Wiz Khalifa Sheds Tears at NYC Show

If Wiz Khalifa gets his way, yesterday (March 29) will forever be known as March Taylor-Ninth, 2011. And he’s been getting his way recently.

Yesterday was indeed a big day for the Taylor Gang’s beloved leader, as Wiz both released his debut album on Atlantic Records, Rolling Papers, and rocked a sold out show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.

XXL Freshman and fellow Rostrum Records artist Mac Miller warmed up the crowd for Khalifa, performing cuts from August 2010′s K.I.D.S. as well as his recent Best Day Ever, which dropped earlier this month. Older favorites like “Nikes On My Feet” and “Knock Knock” were mixed in with more recent “Oy Vey” and “Donald Trump.” Mac’s EP, On and On and Beyond, hit iTunes yesterday.

The few thousand in attendance brought their already high energy to an elevated level when Wiz hit the stage shortly after 10 p.m. Kicking his set off with “Phone Numbers” from Cabin Fever, along with special guest Trae Tha Truth, the star of the show would spend the next hour running through standouts from that recent mixtape as well as Kush & Orange Juice and Rolling Papers.

Typically upbeat, the Pittsburgh spitter was particularly elated and moved by the support of his fans on this night, as he clearly recognized what a big moment the album release was for his career. After showing love to both old fans and new, Wiz actually broke into tears. “I’m comfortable with this shit,” he said of bearing his soul and shedding tears. “I don’t give a fuck.”

Young Khalifa did plenty of records from his latest project, including “The Race,” “On My Level” and “Rooftops,” but also took it a little further back with Kush & Orange Juice‘s “Mesmerized” and “Up.” The set rounded out with former No. 1 hit “Black and Yellow,” after which Wiz again thanked his fans and record labels, and triumphantly and fittingly headed off stage to the Lex Luger-producer “Taylor Gang.” —Adam Fleischer

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  • Tru Talk

    Im a real Wiz fan, like ive said Ive been following him since early 2008, but this Album is ass…. Its like a whole new artist… I mean its fine he do these catchy hooks but atleast then go in and really rap on the verses.. And y can’t any of the records have been just a straight rap record like he used 2…. On my level was one of the only real rap records on there that was hard… PLEASE WiZ BE A MC!!! I remember classic joints like Me feat. kev da hustla who is now chevy woods and wiz just went off on that record, same with Moula and the Guap, Crazy since the 80′s, Pitsburgh Sound, Bout Mine…. all these he was just spitting.. Grow Season Mixtape, Prince of the City Mixtapes, Burn After Rolling Mixtape, Star Power tape, all were crazy…. he gotta combine both styles cause right now he just sellin out

    • Phil

      so you’re not sexually attracted to him? shit, I know I am…and I’m a man…what!

      • Tru Talk

        y would u even type that?

        • Lil B


      • Autumn

        too fucking funny….lmao

    • Sinzz

      Real Shit..

      • Nunya

        Go fuck yourself…Rooftops is the shit.

        Anyway, I wish Snoop would have done a track on it.

        Too much singing from the biggest in Hip Hop these days…so Wiz can go fuck himself with the other singer…but Rooftops is the shit. LMAO

  • branban

    tgod all day..wizie wiz doin his thing man..gotta give him props

  • Sinzz

    @tru talk – Real Shit..

  • kill_em

    412 Bitch

  • the kid frankie

    Ha! the big ghostface chronicles blog is gonna have a FIELD DAY w/ this shit.

  • ryno

    dude feel off hardcore. album is garbage