The 2050 Tour
Nobody’s going to mistake Pittsburgh’s Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang for Public Enemy, but their tracks virtually marinate in memorable melodies and grooves, and the production value is top-shelf. Khalifa’s first major record deal with Warner went south, but a massive surge of searches for his mixtape Kush and Orange Juice baffled trend-trackers at Google and Twitter, leading to a lucrative deal with Atlantic that still lets him drop mixtapes, including two this year. His hometown team lost against Green Bay in Superbowl XLV, but the Steelers’ unofficial adoption of “Black and Yellow” as their anthem in the 2010-11 season helped the single go triple-platinum. True, he’s been on tour almost nonstop for seven months, and O.N.I.F.C., the 25-year-old’s sophomore full-length on the Atlantic deal, has been delayed twice (currently set to drop on Dec. 4), but that means we get to see him twice in a year. Let’s just hope he’s more careful with his stash than when he headlined Rites of Spring in April. After the show, he was booked by Metro police on a misdemeanor possession charge.
Sun, Nov 25 | 7:30 PM