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Wiz Khalifa's Leads Hip-Hop Bill at Revolution

Hailing from the same city as Girl Talk and the Steelers — which he's affectionately dubbed "Pittsburgh, Pistol-Vania" — Wiz Khalifa hasn't let being from a place not typically synonymous with hip-hop get in the way of his grind. In the past 12 months, he has released his second full-length album, Deal or No Deal, to much acclaim, toured rigorously, appeared on the cover of XXL, turned in notable performances at CMJ and SXSW, and become a regular on every hip-hop blog in existence. Not bad for a heavily tattooed, currently independent artist in his early 20s.

Despite being annoyingly hyped up (and having a highly agitating trademark laugh), Khalifa is actually a really talented MC. His smooth flow, playfully arrogant charisma, and excellent production choices make him easy on the ears, and being that his songs are almost exclusively about weed and girls, his appeal is pretty much universal.

Catch him with opening support from Miami's own Phresh James, blog sensation D. Schwartz of the group D-Wirks, and fast-rising producer Numonics, whose live set will feature several surprise guest MCs in celebration of his new record, Being Cool Doesn't Pay the Bills. If this show doesn't get you bombed out of your skull, you'll at least catch a contact high.

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Jasper Delaini