Wiz Khalifa's 'Kush and Orange Juice' mixtape blows up

Wiz_KhalifaA year ago, Wiz Khalifa was in the process of parting ways with Warner Bros. Records. Today the Pittsburgh rapper has one of the most devoted grassroots fan bases going. His latest independent project, a free mixtape titled Kush and Orange Juice, hit the Web about an hour ago. Khalifa’s supporters immediately pushed the hashtag #kushandorangejuice to the No. 1 spot on Twitter’s trending topics list, and “Kush and Orange Juice mixtape” swiftly broke the top 10 of Google’s hot search trends. (UPDATE: Kush and Orange Juice download” is now No. 1 on that list.) Time for rap aficionados to start paying attention to this guy if they aren’t already.

So how is Kush and Orange Juice, anyway? Pretty solid! Wiz’s on-mic persona is all about having fun. When I saw him perform at a SXSW showcase last month, his permanent grin stood in sharp contrast to the somber ice grills sported by most of the other rappers on stage. As usual, then, he makes his life sound like one long party on this mixtape, recounting endless tales of pot smoke and pretty women. Not the deepest subject matter, but Khalifa’s easy charm, steady flow, and way with a sing-song hook make these tracks difficult to resist. He’s smart about turning his underdog status into a plus, too. “Know we belong on the top, but we ain’t tripping/’Cause we’ll get there in a minute,” he repeats on flute-laced standout “The Statement.” Is it any wonder so many fans want to come along with him?

Khalifa has posted several download links for Kush and Orange Juice to his Twitter account. Check one out and let us know if you’re among his growing legion of followers.

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  • Diggiti

    I Dont know who he is? but his P.R people are GOOD ! Bravo

    • Nilrac

      He has no P.R people, but him self. No label and been on the grind from the ground up!

      • Slim

        He does have PR.

      • Check Yo Delf

        Khalifa has been working with Rostrum Records and their PR guru Artie for over half a decade now.

      • tony moon

        he has pr people lol what type of nonsense is that..he def does have the best pr

  • McSquared

    He’s a self-made success. Releases a bunch of mixtapes, drops a couple albums collaborating with other rappers like him. I’m a huge fan, and I’d see him live in a second (doobies would be necessary of course)

  • nia

    wiz is the man; nothing else to be said

    • Clyya !

      Wiz Khalifa Is The Best Rapper alive In my Opinion ! I <3 Hym .

  • anon

    this guy been out for a minute, bout time he start gettin some recognition. curren$y needs to blow up too.

  • addicted2fresh

    So happy he is getting some recognition. Ive been a fan since Prince of the City and this man deserves all the success that he will see.

  • lindy anett

    i love nutrition and wellness. i luv my wiz khilife he is my homeboi 4 life dogg

  • Andrew Kelsesky

    I’ve been with Wiz since the start.. It feels good to see Pittsburgh’s on the map. TGOD!

    • peedi

      Pittsburgh has always been on the map i dont know what your talkin about. they have 3 professional teams and the pitt panthers are one of the best college teams out there

  • jeezy

    He really doesn’t have much P.R. Rostrum Records isn’t that huge nation wide just locally. He uses twitter to spread the news. I’ve been with him since Prince of the City and He’s fire. His mixtapes always have a nice smooth grove to em

  • ridgemontflyy

    wiz khalifa fan site http://www.askhowfly.com

  • jessicahatcher

    Taylor Gang Or Die!

    Wiz Khalifa Is The Best Rapper Alive(: HE Will Be A Legend

  • young

    A Wiz im on them PAPAR PLAINS FLOOTN UP.

  • Jake0733

    Wiz might be the biggest underdog ever he really needs to get the attenion he deserves. I noticed his talent first by listening to his ATL freestlye on youtube check it out. Where the planes at?

  • chut mac

    yo wiz, in fitchburg state you have a big following, come on down next year and put on a concert and chill wit some good people

  • Reese

    I first heard of Wiz when he dropped the song “Make It Hot” a while back. Went to seem him live, it was crazy! He had the crowd going wild!!!

  • jon jon

    honestly between kush & oj and prince of the city 2 wiz is unstoppable. he knows what kind’ve music it takes and what style to deliver with and he bringd nothing less tham greatness and memorable hit every single time.something like myself. if u wana real rapper hit meh up wiz>> much love

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