The Steelers may not have won the Super Bowl, but Pittsburghers still have good reason to wave their Terrible Towels, thanks to rapper Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Burgh-repping anthem ”Black and Yellow.” The Stargate-produced banger, named after the Steelers’ uniform colors, recently hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and has topped the rap chart for weeks.
Khalifa (born Cameron Thomaz), 23, didn’t expect ”Black and Yellow” to be a nationwide hit. When he was writing it, his only goal was to spread some local love. ”We never get shouted out as one of the bigger cities,” he explains. ”Our way to represent and show that we’re from the ‘Burgh is to wear black and yellow.”
The song, which will appear on his album Rolling Papers (out March 29), has even started inspiring response tracks. Snoop Dogg recently released the L.A. Lakers-dedicated ”Purp and Yellow,” and Lil Wayne took a shot at it with ”Green and Yellow,” proclaiming his love for the Green Bay Packers. ”We’re on top,” Khalifa says of his city. ”We have one of the best songs in the country. We’ve got [one of] the best teams in the country. The spotlight is really on Pittsburgh. It’s our time to shine.”