For years, the city of Pittsburgh was paralyzed by the claws of mediocrity. While the Steelers were able to hoist numerous Super Bowls with Big Ben, the baseball scene seemed pretty grim. The Pirates were scrapping for wins while the cross-state Phillies were powered by the heavy bats of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. And on the music front, Philly was dominating with the likes of Cassidy, Freeway, Young Gunz, Beanie Sigel, and more.
Now, things appear to be in reverse. The Pirates have escaped the pits of obscurity. They’ve snagged an MVP in the form of Andrew McCutchen and are in the midst of another playoff run. Their rap scene is now anchored by Mac Miller and Platinum recording artist Wiz Khalifa.
Wiz has become an indomitable presence in the music industry. His songwriting prowess and melodic hooks elevated him into stardom. Simplicity is his best friend. Listeners constantly gush every time Wiz drops a new record because he has the formula to guarantee them satisfaction.
While some adore Wiz for his ability to woo the ladies with songs like “Roll Up,” “Remember Me,” and “Promises” it’s his high-powered, bombastic records that get people going. If you need a party record, you search for him on your iPod. If you need a record to instill that sheer confidence you need to hit that buzzer-beater, you look for him. His third major label album, Blacc Hollywood, is out and proves why he’s the best at what he does.
In honor of his 27th birthday today, we are paying homage to Wiz by picking some of his best records to get a locker room hyped before a game. If you’re a real Khalifa fan or sports junkie, some of these records shouldn’t surprise you at all. If you aren’t, grab a pen and paper, because you’ll see why these records are some of your favorite athletes go-to joints. Here are Wiz Khalifa’s Best Pump Up Songs.
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