By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
Drumma Boy, Swizz Beatz and Boi-1Da are a few of hip-hop production’s usual suspects, but not when it comes to Wiz Khalifa. The Pittsburgh MC recently told MTV News that his “Black And Yellow” hit was crafted by a duo more well-known for pop hits with Ne-Yo, Rihanna and Chris Brown.
“Stargate, they’re really musical guys as well, any beat that I got from them was already sequenced so it’s stuff that I listen for anyway when I make my music so when we got in the studio, we meshed really well,” said Wiz. “It was kinda crazy because, you know, me being a rapper and them being pop, nobody knew where it was gonna go but then it ended up working out perfect.”
The Norwegian pair, Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, were introduced to Wiz Khalifa through the MC’s Atlantic Records A&R and, to the label’s credit, the song’s a rousing success the newcomer. “Black And Yellow” currently sits at no. 17 on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
“It’s going crazy right now, radio and the video’s heating it up and I’m just real happy to have that crossover success—it’s looking like we’re having that crossover success that people were sketchy and didn’t know if i was gonna be able to do that or not,” said Wiz. “So with the single doing what it’s doing, it’s really helping me out.”
The rapper was recently arrested for drug possession, which seemed to work positively for his career, even garnering him a shout out from the reefer king himself, Snoop Dogg. But despite his string of successful mixtapes, it’s easy to forget that Khalifa has yet to release a debut album. As such, the MC was happy to enjoy a mutual acceptance with the European production team.
“I think they discovered how fast I work, how quick I work and how much work I do,” said Wiz. “When I was in there, I think I put like four or five records together. Not full records, but at least like hooks or verses or ideas where you could build on top of it. That’s really really important in the studio and I felt like we had a good working connection, with them being veterans and working with such great people, and me being brand new, I felt like there was a respect level still.”
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