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

July 30, 2010
Wiz announces his deal with Atlantic Records

“Everybody knows, nobody just signs a deal the day that they talk about it or the week that they talk about it, or even the month that they talk about it. If you do it the right way, contracts have to be negotiated, lawyers got to be talked to, and terms got to be worked out. So the shit was in the works for a minute. Atlantic was really, really on point with keeping it a secret and keeping it under wraps, just for my following and my movement. They were really adamant about keeping everything grassroots. It was our idea, as well. We kept it under wraps for a minute, and we just got to the point that we had to calculate these moves, and we had to tell the people at some time, so we just went ahead and did it then.”

August 7, 2010
Fans bum-rush Wiz onstage at the Boston Urban Music Festival

“I wasn’t scared, I just didn’t want anyone else to get hurt. I was more worried about that. It was a positive bum-rush—they did it with style. They didn’t jump up on me or rip my clothes off. They didn’t take anything from me. I just really felt the love. I think that they were really, really excited, and when the barrier broke, they were like, We can get to him. So I had to get out of there before it got too crazy.”

September 16, 2010
Wiz kicks off his 55-city Waken

Baken tour
“The Waken Baken tour got as much publicity as it did, really, because of all the fan support. That was amazing, selling out all of the shows that I did. Not having an album out and really being able to tour like that really caught a lot of people off guard. It made it go back to that being an important part of your project and what you’re doing—hitting the road.”

November 9, 2010
Wiz is arrested at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina, and charged with felony marijuana trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia

“I didn’t smoke any weed onstage.
I didn’t smoke anything outside of the bus. What happened was, we came off of the bus, and there was already campus cops just circling around. We didn’t get off the bus until, like, two seconds before we had to go onstage. We got straight off the bus and went straight to the stage. So it wasn’t even like we were lingering or disrespecting the property or anything. We went straight from the bus to the stage, and they actually smelled it. And based off of the smell, they went and tried to get some of my guys to open the bus for them, and that’s when the search went down. But I was never on the bus when the search went down, and there was no weed onstage or anything.”


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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

    • 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


    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!!!!!!

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  • 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.



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  • 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!