News: Wiz Khalifa On Juicing Up Taylor Gang, "He's Gonna Be Here Forever"
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 10:00PM
Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa has confirmed the hype surrounding Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J heading east and signing a deal with his Taylor Gang record label.
Wiz said admiration of Juicy J during his Three 6 Mafia days secured the deal.
"Yeah that's official, that's good to go," Khalifa confirmed with MTV News on Wednesday night before he took the stage with Snoop Dogg at Terminal 5 in New York. For Wiz, this is an opportunity to link up with an artist that he has looked up to for a long time. "Well, I've always been a huge fan of Juicy J and Three 6 Mafia and what they brought to the game," he said. "As far as their music, as far as their consistency, as far as just if you're in that mood and you know what you wanna hear, they brought it and I respected that. And they brought it for years, since I was young." Turns out, according to Khalifa, Juice was a fan of Wiz as well. "It was like, 'Man we might as well bridge the gap and takeover,' because he's gonna be here forever and I'm gonna be here forever." (MTV)
In late November, Juicy J opened up about his new Taylor Gang affiliation.
"We been talking about it and it just went down," Juicy tells xxlmag.com. "They like brothers to me. It's a blessing. I've been doing this over twenty years [and for] people to still recognize my music and appreciate my music, it's a blessing." Juicy J says that both he and Wiz are already hard at work. "Wiz got a new album coming out next year," he shares. "It's crazy. He's got over 40 songs done. He's still recording. And he's got a compilation album he's gonna put out featuring all of his artists." According to the Memphis native, as of now, those other artists are Chevy Woods, Lola Monroe, Neako and possibly others. (XXL Mag)
A month prior, video vixen-turned-rapper LoLa Monroe broke the news of her Khalifa signing.
She explained why she decided to sign with the "Black and Yellow" rapper. "Wiz is like a positive free individual that's about his business and that matches everything I've created on my side," she said. "When he reached out, he was like, 'I feel as though our movements represent the same thing, so I want you to rep Taylor Gang.' And I agreed, so it's only right. Plus, out of all the situations that came to me, my business instincts and just the comfort level, I felt it was just the right move with him. He's a stand-up dude and it just felt right." LoLa, who was nominated for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist at this year's BET Awards, is prepping her debut album and will drop a new single in November. "It's gon' be crazy." (Rap-Up)
In light of the new acts, Taylor Gang's Chevy Woods hit up SOHH and gave his reaction to the team's latest acquisitions.
"I'm bringing my me and my laid back personality. The Taylor Gang is one gang, but we're all different. No one is trying to be other other. All of us do little things to spread their message to the world. Each Taylor Gang member is good with the lane of music they're doing ... we can jump into each others lane and make it work. As far as what I want to get out the game, I'm not looking for a big pot of gold or a certain amount of money or none of that sh**. I'm just lookin' for the repsect and the love." (SOHH)
Check out some recent Wiz Khalifa footage below: