News: Wiz Khalifa Wraps Up "Papers" Once & For All
Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011 11:00AM
"Black & Yellow" hitmaker Wiz Khalifa has announced the completion of his long-awaited Atlantic Records debut, Rolling Papers, and hinted at a few unexpected touches listeners may find on the album.
According to Wiz, the album is set to be turned in to Atlantic in a few days.
"The album is totally finished," Wiz revealed in an interview. "We're putting, like, the last little bit of touches on it, and we're turning it in [this] week...We got a couple of surprises along the way to keep people interested. But really, other than that, the album is done. We're really excited. Everyone is excited. [Warner Music Group executive] Lyor [Cohen] came through to a session. I got so much support from the single and going into the album. So when we do drop it, I think we'll get that response that everyone was expecting." (MTV)
In late January, Wiz announced the name of his Atlantic debut.
The highly-anticipated set will be titled "Rolling Papers" and will be released on March 29. During a Ustream, Wiz told fans that the album title is not only inspired by his affinity for smoking weed, but that "it's deeper than that too... it's not just about the weed thing. It's bigger than that," he said. "My career really took off when I started smoking papers." Wiz also explained that the album's title refers to him being able to get off his contract with Warner Bros. "I sort of got my 'rolling papers'... and I was able to leave and I was able to do my thing likens to "saying goodbye to the paper." (Billboard)
Confirmed guest appearances include Snoop Dogg and Curren$y.
Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Too $hort, and Curren$y are expected to make appearances on the album. A tracklisting and cover art will be revealed in the coming weeks. (Rap-Up)
Last September, Wiz said he was interested in linking with artists like Cam'ron and Devin the Dude for his Atlantic debut.
"It's been awesome, you know what I'm saying, just working with a lot of people over there that completely understand my movement and what I'm doing," Wiz told radio personality A-Plus about his relationship with Atlantic. "'Black & Yellow,' the single, just how that worked out. Me pushing it to them and them really going hard with it. It's a great marriage that we got going on. It's definitely new energy, it's a lot of motivation for the project, and it's understanding going forward...I wanna work with Cam'ron, trying to get Cam'ron on the album. [Twitter trending topic] 'Camron Says,' Cam'ron's my man, a lot of people don't know I started that. I did, me. Shout-out to Killa. I want to get Killa on the album. I want to get 8Ball & MJG, I want to get Devin the Dude on the album, Snoop [Dogg] of course. And if anything else happens, it'll be a classic collaboration that nobody expects." (Power 92.1)
Rolling Papers is slated to drop Tuesday, March 29th.
Check out Wiz Khalifa speaking on his new album down below: