Wiz Khalifa brings the Taylor Gang to Civic Auditorium


By Natali Bianco, Contributor

Smoke poured out of the Civic Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 28., but it wasn’t on fire.  For one night only, the Civic was a pot-head playground as Wiz Khalifa and The Taylor Gang lit up the stage for the 2050 tour.
The theme of the 2050 tour is intended to be the future, the year 2050.  But, other than the three gigantic screens that hung as the stage’s background flashing fairly complex graphics and Khalifa making remarks like, “Are you ready for that 2050 (explicit),” nothing about the concert seemed very futuristic.
Unless 15-foot bongs are going to be all the rage in 2050, the true theme of the tour was marijuana.   Yes, you heard correctly, there really was a 15-foot bong on stage and it actually had smoke billowing from it.   
The Taylor Gang was originally coined in 2006 to refer to Wiz Khalifa fans. Today, the Taylor Gang has expanded to include any artist produced under the Taylor Gang record label and any fan following those artists.  The artists currently signed to the label are Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods, Lala Monroe, Tuki Carter, Berner and Juicy J of Three Six Mafia. All of whom performed at the concert Sunday night. The Taylor Gang record label is also referred to as TGOD, an abbreviation for Taylor Gang Or Die.
The rap of Wiz Khalifa and the Taylor Gang can be identified by its slow tempo and extensive drum solos.    The fast paced lyrics contrast with the slow, deep beats in a way that makes the music sound clean and organized.   In most songs, the chorus to be a very catchy phrase repetition, like in Khalifa songs “On My Level” and “Black and Yellow.”
Juicy J, who preceded Wiz, had the first big moment of the concert when he asked 50 girls to come up on stage and dance to his song, “She’s Dancing Like She’s (Explicit).”  At first, everyone seemed hesitant, but after a little coaxing from Juicy, 50 stumbling girls made their way to the stage.  As the girls fell all over each other, a body guard protected Juicy J.    
Juicy J began his career in the rap duo Three Six Mafia.  He eventually teamed up with Khalifa years later.
“I actually met Wiz on Twitter. We made a couple songs together and we just figured why not join up?” Juicy J said. “He makes good music, I make good music, so why not make millions?”
He was right about that.  Fans seemed to love the collaboration.  During Khalifa’s set, he brought out Juicy J and introduced him as “The mother(explicit) legend” and fans went crazy.  The two then performed a couple of songs together, only heightening the roar of the crowd.
Khalifa’s set was a lot longer than anticipated, lasting nearly two hours.  Mostly he played songs from the album “Rolling Papers,” and his newest work to be released Dec. 4, “O.N.I.F.C.”  
Khalifa had a very rockstar-esque look about him.  His microphone resembled Steven Tyler’s of Aerosmith, with long, flowing scarves attached and a fan set up under the stage to keep the scarves constantly moving throughout the show.  Khalifa was also covered almost entirely in leather. He must have gotten hot, because he removed both his shirt and jacket, then later started unbuttoning his pants, but gave up after he realized he couldn’t get them off.
No matter what type of person you are,  you had a place at this concert.  Wiz Khalifa and the Taylor Gang play music that many ranges of people can enjoy.   The 2050 tour will end in The Taylor Gang’s hometown, Pittsburgh on Dec. 12.