Getting a gold plaque is a big deal these days. The music industry has changed drastically in the past 10 years, and rappers are more likely to rack up download sales for singles than for entire albums. So when Wiz Khalifa learned that his debut, Rolling Papers, had gone gold, selling more than 500,000 copies, he was ecstatic.
"The album going gold, that's crazy, just because these days, I know how much doesn't sell and I know how hard it is to get to that point," Wiz told MTV News on the set of his upcoming "No Sleep" video. "It's a big deal for me, and with 'Black and Yellow' being triple-platinum, 'Roll Up' being platinum, it's just all going towards what I said before: my fanbase and my underground love transitioning into sales and numbers, which people really respect in the end."
Wiz has had a very successful year and a half. In addition to the new plaques adorning the walls of his bakery, Wiz is one of the front-runners for the Best New Artist award at the 2011 VMAs. And in spite of the success the Taylor Gang general has been enjoying, he's still not above giving back to his fans.
He recently released five new tracks via his Twitter, featuring partner in crime Curren$y, his Rolling Papers tourmate Big Sean and Wiz himself. The Pittsburgh MC's team at ID Labs produced all of the tracks ("O.T.T.R," "Weed Brownies," "Dot Dot Dot" and "Flowers" are produced by Big Jerm; the fifth track, "Proceed," was produced by Cardo). The new releases only increased speculation that a joint mixtape — maybe even an album — with all three MCs might be in the works. But Wiz said he wasn't sure what exactly would come of the material because they recorded them just for fun.
"It's always fun to be in the position where we could make music that sells to people, videos that people enjoy, and still just drop free music that we feel like is just good stuff," Wiz said. "And at the end of the day, we weren't hearing anything like what we make and I felt like it was time for that. Me and Spitta, we talk all of the time, and it was just a thing where he called me and he was like, 'Yo, we need to do something,' and I was like, 'Yeah, we should do something. We should do this,' and he was like, 'Perfect.' "
Wiz said he thought Sean would be a perfect fit, adding something new to what he and Curren$y have previously done.
"We've done that before, so if we did it again, we would just be doing it over," Wiz said of his and Curren$y's collabos. "We wanted to do something new, add that new element, and it ended up being real fun. It's definitely not How Fly 2, but we'll see what comes of it."
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