It will be a 412 connection when Wiz Khalifa jumps on AXS-TV tonight to talk about and perform songs from his forthcoming album, "Blacc Hollywood."
The AXS network was co-founded by Pittsburgh native Mark Cuban, the colorful owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Magnolia Pictures, among other things. AXS specializes in live music, airing concerts by such artists as Green Day, Jane's Addiction, Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow and New Found Glory.
Khalifa, who is preparing his third major label album, will appear on "Skee Live," hosted by DJ Skee. "He is the Oprah of hip-hop," Mr. Cuban said in an email interview. "The entire music world trusts him to discuss any subject."
Although at 55 he's not in the typical hip-hop demographic, the billionaire has been a longtime fan. "I was into 'Rapper's Delight' before it was cool. I have always liked rap and hip-hop and still do."
It goes without saying that Mr. Cuban, who grew up in Mt. Lebanon, would be a fan of the Allderdice grad who came up with "Black and Yellow."
"We have kept in touch via his managers and on social media," he said. "Pittsburgh is always a strong connection."
That extends to fellow 'Dice grad and rapper Mac Miller, whom you might see exchanging tweets with the Mavericks owner.
"I had some fun messing with Donald Trump on Twitter using Mac's lyrics from his 'Donald Trump' song," he said. "That got us in touch, and we still keep up on social media."
"Skee Live" with Khalifa will air at 10 tonight on cable and satellite networks that carry AXS and online at www.AXS.tv.