Today in Hip-Hop: Wiz Khalifa Drops ‘Kush and Orange Juice’ Mixtape
On this day, April 14, in hip-hop history...
2010: On April 14, 2010 Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa dropped his eighth independently produced mixtape, Kush & Orange Juice .
Khalifa dropped Kush & Orange Juice after he was just featured on the 2010 XXL Freshmen List earlier in the year, proving he was making a push for stardom now that his profile was at a higher level.
The expansive, 20-track tape first put Khalifa on the map thanks to his devoted online following. Within hours of Wiz dropping Kush & Orange Juice for free download, it was a trending topic on Twitter. Sticking to his usual formula of rapping about weed and women, Wiz exhibited a higher confidence on this mixtape than others past and received critical acclaim as a result.
One of the most popular tracks from the tape was "Mezmorized," produced by frequent Wiz collaborator Cardo. The beat, which was like a modernized take on G-funk, was perfect for the Khalifa man. The first four bars firmly established his image, too; "I don't love 'em/I don't chase 'em, I duck 'em/Smoke somethin'/Go to a new state soon as I fuck 'em." Wiz was and is one of the coolest rapper's out, and this project and song helped solidify him in that sense.
Wiz spoke on the fifth anniversary of K&OJ with MTV (watch below):
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