Wiz Khalifa Needs A Confidence Boost On "Hype Me Up": Stream

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Khalifa has kept the hot new music coming all 2023.

Wiz Khalifa is a man with plenty of confidence – there's no denying that. Still, on today's New Music Friday (August 4) release, the "Taylor Gang" hitmaker made it clear that even he needs to hear words of affirmation from time to time. On "Hype Me Up," Khalifa rhymes about how others validating his awesomeness makes it easier to recognize in himself over production by TM88, E. Dan, C$D Sid, and WizzleGotBeats.

"I ain't got a gun but their hands to the ceilin' / I ain't palm readin' but I got 'em in their feelings, yeah," the 35-year-old spits on his first verse. "Ain't Vanilla Ice but I'm iced out, chillin' / Was the good guy 'til they made me the villain," he continues, reflecting on the public's perception of him.

Wiz Khalifa Follows Ty Dolla Sign Collab with "Hype Me Up"

2023 has been an impressive run for the father of one so far. Singles like "You" featuring Ty Dolla Sign and "Talk About It" with Big Jump remain in rotation. He also worked on and "Slangn KK" in tandem with Hardo preceding "Hype Me Up." Prior to those, we heard Khalifa show out on "House of Blues" with Smoke DZA, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, and others, as well as on "I Want a Ferrari" with the legendary Riff Raff.

As for albums, he delivered the 23-track Star Power in late February. WK later returned to give us See Ya in mid-June, with guest appearances from Chevy Woods and Young Deji. Check out Wiz Khalifa's latest single, "Hype Me Up," above, and if you're feeling the track, add it to your Spotify/Apple Music. Which of the West Coast rhymer's recent releases is your favourite? Let us know in the comments, and check back later for more hip-hop/pop culture news updates.

Quotable Lyrics:

I ain't got a gun but their hands to the ceilin'
I ain't palm readin' but I got 'em in their feelings, yeah
Ain't Vanilla Ice but I'm iced out, chillin'
Was the good guy 'til they made me the villain

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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.