This interview was originally posted on July 18. It has since been updated for the release of Wiz’s new album ‘Multiverse.’
Throughout his decade-plus run in the game, Wiz Khalifa has broken the mold for what artists can and can’t be.
If you’ve paid any attention to Khalifa’s moves in recent years, you’d know that the legendary Pittsburgh emcee has evolved beyond “Rolling Papers” in the booth. As an avid UFC lover, entrepreneur and father, it’s more than just the music for Wiz nowadays — whose latest ventures have taken him to greater heights amid the release of his new album Multiverse. “It’s an event,” he said of the LP. “You might meet your wife there.”
Leading in the record with its first single “Bad Ass Bitches” (July 15), Khalifa sounds hungrier than ever despite everything he’s already accomplished. Divulging that his project is predominantly “love-inspired” — holding 17 tracks and features THEY. and Girl Talk — Multiverse seems to be the culmination of worlds Wiz has built over the years, yet sees the Taylor Gang CEO mostly on his own. With a renowned catalog behind him, Khalifa feels like he’s already achieved what he needed to with this record, always giving the “best version” of himself everytime he drops.
“It’s love-inspired. It’s really stuck on elevating everyone’s experience. I feel like I already reached [my goal] making it. To be able to give this to people that really care about me and that I really care about is such a good feeling… It’s only right that every time I pop out, [listeners] get the best version of me… I’m very happy to add this to my [legacy].”Wiz Khalifa on ‘Multiverse’
Continuing the album’s rollout by announcing his “Vinyl Verse” tour with Logic, Wiz relishes his freedom from industry ties, musical misconceptions and outsider opinions. He’s been in charge of his own destiny for a while now, as his feelings about the record look to mirror the reception both longtime fans and new listeners will applaud as it settles in. “Anytime I experience it, I’m like ‘god damn!’ It’s a really good feeling” he said. “[It’s] a free feeling to not have to chase any trends or like I have to do anything crazy to top myself musically.”
Before fans were graced with Multiverse on Friday (July 29, the album’s second track “Memory Lane” (July 21) saw Wiz go deeper into his bag. However, music has become more of a back-seat driver to his legacy as of late — constantly finding new inspirations to feed other passions. Amid a tight training regiment, endless recording sessions and getting his new psychedelic company MisterCaps off the ground, Wiz completely embodies the hustler mindset in every regard — always striving to be the “that leader and that example that you’re looking for.”
Realizing early on that he’s more of a “business” than a rapper, Khalifa’s soared to legendary heights because of this epiphany — becoming one of the most reputable names in hip-hop and in cannabis. Simply put, it’s impossible to think of weed without thinking of Wiz Khalifa, as the 34-year-old megastar is just “blessed to be in good company” when it comes to iconic tokers.
Wiz has always held work ethic close to him. It’s a core pillar of his personality, endlessly enlightening young creatives to pursue their passion and never stopping until they reach their goal. Full of wisdom and experience, the finesse Khalifa possesses in every aspect of his life is awe-inspiring — being the “big homie” for a slew of up-and-coming rappers.
Ken Car$on is a favorite in Khalifa’s new wave rotation, showing appreciation for the X star’s budding, rage-inducing sound. As an undeniable staple in the game, Wiz not only reflects on the highs that got him here, but understands the value of his life outside of music.
This, though, is something he didn’t realize until he got older — focusing more on taking care of his mind, body and soul by going “Batman” when the time is right.
“I value my home life a whole lot. The older that I got, the more I understood myself and how important it is to take three-four days to just do nothing — not be around nobody. Working out is perfect for me. It doesn’t bother me to be by myself with my own thoughts and get everything together. So when it is time to pop out and rage, I got all of this energy. I disappear. I call it going Batman. You got to respect it. Dark Knight mode.”Wiz Khalifa on finding inspiration
With much more in store for Pittsburgh’s most high, Wiz Khalifa sat down with OGM host Hakeem Rowe to speak on his album Multiverse, his ‘Vinyl Verse’ tour with Logic, when he realized he was a “business,” the legendary company he keeps and much more in this special Our Generation Music exclusive.
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