XXL.com just came up with ten reasons why they think Wiz is a star, which you can check out below. Drop your own thoughts in the comment section.
1) Ladies love Wiz
Recently, Wiz has been linked to some of the most infamous women in the industry, from Kanye West’s ex Amber Rose to former Bad Girls Club cast-member/Los Angeles-socialite Natalie Nunn.
2) Check the charts
Numbers don’t lie. “Black and Yellow” is the #5 single in the country, and . For the debut single from a rap artist in 2011, that is a huge, huge deal.
3) He’s suddenly on everyone’s remix and single
When you’re the hot new artist of the moment, everyone wants a piece of you. Wiz is no exception. Like Nicki Minaj and Drake before him, Wiz is becoming the go-to guy for a hot 16. In the past few weeks he has appeared on songs by Rick Ross, Diddy, Jamie Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, and more.
4) “Black And Yellow” has become a viral video sensation
In the past few weeks a slew of viral videos around Wiz’s “Black & Yellow” have popped up – most notably Vinny from Jersey Shore’s “Black & Guido” and 10-year old rapper Lyrikkal’s “Pink & Purple”.
5) He has a Diddy co-sign
You know you’re a big deal when Diddy suddenly attaches himself to you. Wiz appeared on Last Train to Paris’ “I Know” , and even performed with Diddy live onstage.
6) TMZ is starting to pay attention to him
Rapping about smoking weed is nothing new (hello, Devin the Dude), but Wiz’s brand of laid back stoner-rap with catchy pop hooks is definitely unique. Lately, Wiz’s influence can be heard in everyone from fellow-Pittsburg emcee Mac Miller to Tyga.
7) He’s been arrested
You know you’ve hit the big time when the hip-hop police start coming for you. Wiz’s profile became big enough that he was arrested for marijuana trafficking in November 2010.
8) He went pop without changing his sound
“Black and Yellow” is a mega pop hit, but it isn’t any different from what Wiz has been doing for years. He has a natural pop style.
9) He’s huge on Twitter
As of today, Wiz has close to 900k followers on twitter. For someone who’s only had one hit single so far, that is a HUGE deal.
10) He has his own movement
Part of the reason why Wiz has reached the level of success he has is his rabid, loyal Taylor Gang fanbase. It’s a movement. Tayor Gang or DIE!