(MTV)–Regardless of the outcome of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Wiz Khalifa has something to celebrate.
The MC was tapped to kick off the match with his smash hometown anthem, “Black and Yellow,” before his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers hit the gridiron. The Kush & OJ lyricist told MTV News in an e-mail that rocking the crowd as his team faced-off for a chance to head to the Super Bowl was a long-held goal.
“Awesome, can’t even explain it,” Khalifa said of hitting the stage at the event. The Mezmerized MC also admitted that just hearing his platinum smash pump through the Steelers’ stadium speakers was an incredible experience. “Aw man, it feels great. It’s like a dream come true,” he said. “I hoped this day would come but I never thought it would be a reality.”
Even though he’s had to weather a brief moratorium on “Black and Yellow” spins in New York over the weekend, Khalifa always went hard for his city.
“I’ve always had that Pittsburgh pride. I just wanted to let people know where I’m from and represent any way I can, and what better way than through our colors?” Wiz said in a statement released by his label when news of the AFC gig surfaced. “I took that hometown pride and put it in a song.”
Of course, he had some help channeling that hometown love into a chart-ruling smash. The MC gave props to Swedish production team Stargate for adding their hit-friendly touch to the track.
“They know how to make hits, man,” he said of the producers. “They know how to put a song together. So I learned to do my part and let them do their part. And that’s when it goes crazy. ‘Cause I do a lot of different things when I record my music. And they go back and we narrow it down. And that’s how those big songs come out.”
While over the last 14 years Ghostface Killah has proven himself to be the most consistently impressive member of the Wu-Tang Clan with his solo output, Raekwon is currently proving himself to be the most determined of his Shaolin brethren – the one unshakably committed to maintaining his crew’s relevancy in the Rap game 18 years after the killer bees first swarmed on the scene.
After releasing just three solo albums from 1995-2009, The Chef has since slammed his foot on the gas pedal of his career and is already preparing the release of his second solo project in less than two years. Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang (due March 8th) is the official follow-up to Rae’s critically acclaimed comeback, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt. II (and trails his one-off trio project with fellow Clansmen Method Man and Ghostface Killah, the admittedly rushed but seemingly well-received Wu-Massacre).
But as Lex Diamond explained to HipHopDX on Tuesday (January 18th), his first formal release of 2011 (yep, just his first) will not resemble anything Rae’s released in recent years, but will rather reinstate the sonic and conceptual direction the Clan debuted with in 1993. And while a throwback album will likely have Wu fans worldwide in a state of euphoria, Rae candidly revealed during this discussion with DX that The Abbot of the Clan, RZA, is “bitter” about the Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang project.
HipHopDX’s 2009 award winner for both “Album of the Year” and “Emcee of the Year” further revealed how his online supporters influenced the construction of his back to the future disc, how he finally secured a long-discussed Nas feature, why Jim Jones “represents real Hip Hop,” and why the hardest working Wu-Tang member has no regrets about his eyebrow-raising remix with Pop star Justin Bieber.
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