Atlantic Records has announced the signing of acclaimed rapper Wiz Khalifa, an outcome of a deal with Rostrum Records, the rapper’s longtime independent label. The Pittsburgh-based hip-hop sensation is currently at work on his much-anticipated label debut, slated for release in early 2011.
Recently named MTV’s “Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010,” Wiz is set to embark on a massive North American tour dubbed the “Waken Baken Tour,” which kicks off on Thursday, September 16th at Philadelphia’s The Trocadero and then continues through late November.
Having already released a steady stream of popular mixtapes, Wiz blew up big-time earlier this year with the release of his blockbuster, “KUSH & ORANGE JUICE.” The mixtape proved to be a genuine online phenomenon, quickly becoming the #1 search topic on both Google and Yahoo!, as well as a #1 trending topic on Twitter, with the hashtag, #kushandorangejuice. “KUSH & ORANGE JUICE” is now ranked as the “Most Popular Mixtape of All Time” at DatPiff.com with nearly a quarter of a million downloads to date.