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Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg to star in stoner flick High School

The pairing of new school rhymer Wiz Khalifa and rap icon Snoop Dogg is a match made in chronic heaven.

The two avid weed puffers are taking their friendship further than just music and creating a movie called, fittingly, High School. The stoner comedy will likely be released sooner than later, Khalifa confirmed to Rolling Stone.

“It should be coming out pretty soon. It’s about pot, of course,” he said. “But it’s about me [sic] and his relationship. A spin-off of us being cool in the industry, smoking a lot of weed, and being around a lot of weed. We’re going to try to have fun with it and also try to enlighten people at the same time, not just get everybody high.”

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MTV Woodie Awards announce performers Wiz Khalifa, Sleigh Bells, and more -- EXCLUSIVE

Wiz-KhalifaImage Credit: Aaron Richter; Sean BerryWith no performers announced until now and just over two weeks to go before the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards go live from Austin, Texas, on March 16 (the show will air live at 12am ET/tape delayed PT on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU), EW can exclusively reveal the roster of up-and-coming artists set to take the stage.

“Black and Yellow” rapper Wiz Khalifa, Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells, L.A. hip-hop collective Odd Future and sprightly Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club are slated to be the live entertainment as Matt & Kim, Lupe Fiasco and others hand out “Woodie” awards based on student votes from campuses across the country.

This the first year the mtvU Woodies will be aired live on MTV (as in MTV alpha) in addition to the dorm-only network mtvU and MTV2. Additionally, this is the first time the college-crowd centric music show is part of the eminent South by Southwest Music Festival.

Clearly ready to live up to SXSW’s reputation as the best place to see upcoming artists, the previously-mentioned artists should put on a helluva show.

Wiz Khalifa, a newcomer with a number-one single under his belt (you and 45 million of your closest friends may have heard it) has his many mixtapes to pull from, and Sleigh Bells joyfully create an ear-crushing din of sugar-pop vocals, no-nonsense beats, and thundering guitar riffs.

But when it comes to newcomers to watch, my money is on Odd Future (especially if they opt to exclusively go by “Odd Future” instead of their unwieldy full name “Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All”). Nineteen-year-old group leader Tyler the Creator recently Tweeted pics of himself hanging out with Justin Bieber, although their sometimes graphically violent lyrics will probably rule out any potential official Biebs approval. But purely in terms of music, Odd Future are astounding and they do something unheard of these days: they write their own music and don’t use samples.

Who are you most excited to see, readers? And which nominees have you cast your vote for—Wiz? Kanye? The Black Keys? Girl Talk? Yelawolf? Mumford and Sons? LCD Soundsystem? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Wiz Khalifa's 'Black and Yellow' tops Billboard Hot 100 singles chart

The Pittsburgh Steelers may have lost to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday in Super Bowl XLV, but their rapping hometown kid has plenty to smile about this week. Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” jumps to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart today, up three slots. Last week’s No. 1, Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” slips to No. 2. Meanwhile, Katy Perry’s “Firework” holds at No. 3.

Check out the the full top 10 after the jump.

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Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa square off in 'Black and Yellow' NFL Super Bowl remix: Which 'Yellow' is better?

Black-and-YellowThe football field isn’t the only place the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are squaring off. Along with the upcoming Super Bowl comes a remix of “Black and Yellow,” Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Burgh-loving anthem, from rap titan Lil Wayne. His “Green and Yellow,” named after the Wisconsin team’s uniform colors, basically declares Green Bay will be raising the Lombardi trophy come Sunday. “Terrible towels?/ That s—‘s boring/ We got the ball/ You know we’re scoring” Wayne raps over the Stargate production.

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Bruno Mars' 'Grenade' returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart, Britney Spears slips to No. 6

This week on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” returns to the No. 1 spot. After being pushed to No. 2 last week by the now No. 6 “Hold It Against Me” from Britney Spears, “Grenade” holds the top spot for its third nonconsecutive week. Katy Perry’s “Firework” jumps up one place to No. 2. And Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” also rises, moving up two places to No. 3.

Check out the rest of the top 10 after the jump.

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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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Wiz Khalifa: 'Deal or No Deal,' his buzz is growing

For a short time early last week, a surprising entry crept into the iTunes Music Store’s overall top 10 albums: 22-year-old Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s Deal or No Deal, coming in just below high-profile pop releases by the likes of Adam Lambert, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, and the New Moon soundtrack. It also briefly topped iTunes’ hip-hop chart. Wait a sec — Wiz who?

If you did recognize Wiz’s name, it might have been from last year’s “Say Yeah,” with its prominent sample of Dutch trance act Alice DeeJay’s “Better Off Alone.” That single became a minor hit, but a full-length follow-up failed to materialize, and Wiz left then-label Warner Bros. earlier this year. “I didn’t get dropped from Warner, but they definitely lost interest in the project,” he tells the Music Mix. “After ‘Say Yeah,’ I think they wanted me to be that artist who just does that [sound].” (A Warner Bros. rep confirmed that Wiz parted ways with the label this year, but declined further comment.)

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