Wiz Khalifa

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 2014 XXL Freshmen: A Statistical Analysis

    The line-up for XXL magazine's 2014 freshman issue was revealed on Monday evening, with the "dirty dozen" of rappers on the cover including Chance The Rapper, Kevin Gates, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan. Troy Ave is New York City's sole inclusion. As with years gone by, comments s ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Juicy J - Irving Plaza - 5/15/13

    Better Than: DJ Paul's barbecue sauce (just kidding). These days, it seems that Juicy J's renaissance is having a renaissance. With his group Three 6 Mafia stagnating, the man born Jordan Michael Houston took a single rap line--"You say no to drugs, Juicy J can't"--and turned it into a mantra, a ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2013

    DJ Whoo Kid Thinks Snoop Dogg Should Have Been the New Pope

    Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar asks local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline. Last week DJ Whoo Kid helped launch the video for A$AP Ferg's new track "40 Below," which also appears on his SXSW Social mixtape. When not granting assists to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, And Young Money Bring Crew Love Back To Rap Radio

    If you've listened to much urban radio lately, or even a little, you may have noticed that Lil Wayne and his Young Money Entertainment labelmates, particularly Drake and Nicki MInaj, are quite popular. You may have also noticed the same thing in 2011. And in 2010. And 2009. But perhaps nothing under ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    10 Curren$y Songs That Prove He's More Than Just A Weed Rapper

    After a couple of failed attempts at riding under someone else's banner (No Limit, Cash Money), Curren$y ventured out on his own and struck gold, amassing hundreds of thousands of loyal followers and lighting (pardon the pun) the way for rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller to carve out their own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Cee Lo Green's First Urban Radio Hit, 16 Years In The Making

    ​One of pop music's biggest Cinderella stories in recent memory has been that of the man born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, better known to the public as Cee Lo Green, or simply Cee Lo. After debuting as a member of the pioneering Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob in the mid-'90s, the MC/singer spent a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Bad Lip Reading: An Interview With the Man Behind The Beautiful Nonsense

    BLRHerman Cain, only slightly less coherent when given the Bad Lip Reading treatment.​For several months, it's been hard to take a stroll around the internet without tripping on the Bad Lip Reading video series, which overdubs new speech onto familiar popular videos. The results bear a super ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Raising The Bar For "YouTube Platinum"

    Justin Bieber and Ludacris: Congratulations. A lot of people watched your video.​On August 28, MTV will throw the 2011 installment of its Video Music Awards, honoring achievements in the art form that used to make up the majority of its programming. While it's all too tempting to note the iron ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Ten Trends That Watch The Throne Could Kickstart

    ​It's way too early to have a critical judgment on Watch The Throne; didn't you read the rules? But since Kanye West and Jay-Z's colossal collaboration plopped into the raging waters of Internet opinion early Monday morning, I've been watching for ripples. Here are ten new things that Watch Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    The Video Music Awards' Nominations Play To The Internet (Again)

    ​Last night MTV announced the nominees for this year's installment of their annual pseudo-event extravaganza, the 2011 Video Music Awards, and once again, the nominees for Video Of The Year have three pop picks ("Rolling In The Deep," "Firework," "Grenade"), one sop to the olds in the crowd wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2011

    The Top Ten Failed First Singles Off The Game's The R.E.D. Album

    ​This list began as a joke, but the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing its basic concept became. Consider: not only could I easily string together ten of Game's fruitless attempts to force label executives to release The R.E.D. Album, his followup to 2008's LAX; I had to make decisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Nas And Kanye West Leak Tracks, Lead The Pack (Again)

    "Queensbridge, y'all ready to see Nasty Nas?" Thus begins Nas' "Nasty," a return to form that justifies the answer to that question always being "Yes, duh!" With rugged, street-level bars about the finer things in life and being better than other rappers that recall his legendary post-Jay-Z battle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Radio Hits One: The Disappearing Urban Crossover Hit Says "Look At Me Now"

    ​Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now" has topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-hop Songs chart for seven weeks in a row, and it recently peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. In terms of Brown's career, it's notable for being the singer's first top 10 hit in the two years since that whole violent incident with then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Love vs. Money: The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and R&B's Future Shock

    As the Weeknd says, "XO till we overdose.."​Two days ago, r&b changed again. On Sunday night, a Canadian collective called the Weeknd released their nine-song mixtape, House of Balloons, on their web site. Though they were quick to deny the direct involvement of Drake's sonic architect, Noah " ... More >>

  • Music

    January 19, 2011
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    November 23, 2010

    Q&A: Yelawolf Talks Dubstep, Harmony Korine, and Trunk Muzik 0-60

    Hannibal Matthews​Yelawolf began the year with the mixtape Trunk Muzik and he's wrapping up his 2010 with a major label EP, Trunk Muzik 0-60, out today. Between the internet release of his mixtape and the EP's arrival in stores, Yelawolf signed to Interscope records, toured with Wiz Khalifa, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    The 10 Best Posse Cuts of 2010 (So Far)

    ​Posse cuts are like friendlier versions of the WWE's Royal Rumble -- a platform designed to showcase all of the stars in the game, both up-and-coming and certified. Think back to the Main Source's 1991 "Live At The Barbecue," featuring Akinyele, Joe Fatal, and the debut of a rapper named Nas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Q&A: Brother Ali on Rock the Bells and The Importance of Getting Touched By Ghostface

    Cover of Ali's The Truth is Here EP Of the many details that differentiate Brother Ali from your average rapper, it is important to note that after delving deep into the painful dissolution of his emotionally abusive marriage on his 2007 album The Undisputed Truth, Ali wraps things up by telling h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Ranking XXL's Freshman Class at the Highline Ballroom Last Night

    ​In what has become an annual tradition, the minds over at XXL magazine recently unveiled the elite class of fresh-faced rappers they dub the Freshman 10. Mostly products of Internet buzz and/or critically acclaimed mixtapes, the Freshman class issue has risen from a gimmicky excuse to put non ... More >>

  • News

    September 25, 2007

    Seen Acting in Concert

    The Hip-Hop Cops materialize in the West Village