MULTI-PLATINUM SUPERSTAR COMMEMORATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
OF BREAKTHROUGH LABEL DEBUT ALBUM WITH NEVER BEFORE RELEASED TRACKS
DELUXE EDITION INCLUDES FEATURES FROM NIPSEY HUSSLE, SNOOP DOGG, JUICY J, T-PAIN, CHEVY WOODS AND MORE
2X RIAA PLATINUM CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTED BY LANDMARK SINGLES INCLUDING THE WORLDWIDE FAVORITE, “BLACK AND YELLOW”
NEW VINYL RELEASE TO BE AVAILABLE IN LIMITED EDITION COLOR VARIANTS VIA WIZ KHALIFA’S WEBSTORE
SPOTIFY FANS FIRST EXCLUSIVE ON “HIGHLIGHTER YELLOW” VINYL WITH BLACK SMOKE EFFECT
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 29TH
Multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated superstar Wiz Khalifa is celebrating this week’s 10th anniversary of his landmark Rostrum/Atlantic debut album, ROLLING PAPERS. To commemorate the occasion, ROLLING PAPERS will be available later this year in a brand new vinyl release, with limited edition color variants including Blue Vinyl with Heavy Splatter (available at music retailers nationwide) and Green Vinyl with a Black Smoke Effect, available exclusively via Wiz’s official webstore; pre-orders are available now. HERE In addition, a Spotify Fans First Exclusive edition on “Highlighter Yellow” Vinyl with a Black Smoke Effect will be available for pre-order on the album’s official anniversary, Monday, March 29th. In addition, ROLLING PAPERS will be reintroduced entirely with never before released tracks (on DSPs), including “Black & Yellow ‘G-MIx’ (Feat. Snoop Dogg, Juicy J & T-Pain),” “Stoned,” “Middle of You (feat. Chevy Woods, Nikkiya and Poo Bear)” and “Taylor Gang.” As if that weren’t enough, Wiz Khalifa is unveiling “Hopes & Dreams” with a standout verse from the late icon Nipsey Hussle.
Released March 29, 2011, ROLLING PAPERS instantly affirmed Wiz Khalifa as a major talent and worldwide superstar, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Rap Albums” charts as well as at #2 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 – at the time, Khalifa’s highest chart debut thus far. Now boasting over 1.7B worldwide streams, ROLLING PAPERS went on to earn 2x RIAA platinum certification and “Best New Artist” wins at both 2011’s BET Awards and 2012’s Billboard Music Awards.
Hailed by Rolling Stone for “warmly luxuriating in the space between pop’s fresh-faced exuberance and hip-hop’s easy arrogance,” ROLLING PAPERS showcased the Pittsburgh, PA-based rapper’s one-of-a-kind stoner style, sound, and charisma on such classic tracks as the 6x RIAA platinum-certified #1 blockbuster, “Black and Yellow,” as well as the 2x platinum-certified hits “Roll Up“ and “No Sleep,” the latter of which proved a top 10 smash on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – Khalifa’s third highest charting single to date. As if that weren’t enough, ROLLING PAPERS includes the platinum-certified “On My Level (Feat. Too $hort)“ and RIAA gold-certified bonus track, “Taylor Gang (Feat. Chevy Woods).”
First dropped in September 2010, “Black and Yellow” reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100” in its 18th week on the chart while also topping “Hot Rap Songs” and the “Rhythmic” airplay chart. With digital sales now exceeding 4.1M, “Black and Yellow” proved a worldwide pop culture milestone, joined by an official music video currently boasting over 315M views via YouTube alone. What’s more, the track was featured at 2011’s Super Bowl XLV as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official fight song with Lil Wayne creating a “Green and Yellow” remix for the competing Green Bay Packers – the first time both Super Bowl teams had used the same song for their official anthem. A number of remixes and remakes have since followed, paying tribute to local sports teams spanning the Los Angeles Lakers to Italy’s AC Milan.
Alongside the aforementioned features from Too $hort and Chevy Woods, ROLLING PAPERS also includes an additional guest appearance from Curren$y on the fan favorite “Rooftops,” with Nikkiya and MDMA also featured on a deluxe edition bonus track. In fact, the late Nipsey Hussle was originally featured on “Hopes and Dreams,” this version never having been released due to clearance issues, despite the two farsighted rapper/entrepreneurs’ long friendship and close personal bond. Now, fans everywhere can check out his verse with the unveiling of ROLLING PAPER’S deluxe edition.
The decade that followed the milestone release of ROLLING PAPERS has seen Wiz Khalifa earn countless RIAA platinum and gold certifications, innumerable accolades, and a still-growing array of top honors including 10 total GRAMMY® Award nominations to date. In 2015, Wiz made history with the epochal hit single, “See You Again (Feat. Charlie Puth).” Currently certified 11x platinum by the RIAA, “See You Again” stands tall as one of the most successful singles ever, topping Billboard’s “Hot 100” for an historic 12 weeks while also ascending to #1 in 29 countries around the world. The song’s deeply touching companion video has now exceeded 5B individual views at Wiz Khalifa’s official YouTube channel – the first ever hip-hop video to achieve the billion view milestone and currently YouTube’s fourth most popular and second most liked video of all time.
Known far and wide as an electrifying live performer, Wiz has continually grown his global fan following through a series of hugely successful tours and show-stealing festival sets around the world. Furthermore, Khalifa has proven a far-sighted entrepreneur with a visionary range of fashion, film, and other extra-musical activity, including, of course, the always evolving Taylor Gang empire. Last year saw the 4/20 release of Wiz’s acclaimed new EP, THE SAGA OF WIZ KHALIFA, followed in October by an expanded Deluxe edition available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Highlights include such hit singles as “Still Wiz,” “Bammer (Feat. Mustard),” “Contact (Feat. Tyga),” “POV (Feat. Rubi Rose),” and “Millions (Feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie),” all joined by companion videos streaming now at the official Wiz Khalifa YouTube channel.
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