Rapper Wiz Khalifa, best known for his Grammy nominated single “Black and Yellow,” recently announced plans for a new tour, 2050, to promote his upcoming album “O.N.I.F.C.” The 2050 tour kicks off on October 12 in University Park, Pennsylvania and wraps up on December 6 in Fairfax, Virginia.
Joining Khalifa on the tour will be Taylor Gang — Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Lola Monroe, Tuki Carter, and Berner. The tour covers 20 states traveling to 30 cities over two months. 2050 will also be making stops in Ottawa (October 19), Montreal (October 20), and London, Ontario (October 21). Khalifa will be heading north of the border again on November 2 when he heads to Calgary, November 4 in Edmonton, and November 6 in Vancouver.
Wiz Khalifa spent his summer alongside fellow Pittsburgh native and labelmate Mac Miller. The duo received praises for their high intensity performances, and drew 20,000-plus to their hometown performance, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
It has been an interesting year so far for Khalifa. First, his debut single off “O.N.I.F.C.” entitled “Work Hard, Play Hard” has already gone platinum. He also teamed up with Pepsi as a part of their NFL Anthems campaign and remixed “Black and Yellow” for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Recently, he announced at the MTV Video Music Awards that his fiancé, model Amber Rose and he are expecting their first child together. More recently however, he has come under fire for his controversial album cover on “O.N.I.F.C.”
The cover in question features a picture of Khalifa sitting on a black leather throne, bare-chested, wearing an animal print jacket, and red striped white leather pants. Some feel this cover is rocker chic channeling the days of Jimi Hendrix, while others feel it was bizarre and too feminine.
Also frustrating fans has been the continued delay of when “O.N.I.F.C.” will be released. Most recently scheduled to come out on September 18, the album is now only said to be “coming soon.” Many feel the most recent delay might be because Kanye West is releasing his newest album “Cruel Summer” on the same day.
“O.N.I.F.C.” is only Khlaifa’s second studio album and is being highly anticipated after the massive success of his debut studio album “Rolling Papers.” Debuting at number two on the United States Billboard 200 chart, “Rolling Papers,” had first-week sales of 197,000 copies. Despite being released on March 29 2011, “Rolling Papers” is still presently on the Billboard top 200 chart.
With his newest album delay the best way for those looking to hear Khalifa’s newest music might be to head out and see him on the 2050 tour. Considering he is traveling across nearly half the United States and parts of Canada there is ample opportunity to do so.
Presale tickets for the 2050 tour were available for members of Wiz Khalifa’s fan club, Taylor Gang, prior to the public on sale Friday, September 7. For more information about the 2050 tour visit Khalifa’s official website, www.wizkhalifa.com.