Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wiz Khalifa Floats through a Potent Set at Thrival Festival

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wiz Khalifa Floats through a Potent Set at Thrival Festival

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Following his talk about medical marijuana Thursday night at the Carnegie Music Hall ? where he sat somewhat uncomfortably, speaking in short sentences and hanging his head in between questions ? Wiz Khalifa inflated a performance Saturday night with loads of pot preaching.

While it shouldn't have taken Nostradamus to figure out that the rapper-actor would bring up his herb of choice throughout his set at the Carrie Furnaces in Swissvale for the Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, it was refreshing to see how much more alive Khalifa is on stage, seemingly electrified with emotion compared to his talk Thursday.

Or maybe it was the joint in his hand.

"My name is Wiz Khalifa and I love where the [expletive] I'm from," he said, giving a taste of his now-iconic laugh while touting his favorite city.

In any case, Khalifa came out swinging with classic hits like "Never Been" from the 2010 mixtape "Kush and Orange Juice," and the comparatively newer track "Bake Sale" from the 2016 album "Khalifa." That song ordinarily includes vocals from Travis Scott, though there was no sign of him at the old Blast Furnaces.

Khalifa said on Thursday night that as the music industry changes, features have become more common; there's a new mentality with regard to singles because you need them just to survive. That new model becomes apparent when analyzing the songs from Khalifa's set: so many of his hits have involved collaboration.

He played "Pull Up," a track produced with Philadelphia-based hip hop artist Lil Uzi Vert and even rapped his verse from Mike WiLL Made-It's hit "23," which also features slivers from Miley Cyrus and Juicy J.

About midway through the one hour and fifteen minute set, Khalifa brought fellow Pittsburgher Chevy Woods on stage to play his new song "Alright." Woods has gained popularity in the city through his affiliation with Khalifa's Taylor Gang record label and through serving as Khalifa's hype man in the past. …

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