, 2010. Khalifa released the free mixtape Kush and Orange Juice for download on April 14, 2010. Due to Khalifa's devoted grassroots fan base, the mixtape became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter with the hash tag #kushandorangejuice, and "Kush and Orange Juice download” ranked No. 1 on Google’s hot search trends.Vozick-Levinson, Simon (April 14, 2010). "". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on April 14, 2010.
Citing music industry insiders, New York magazine wrote that Khalifa signed with Atlantic Records in April 2010, although the rapper didn't confirm it.Ramirez, Erika (May 4, 2010). "". New York. Retrieved on May 15, 2010. He stated to AllHipHop in June 2010 that he was working on a new album, but was weighing his options and hadn't yet decided on a label to distribute it.Crates, Jake (June 22, 2010). "". AllHipHop. Retrieved on June 26, 2010. Khalifa confirmed to MTV on July 30 that he was signing an Atlantic Records deal.Ziegbe, Mawuse; Calloway, Sway (July 30, 2010). "" MTV. Retrieved on August 23, 2010.
Wiz Khalifa Boston Urban Music Project August 2010.jpgthumbleft220pxalt=Wiz Khalifa on stageWiz Khalifa on stage in Boston in August 2010.
Khalifa was featured in a remix and video for the 2010 Rick Ross single "Super High", alongside Curren$y.Reid, Shaheem (July 9, 2010). "". MTV. Retrieved on September 5, 2010. He guested on the mixtape Grey Goose, Head Phones, and Thirsty Women by St. Louis rapper M.C,Johnson, Kevin. J. (June 24, 2010). "". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved on June 26, 2010. and was featured on the track "The Breeze (Cool)" on rapper Wale's August 2010 mixtape More About Nothing.McCray, Mike (August 17, 2010). "". Creative Loafing Charlotte. Retrieved on August 20, 2010. Khalifa was named MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010, winning with nearly 70,000 votes, and beating out finalists Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Travis Porter, and Diggy Simmons.MTV News staff (July 25, 2010). "". Retrieved on August 11, 2010.
Khalifa appeared at the Soundset 2010 festival in May 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, alongside Method Man & Redman, Del the Funky Homosapien and Hieroglyphics, Atmosphere, Murs, Cage, and others.Riemensheider, Chris (May 27, 2010). "". Star Tribune. Retrieved on September 3, 2010. He also performed at the 2010 Rock the Bells festival, along with hip hop veterans Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, KRS-One, Jedi Mind Tricks and Slick Rick.Humphress, Corey (May 27, 2010). "". Paste. Retrieved on June 2, 2010. Khalifa declined an invitation to tour with rapper Drake and launched his own "Waken Baken" tour, a 50-city national tour with rapper Yelawolf. The tour, scheduled to last from September to November 2010, has, as of October, sold out every venue.Eustice, Kyle (October 7, 2010). "". Westword. Retrieved on October 8, 2010. On November 2010, during his "Waken Baken" tour at East Carolina University, Wiz Khalifa was arrested for possession and trafficking of marijuana. He was then released the next morning after a $300K bail, and is looking to resume with his tour. Khalifa performed in a cypher during the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards. He recited his verse from the song, "The Check Point", from his mixtape with Curren$y, How Fly. Khalifa released "Black and Yellow", his first single for Rostrum/Atlantic, produced by Stargate, which has received radio airplay.Mervis, Scott (September 2, 2010). "". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved on September 5, 2010. The single was peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100; the title of the song refers to the colors of the Pittsburgh Steelers.Lipshutz, Jason (October 13, 2010). "". Billboard. Retrieved on October 15, 2010. Khalifa will release his debut album with Atlantic Records in 2011.Todd, Deborah M. (September 7, 2010). "". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved on September 8, 2010. He appeared with Curren$y on the track "Scaling the Building" on producer Ski Beatz' 2010 album, 24 Hour Karate School.Feldman, Nick (September 22, 2010). "". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved on October 5, 2010. Khalifa's fanbase is known as the Taylor Gang, named after his love of Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes.
After a performance at East Carolina University on November 9, 2010, Khalifa was arrested after ECU police detected "a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the tour bus and the backstage area of the auditorium." After searching Khalifa's tour bus, authorities found 60 grams (2.1 ounces) of marijuana. Khalifa was arrested and charged with marijuana trafficking, a felony count of maintaining a dwelling/vehicle/place for sale or storage of marijuana, and one misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Khalifa was later released after posting a $300,000 bond, after which he resumed his Waken Baken Tour 2010.
*Show and Prove (2006)
*Deal or No Deal (2009)
*Rolling Papers (2011)
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