Tag Archives: Hip Hop

Wiz Khalifa in new Ad for Bing

16 Feb

“When we do it, we do it big.” – Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa on the 2012 Grammys red carpet with girlfriend Amber Rose.

 

A new commercial ad for the search engine Bing showcases Wiz Khalifa, Pittsburgh rap prodigy showing fans and haters alike just what it takes to be at the top of the rap game. (And that, he is!)

This ‘Bing Originals’ spot features Wiz “on his daily hustle.”

Views see the fashionable rap artist cook himself some breakfast; and head to a recording studio session, a game of pick-up basketball, and – alas, the tie in! – Wiz stops to use his phone to do a Bing search for a Thai restaurant. (perhaps to share with girlfriend Amber Rose…?) and ending with a concert scene.

Naturally, we want to hear some music from Mr. Khalifa and so the background track is ‘When I’m Gone’ from his platinum-selling debut ‘Rolling Papers.’

(The ‘Bing Originals’ spot follows behind another Bing ad which features freestyle skier Bobby Brown (no, not the New Edition crooner) and Wiz’s track ‘Boarding Pass.’)

Check out Wiz’s ‘Bing Originals’ ad, below

 

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Pittsburgh Rapper Wiz Khalifa Nominated for 2 Grammy Awards!

12 Feb

Wiz Khalifa continues to make Pittsburgh proud!

The rapper has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards at tonight’s 54th Annual Grammys  in the categories of Best Performance and Best Rap Song.

Here is a video of a backstage interview with Wiz, and a photo, below, from a pre-Grammy gala.

Also, Wexford’s own Grammy award winner (and judge on “The Voice”) Christina Aguilera was nominated with Maroon 5 for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the single “Moves Like Jagger.”

Wiz:

VIDEO: Mac Miller Rapping with the Pittsburgh Steelers

16 Dec

Check out this great video of Pittsburgh rap artist turned national sensation Mac Miller doing a freestyle rap with some of the Pittsburgh Steelers! Tight end Weslye Saunders decided to show off his skills, too!

Courtesy of MTV & WPXI – awesome!

Check it out, here: http://www.wpxi.com/video/30007727/index.html

Wiz Khalifa Taking Over!

13 Feb

It seems that  Pittsburgh’s own Wiz Khalifa is having his name dropped in almost every other issue of Entertainment Weekly that I receive.

This week, (the 2.18.11 issue) on page 76 he gives Pittsburgh, and the Steelers, a “black-and-yellow” shout-out.  (Despite the debate on whether or not the song  has anything to do  or should have anything to do with the Steelers.)  In previous issues he’s been touted as who to watch, and the hottest up-and-coming artist in the rap game. (His name was first mentioned in the esteemed mag back in 2009.)

It is no surprise – Khalifa is getting press everywhere. He recently appeared on the George Lopez Tonight Show and the BET 106 and Park show. (with  my friend, DJ Bonics, nonetheless!)

HIs fans include the likes of Snoop Dogg and more. Keep your eye (and ears!) on this Pittsburgh phenom as he continues to make his name in the world of rap.

Khalifa’s album, “Rolling Papers” is due to hit stores – and iTunes – on March 29th. Just a couple of days ago, he tweeted a link to his next single, “Taylor Gang.” Last year, he was the winner of the MTV News Hottest Breakthrough MC contest and is currently on tour nationwide.

the BNVz opening for Kid Cudi tonight at PITT campus concert!

27 Mar

Pitt Program Council Presents Spring Hip Hop Show

Tonight at 7pm, Pitt students can enjoy the musical stylings of local “progressive rap pioneers”, the BNVz, and widely-recognized #1 selling rap artist and producer, Kid Cudi at the William Fitzgerald Field House. Tickets are $5 for students and the show begins at 7pm.

A Cleaveland native, Kid Cudi is best known for his “always-stuck-in-your-head” Billboard hit, “Day N’ Nite” and he’s worked with and/or written for the likes of Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Clipse, Travis Barker, Emile, and Pharell. He is currently starring in a Mark Wahlberg-produced television show on HBO called, “How to Make it in America.”

Joining Kid Cudi are local hip-hop artists the BNVz who have a progressive, house style to their rap music.  Some of their members even have jazz and classical backgrounds. Their flavor is unique and they’ve garnered a large local following here in Pittsburgh, winning a Hip Hop Battle contest held on the Pitt campus on Monday, which is how they’ve been selected to open the Kid Cudi show. Formerly known as “Beats N’ Verbz,” they want to change the face of rap music by incorporating elements of heavy bass, dance, alternative, and house while straying from  being labeled as a “hip-hop” band. Their music is heavily laced with lyrical storytelling and they do not like to be defined in generalities or strictly pigeonholed into one genre. They are currently serving as the opening acts for many big names in and around Pittsburgh, and hope to have their album come out in due time.

As for Kid Cudi, he’s most recently been known for a take on Lady Gaga’s song “Pokerface,” entitled “Make Her Say” and has reached the Billboard Top Ten with “Day N’ Nite,” which peaked at #4. He has sold over 450,000 copies of his debut album in the United States.

Get your tickets at the William Pitt Union now…Call 412-648-7900 with any questions. Or email ppc@pitt.edu … and don’t miss DJ Bonics at 7pm as he warms up the stage for the BNVz and Kid Cudi. Show starts promptly at 8:00. Join DJ Scottro from KISS fm at Pitt Cafe on Meyran for the after-show party.

More details at: http://www.pitt.edu/~ppc/hiphopshow.html