With "Black and Yellow," Wiz Khalifa went from heralded underground artist to one of the biggest new stars in hip-hop.
The Pittsburgh upstart's hometown anthem was powered by the synth-heavy sounds of pop production team Stargate, best known for their work with Ne-Yo, Beyonce and Chris Brown. Wiz's woozy vocals and the melodic "Black and Yellow" musical slate proved to be a winning combination.
"It was just a good mixture," Wiz told MTV News about working with the Swedish producers. "When we got in the studio, I think the first day in the studio with them I did two songs and a hook. They kept throwing me beats and I kept knocking out hooks and verses over them. So I think just the vibe was there. The music that we were making is real potent. It was like, 'We got to do it [and collaborate].' "
The rapper made his name with a series of mixtapes and independent albums, including Show and Prove and his breakout, Kush and Orange Juice.
His frenzied fan base, which have been dubbed The Taylor Gang, have been on board with the lanky artist for years now.
Recently, though, his latest material — with a little help from Stargate — has seen Wiz in some high-profile company. Snoop Dogg, T-Pain and Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J shared the mic with Wiz on the "Black and Yellow" remix.
"They know how to make hits, man," he said of the Stargate team. "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."
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