Photos courtesy of Techie
Wiz Khalifa’s career is at an all-time high. His first single “Black & Yellow” off his third album Rolling Papers peaked at number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Since then, the Pittsburgh rapper’s album has been certified gold, his first single has been certified three-times platinum, and he’s travelled around the nation on his Rolling Papers Tour.
Monday night (July 25) Young Khalifa performed at Central Park’s SummerStage in New York City with fellow Taylor Gang member Chevy Woods and Big Sean. Woods opened the show with a few of his songs off his mixtape Red Cup Music. He also performed his verse off Khalifa’s “Homicide” before Sean’s set.
The Detroit rapper hit the stage with his trademark snapback hat and gold chains. Performing mixtape songs like “What U Doin?” “Too Fake” and “Phone Numbers,” Sean then got into his debut LP, Finally Famous.
Performing his single “I Do It,” Big rocked the crowd. The G.O.O.D. Music MC ripped his shirt off to get into “Marvin & Chardonnay.” He picked a suitable song to finish with: “My Last.”
“Me and my people do it big out in public/’cause if you ain’t do it big, you ain’t doing nothing,” Sean spit with fellow Finally Famous rapper Sayitainttone. Clearly that was the theme of the night, as Wiz later brought him out to rock their song “Gang Bang.”
Around 8:30 p.m., the Taylor Gang general commanded the stage in a striped tank top, shorts, and sunglasses, performing a slew of songs from his mixtapes like “Cabin Fever,” “The Thrill” and “Taylor Gang.”
“They let me in the club, fuck a dress code,” he yelled, jumping around the stage. “Me and all my niggas rolling up the best smoke!”
By the time the rapper got to “In the Cut,” a crowd favorite, smoke was rising from the mass of people in front of him. He then performed songs off Rolling Papers, starting with “When I’m Gone.”
The energetic emcee danced around on stage to “No Sleep,” “On My Level,” and “Black & Yellow” before bringing out girlfriend Amber Rose during “Roll Up.” For his last song of the night, the tattooed rapper performed one of his older songs, “Ink My Whole Body,” before thanking the crowd repeatedly for the turnout. —Rachelle Jean-Louis