The Making of Wiz Khalifa's "Rolling Papers"

"Taylor Gang" f/ Chevy Woods

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Produced by: Lex Luger

Lex Luger: “That is an old beat. That’s probably from ‘07, ‘08. I had Wiz’s e-mail because Wiz has always been kind of like an Internet guy. When he first was really popping I hollered at him. And then he reached out to me and wanted to do some work.

“I had heard the song about a year ago. It had leaked out, but no one knew it though. But as far as being in the studio together, we haven’t done anything like that yet. I talked to him, and he said he’d give me at least three [beats] on the next album.”

Benjy Grinberg (Executive Producer and CEO of Rostrum Records): “It was just a song he made randomly one night. Lex had sent him a ton of beats, and Wiz went in and made that song. It started to become an anthem, and when he performed it people went absolutely nuts. So when iTunes wanted an exclusive song for their version of the album, we were like, ‘We should definitely throw ‘Taylor Gang’ on there as a special treat to the fans.’

”It’s on Cabin Fever, but it’s a bad mix/mastering job on there. It just the two-track with Wiz. So we were like, ‘Let’s remaster and mix it. Let’s get the actual track and do it right.’”

Zvi Edelman (Vice President Of A&R, Atlantic Records): “It didn’t really fit [the album]. We put it on the iTunes deluxe edition so people had a chance to buy it because [Wiz] felt strongly about it. I don’t like interfering with his creative process and also I love Lex Luger and I also happen to work for Warner Chapell and we publish him, so all around I was encouraging of the record being on the project in some way. We don’t stop him from putting anything on anything. If anything it was just that we all knew that it fit in less with the thread of what the rest of the record sounded like.”

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