MTV Artist To Watch 2011: Wiz Khalifa

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Wiz Khalifa‘s “Black And Yellow” is the surprise hit of 2010. The infectious, unforgettable Pittsburgh anthem pays tribute to Wiz’s hometown, using the Pittsburgh Steelers’ colors as inspiration for his once-you-hear-it-you’ll-never-forget-it chorus.

The success of “Black And Yellow” (which recently got the all-star remix treatment with Snoop Dogg, T-Pain and Three 6 Mafia‘s Juicy J.) might be the first time many folks have heard the creaky, charismatic musings of Wiz Khalifa, but to underground hip-hop fans it’s just the latest in a long line of rap anthems.

With countless solo mixtapes (particularly Kush & Orange Juice) and albums (Flight School) under his belt and a popular collaborative mixtape between himself and Curren$y (How Fly), Wiz Khalifa has been turning heads for a couple of years now.

With a style that splits the difference between skater and hip-hop kid and a flow that adds East Coast lyricism to Snoop Dogg’s masterful murmurs, you can see and hear why MTV News named Wiz Khalifa the Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010. And with his major label debut due out next year, it looks like 2011 will be the Pittsburgh-repping MC’s biggest year yet.

See why 2011 will be the year of Wiz Khalifa in the exclusive Buzzworthy interview below. Plus, watch his “Black And Yellow” video and check out MTV.com’s Wiz Khalifa photo gallery.

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