Wiz Khalifa “Rolling Papers” Tour Dates

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Rostrum/Atlantic Records recording artist Wiz Khalifa is proud to announce that his debut album, Rolling Papers, has been officially RIAA-certified gold.

What’s more, the rapper’s second official single, Roll Up, is now certified platinum after receiving gold certification only a couple of weeks prior. These two new accolades join the already 3x platinum single, Black And Yellow.

Known for his great presence on the road, Wiz recently kicked off his Rolling Papers Tour with a much-buzzed-about set at last week’s Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN.

The nationwide tour will see the Pittsburgh MC performing at venues nationwide, concluding with a recently added homecoming show at Pittsburgh’s Trib Total Media Amphitheatre on August 6th.

“Rolling Papers” Tour Dates:

June
22 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Center
23 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
25 – Anaheim, CA – The Honda Center
27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
28 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
29 – Tucson, AZ – Ava Amphitheater
30 – Albuquerque, NM – Convention Center

July
2 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
3 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
5 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest
6 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
7 – New Orleans, LA – Kiefer Uno Lakefront Arena
8 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
9 – Mariasville, NY – Camp Bisco Festival
10 – Cleveland, OH – Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
15 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove
16 – Orlando, FL – Firestone Lot
17 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater
18 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
20 – Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheater
21 – Greensboro, NC – White Oak Amphitheater
22 – Portsmouth, VA – Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
23 – Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville Pavilion
24 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
25 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
27 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
28 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
29 – West Long Branch, NJ – Mac at Mamouth Universal
30 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
31 – Burlington, VT – Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

August
2 – Indianapolis, IN – Lawn at White River State Park
3 – Rochester, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
4 – Lewiston, NY – Earl W. Brydges Artpark
5 – Pontiac, MI – Phoenix Amphitheater
6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Trib Total Media Amphitheatre

Wiz Khalifa Clears Beef Rumors

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It seemed as if every musician in the world was at Bonnaroo this past weekend, and none were more excited to be there than Wiz Khalifa. The Black & Yellow rapper performed on Saturday evening and rocked the crowd the entire time.

“I was feeling the energy the whole time,” says Khalifa. “I’ve been doing a lot of shows and growing as a performer and an artist, so I just wanted to build on all that,” he told MTV News following the performance. “Being a top act on such a huge stage in front of so many people, it’s a great starting point for my career, because a lot of people work their whole careers and then get here.”

Khalifa admitted that this was probably one of his biggest shows since he first broke on the scene last year. This is surprising, because he just performed at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert with the likes of Lil Wayne and Drake.

At Summer Jam last weekend, there was an incident that involved Khalifa and Waka Flocka Flame. The Taylor Gang General had this to say about the alleged incident: “Yeah, nothing happened backstage,” Khalifa said. “It’s always something; making up some rumor about something happening with me backstage during somebody’s set, but nothing happened. Me and Waka and are cool. That’s just people trying to promote negativity.”

Some wonder how true Khalifa’s story is but at this time we have to take his word for it.

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Snoop Dogg Pitching American Idol Style Show For Rap And Hip Hop Artists

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This was probably a long time coming, and although I don’t watch the talent-based reality shows (especially not the ones dedicated to singing…So You Think You Can Dance might find its way onto my screen from time to time), it makes sense that the next one would involve the search for the next great rap/hip-hop artist.

Who’s leading the charge for this show intent on discovering untapped hip-hop talent? Snoop Dogg (pronounced Snoop Dee Oh Double Gee, for those not hip to the lingo). That’s right, in a recent interview with the The New York Post, Snoop revealed his plans to create, as the paper calls it, “rap’s answer to American Idol.” The paper’s source suggests that some networks have been biting, including E! and MTV. They add that Snoop’s currently looking to recruit some celebrity hip-hoppers to fill the panel, with names like Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa being tossed about.

Snoop himself describes the show like this: “I’m looking for a deal from a network to find America’s hottest ‘hood artists.” There you have it, hood artists, you may get your chance to become famous the new-fashioned way.

Busta Rhymes Bounces Back With New Album

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Busta Rhymes is back with a new album and mindset adding on to his multi-platinum career. The Brooklyn emcee wouldn’t reveal the name of the album, but said it would be along the lines of When Disaster Strikes, The Coming, Extinction Level Event, Anarchy and Genesis.

Scoffing at the notion of retirement, Busta had a breakout year doing features, most notably Jay-Z and Kanye West’s H.A.M and Nicki Minaj’s Roman’s Revenge.

