*Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” a song written specifically by the Pittsburgh-born rapper as an ode to his hometown Steelers, Pirates and Penguins colors, has been adopted by fans of sports teams across the country who have recorded their own versions with the words that reflect the colors of their teams.
According to the Wall Street Journal, there are three different versions of the song about Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl opponent the Green Bay Pakers – of course called “Green and Yellow.”
Although the song isn’t explicitly about football and doesn’t include the words “Pittsburgh” or “Steelers” in its lyrics, Wiz Khalifa says the song title is self-explanatory. “When you see me you know everything,” he raps in the song.
“I definitely wrote it with Pittsburgh pride in general,” Wiz Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz , told the Journal. “In everything I do I want to represent my city. It just surprises me that people are even that interested in it.”
He also said he is flattered to be imitated. “That’s cool, just the fact that people want to grab onto it and represent it,” he told the Journal. “But as far as Black and Yellow goes, there’s only one, and everyone knows what I’m talking about.”
“I don’t think there’s ever been a song like this,” said Mikey Dougherty, host of a morning show on KISS-96.1, Pittsburgh’s main pop radio station, which has been playing the song in heavy rotation. “Every city is adopting their own version, and it’s almost like a challenge to do the best one.”
Below: the original “Black and Yellow,” one of the Green Bay remixes “Green and Yellow,” and Snoop Dogg/The Game’s “Purp and Yellow” for the Lakers.