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Work Hard, Play Hard

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Format  Digital download
Length  3:40
Genre  Hip hop
Label  Atlantic, Rostrum
Released  April 23, 2012 (2012-04-23)
Writer(s)  Cameron Thomaz, Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen

"Work Hard, Play Hard" is a song by American rapper Wiz Khalifa, released as the lead single from his fourth studio album, O.N.I.F.C. (2012). The track features production from Benny Blanco and Stargate.


Track listing

Digital download
  1. "Work Hard, Play Hard" - 3:40

Music video

The music video was directed by Bill Paladino and was released on May 23, 2012. It was filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at multiple locations including: a ballet studio, the city suburbs, a private party at a bar and a soccer field. It features a ballerina played by Katie Schurman, a construction worker played by Michael Major and a soccer player working in each of these roles, and later celebrating at the bar. Wiz Khalifa appears wearing clothes as a hippie, paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Multiple Taylor Gang members make cameo appearances as well.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston, who graduated from Woodland Hills High School just outside Pittsburgh, also appears in the video.


The official remix featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy was revealed through his Twitter page on August 25, 2012. Drake was originally supposed to have a verse on the remix but that didn't come to fruition as he never submitted his verse.

Notable mentions

Marco Rubio mentioned the song during March 2013 Rand Paul Filibuster of CIA Director. Rand Paul's filibuster tried to block President Obama's choice of John O. Brennan as CIA chief. Calling Wiz Khalifa a modern poet, Rubio mentioned the rapper by name and stated that he was reminded of his song "Work Hard, Play Hard. "You look at the time, I think it's a time when many of our colleagues expected to be home, back in the home state playing hard," Rubio said, "but I'm happy we're here still working hard on this issue."

Usage in media

The song was featured in a commercial for the beverage Canada Dry in 2017.

Credits and personnel

  • Songwriter – Cameron Thomaz, Benjamin Levin, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and a Taiwanese monk by the family name of Pan.
  • Production – Benny Blanco, Stargate
  • References

    Work Hard, Play Hard Wikipedia