“I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.” Busta remarked whenever someone mentions him retiring. The 39-year-old rapper has seen and done it all since entering the game in 1991:

Death Row Record’s dominance over the industry; how Biggie, Nas and Wu-Tang Clan revived New York; the untimely deaths of Biggie and Tupac; the South’s dominance; the rise of underground artists like Wiz Khalifa. Through it all Busta still remained relevant releasing hit-after-hit, selling millions of records and collaborating with the biggest names in the industry.

He promises to give fans some new flavor as well as some of the old rapid-fire-flow Busta is known for. “I’m really taking my time with this one,” Busta says of his new, untitled release. “I’m going into this one different than the last album. I don’t want to start talking about producers and album titles just yet because I don’t want to spoil anything. But you know I’m going to come out with that good sh*t . I promise you that. I’ve been in the business for a minute and I still have a hunger for it. I’m not going to stop until the people tell me to.”

Meanwhile, he’s enjoying his #1 single Look At Me Now featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne and the growing buzz from Welcome To My Hood with DJ Khaled. Both tracks will appear on his new album, which he says is 90% done.

Busta isn’t going anywhere anytime soon let alone retiring. “This is my sh*t. I am back in a space where I can talk about the things I love to talk about and touch on things people are a little uncomfortable talking about and really expose the truths, and do it in a way where it’s so extremely entertaining. I feel supreme right now,” stated Busta Rhymes.

His album is slated to be released in September.

Wiz Khalifa Strikes Gold; Launches 40 City Tour With Big Sean, Chevy Woods

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa has announced the 40-city “Rolling Papers Tour,” which will kick off June 11th at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

The “Rolling Papers Tour” will also feature rappers Big Sean, Chevy Woods and DJ Bonics.

The news of the “Rolling Papers Tour” comes on the heels of Wiz’ official second single “Roll Up” receiving a gold certification by the RIAA, for moving over 500,000 units.

The rapper will be on the road until August 5th when the “Rolling Papers Tour” winds down in Pontiac, Michigan at the Phoenix Amphitheater.

The full itinerary for the “Rolling Papers Tour” is listed below.

JUNE
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11 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival
12 St. Louis, MO Verizone Wireless Amphitheater
13 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
14 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
15 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
16 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Plaza
18 Denver, CO 1st Bank Center
21 Lake Tahoe, NV Montbleau Casino
22 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center
23 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
25 Anaheim, CA The Honda Center
27 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
28 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
29 Tucson, AZ Ava Amphitheater
30 Albuquerque, NM Convention Center


JULY
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2 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie
3 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
5 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Summerfest
6 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
7 New Orleans, LA Kiefer Uno Lakefront Arena
8 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
9 Mariasville, NY Camp Bisco Festival
10 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
15 Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove
16 Orlando, FL Firestone Lot
17 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheater
18 Myrtle Beach , SC House of Blues
20 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheater
21 Greensboro, NC White Oak Amphitheater
22 Portsmouth, VA Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
23 Charlottesville, VA Charlottesville Pavilion
24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
25 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
27 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
28 Portland, ME Maine State Pier
29 West Long Branch, NJ Mac at Mamouth Universal
30 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
31 Burlington, VT Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo

AUGUST
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2 Indianapolis, IN Lawn at White River State Park
3 Rochester, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
4 Lewiston, NY Earl W. Brydges Artpark
5 Pontiac, MI Phoenix Amphitheater

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BET Awards Nominations Announced

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This year’s BET Awards will feature many old faces returning to glory and a plethora of new faces to come onto the scene.

Making a return is Chris Brown, who released his album F.A.M.E. this year. Brown leads the field with 6 nominations including Viewers Choice, Best Collaboration, and Best Actor.

In the category of Viewers Choice and Best Collaboration, Brown’s songs Look At Me Now and Deuces will be going head to head with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and her collaboration with Drake on What’s My Name.

Rihanna will also be among heavy competition in the best female R&B category. Other nominees include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, and Marsha Ambrosius.


Just days after the death of their member M. Bone, Cali Swag District was nominated for Best Group alongside Diddy’s Dirty Money, N.E.R.D., New Boyz, and Travis Porter.

This year’s Best Male Hip-Hop Artist will be an extremely tough category with all of the contenders having an opportunity to take the crown. The nominees are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and Drake.

The Best New Artist category is also shaping up to be a battle pitting Bruno Mars against the likes of J. Cole, Willow Smith, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa.

The show airs live on June 26th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.

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