By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Rahman Dukes
“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? I took that hometown pride and put it in a song.”
– Wiz Khalifa said in a statement released by his label when news that the lanky MC would perform his “Black and Yellow” anthem on Sunday (January 23) during the AFC championship gig surfaced. The Pittsburgh Steelers triumphed over the New York Jets, even with all of the creative “GangGreen” songs that crept onto the radio over the last 72 hours in the Big Apple.
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 before Sunday’s show 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.
Now maybe Wiz can perform his hit’s “G-mix” during the Superbowl and actually get camera time so those of us at home don’t have to wait for the Internet recap.