Roll Up

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"Roll Up"
Roll Up Wiz Khalifa.jpg
Single by Wiz Khalifa
from the album Rolling Papers
Released February 3, 2011 (2011-02-03)
Format Digital download
Genre Pop-rap
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"
"Roll Up"
"On My Level"

"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 peaked at number thirteen, becoming Khalifa's fifth-highest charting single as a solo artist behind "See You Again", "Black and Yellow", "No Sleep", and "Young, Wild & Free".

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."[1] 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."[2] 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."[3]

Live performances[edit]

Khalifa performed a short version "Roll Up" followed by "Black and Yellow" at the 2011 MTV Woodie Awards in March 2011.[4] He later performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman on April 11, 2011 and on Jimmy Kimmel Live in May 2011.[5][6] The song was part of his 49-minute set during the final day of the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[7][8] He also sang it at Bumbershoot in September 2011.[9]

Cover versions[edit]

"Roll Up" was covered by Canadian indie band Walk off the Earth.[10] The Ready Set recorded a cover of the song for the compilation album Punk Goes Pop 4.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

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


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

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 56


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Wiz Khalifa, "Roll Up"". Billboard. February 19, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Johnston, Maura (January 21, 2011). "@ The Singles Bar: Wiz Khalifa, "Roll Up"". Popdust. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Corner, Lewis (May 25, 2011). "Wiz Khalifa: 'Roll Up'". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wiz Khalifa performs "Roll Up" and "Black & Yellow" at the 2011 MTV Woodie Awards". March 17, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Video: Wiz Khalifa Performs 'Roll Up' on 'Letterman'". Rap-Up. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Daw, Robbie (May 10, 2011). "Wiz Khalifa Rolls Onto 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'". Idolator. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Brings 'Rolling Papers' To Coachella (PHOTOS)". Idolator. April 18, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wiz Khalifa – Performs "Roll Up" At Coachella 2011". Rap Basement. April 25, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ Daw, Robbie (September 6, 2011). "Wiz Khalifa Rolls Up & Performs At Bumbershoot". Idolator. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Roll Up - [Walk off the Earth] - Wiz Khalifa Cover". YouTube. April 26, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ Anitai, Tamar (September 22, 2011). "'Punk Goes Pop Volume 4' Track List REVEALED!". MTV. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  12. ^ James, Shotwell (November 15, 2011). "STREAM: The Ready Set ft. MODSUN – Roll Up (Wiz Khalifa Cover)". Under The Gun Review. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
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  14. ^ " – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  15. ^ " – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  16. ^ " – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  17. ^ "Chart Track: Week 19, 2011". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-05-07" UK R&B Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-05-07" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  20. ^ Illegal name entered Wiz Khalifa/Wiz%26nbsp%3BKhalifa/chart?f=379 "Wiz Khalifa – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Wiz Khalifa. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  21. ^ "Wiz Khalifa – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Wiz Khalifa. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
  22. ^ "Wiz Khalifa – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Wiz Khalifa. Retrieved 2011-02-09.
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  24. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  25. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up". Music Canada. 
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Wiz Khalifa – Roll Up". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  27. ^ Roll Up - Single by Wiz Khalifa iTunes

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