Wiz Khalifa got his very first break as a high school senior when the Pittsburgh rapper was tapped by Rolling Stone as an artist to watch. Now, on the verge of delivering his major-label debut, Rolling Papers, the “Black and Yellow” star is set to grace the cover of the magazine, according to RapRadar.
In the issue, he’s been named “Hip-Hop’s Rookie of the Year”; The Source bestowed the same honor on him back in November.
Wiz Khalifa is sharing cover duties with “Jersey Shore” starlet Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi for the issue, dubbed the “Hot List” special, which arrives on newsstands Friday.
MTV News’ “Hottest Breakthrough MC” winner — who won by a landslide, thanks to his Taylor Gang following — is riding high (pun intended) off the success of “Black and Yellow,” his hometown anthem that doubled as the Steelers’ soundtrack on their way to the Super Bowl.
Wiz followed that number with “Roll Up,” which is currently #76 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. “Black and Yellow” is still going strong, resting at #10 after hitting the top earlier this year.
In January, MTV named Wiz Khalifa an “11 for ’11″ celeb to watch, along with Dave Franco, Kim Kardashian and another “Jersey Shore” star, Deena Cortese.
“I got a lot of work to do,” Wiz told MTV News shortly before receiving the nod. “I’ve done a lot of work to get where I’m at, but I have to keep working. And, hopefully, I’ll be the best artist of the year.”
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