Black and Yellow

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"Black and Yellow"
Wiz khalifa black and yellow.jpg
Single by Wiz Khalifa
from the album Rolling Papers
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2010
Recorded2009 at Roc the Mic Studios in New York City, New York
GenreHip hop
Wiz Khalifa singles chronology
"This Plane"
"Black and Yellow"
"Roll Up"
Audio sample

"Black and Yellow" is a song by American rapper Wiz Khalifa from his third studio album, Rolling Papers. It was released on September 14, 2010, as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Khalifa, along with Stargate, who produced it. It was released as a CD single in honor of Record Store Day.[1] The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Wiz Khalifa's first number-one single in the US;[2] he would top the chart again in 2015 with "See You Again".

The song is about Khalifa's car, a yellow Dodge Challenger Hemi with black stripes.[3] He has stated that he got the car in those colors as a tribute to his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whose official colors are black and gold, and its professional sports teams, most of whose colors are black and some variation of gold or yellow.[3] The song itself does not mention Pittsburgh or sports, although the song's music video made the connection to Pittsburgh explicit, showing various iconic locations in the city, as well as apparel associated with the football team the Pittsburgh Steelers, the hockey team the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the baseball team the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the year after it was released, "Black and Yellow" spawned dozens of remixes, parodies and remakes, both in the US and internationally, many of them made in tribute to a local sports team.[4][5][6] At Super Bowl XLV in 2011, which featured the Steelers competing against the Green Bay Packers, the Steelers used "Black and Yellow" as their fight song, while the Packers used a remix by Lil' Wayne called "Green and Yellow", marking the first time both teams at the Super Bowl had used the same song.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

On the issue dated October 2, 2010, "Black and Yellow" debuted at No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. It then dropped out the following week and re-entered at No. 64 on the issue dated October 30, 2010. On its eighteenth charting week, the song rose to No. 1 on the issue dated February 19, 2011, selling 198,000 digital copies that week.[8] "Black and Yellow" has sold 4,144,922 digital copies since release.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Bill Paladino. It was filmed in Pittsburgh and features sights of the city, including the U.S. Steel Tower, BNY Mellon Center, PPG Place, William Penn Hotel, Citizens Bank Tower, Union Trust Building, One PNC Plaza, K&L Gates Center the Three Sisters and Smithfield Street bridges, Station Square, Shannon Hall of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the smoke stacks of the former U.S. Steel Homestead Works at The Waterfront adjacent to the city. The video also prominently features city icons such as the Terrible Towel, a rally towel for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and city sports in general, as well as Pittsburgh Pirates apparel. It was recorded in Chatsworth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In a 2012 commercial for the video game Madden NFL 13, Paul Rudd sings the song while playing the game as the Pittsburgh Steelers against Ray Lewis.[10]
  • The song was featured in multiple trailers for The Lego Batman Movie.
  • On April 7, 2014, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" held a skit called "American Sign Language Rap Battle." Khalifa performed the song as three ASL-certified interpreters competed.


The official remix, "Black & Yellow (G-Mix)" features west-coast rapper Snoop Dogg, Juicy J and R&B singer T-Pain. Wiz Khalifa has a new verse on the track. The song leaked on December 12, 2010 but was officially released on December 16.[11] A video for the remix was shot and was released on January 8, 2011. A remix by T-Pain, named "Black & Yellow (T-Mix)", featured the verse that was later put on the official remix. An anime version fan remix was also made combining the song and Hidamari Sketch's opening music, Sketch Switch.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[12]
  1. "Black and Yellow" (Explicit Album Version) – 3:37
  • Digital download (G-Mix)[13]
  1. "Black and Yellow" (G-Mix) (featuring Snoop Dogg, Juicy J & T-Pain) – 4:38

Remakes and freestyles[edit]

Many remakes have been made, mostly in tribute to other sports teams, referring to their respective pair of colors. Some of the notable remakes include:

In addition, a number of freestyle versions have been released, of artists rapping over "Black and Yellow"'s instrumental track, without any overt reference to the song or to sports teams. These include versions by Crooked I (who included a chorus of "packing metal"), Donnis, Young Jeezy, Tyga, Novi Novak, and Layzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.[16]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[53] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Italy (FIMI)[54] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[56] 6× Platinum 6,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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