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Despite many assuming the song is a reference to the colors of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the song is actually about Khalifa's black-and-yellow striped car.3 However, Khalifa has stated that he bought a car in those colors because of his allegiance to Pittsburgh and the Steelers.3 The music video for the song made the connection explicit, showing various iconic views of Pittsburgh. In the year after it was released, "Black and Yellow" spawned dozens of remixes, parodies and remakes, mostly in tribute to other sports teams across various sports, both in the US and internationally.456
On the issue dated October 2, 2010, "Black and Yellow" debuted at No. 100 on the Billboard Hot 100. It then dropped out the following week and re-entered at No. 64 on the issue dated October 30, 2010. On its eighteenth charting week, the song rose to No. 1 on the issue dated February 19, 2011, selling 198,000 digital copies that week.7 "Black and Yellow" has sold 3,000,000 digital copies since release.
The official remix, "Black & Yellow (G-Mix)" features west-coast rapper Snoop Dogg, Juicy J and R&B singer T-Pain. Wiz Khalifa has a new verse on the track. The song leaked on December 12, 2010 but was officially released on December 16.8 A video for the remix was shot and was released on January 8, 2011. A remix by T-Pain, named "Black & Yellow (T-Mix)", featured the verse that was later put on the official remix.
Many remakes have been made, mostly in tribute to other sports teams, referring to their respective pair of colors. Some of the notable remakes include:
"Purp & Yellow" by Game, Snoop Dogg, and YG, representing the Los Angeles Lakers.2 This version also had a remix produced by DJ Skee, with a rock-instrumented backing track; a music video for the DJ Skee remix featured the artists as well as members of the Lakers.11 An extended mix was released the next day, also featuring Kendrick Lamar, Joe Moses and Thurzday.
"Rossonero (Red and Black)" by Denny La Home feat. Jake La Furia - Italian version performed by two Italian rappers. The colours means about Italian football club AC Milan.
"Green and Purple" by Kritikal describing the use of recreational drugs.21
In addition, a number of freestyle versions have been released, of artists rapping over "Black and Yellow"'s instrumental track, without any overt reference to the song or to sports teams. These include versions by Crooked I (who included a chorus of "packing metal"), Donnis, Young Jeezy, Tyga, and Novi Novak.13