Major Players: Rappers Who Went from Indies to Majors
Wiz Khalifa (Rostrum Records to Atlantic Records)
To some, Wiz Khalifa was an overnight success thanks to his monstrous No. 1 single “Black and Yellow.” And while, yes, that did launch him into a new musical stratosphere, the Pittsburgh rapper didn’t come out of nowhere. Before inking with Atlantic in 2010, the tattooed rapper put out two independent albums, as well as a slew of mixtapes, through hometown label Rostrum Records. He remains signed to both Rostrum and Atlantic.