Roll Up

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"Roll Up"
Single by Wiz Khalifa
from the album Rolling Papers
Released February 3, 2011 (2011-02-03)
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:47
Label Rostrum, Atlantic
Writer(s) Cameron Thomaz, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
Producer(s) Stargate
Wiz Khalifa singles chronology
"Black and Yellow"
(2010)
"Roll Up"
(2011)
"On My Level"
(2011)

"Roll Up" is a song by American rapper Wiz Khalifa. It was released as the second single from his debut studio album, Rolling Papers; having been written by Wiz Khalifa, and Stargate.

The song debuted at number forty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and has currently peaked at number thirteen, becoming Khalifa's fourth-highest charting single behind "Black and Yellow", "No Sleep", and "Young, Wild & Free". It has now sold over 1,000,000 digital copies in the US alone.[1]

American recording artist and model Cassie Ventura is featured on the official music video. The video was shot in Venice, Los Angeles at Venice Beach.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard gave the song a positive review, writing: "While 'Roll Up' is a noticeable change from Wiz Khalifa's previous releases, the tune's laid-back emotional vibe is an appreciated left turn."[2] Maura Johnston of Popdust described "Roll Up" as "a breezy romantic ode" and continued, saying "The sing-song chorus, in which Wiz promises to 'roll up' whenever his woman wants him, isn't great, and it may have a popularity hiccup among those people who can appreciate the song’s sentiment but who aren’t ready to listen to it when their significant others are around. But it’s pretty infectious."[3] Less appreciative, Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a three-star rating out of five and commented: "it unfortunately lacks the knockout hooks that its predecessor ["Black and Yellow"] so effortlessly flaunted - sounding more like a Nelly cast-off circa 2002 than a modern-day hip-hop classic."[4]

Live performances[edit]

Khalifa performed a short version "Roll Up" followed by "Black and Yellow" at the 2011 MTV Woodie Awards in March 2011.[5] He later performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 11, 2011 and on Jimmy Kimmel Live in May 2011.[6][7] The song was part of his 49-minute set during the final day of the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[8][9] He also sang it at Bumbershoot in September 2011.[10]

Cover versions[edit]

"Roll Up" was covered by Canadian indie band Walk off the Earth.[11] The Ready Set recorded a cover of the song for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 4.[12][13]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Roll Up" - 3:47

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 56
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[15] 18
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[16] 16
France (SNEP)[17] 60
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 49
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[19] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 13
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 7
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[23] 2
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[24] 15

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
United States Platinum[25]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 56

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States 3 February 2011[27] Atlantic Records Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Week Ending May 29, 2011. Songs: He Was In It To Win It". new.music.yahoo.com. 2011-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Wiz Khalifa, "Roll Up"". Billboard. February 19, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Johnston, Maura (January 21, 2011). "@ The Singles Bar: Wiz Khalifa, "Roll Up"". Popdust. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Corner, Lewis (May 25, 2011). "Wiz Khalifa: 'Roll Up'". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wiz Khalifa performs "Roll Up" and "Black & Yellow" at the 2011 MTV Woodie Awards". Rapdose.com. March 17, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Video: Wiz Khalifa Performs ‘Roll Up’ on ‘Letterman’". Rap-Up. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Daw, Robbie (May 10, 2011). "Wiz Khalifa Rolls Onto ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’". Idolator. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Brings ‘Rolling Papers’ To Coachella (PHOTOS)". Idolator. April 18, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Wiz Khalifa – Performs "Roll Up" At Coachella 2011". Rap Basement. April 25, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ Daw, Robbie (September 6, 2011). "Wiz Khalifa Rolls Up & Performs At Bumbershoot". Idolator. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Roll Up - [Walk off the Earth] - Wiz Khalifa Cover". YouTube. April 26, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ Anitai, Tamar (September 22, 2011). "'Punk Goes Pop Volume 4' Track List REVEALED!". MTV. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ James, Shotwell (November 15, 2011). "STREAM: The Ready Set ft. MODSUN – Roll Up (Wiz Khalifa Cover)". Under The Gun Review. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://acharts.us/canada_singles_top_100
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  18. ^ "Chart Track: Week 19, 2011". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-05-07" UK R&B Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-05-07" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  21. ^ Illegal name entered Wiz Khalifa/Wiz%26nbsp%3BKhalifa/chart?f=379 "Wiz Khalifa Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Wiz Khalifa. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  22. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Wiz Khalifa. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  23. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Wiz Khalifa. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  24. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/431494/wiz+khalifa/chart?f=381
  25. ^ "Jennifer Lopez Certificates". Recording Industry Association of America. (RIAA). April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  26. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  27. ^ Roll Up - Single by Wiz Khalifa iTunes

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