Today in Hip-Hop: Wiz Khalifa Drops ‘Rolling Papers’ Album
On this day, March 29, in hip-hop history...
2011: Seven years ago, Wiz Khalifa delivered his successful Rolling Papers album. The project was the third album from the Pittsburgh native, but it was the first of his after signing a major label deal with Atlantic Records following him being at the center of a label-bidding war.
After accumulating a huge buzz amongst the independent and unsigned scene, Wiz's career vastly transformed into mainstream success through the album and its hit singles.
Rolling Papers contained one of Wiz's biggest singles of his career, "Black and Yellow," which significantly boosted his platform within the entire music community. The track was originally release in September 2010 prior to the album's release, and it went No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in February 2011.
Wiz's project also supported four other singles including "Roll Up," "On My Level," "No Sleep" and "The Race". Along with guest features from Too $hort, Curren$y and Chevy Woods, the studio LP debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and moved 197,000 copies in the United States within its first week.
Despite the the album catapulting Wiz into monumental mainstream success with his music career, the entertainer later revealed that he was not a fan of his work on the project. In an open letter to fans in 2012, Khalifa wrote that "the album did great numbers, but creatively wasn't my best work."
The self-critique followed in the footsteps of some of the mixed reviews from music critics, but fortunately, none of that prevented Wiz Khalifa's rise into a rap superstar.
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