Work Hard, Play Hard

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"Work Hard, Play Hard"
Wiz Khalifa - Work Hard, PLay Hard cover.jpg
Single by Wiz Khalifa
from the album O.N.I.F.C.
Released April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23)
Format Digital download
Genre Hip hop
Length 3:40
Label Atlantic, Rostrum
Songwriter(s) Cameron Thomaz, Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
Producer(s) Benny Blanco, Stargate
Wiz Khalifa singles chronology
"Till I Die"
"Work Hard, Play Hard"
"Till I Die"
"Work Hard, Play Hard"

"Work Hard, Play Hard" is a song by American rapper Wiz Khalifa, released as the lead single from his fourth studio album, O.N.I.F.C. (2012). The track features production from Benny Blanco and Stargate.


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Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
  1. "Work Hard, Play Hard" - 3:40

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Bill Paladino and was released on May 23, 2012. It was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at multiple locations, including a ballet studio, the city suburbs, a private party at a bar, and a soccer field. It features a ballerina played by Katie Schurman, a construction worker played by Michael Major and a soccer player working in each of these roles, and later celebrating at the bar. Wiz Khalifa appears wearing clothes as a hippie, paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Multiple Taylor Gang members make cameo appearances as well.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston, who graduated from Woodland Hills High School just outside Pittsburgh, also appears in the video.


The official remix featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy was revealed through his Twitter page on August 25, 2012.[2] Drake was originally supposed to have a verse on the remix but that didn't come to fruition as he never submitted his verse.[3]

Notable mentions[edit]

Marco Rubio mentioned the song during March 2013 Rand Paul Filibuster of CIA Director. Rand Paul's filibuster tried to block President Obama's choice of John O. Brennan as CIA chief. Calling Wiz Khalifa a modern poet, Rubio mentioned the rapper by name and stated that he was reminded of his song "Work Hard, Play Hard. "You look at the time, I think it's a time when many of our colleagues expected to be home, back in the home state playing hard," Rubio said, "but I'm happy we're here still working hard on this issue."[4]

Usage in media[edit]

The song was featured in a commercial for the beverage Canada Dry in 2017.[5]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States April 25, 2012[1] Digital download Atlantic Records

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Songwriter – Cameron Thomaz, Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
  • Production – Benny Blanco, Stargate


  1. ^ a b iTunes - Music - Work Hard, Play Hard - Single by Wiz Khalifa
  2. ^ "Twitter / wizkhalifa: Work Hard Play Hard Remix Ft". 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  3. ^ Harling, Danielle (2012-10-22). "Wiz Khalifa Hopes To One Day Work With Nas, Comments On Drake's Missing "Work Hard, Play Hard" Verse | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Marco Rubio Filibusters With Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa Quotes". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Coffee, Patrick (January 11, 2017). "Wiz Khalifa and Canada Dry Will Help You Chill the Hell Out". AdWeek. Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  7. ^ " – Wiz Khalifa – Work Hard Play Hard" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ " – Wiz Khalifa Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  10. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  11. ^ "Wiz Khalifa Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-05-09.
  12. ^ "Classement des 200 premiers Singles Fusionnés par GfK année 2012" (PDF). SNEP. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2012 - Hot 100 Songs". Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  14. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Wiz Khalifa – Work Hard Play Hard". Music Canada. 
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Wiz Khalifa – Work Hard Play Hard". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH