Congrats, Wiz!

WIZ KHALIFA INKS WITH ATLANTIC VIA ROSTRUM RECORDS

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 (see attached itinerary).

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.comwith nearly a quarter of a million downloads to date.

Since then, Wiz’ online presence has been undeniable, with close to 8 million profile views and a total of nearly 30 million plays at his official MySpace page,

Inspired by hip-hop’s greatest artists but determined to pave his own lane, Wiz Khalifa first made waves after an encounter with Rostrum Records’ founder Benjy Grinberg. The label head instantly recognized a superstar on the rise and Rostrum soon released Wiz’ first mixtape, “PRINCE OF THE CITY,” and the subsequent debut album, “SHOW AND PROVE,” in 2006. The album quickly earned unprecedented critical praise, with Okayplayer.com declaring it “arguably the best hip-hop release of the year,” officially putting Wiz on the radar of artists to look out for.

Riding the momentum of “SHOW AND PROVE,” Wiz released a multitude of mixtapes over the next three years, gaining him both the buzz and the loyal fan base needed to catapult him to the next level. Wiz’ next album, “DEAL OR NO DEAL,” was released in November of 2009 and landed in the #1 spot on iTunes “Top Hip Hop/Rap Albums” chart thanks to the huge buzz generated by his indefatigable grassroots grind. Showing no signs of slowing down, Wiz embarked on a 40-city, sold out “Deal Or No Deal Tour,” in support of the highly successful album.

WIZ KHALIFA TOUR ITINERARY

WAKEN BAKEN TOUR 2010

SEPTEMBER

16 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero

19 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater

21 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place

22 Providence, RI Lupo’s

24 Montreal, QUEB La Tulipe

25 Kingston, ONT Stage’s Nightclub

26 Toronto, ONT The Opera House

28 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

29 Chicago, IL Metro

30 Urbana, IL Canopy Club

OCTOBER

1 Madison, WI The Orpheum Theater

2 Big Rapids, MI Ferris State University

4 Iowa City, IA The Union Bar

5 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

6 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium

7 Denver, CO Ogden Theater

8 Boulder, CO Fox Theater

9 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep

10 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue

12 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory

14 Vancouver, BC Fortune

15 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodu

16 Eugene, OR Wow Hall

26 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater

27 Scottsdale, AZ Venue Of Scottsdale

28 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater

29 Dallas, TX House Of Blues

30 Austin, TX Emo’s

31 Houston, TX House Of Blues

NOVEMBER

2 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues

4 Orlando, FL Club At Firestone

5 Tampa, FL The Ritz

6 Atlanta, GA Masquerade

10 Richmond, VA The National

11 Norfolk, VA Norva Theater

14 Albany, NY Northern Lights

16 Allentown, PA Crocodile Café

Additional Dates To Be Announced

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