The last couple of years have been crazy busy for rapper Wiz Khalifa. He married Amber Rose, they had a son, he co-wrote the theme song for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot and even and had the city of Pittsburgh declare December 12 "Wiz Khalifa Day."
Recently, Wiz announced that his fifth full-length, Blacc Hollywood, will drop August 19, following 2012's O.N.I.F.C. Here's everything we know about it!
Wiz shared the music video for "We Dem Boyz" back in April, with the hometown anthem documenting a day in the life of Khalifa. In it, the rapper smokes a joint, frolics down his street and joins a block party. There's plently of BBQ, ice cream trucks and even appearances from Juicy J, Curren$y, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
In July, Khalifa released "KK," his second single from Blacc Hollywood. The rapper returns to his classic sound, waxing poetic on his favorite herbal refreshment while repeating "KK Blowin'" throughout the track. (KK here meaning "Khalifa Kush," obviously.)
On August 4, he dropped "Promises," a slow-burning ballad that's very different from the Wiz we know and love. He's singing here, for almost the entirety of the track! Perhaps being a dad and a husband has softened the guy?
On August 12 Wiz shared "True Colors," his collaboration with Nicki Minaj. The track is something of an empowering anthem, with Minaj declaring "Call me Nicki M. Ali / These bitches know I’m the greatest."
In October 2013, Mannie Fresh told XXL that he produced the record, claiming that Blacc Hollywood marks “the rebirth of Mannie Fresh. It’s been busy for me, that’s all I can say is thank the fans, thank God, the people who believe in me.” Sounds promising!
Miley Cyrus: Or so it seems! The rapper told Fuse in an exclusive interview, "I got a lot of guest appearances that I've already done, but none of them have been cleared for the album yet. I got songs with Miley." Granted, that was last fall, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.
Adele [cancelled]: In addition to working with Miley, Wiz told Fuse he has "songs with Adele." The rapper recently backtracked and told Rap-Up, "Nah, it was like an idea. Maybe we’ll get to do a remix or something.” Boo!
Ty Dolla $ign: The up-and-coming rapper makes a few appearances on the album, including the tracks "Hope," "Still Down" and "You and Your Friends," the later of which is only found on the deluxe edition of Blacc Hollywood.
Snoop Dogg: Not on the proper record, but Snoop contributes to a featured track on the deluxe edition, lending his chops to "You and Your Friends.” According to the tracklisting, the song also includes Ty Dolla $ign.
Curren$y: The New Orleans musician is featured on “House in the Hills.”
Chevy Woods: Woods has a spot on "Still Down," which also features Ty Dolla $ign.
Ghost Loft: The fairly obscure rapper lays down a few verses on "So High."
1. "Hope” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
2. “We Dem Boyz”
4. “KK” feat. Project Pat & Juicy J
5. “House in the Hills” feat. Curren$y
6. “Ass Drop”
8. “Stayin’ Out All Night”
9. “The Sleaze”
10. “So High” feat. Ghost Loft
11. “Still Down” feat. Chevy Woods & Ty Dolla $ign
12. “No Gain”
13. “True Colors” feat. Nicki Minaj
14. “We Dem Boyz (Remix)” feat. ScHoolboy Q & Nas
15. “You and Your Friends” feat. Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign
What to expect
Khalifa told Vibe last summer that the record and its title "just represent the lifestyle... Not really like black people in Hollywood, but just like black attitude. Not giving a ‘F’ about anything. It’s like just blacking out on the world. We’re bringing that to Hollywood.”
The inspiration is fairly thematic. In early August 2014, the rapper shared a video on YouTube outlining his goals with the record (below). "It’s a look into the ’80s and the more punk era, and the stuff that inspired what people pay shitloads of money for now," Khalifa reveals while cutting up a t-shirt. "A lot of the music that I’m inspired by is kids who are doing it on their own and low quality videos. You take me, who’s like a huge superstar to a lot of people, and I dumb it down and I minimize everything. I lower my quality, but the thought process and the art is still there... If you get it it, you do. If you don't get it, you still see that it's a movement. It's these little Blacc Hollywood kids, these little pieces of s--t. Realistically, they're coming up with all these great ideas."
Listen to Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood in full below!