Wiz Khalifa “My Year” [May 2011 Magazine Story Excerpt]



INTERVIEW ROB MARKMAN
IMAGES TRAVIS SHINN

**THIS STORY ORIGINALLY APPEARS IN THE MAY 2011 ISSUE OF XXL ON SALE NOW**

Wiz Khalifa had the right idea when he decided to name his 2007 mixtape Grow Season. Back then, he was a tall, lanky 19-year-old trying to make noise out of a buzzless Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, while the herb-toking rapper’s frame hasn’t filled out much, Wiz is carrying the ’Burgh on his slender shoulders—thanks to his smash hometown ode “Black and Yellow.”

Since appearing on this very magazine’s “10 Freshmen for ’10” cover last April, Wiz has become rap’s biggest breakout star. He sold out 47 of 50 dates on his Deal or No Deal tour. He watched his eighth mixtape, Kush & Orange Juice, become a trending topic on Twitter. And he signed to Atlantic Records, through Pittsburgh indie label Rostrum Records. Along the way, there was a weed bust, an on-the-hush relationship with Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose, and a spirited performance of the song that was about to become No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ AFC championship game against the New York Jets this past January.

It’s been quite the ride. So on the eve of the release of his first major-label effort, Rolling Papers, the Taylor Gang general sat down with XXL for a year in review.

April 14, 2010
Kush & Orange Juice becomes a No. 1 trending topic on Twitter
“It took me from October 2009 all the way up to about March 2010, where I recorded my last couple of songs for the tape… That one really didn’t surprise me. I had been planning that for so long. I was putting that together and nailing my sound down. Even the promotion of it had started in August of 2009. That’s when I first started saying anything about Kush & Orange Juice and applying that name. Even in my XXL [2010 Freshman] freestyle, I said, ‘Kush and orange juice.’ In my head, I was already Kush & Orange Juice’d out. It was just that I was puttin’ it down and gettin’ it ready for everybody else.”

April 2010
Wiz begins recording what is to become his major-label debut

“I made the title Rolling Papers up before I started recording it. I had the title; I just had to have it make sense. It was really just gettin’ started and changin’ my mind and nailing my style down to somethin’ else. I was trying new things, other than what I was naturally doin’ with Kush & Orange Juice.”

May 2, 2010
Wiz wraps up his Deal or No Deal tour, selling out 47 of 50 dates

“All of my tours, they really started from building a following and building my reputation in different cities with different people. Building relationships with promoters and just building a reputation as a good performer and as someone that’s gonna show up and really excite people.”
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  • black jesus

    didnt read because wiz is wack and shitsburg is a terrible excuse for a city.

    • Sipp

      Kill yourself

      • jets_

        yeah fuck you black jesus. kill your fuckin self.

    • White Jesus

      fuk off an go back to Israel u dont kno shit about tha burgh

      • TaylorGang3751

        Haterade 50% off get sum….cuz i dont want u to run out so i can keep makin fun of ur dumb ass hatin self

      • BlacKnYellow

        Black Jesus….you are full of shit, you dumb motha fucka. Wiz Khalifa is going to be the best rapper. I also love the fact that hes from Steel City. I’m not from Pittsburg, but my hearts in it. Steelers & Penguins fan & a fan of a great rapper by name of Wiz Khalifa!! So black jesus, how bout you go fuckin kill yourself douche

    • Taylor Gang Bitch

      bitch if you think he is garbage why you looking at his shit wiz is one of the best ones out there right now you just drinking some if that haterade bitch
      taylor gang

      • Thabz

        Ye aha u knw wat it is wiz yo da best of da best yo swag is overdose bra and i rapp 2 u knw

    • http://PotHead Pot Head

      You r a hater… stop sucken his dick u just had 2 comment on it didnt you u cock sucka…

    • wiz khalifa is god

      fuck you black jesus.

      • FuckBlackJesus

        black jesus you are a homo. a straight queer and i hope you burn in hell

    • Spin yahboy SoTaylor`d

      Man yur just a hater ass bitch
      *T*G*O*D*

    • Blue Jesus

      fuck you wiz is better than any of your shit :P

    • lil skies

      you shutt up bout wiz..this man is bout to become the greatest legend of all time..all the work smoking weed so what man who else is out there doin it wayne isnt,young money isnt doin it,wiz khalifa is a 1 man army pushing you haters out the game..he sure is the best rapper and bes belive he has tht pittsburg sound

    • Bob

      black jesus is a dumb fuck!!!

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  • TaylorGang3751

    All ya haterz need to shut the fuk up….if u dont like his music dont listen to it….ya’ll bitches and faggots for hatin on a dude who can make it nd did it…..when i see haterz i gotta tell em that the haterade is 50% off so stock up hater

  • Julius Fuentealba

    Rolling Paperz Thumbz^ – Wiz Khalifa Gud Muzik

  • jONI TAYLOR

    haterz keep suckin dicks . taylors keep smokin weeeeedd hahaha

  • Tplies

    Yeah u guyz u should shut d fuck up coz whiz is trying.

  • TaylorGangOrDie

    Ahaa, Haters Back Back ! Taylor gang Or DIE . Listen To The Saying . If You Dont Like Wiz Then You Shouldaa Nevahh Read It . This Is For FANS ONLY , Nobody Asked For Your Input . Like He Said If You Dont Like The Music Dont Listen To It . We Reppinn Taylor Gang Boo And If You Aint With Us You Against Us ! LAMESSS .

    -I Love Wiz Khalifa !

  • TaylorMade420

    ya’ll nigga’s are whack an dont kno true muzic when ya hear it quit hatin you faggots…..Wiz goes hard so go FUCK urselfs!!!!!

  • realtalk77

    fuck you black jesus go put ur head in btw ur legs and suck yourself off fucking queer…. wiz is a beast

  • Talor’d

    Wiz the Shit!!!!!!

  • anthizzle

    tgoD<<

  • http://@legzfodayz legzfodayz

    i love wiz and his music been hooked since i heard his voice.. Keep up the good work.

  • joshua grigsby

    yall just hater cuz yall are not in the spottelight

  • Nick Easy

    Keep hatin faggit…all it does is inspires….412 forever….Steel City Ballin til we flatline…move right, or get left

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  • J Frost

    Wiz has the rap game on lock right now. It doesn’t matter what anyone says. What other rapper is selling out shows like him? None. He’s the hottest thing out right now, hands down. T.G.O.D. all day!!!!!!! Keep doing your thing Wiz! You got love in Muskegon.

  • tgod-pitt

    black jesus obviously you didnt read the fuckin artical it says wiz it the shit and if you dont like it come to pittsburgh so i can slap the shit out ya

  • hatrick

    Rolling papers sucked

  • FuckYouBlackJesus

    BlackJesus , you probly dont know the saying Taylor Gang or Die do you, you fucken dumbass , dont like wiz well go fucken die stupid piece of shit.

  • KATAL SA NDAYE

    KATAL SA NDAYE JESUS MEAN F””””””’CK UR MOM IN AFRIKA FUCK U JESUS WIZ IS UR DAD

  • Octavio Vontage

    poop

  • Rocbor Vontage

    and yellow , poop and yellow , poop and yellow.

  • Krubap Vontage

    Uh huh you know what it is. Erverything i poop. I poop it biiiig.

  • Pavra Vontage

    Other poops screaming thats nothing.

  • Fravbra Vontage

    When i poop up on the lot. Thats stunting!

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    maan smokin a Oz whith the homie Wiz right noww fuckk alll you hattersz… Blown BiiG-Macee next rapper

  • steve

    does anyone know that wiz is actually from North Dekoda? gotta love his sounds, but he truely isnt from Pittsburgh. Its not gonna stop me reppin wiz down here in texas.

  • hollybbaby

    alllll you haters about wiz get thaaa fuck outta here!!! ahahha you know hes dope, hes catching up to lil wayne.. if you dont like him then dont say shit kkk this page is OBVIOUSLY FOR FANS YOU STUPID FUUUUCK k thanks cant wait for the concert on june 28 :):) gunnnna be sickkk fo sho

  • nemo aka(Mr. Taylor)

    Taylor GanG or die Wiz is the new snoop dogg now join in or jump off bitches

  • boomtown

    wiz iz da shit so black jesus shut da fuk up

  • jamaican taylored

    yooo hear ma say nuh wiz khalifa bad nuh bomboclaat!!
    o stop badmind tha man!
    T.G.O.D!!