By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
This week has been pretty special for Wiz Khalifa. In addition to learning that his breakout single “Black & Yellow” went Gold and releasing a “G-mix” for the track, the Pittsburgh, PA MC celebrated with a homecoming concert on Thursday (December 16).
On the same day, Wiz’s camp released the “Black & Yellow G-Mix” featuring a few of the smokey MC’s favorite rappers. Snoop Dogg, Juicy J and T-Pain guest on the track and while the trio of features might seem random, we support Khalifa’s creative freedom.
Last month, following his arrest for weed possession, the Kush & OJ MC stopped by our offices to chat about the unlikely producers behind his now Gold-selling single.
“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.
“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.”
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